About This Blog

Don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm not on board with the whole ebook thing. I enjoy books in all their formats. But there is nothing quite like a bookstore with its neatly arranged shelves of books and artfully created displays of new arrivals, best sellers, and suggested reading. I especially enjoy discovering small, independent bookstores and have made it my mission to visit and report back on as many of these gems as I can. That is my focus, but there is really nothing that is off limits as long as it is about books or reading. Hope you enjoy my blog and come back often.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Update, Book Nook & Java Shop

Book Nook & Java Shop
8726 Ferry Street
Montague, MI 49437

I've never met a bookstore that I didn't like, but for some I have developed a special fondness. I must really like the Book Nook & Java Shop. Why else would I drive for an hour and a half once a month to attend the store book club meetings. I first visited the store in November of 2011 and was impressed enough to give the book club a try. Over a year later, I am still driving once a month to lovely Montague, Michigan, not to the Book Nook I first visited, however. You see, last June the store moved to a new location just down the block from the original, and it would be a gross understatement to say that the new store is an improvement. I loved the old one, but the new one is fabulous.

Friday, January 11, 2013


One of the things that I most enjoyed about being a high school librarian was graduation. It was so gratifying to be there to see the finished products, as it were, walk confidently across the stage to accept their diplomas and begin their young adult lives, all the while remembering these same students a scant four years earlier when they were timid freshmen with plenty of middle school still left in them. Thanks to social media, I still keep in touch with several former students. It's nice to know what they are doing with themselves and to hear about their accomplishments.

 Matt Miller, a.k.a. Sunflowerman, is one such student. He was a good student, but he wasn't in the book club, nor was he one of those rabid readers who frequented the library on a daily basis. Truth be told, he actually spent much more time in the art room than in the library. What then, you might wonder, is his connection to books? Why a blog post about Sunflowerman?

Friday, January 4, 2013

World Book Night

Do you love books and reading like I do? Want to help spread that bibliomania? Be a participant in World Book Night and be a part of an event that seeks to spread the love of reading, person to person. Apply to be a giver, and you can hand out free books on the third World Book Night this April 23. But you only have until January 23 to apply to be a giver. So you have to hurry!

Sound like fun? For more information go to the World Book Night website:


and check out this video about last year's World Book Night:

Keep reading!!