About the only positive thing that this Michigan resident can find about the winter of 2014, the year of the "Polar Vortex," is that the misery this year has been shared by those in states with traditionally more temperate winter climates. Schadenfreude? Okay, maybe just a little. There is something comforting in shared pain, I confess. At any rate, I was blessed to gain a respite from the cold this year, if only for four days. Since my husband and I had spent a fair amount of our honeymoon at Disney World, we felt it only fitting that we make a return visit to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We were blessed with sun and warm weather the entire time. What a treat it was to get a hint of sunburn on our faces and even at one point to hear my husband complain that he was hot. Leaving coats, boots, and single digit temperatures for shorts and flip flops, I did indeed feel like I was visiting the Happiest Place On Earth.
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 12, 2014
2417 N. Cedar St.
Holt, MI 48842
For a bibliomaniac like me, meeting a fellow book lover is always a pleasure. But when that book lover is also the owner of a bookstore chock full of book bargains, so much the better. Recently on my way to visit my son in Lansing, I took a brief detour to the adjacent small community of Holt, Michigan, where I met Laura Spanburg, owner of The Bookshelf, and lover of bargains as well as books. It was not hard for me to understand why Laura is such a happy purveyor of great deals once I learned that she spent seven years as a manager of Bargain Books in Holt. When that store closed two years ago, Laura simply would not let the community be without great deals on good books. She found an available building that had formerly housed an art gallery and opened The Bookshelf.