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.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Seen At Bookstores

Booksellers are the best. These imaginative signs seen in and around bookstores provide perfect examples of the spirit and creativity I so often encounter in book lovers. Had to share.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Addition By Subtraction

Totem Books
620 W. Court Street
Flint, MI 48503

Now for something completely different! Okay, maybe not completely in the strictest sense of the word. Rest assured I'm still talking about a bookstore. But this brand new store is in a location so far removed from the majority of stores I have visited that to me it seems completely different.

If you've followed my blog for very long, you have no doubt noticed my attraction to quaint small towns and charming tourist areas. The Lake Michigan shore has been a favorite of mine. Towns from St. Joseph in southwest Michigan on up the coast to Montague, Traverse City, Petoskey, and Charlevoix plus numerous summer vacation spots in between (Newaygo, Gaylord, Pentwater, Glen Arbor) all provided memorable bookstore experiences for me. I've enjoyed bookstores while traveling (Hong Kong, Washington D.C., MinneapolisPittsburgh, Iowa City), bookstores in unique locations (a converted factory, an old train car), and even in small out-of-the way places (Mecosta, Owosso, Albion)--each store interesting and enjoyable in its own unique way.

Then this past December I took a trip to a Michigan town I had never before visited, not a tourist town, not a quaint small town, not an out-of-the way discovery. No, this trip took me to Flint, Michigan. What attracted me to Flint, you may wonder, a town which has seen more than its fair share of trouble and turmoil of late? Well, I got wind of a new bookstore opening up in Flint, thanks to my alert cousin Jane. Couple that with a Michigan December that was uncharacteristically mild, and a road trip was definitely in order. So on a much warmer than normal December day, I set out for Totem Books.