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.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Share: Interesting Idea

The latest thing in high-tech book sales?

The Monkey's Paw bookstore in Toronto has come up with a unique way to sell old books.

Yes, it's a vending machine.

And it's offering readers the adventure of randomness. Every book a surprise. The idea has caught on and become quite an attraction. I've added the Monkey's Paw to my list of must-see bookstores.

To get the whole story and see a video of the machine in action, check out this article:


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

More and More and More

Books & More
119 N. Superior St.
Albion, MI 49224
(517) 629-7560

I love Albion College, the educational institution in south-central Michigan where my son Culver spent a wonderful four years earning his bachelor's degree. In fact, the first time we visited the college during his junior year of high school, I found myself wishing I could go there. Culver has since moved on to grad school, but he got a great education at Albion and also met a great girl, Alysandra, who is currently a junior.

I have fond memories of my many visits to Albion while Culver was in attendance there. Little did I know that the whole time, only a few short blocks from campus in the town of Albion, there was also a great bookstore. I recently had the good fortune to explore Books & More accompanied by Culver and Alysandra. I cannot think of a more apt title for this appropriate shop. It does, of course, have books both new and used, but there is so much more to this delightful store.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Post-Dental Delight

Argos Book Shop
1405 Robinson Road
@ Lake Drive
Grand Rapids, MI

How can you make a trip to the dentist less painful? Follow it up with a stop at an interesting bookstore, of course. Lucky for me my dentist's office is not far from Argos Book Shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan, so after recently enduring the discomfort and indignity of fingers and dental tools in my mouth, I treated myself to a soothing bookstore visit.

If you have been reading my blog lately, the name Argos may sound familiar. The store came into existence in 1975 under proprietor, Ray Walsh, who also owns Curious Book Shop and The Archives Book Shop in East Lansing. (See previous posts.) Argos is now owned and operated by Jim Bleeker who, after 20 years as an employee, purchased the store from Ray in 2005. Unfortunately, Jim was not in the shop at the time of my visit, but a friendly staff member named Jon, who fills in for Jim during lunch, vacations, and the like, was more than happy to show me around the store and answer my questions.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Read It First

We all know that the book is almost always better than the movie, right? Well, I just took the pledge to read the book before the movie. You can do it too, and subscribe to the newsletter to keep up to date on adaptations that are about to hit theaters. Take the pledge at: readit1st.com. Don't let the movie ruin the book. Read it first!