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.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tip of the Mitt, Part II

The Island Bookstore
Main St. Center
PO Box 1298
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

With a view of the magnificent Mackinac Bridge in the distance, historic Mackinac Island, sitting in the blue-green waters of Lake Huron, attracts swarms of visitors every summer. Stepping off the ferry onto the Island is somewhat akin to time travel. Mass transit is strictly of the literal horsepower variety. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the Island. A walk down the quaint Main Street involves sharing the road with horse-drawn carriages and bicycles.

The hotels, stores, and restaurants are abuzz with activity during the warm weather season, but as the temperatures drop, so does the number of tourists. Hotels and stores close, and the hustle and bustle ceases until the next warm season. The Island is not entirely deserted in the winter, however. A residual group of citizens remains. For them the Island is a year-round home. One such resident is Mary Jane Barnwell, who along with her brother and sister-in-law, are the owners of The Island Bookstore.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tip of the Mitt, Part I

Mackinac Island
Public Library
Mackinac Island, Michigan

One of the sweetest benefits of retirement is that I am free to visit tourist destinations before the arrival of the actual tourist season and all of the accompanying hordes of vacationers. Taking advantage of this luxury, I set out on a sun-filled day to begin an adventure in one of my favorite Michigan areas, the Tip of the Mitt, home to the Mighty Mac, our Mackinac Bridge. Joining Michigan's Lower and Upper Peninsulas at the intersection of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, the "Bridge" as it's known to my Michigan friends, is a "must-see" summer destination. But in case you aren't from Michigan and are unfamiliar with our Bridge, suffice it to say that it is longer than the Golden Gate (five miles from end to end) and, in my less-than-humble opinion, more beautiful than San Francisco's bridge, no disrespect intended. You haven't fully experienced Michigan until you have crossed the spectacular Mackinac Bridge.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Share: For Book Lovers

There are pros and cons for both ebooks and printed books. I read ebooks on occasion, but my strong preference is for paper books. I love the feel and the smell of paper books. And I have lots of fabulous bookmarks. How can I use those with an ebook? If you're like me, you'll appreciate this parody of All About That Bass created by the folks at The Book Man in British Columbia, a store that is on my bucket list for obvious reasons. Thanks to my friend, Cassie, for sharing this.