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, November 30, 2017

One Book, One Community

Reading a book as a group is a great way to bring a community together, and community reads seem to be popping up all over the place. This makes the librarian in me very happy. Last summer I wrote about a Muskegon area project centered around Timothy Egan's Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, which was also a selected title for the book club I attend. Then this fall The Friends of the Montague Library and The Friends of the White Lake Community Library collaborated on a One Book, One Community undertaking featuring Michigan author, John Smolens and his book, Wolf's Mouth. As with the Muskegon area read, the Smolens book was a featured selection of my book club, and our usual meeting was attended not just by the regular club members, but also by a crowd of interested White Lake area readers and participants in the community read.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Old Store, New Store

Stirling Books & Brew
119 N Superior Street
Albion, MI 49224

Always look on the bright side of life. Every cloud has a silver lining. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. I don't want to be cliché here, but a few years back I made a New Year's resolution to have an attitude of gratitude and not let the negative stuff bog me down. Okay, easier said than done, but when I remember to apply this thinking, it is amazingly helpful. Recently I had a great opportunity to find the silver lining and make some lemonade.

My husband was scheduled to take a work trip to Asia, and I had planned to drive him to the airport in his car so that I could take it in for repairs while he was gone. Well, I ended up driving him to the airport alright, but not in his car and not to our local airport. As it turned out, his originating flight was delayed such that he would not be able to make his connection in Detroit. So what else could we do? We drove the 140 miles to Detroit. Since we had just returned the night before from a great, yet exhausting trip to Atlanta for a wedding, we were both tired, cranky, and on edge. The last thing I wanted to do was spend another five hours in the car. I really needed to make some lemonade out of this sour situation. What can always brighten my mood? A bookstore, of course. After dropping my husband off, I was already two hours from home with nobody but the cat expecting me for dinner. The perfect time to take a slight detour for a bookstore I had been meaning to visit. My mood brightened immediately as I drove away from Detroit and toward Albion, home of Stirling Books & Brew.