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.

Friday, May 25, 2018

What A Bargain


Scottville Hometown Hardware
115 S. Main Street
Scottville, MI 49454
231-757-4960

Places to buy books besides bookstores: library sales, garage sales, flea markets, big box stores, hardware stores—wait, hardware stores? That's right. Let me tell you about a unique book buying experience at a Hometown Hardware Store. I was in the small town of Scottville, about half an hour from our cottage. Not at all looking for books, I was enjoying a pleasant afternoon perusing antique shops and discount furniture stores on the hunt for a small dresser. But as you might expect, I'm always on the alert for books. So when I happened to see a small sign in the window of the Hometown Hardware advertising “Books, Books, & More Books,” I was intrigued to say the least. I soon discovered that there was more to this establishment than I first realized. Half hardware store, half “Mini-Mall,” a sidewalk sign out front advertised a curious collection of shopping opportunities: antiques, woodworking, candles, sporting goods, army surplus, and of course, books. This place demanded a look see, so inside I went.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Big Little Library


Hersey Little Free Library
Hersey, Michigan

April in Michigan—the sound of rakes clearing away the leftover debris of winter, robins hopping about on grass that's getting greener by the day, early spring flowers just starting to bloom, a hint of leaves on the trees, and baseball!! Nope. Not this year. This year April thought it was March, and April showers were snow showers. The April of 2018 gave us school closings, icy roads, and baseball games postponed on account of snow. Winter-weary folks let out a collective groan, and the weather was an angry topic of conversation. This year it was nearly May before we were able to open the cottage for the season. Even then, there was still snow on the ground. We comforted ourselves with the thought that once the real spring weather arrived, the snow and ice would soon be gone.

Once the cottage was open, on a sunny afternoon warm enough to finally cast aside a jacket, I decided to treat myself and take a drive. Last winter I had been made aware of a unique Little Free Library not far from our cottage. I referenced it in a blog post (See Library of Distinction.) and promised myself I would see it in person once the weather was better. Well, if you managed to ignore the stubborn piles of snow here and there, the weather was indeed better, so off I went to the small village of Hersey to visit this big Little Free Library.