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.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Scenic Beauty and a Bookstore

Suddenly it was mid September. As with most summers, the weeks had flown by faster than the Road Runner escaping the clutches of the Coyote. Beep beep! It's gone. Before I even had a chance to take a road trip, it was over. But wait. This year summer decided to hang on for a few extra weeks. What luck.
Since I'm retired, my summer is dictated by the weather, not the calendar. So when September 19 arrived with the promise of sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 70's, I decided it was the perfect opportunity for a road trip after all. For quite some time friends had been telling me about scenic Michigan Highway 119, otherwise known as the Tunnel of Trees, and this was the perfect day to do it. And on my way, I decided that this would also be a great time to stop in Harbor Springs and revisit a lovely little bookstore, Between the Covers.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

My Bear Encounter

Flying Bear Books
79 State Road
Newaygo, MI 49337

Lions, tigers, and bears.
Oh my! Okay, so we don't actually have lions and tigers. But we definitely have bears. In the wooded northern Michigan area where our cottage is located, there have been numerous sightings. Some of my neighbors have reported bird feeders being destroyed, and some have reported scary close encounters. But in the town of Newaygo, about 40 miles south, there is a bear of another sort—a friendly, literary bear—one that encourages close encounters . . . with books that is. I recently enjoyed such an encounter at Flying Bear Books.