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, October 31, 2016

I Dogear Books!

Dog Ears Books
106 Waukazoo Street
Northport, MI 49670

Fair warning—I'm going to rave about my beautiful state of Michigan again. Why shouldn't I? Once again my fabulous state has received national recognition. One of my very favorite places, highway M-22, has landed squarely at the top, yes first place, in USA Today's Ten Best Scenic Autumn Drives. The paper describes M-22 as “a 116-mile route along Lake Michigan that is absolutely breathtaking come autumn.” Having driven this highway many times, I can attest to the fact that it is quite breathtaking even before the fall color arrives. I am not alone in my admiration; M-22 even has its own website: m22michigan.com.

Up until recently, though, I had never taken the time to follow this lovely byway to its northern peak in the the charming town of Northport on the Leelanau Peninsula. So early in October I decided to make that drive and was happy to discover, as you might have guessed, a unique bookstore, Dog Ears Books.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Old Building, New Shop

Books & Mortar
955 Cherry Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Independent bookstores will soon be a thing of the past. Do you remember those dire predictions? Amazon and e-books will drive them out of business. That's what we were told. Yeah, right! And by now we were also supposed to be living in a paperless world. How has that worked out? Apparently the readers of the world didn't get the message. The American Booksellers Association has reported growth in their membership for a straight seven years. Rather than dying out, new bookstores are opening, and existing bookstores are thriving. It seems that people still want print books and the personal touch of a brick-and-mortar establishment. In keeping with this trend, Grand Rapids, Michigan, now claims a brand new independent bookstore called, appropriately, Books & Mortar, and I had the pleasure of visiting this shop shortly after its grand opening.