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.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Great news . . .

"So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane."
--John Green, Looking for Alaska

I have been accepted to be a book giver on World Book Night. If you don't remember what that is, see my earlier blog post. So on April 23, Shakespeare's birthday, I will have the distinct privilege of giving away, totally for free, 20 copies of a wonderful book. And it's not just any book. It's Looking for Alaska by John Green, one of my favorite authors. See My Favorites.

My connection to this title goes beyond my love of the book and its author. I first discovered John Green, coincidentally, in the store that would become the subject of my very first blog post. See The Book Mark. It was in this particular store that I first picked up a copy of Looking for Alaska. When I discovered that the story takes place at a boarding school called Culver Creek, I knew I had to give it a try seeing as how my son's name is Culver. (No relation to the boarding school.)

I have shared this book with many other avid readers, and now I will have the opportunity to share it with 20 people who are not bibliomaniacs like me in the hopes that they will be inspired by the enjoyment of this book to do more reading. That's what World Book Night is all about. I can't wait!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Some day . . .

Oh my! I do believe this tops the list of bookstores I would LOVE to visit some day.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Book Nook On TV

I've done a few posts on the Book Nook & Java Shop in Montague, Michigan. I love the store and visit frequently, driving an hour and a half to attend the book club there. Recently Fox 17, one of West Michigan's local television stations paid a visit to the small town of Montague for a series the station is doing called "West Michigan Stories." From their remote location in the Book Nook, two reporters shared highlights of the charming tourist town and provided a video tour of the bookstore. Local author,  Susan Newhof, who was spotlighted in one of my blog posts last year, described some of the finer details of the Book Nook, and I even saw some of my book club friends.

Take a look at this brief video from the broadcast.

Click here:  Book Nook & Java Shop in Montague.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Checking The Archives

The Archives Book Shop
519 West Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823

What comes to your mind at the mention of postcards? A memorable vacation? Stunning outdoor panoramas? A favorite tourist attraction perhaps? How about the mention of travel brochures? Or nature guides? If you're like me, these items do not typically evoke memories of a bookstore--at least not until recently. That changed after I had the opportunity to visit The Archives Book Shop in East Lansing, Michigan, where such things are not only available, but abundant.

For the past year and a half, I have been making occasional trips to East Lansing as my son Culver is a graduate student at Michigan State. Sometimes these trips come with added benefits. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree in our family. Culver is a bibliomaniac much like me and is generally up for a trip to a bookstore, so it wasn't surprising when during one of my recent trips to East Lansing, he was happy to accompany me to investigate The Archives Book Shop.

Friday, February 1, 2013

So many books, so little time

Part of my current to-read pile
Do you feel, like I do, that there are just too many books that you want to read and not enough time to read them all? Does your pile of to-read books never seem to get smaller? Does it feel like you add more books to the pile than you take away? Do you find yourself thinking that you'll read those books when you're on vacation, or winter will be the perfect time to catch up, or summer will be the perfect time to catch up, or you'll make headway during spring break? Do you have a hard time walking into a bookstore and leaving empty handed in spite of the already out-of-control size of your pile? Do you have some books that have been in the pile for years? Well, you're not alone. Perhaps this humorous video clip will help you feel better, or at least make you chuckle.

So many books . . .

It's okay. Keep reading. Don't give up on your pile!