I love love love love independent bookstores. The messiness. The book smell – old and new. And the people who frequent such stores are AWESOME!
One of my favorite bookstores was found in Kailua in Oahu. The spousal unit and I stumbled across this little gem while wandering the streets of Kailua.
And, yes, it does look like the picture above. New books. Old books. Some on shelves. Some on the floor. Some on seats. I watched the proprietor as she wandered purposefully through the aisles grabbing books for customers. “Um, there’s this book about a tiger in the sea and a guy…” Zoom – off to a random bookshelf to grab Life of Pi. “I want a really good book for my four year old.” Zoom – off to the other end of the store to grab a Mo Willems book.
If you are in Kailua (or Oahu at all) – I would make this a destination. It’s worth it.
Another year has seen its culmination. Mario Zucca created this piece to commemorate all of the happenings of this last year. There is so much to see in this illustration, I could spend forever looking at it.
How many things can you spot?
From the LA Times.
I have to be honest – I haven’t seen any of these books on our shelves in my neck of the woods. And a few of these look amazing.
Telegraph informs us of the top 10 in the UK.
Anyone seen these? Read them?
One man. A bunch of snow. Time on his hands. A WHOLE LOT of talent for the big picture.
Beautiful snow art.
ahahahaha! I really hope people don’t think I’m Nic Cage, however. Robin Coyle did this one!
Given my busy schedule, I pledged to read 20 books in the last year. I did that – by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin.
I read a number of picture books and a few longer novels. Nearly all of them received a 4 or 5 star recommendation from me. One did not.
To see my books, check out my Goodreads page.
Ugh! Oh ugh!
Not a comment on the author’s writing or the subject matter (at least not directly). However, a comment about how ITCHY MY HEAD IS NOW!!
Bugs in My Hair! is about – yes, you got it – head lice. Oh gosh – my head is itching me as I type this!
A testament to David Shannon’s writing – and his illustrations – Bugs in My Hair! comes through with it’s back-cover promise: “WARNING: This book will make you ITCHY!”
Or – the life of the perverbial introvert. Thank you Jason Love.
My favorite: be more or less specific. Thank you to The Meta Picture. Or as Stephen King would say “the road to Hell is paved with adverbs.”
Ahahahahaha!! So, what do you do for money? Thank you Kaye Draper. She has some funny stuff on her blogspot.