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, September 24, 2013

Second Time's The Charm

The Cottage Book Shop
5989 S. Lake Street
Glen Arbor, MI 49636

Just beginning the third year of retirement from my life as a high school librarian, I still find that September, rather than January, feels like the start of the new year. Of all the luxuries retirement affords me, I especially enjoy the fact that I can visit tourist areas after Labor Day when the weather is still beautiful, but the summer crowds are otherwise occupied by their off-season lives. Two years ago, early in my blogging career, I set out on an adventure to one such tourist attraction, Glen Arbor and the Sleeping Bear Dunes area, now known, thanks to a contest featured on the Good Morning America show, as the Most Beautiful Place in America. (See previous post.) That adventure, however, did include one small disappointment. The Cottage Book Shop, one of the bookstores I was intent on visiting, was inexplicably closed. It looked so charming from the outside that I vowed to make a return trip to see what lay behind that rustic log door. So on a similar sunny day this past September, I made good on that vow.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

From Book To Movie

At last!!! One of my favorite books in the world is due to be released in movie form this November. I know, the book is always better than the movie. Still, it's fun to see a favorite book brought to life on the big screen. That's why I'm excited for the release of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. If the trailer is any indication, it should be good. Check it out for yourself:


As if that weren't enough, a movie is in the works for another wonderful book, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. Fans of this wacky and creative author will enjoy this video of him on the set.


 If you haven't already, you still have time to read these two awesome books before the movies come out, but you'd better get started.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Share: For Those Who Think Paper Is Dead

Have any people in your life who insist that paper books are dead? We live in an eWorld after all? Here's a fun video to share.