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.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Take the Long Way Home!

Bookstore & Coffee
815 Shelden Ave.
Houghton, MI 49931

Ahhh, the sights and sounds of a bookstore: patrons flipping through the pages of prospective purchases, book lovers engaged in conversation about their latest favorite titles, a child curled up on a lap to listen to a story. Of course the main thing to see is books, but any bookstore worth its salt will also have a variety of items like tote bags, unique bookmarks, mugs for book lovers, notebooks, pens, stationery, fun refrigerator magnets, meat, and eggs. Wait! Meat and eggs? You mean you've never been to a bookstore that sells meat and eggs? Well, I hadn't either until I visited Bookworm in Houghton, Michigan. This store has all that and more: a gumball machine, local honey, souvenirs, baked goods, a full menu of coffee beverages, and pieces of native copper. This is copper country, after all. Allow me to explain.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Just In Case You Didn't Already Know

If you're an avid reader and book lover as well as a PBS viewer, you probably already know about this. But just in case, I thought I would fill you in on The Great American Read. PBS is celebrating the power of reading in a quest to find the country's favorite book. The program actually began last spring, but it's not too late to get involved.  It won't end until October. People from across the nation can vote on a selection of the top 100 favorite novels selected in a national survey. The titles span a wide range of authors, genres, countries, and time frames, all part of a special series airing on PBS on Tuesdays beginning with a kickoff on September 11. Voting ends at midnight PT on October 18, and a Grand Finale show will air on October 23, to announce the winner—the most beloved book in America. If you would like more information on the program and how to vote, check out this link:
If you're like me, you'll find it incredibly difficult to pick just one. Fortunately, you don't have to. You can vote more than once. And I have.