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 18, 2016

Small Space, Big Appeal

Cabbages & Kings
36 Center Street
P. O. Box 2735
Douglas, MI 49406

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:

Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--

Of cabbages--and kings--

And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."
from The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll

Who says children's books are just for children? Some of my very favorite books are designated as children's books. My copies of Maurice Sendak's Higglety Pigglety Pop!, Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, and the classic Margery Williams tale of The Velveteen Rabbit are all prized possessions. And some of my most memorable bookstore encounters have been children's bookstores. (See Wild Rumpus and Storybook Village.) Recently I had the good fortune to discover yet another charming shop that caters to the reading tastes of the younger set, whether young in age or in spirit. After my visit to Booked For The Season in Saugatuck (See previous post.), I made the quick trip across the bridge to the adjacent town of Douglas where I found Cabbages & Kings, a children's bookstore that takes its name from a line by the iconic children's author, Lewis Carroll.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A Man for All Seasons, A Bookstore for One

Booked For The Season
439 Butler Street
Saugatuck, MI

If you are the kind of book lover that I am, you probably have lots of books, right? No, actually lots of books doesn't begin to describe it. If you are the kind of book lover that I am, you have piles of books. Everywhere. You have piles of books on the floor. You have piles of books on tabletops. You have piles of books on chair seats. And you probably have a pile on the nightstand that just seems to grow. You have shelves full of books, drawers full of books, bags and boxes full of books. What do you do when you become overrun with books? Well, if you are Tim Lux, you open a bookstore. Yes, when his attic filled up with books, this book lover decided to open a bookstore, and the first Booked For The Season store was born. That's right, I said first store. Tim didn't stop with one. A couple of summers ago, I had the pleasure of discovering his store in Pentwater. (See earlier post.) And just recently, I enjoyed perusing his shop in the artsy tourist town of Saugatuck, Michigan.