Posted by: Jeanie F | May 21, 2012

Going Shopping – Need Your Help!!

Next weekend my husband and I will take our annual trip to San Diego’s Coronado Island. The highlight of this trip is always the morning we spend browsing in the wonderful indie bookstore, Bay Books. This store, deceptively small on the outside, is one of the best stocked indies (as well as one of the very few indies) in Southern California.

If you read this blog, you know that I am a dedicated Kindle reader and most of my reading is done on my Kindle. However, I like to do all I can to support independent bookstores, so I always drop a fair amount of cash at Bay Books, Laguna Beach Books and Vroman’s in Pasadena whenever I happen to be there.

I usually have a list of books I’m looking for when I go, but we just went to Vroman’s a few weeks ago.  I haven’t had time to start a new TBR list, so I’m looking for recommendations. There are several types of books I particularly like to buy in “book” form:

  • Classics that I plan to keep (will be looking for Wallace Stegner’s Crossing to Safety)
  • Poetry
  • Non-fiction, particularly if it includes quality photography
  • Instructional books (typically on writing, technology, etc)

Having said that, I’m open to anything that you think is a book worth keeping, and would love your suggestions.

I just finished Toni Morrison’s new book, Home, and will review it in the next day or two.Spoiler: I loved it!! Just need some time to think it through – it’s a small book with important ideas!

Looking forward to your recommendations!


  1. When I am in LA, I buy as many books as I can carry from Book Soup – just like you, to support an Independent Book Store. But it’s hard for me to get out of any bookstore without buying at least one – after a long conversation with one of the bookstore’s employees – who is always a reader too. As for recommendations? Calvin Trillin is one of my favorite authors, and I still have “Tepper Isn’t Going Out” on my shelf. And if you haven’t read “Inside Out and Back Again” (poetry), it’s worth a look. Hope this isn’t too late and you enjoy beautiful San Diego.

    • Rosemary, thanks for the recommendations! We’re on our way to Bay Books this morning, and I’ll definitely check the out. Have never read Trillin. I’ll let you know the outcome!

  2. Probably the poetry book that I still most return to even though I’ve had it many years, is ‘Collected Poems’ by Phillip Larkin

    • I love Larkin and, frankly, had forgotten about him. Thanks for the reminder!

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