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, June 25, 2018

A Sweet, Cozy Place

The Mitten Word Bookshop
114 W. Michigan Ave.
Marshall, MI 49068

Pure Michigan—the lakes, the rivers, the beaches, the Mighty Mackinac Bridge, Sleeping Bear Dunes. My home state has many beautiful sights as well as a variety of nicknames: Water Wonderland, Great Lakes State, Beer State. And let's not forget the Mitten! The shape of our state affords Michiganders the unique ability to use our hands as maps, much to the amusement of outsiders. For example, the last bookstore I wrote about (See BayBooks) sits somewhere near the little nook where the top of my pinky finger joins the neighboring ring finger. Much farther south, near the base of this “handy” map sits a little bookstore I recently discovered, aptly named The Mitten Word Bookshop. On a perfect June day, I set out from my home in Lowell to investigate this store with the charming Michigan name.

Friday, June 15, 2018


Bay Books
419 N Saint Joseph Street
Suttons Bay, MI 49682

After receiving just the tiniest sliver of spring for a couple of weeks in May, Michigan fell headlong into summer with tropical weather over the Memorial Day weekend. Okay, so it wouldn't feel so tropical to my friends from Florida, but to us up here in the North, 90 degrees with high humidity is sweltering. I found myself wondering if I had somehow missed Memorial Day and gone straight to July. A week later the “heat wave” had fortunately eased off, presenting me with perfect traveling weather, and I had just the destination in mind. A brand new bookstore opened last month in one of Michigan's lovelier spots about 2 hours north of our cottage. So I grabbed a bottle of water, some snacks, and a notebook, and headed for Suttons Bay and Bay Books.