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.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Leaving Snow Behind


The Book Exchange
2029 McCulloch Blvd.
Lake Havasu City, AZ
928-453-4043

In January I mentioned that the state of Michigan was closed. Well, who would have thought that it could get worse? But it did! After surviving the Polar Vortex, we were hit with ice. Ice on the roads, ice on the driveway, ice on the sidewalks, and most problematic—ice on the trees. This led to broken tree limbs and in some cases entire trees down. Of course that meant power outages. We were more fortunate than some. Ours was only out for 3 days. In the span of a few weeks, we experienced everything winter has to offer in the way of consequential weather.

Needless to say, my husband and I were eagerly anticipating a trip to the warm desert of Arizona, a trip that we had planned months ago. But once we had power back, then came more snow and along with it the possibility that we might not be able to get out of Michigan. Nevertheless, on our scheduled date, with high hopes we headed to the airport early in the morning for our flight from Grand Rapids. To make a long, painful story short, after 22 hours and a series of plane de-icings, flight delays, missed connections, and flight changes, we finally arrived at our Arizona destination about 2 a.m. (That's 4 a.m. Michigan time.) And what should greet us on our first day in the desert? Rain!! That's right, rain in the desert. Go figure. In that case, what's a book lover to do but look for a bookstore. Luckily, I found one relatively close to our hotel, so when the rain lessened, off I went to visit The Book Exchange in Lake Havasu City.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Yet Another One for the Bucket List


Gladstone's Library
Church Lane
Hawarden
Flintshire

A few years ago I wrote about a bookstore in Scotland where patrons could actually stay and run the place for a week. Well, here's another one for my bucket list, a residential library. Yes, a library that is part hotel. Imagine relaxing, reading, studying, conversing and then spending the night in a great library. And not just any run-of-the-mill library. This is the historic Gladstone's Library, founded by none other than the Victorian British statesman, William Ewart Gladsone, beginning with 32,000 of his personal books. Not just a library, but a meeting place as well, Gladstone's is dedicated to dialogue, debate, and the pursuit of study and research.

Rooms are available for very reasonable rates and include a continental breakfast. A bistro called Food for Thought is open in the evenings. Sounds wonderful. I think I'm going to need a bigger bucket.

Here's a short video with an aerial view of the library.