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, July 27, 2019

Food For Thought


Blue Vase
Book Exchange
2048 M-137
Interlochen, MI 49643
231-276-3338

“Food for thought!” How many times have you heard that old saying? To my mind nothing provides more food for thought than a good book. It naturally follows, then, that books are food for the mind. Some are snacks, some are appetizers, and some are complete banquets. When it comes to this food, I never want to go on a diet. I have piles and shelves of this brain food waiting for consumption. So I guess an old grocery store is a particularly appropriate place for a bookstore. That's right, an old supermarket has been turned into a bookstore, and I recently had the pleasure of visiting Blue Vase Book Exchange.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Historic Landmark


Landmark Books
800 Cottageview Drive
Suite 45
Traverse City, MI 49684
231-922-7225


It just doesn't get much better than a trip to a charming library in a beautiful northern Michigan town; that is, of course, unless you discover an interesting bookstore in a very unique location—on the same day. In my last post, I wrote about the lovely Elk Rapids district library, and as luck would have it, I left that quaint library with enough time in the day for a stop in nearby Traverse City. I have blogged about bookstores in this town in the past (see Brilliant and Horizon), but I had recently learned of yet another shop in a fascinating historic setting, the former Traverse City State Hospital. Of course I had to visit Landmark Books.