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, April 24, 2013

Undaunted By Rain

Bag packed and ready to go

World Book Night turned into World Book Late Afternoon for me. Rainy weather forced me to adjust my original plans. I had already kicked around several ideas for possible locations, and some had already fallen through; one more change was not about to discourage me.  Fortunately, my teacher friend Bethany was more than happy to allow me into her classroom to talk about books and the love of reading.

So for the better part of an hour, I shared Looking For Alaska with an attentive and good-natured room full of high school juniors. It was great fun. Hopefully some reluctant readers will be persuaded to give books a chance.



Many thanks to the World Book Night organization and the participating publishers for this opportunity to put books into the hands of potential readers. Thanks also to Rick, the principal, for allowing me to interrupt the school day. And thanks especially to Bethany and her delightful group of students. I am now eagerly anticipating World Book Night 2014. Maybe you should give it a try next year.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Tonight is World Book Night, and I am looking forward to giving away 20 copies of Looking For Alaska by John Green.


Monday, April 15, 2013

57th Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show


Books, posters, sheet music, post cards, calendars, sports programs and tickets, vintage advertising, maps, magazines, door prizes, live music, and multiple vendors all gathered together in one location--that's the Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show. Twice a year, book and paper enthusiasts come from near and far on a hunt for hidden treasure at this show, one of the biggest in the country and West Michigan's largest. On April 7, I had the pleasure of visiting the show for the first time. I was pleased to run into a few people from past blog posts as well as make some new acquaintances.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April Is Poetry Month

My first book spine poem
I enjoy poetry, but don't fancy myself a poet by any stretch of the imagination. Then I discovered a fun way to create poetry. It's called Book Spine Poetry and uses the titles of books as displayed on the spine to create the lines of the poem. How's that for a truly unique way to use books! My first attempt is pictured at right.

If you'd like to see more examples, School Library Journal has a full gallery of them. Or simply Google book spine poetry. There is a wealth of it out there, including a Facebook page.

Care to give it a try? Create your own book spine poem, take a picture of it, and email a .jpg to me at marsharedd (at) mac (dot) com. I would love to post more examples on my blog.

Happy Poetry Month!