• Books,  Findings

    4 Poets That Inspire

    April is National Poetry Month!! This week’s Friday Findings shares the work of four poets that inspire me. Two of the poets are contemporary writers and are still living. The other two poets wrote during the early 20th century. Accompanying a few facts about each poet is a poem that resonates strongly with me. Please share any poets or poems that inspire you in the comments!

  • Books,  Bookstores of the World

    Island Bookstore on Mackinac Island

    This Bookstores of the World post should have come out almost two years ago. Lucky for me though, waiting to write about Island Bookstore means that this post lines up with the store’s 40th anniversary! From the store’s website: “The Island Bookstore began as a small antiquarian store with a small retail space above Doud’s market 40 years ago.Today we have two locations, one on Mackinac Island and the other in Mackinaw City, serving the Straits of Mackinac area.”

  • Books,  Reviews

    Mini-Review: The House on Seventh Street

    This past week I started The House on Seventh Street audiobook. I don’t regularly listen to audiobooks and, in all honesty, this is only my second attempt at listening to a book. However, publishing company, BookTrope, offered me a free copy of the audiobook in honor of its recent release so I thought I’d give it a try. I’m only part way through the book at the moment, but the story has captured my attention. Continue below for an “at-this-moment” review. To celebrate the release, BookTrope is also having a sale on the ebook. For a limited time, you can purchased The House on Seventh Street ebook for only $0.99. Buy the book from…

  • Musings,  Religion

    Knowing Religion, Understanding Society

    Ever been in an argument that seemed irreconcilable? Did this argument turn out to be an issue of miscommunication and a misunderstanding of where the other person was coming from? An inability to communicate with someone different from us can often be the result of ignorance. Not knowing anything about your communication partner can lead to some hairy situations. Do you both speak the same language? If not, a lot can be lost in translation. Do you know the customs of their culture? If not, you could unknowingly offend them. It’s important to know something about those with whom we interact and, if we know nothing, to learn.

  • Books,  Findings

    Book Bloggers I Follow

    For this week’s Friday Findings, I decided to highlight book bloggers I follow. A few years ago I began to dive into the community side of book blogging. It was great to talk to other book lovers and connect over various bookish things. Check out these lovely ladies!

  • Books

    10 Books to Make You Laugh

    This week I’m joining in on Top 10 Tuesdays, a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week there’s a new theme and those interested in participating just have to share their lists.

  • Books,  Bookstores of the World

    Landmark Books, among Michigan history and ghosts

    Tucked away at the edge of a northern Michigan city is an tract of land that used to be occupied by a mental hospital. Among the halls that once housed institutionalized women is a bookstore. The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, formerly the Traverse City State Hospital, houses shops, restaurants, and residences. It’s become a mini-town on 480 acres of grassy land.