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, April 15, 2014

Dream Homes For Bibliomaniacs

"What do you do when you're an architect whose father owns 16,000 books? You build him a house-library and move in permanently."

I just had to share this quote from a Flavorwire article and photo gallery featuring homes designed for book lovers. If you're like me, you'll be drooling over these pictures of bookshelves embedded into the floor, built into a staircase, filling walls, and more.

Am I jealous? Well, much of my book storage is made up of piles on tabletops, on the floor, on the window ledge, on my nightstand--so, yes, of course I am envious seeing these beautiful spaces. At the same time I am also happy to know that there exist others who are perhaps as book nerdy as I am or more so. Hmmm, I'm getting some ideas!

Take a look at the rest of these unique and beautiful homes on the Flavorwire website here:

Dream Homes.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sizable Success

Schuler Books & Music
2660 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

I have mentioned on more than one occasion that I have nothing against big chain bookstores. I shop at Barnes and Noble from time to time. I even have a Barnes and Noble membership card. Come on. A bookstore is a bookstore after all. But I have a special place in my heart for independent bookstores. With something of a hurried imperative, I began this blog nearly three years ago, thinking that my time might be limited. As electronic media became more and more popular, surely the independent bookstore would be an endangered species. Happily, I was wrong. As with any business, there are some that flounder and fade away. But I was pleased to find a reality of numerous bookstores, small and large, adapting and thriving. As a matter of fact I recently paid a visit to a successful independent bookstore in Grand Rapids, Michigan, not more than a mile from a sizable Barnes and Noble store. Apparently they can coexist, and in close proximity no less.