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, May 28, 2014

Okay? Okay.

You now have less than two weeks to read John Green's The Fault In Our Stars before the movie comes out. I know. I know. I have already posted more than once about this book and its talented author. But believe me when I tell you that this is a thing. A movement. A phenomenon. You should not miss this. But you don't have to just take my word for it. Last week the Wall Street Journal devoted two full pages to John Green. Two full pages! There's even a TFIOS (pronounced tif-ee-ohs) t-shirt for crying out loud.

Don't be put off by the fact that it is designated as a young adult read. I'm an old adult, and I absolutely loved it.

Allow me to share the articles from the WSJ.

The Green Revolution

Upending the Summer Blockbuster Model

John Green Glossary

The last one will explain TFIOS as well as the t-shirt.

So go read the book, and then go see the movie when it comes out on June 6.
Okay? Okay.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Book House Update

Sadly, this was once the Book House.
About a year ago, I posted a story about the Book House in the St. Louis area. Inhabiting a charming old Victorian house, this popular bookstore was in danger of being torn down to make way for an industrial storage facility, of all things. (See earlier post.) Well, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that even with a petition drive to save the store, it was indeed torn down. The good news is that the store has found a new space and reopened this past winter. Judging by all the activity on the store website (www.bookhousestl.com), the Book House is alive and well. 

The new Book House location
Yes, the original Victorian house from which the store took its name is no more, but happily the store itself survives. That's saying something.

The Book House is still on my list of stores to one day visit. It's resilience alone makes it appealing.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

World Book Night 2014

Bulletin board in children's area, Reed City Public Library
After the winter we endured in Michigan this year, 50 degrees felt positively balmy. Not so warm as last year, but then again not so wet either. Looking out the window from indoors, the sunny blue skies this 23rd of April suggested that spring might actually have arrived in Michigan. It was a perfect day to give away books.

My World Book Night adventure this year took me to the small, rural Michigan town of Reed City. Why Reed City you might ask? Well, this charming town just happens to be the site of Chris's Country Dollar, a variety store owned by my brother Dave who agreed to let me use his establishment as a base of operations for my book giving. My brother is a gregarious sort with a sympathetic ear and the uncanny ability to carry on a conversation on almost any topic, so it is not unusual for patrons to stop and chew the fat as well as shop. What better place to seek out light and reluctant readers on which to bestow free reading material.