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, March 27, 2018

Rare Thrill

Bauman Rare Books
The Palazzo
Las Vegas, NV

Calling all extreme book lovers! You will certainly appreciate this. Okay, regular book lovers will probably appreciate it too. Are you ready? I touched the pages of a 1675 edition of Cervantes' Don Quixote!!! That's right. The skin on my fingertips came in contact with actual paper from this classic book printed over 300 years ago, a scarce third edition of Thomas Shelton's translation of the famous work. Wow! To say that it was a thrill would be like saying Hemingway, Dickens, and Twain dabbled in writing. How did I come to enjoy such an auspicious tactile experience, you may be wondering. Well, you see it's like this . . .

Monday, March 5, 2018

Location! Location! Location!

Mohave County Library
Lake Havasu City
1770 N. McCulloch Blvd.
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

Location! Location! Location! Three important words in the real estate industry. Well, I'm here to tell you that location can be an important word in the world of libraries as well. As I've said before, I never met a library that I didn't like, but when you take a great library and add a magnificent location to the mix, the end result is spectacular. As I'm sure you have guessed by now, I recently had an opportunity to visit a great library in a magnificent location. For starters, I was in Arizona. In February. That's pretty spectacular in and of itself. My husband and I had occasion to visit the Lake Havasu City area for five days, and we completely enjoyed the sunny temperatures in the mid seventies. One gorgeous morning while my husband was out rock hounding, I took a walk around town and paid a visit to the local branch of the Mohave County Library.

If you are unfamiliar with Lake Havasu City, you may not know that there is more to this fabulous location than warm sunny days in February. This place is home to the famous London Bridge. Yes, that London Bridge. Allow me to provide a little background information.