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, July 26, 2018

Just Beyond My Neighborhood


Glen Lake Community Library
10115 Front Street
Empire, MI 49630
231-326-5361

I always say that when I'm at the cottage, my neighborhood expands. Thanks to the rural location coupled with the freedom of retirement and a car with great gas mileage, my “up-north” neighborhood is comprised of a cluster of counties rather than a cluster of houses, and a drive from one edge of this neighborhood to the other would consume a couple of hours—pleasant hours. Not only do I think nothing of driving half an hour to shop for groceries, I actually enjoy it. In fact, with sufficient enticement, I can be induced to travel even farther to the north into the adjacent multi-county “neighborhood.” You can well imagine that such enticement might involve something to do with a bookstore, and you would be correct. One of my favorite bookstores in northern Michigan had scheduled an author event? Say no more. That's all the incentive I needed.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

From Big To Big Time

Not long ago I wrote about a "Big" Little Free Library in Hersey, MI. (See post.) Now it seems that these diminutive book-sharing structures have hit the big time. In a recent newsletter from Little Free Library, I learned that none other than the NBC TODAY show has launched a Little Free Library of its own as part of a celebration of reading. During a recent show segment entitled By the Book, TODAY's Jenna Bush Hager gave a report on the state of reading in America, and the show anchors shared some of their favorite book titles. As part of the segment, the new TODAY show Little Free Library at 30 Rockefeller Plaza was unveiled. Visit the Little Free Library website here for a link to video of the segment where you'll also get some great book suggestions!