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.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

View From The Windowsill

The Windowsill
107 S. James Street
Ludington, MI 49431

It's been two years since I began this blogging adventure, and what a joy it has been. After some initial frustration, I am now fairly comfortable with the Blogger tool and have enjoyed seeing the way this blog has developed. I have delighted in talking to fantastic bookstore owners and fellow bibliomaniacs. I have met several bookstore cats, a few bookstore dogs, and even some bookstore ferrets and chickens. I never would have guessed two years ago that this journey would lead me to so many interesting and unique people and establishments.

I think it fitting that two years after my first post, I returned to Ludington, the small Lake Michigan town where it all began. This time my trip took me to The Windowsill, a small bookstore located only a few blocks from the subject of my very first post. It is also fitting that I was accompanied on this visit by my son, Culver, who was with me on that initial foray. What's surprising is that neither of us knew at that time that The Windowsill existed. Otherwise, it surely would not have taken two years to visit this lovely mom-and-pop shop.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Beach Reading

photo author unknown
The beach is a popular place to read, and this resort in Bulgaria takes beach reading to a whole new level with Europe's first beach library. By all accounts this library is proving to be very popular due to its variety of titles and languages, even including books for kids. And it's FREE!!

Read the full story and see a short video about this fantastic idea at:

Beach Library

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Share: Author Neil Gaiman talks about libraries

photo from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Gaiman

If you're a librarian or a lover of libraries, you will enjoy this. Right on, Neil! Thanks to my son Culver for sharing this.

Neil Gaiman on libraries

And here is Gaiman's web page:

Neil Gaiman.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Delightful Book Cellar

Between the Covers
152 E. Main Street
Harbor Springs, MI 49740

Question: When is a basement more than just a basement? Answer: When it's a book cellar. And when a visit to this particular book "cellar" provides the end to a lovely day along the northern Lake Michigan shoreline, so much the better. I had just enjoyed a stop at McLean & Eakin in Petoskey (see previous post) and decided that my trip would not be complete without a visit to nearby Harbor Springs. As I made my way around Little Traverse Bay and entered the scrupulously tidy lakefront town, I was immediately taken by the well-kept, stately old houses and the overall well-groomed look of the place. I got the distinct impression that Harbor Springs has never known an untrimmed hedge or unkempt lawn. Here perfectly painted homes are graced by meticulously cared-for gardens, and equally tidy business places rest along spotless sidewalks. It was here in beautiful Harbor Springs that I encountered a small, but charming bookstore, Between the Covers.