Brown County Bookstores

Friday, November 21, 2014

Whenever I travel I tend to find bookstores. A recent trip to Brown County in southern Indiana introduced me to two new ones. The first, Viewpoint Books, was in Columbus, IN. It's a little corner shop with a decent selection. If you find yourself in the area make sure you head all the way to the back to check out the small section of used books! I found a copy of a Steinbeck travel memoir that I hadn't read yet.
The second shop was in downtown Nashville, IN. The town is an adorably sweet tourist spot with tons of little shops. We wandered and did some Christmas shopping for an afternoon.
The best thing about The Book Loft was the excellent selection of antique books by Hoosier authors.  I bought a copy of James Whitcomb Riley's poems from the early 1900s for only $10!
Let me know if there are any great bookstores near you! I'd love to visit them if I'm ever in your area.
Photos by moi.

Wordless Wednesday: Beach Birds

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Florida Birds
More Wordless Wednesday here.
Photo by moi.

A Tale of Too Many Chunksters

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The past two months, since getting back from our big trip, things have just been nuts. Our schedules haven’t seemed to slow down as we caught up at work, had a few out-of-town weekends, prepped for a huge work convention and got ready for the holidays. On top of that I made the mistake of starting a bunch of chunksters all at once.

Honestly, I wasn’t trying to. It was a combination of factors. I realized I really needed to start Don Quixote if I was going to finish it in time to complete the Back to the Classics Challenge (I don't think that's going to happen). I was way behind on starting the final book of the #Trollope2014 Barsetshire series, then I randomly picked up a couple of the others at the library. Anyway, it quickly spiraled and I found myself reading the following books either back-to-back or at the same time.

The Last Chronicle of Barset: 1,003 pages
Don Quixote: 992 pages 
An American Tragedy: 896 pages
The Interestings: 560 pages
The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly: 560 pages
The Last of the Mohicans: 432 pages
Brick Lane: 432 pages

Consequently I’m struggling to keep up reading momentum and my sanity. I just finished An American Tragedy, I’m done with The Interestings, and am nearing the end of Don Quixote. I’m still wading through the gigantic Last Chronicle of Barset and Mohicans and Brick Lane. I feel like I need to speed a couple weeks reading mysteries or YA or something really fun to balance things out again.

Do you guys ever find yourselves lost in a sea of chunksters by accident? Or if you’re reading a huge book, do you ever struggle to keep up the momentum?