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, August 26, 2014

Cross One Off the Bucket List

Prairie Lights
15 South Dubuque St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
319-337-2681

Forgive me, Sparty, for I have found another. No. No. Don't get me wrong. You will always be my number one, but I have developed a new admiration for another B1G university. Okay, so it's mainly just another university town, but still, I feel a tiny bit guilty. Allow me to explain. Recently while on our annual trek to the Pyrotechnics Guild International convention, this year held in Mason City, IA, my husband and I had occasion to spend a night in Iowa City, home of the Iowa Hawkeyes. It's not East Lansing, but it's a wonderful place. Almost immediately, I fell in love with the city. Friendly people, great restaurants, live Friday-night music in the charming town square, and of course bookstores--what's not to love? Our stopover in Iowa City was actually prompted by a bookstore that has been on my bucket list for several months now. (See Bucket List.) I was excited to have this opportunity to visit well-known book lovers' bookstore, Prairie Lights, and happy to have my husband Jim along on this visit.

Monday, August 11, 2014

I Got Used!

Booked for the Season
145 S. Hancock Street
Pentwater, MI 49449
231-690-7190

Recently while on safari in search of the sometimes elusive independent bookstore, I encountered a rare breed of the species, one that I had never before seen or even knew existed--the consignment bookstore. Deep in the heart of the western Michigan tourist oasis of Pentwater, I encountered this intriguing shop called Booked for the Season, so named as it is open only during the summer. Through wide-open double doors, I entered the smallish space with rustic floor boards and thatch-covered walls accentuated here and there with brightly colored, stylized lizards.