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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ghost Story?

The Haunted Bookshop
219 N. Gilbert St.
Iowa City, Iowa 52245

We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming. To recap our last bookstore episode: while on vacation, my husband and I had stopped in Iowa City and had just enjoyed a visit to the renowned Prairie Lights bookstore. With plenty of time still left in our day, we set off to check out another establishment only a few blocks away, a shop that would prove to be entirely different, yet equally fascinating. I've been saving this one. Now as the farm stands are bursting with apples, potted mums, and other trappings of fall, now when there is frost in the forecast and the suggestion of autumn color, now when corn mazes rather than beaches provide weekend entertainment and thoughts of Halloween are not too far distant, now is the appropriate time to tell you about The Haunted Bookshop.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Just had to share this:

My fellow book lovers will appreciate this. It is so well done, I just couldn't keep myself from sharing it.


 And on a related note, here's an oldie but goodie.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Another Great Book To Movie

If you've read many of my posts about books, you probably have a pretty good idea that I enjoy historical fiction. That genre encompasses not just several titles that I have loved, but some of my very favorites. That said, I also relish a good historical nonfiction title from time to time. Just a few hours before this writing, I finished reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. More than simply a good book, this one will stick with me for a long, long time. This story of WWII hardship, survival, and courage is an inspiration. Difficult to read at times because of the detailed descriptions of the suffering and tribulation these men endured, it has only made my respect and admiration for the soldiers of WWII more profound.

I anxiously await the movie adaptation of Unbroken, scheduled to be released this Christmas. I hope it does the book justice. If this trailer is any indication, I don't think I will be disappointed.