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This week is Top Ten outrageous things I've done for love of books. I'm tweaking this one a bit- I'm going to share some things I've done, but also share some bookish memories since otherwise I might not have ten? I mean, I'm not outrageous.
1) Skipping class
I've related this story before but I once skipped class to keep reading a book. The kicker is the professor walked by after class- I was in a concourse with windows, enjoying my little reading perch, and... Embarrassing.
2) Is this it?
This is another story I've told before (you can see here) but basically I was looking an out of print book and couldn't find it anywhere. I was in a used bookstore in Midland MI with my girlfriend at the time and she was helping me look. Needless to say I was amazed when she said
"Is this it?"
3) Comic store virgin
Seriously the first time I went into a comic store I was gobsmacked. It was this place below street level; you had to go down some leaf strewn steps, a total dump. Comics though. My dad took me and my friend there, and afterwards we'd go to Old Town Drive-in and have coney dogs and root beer, while reading our comics right there at the counter.
4) Vault of Midnight
5) Mystery bookstores
Who knew there were bookstores devoted solely to mysteries? Well I didn't until I found Aunt Agatha's in Ann Arbor a few years ago. Sadly, this store closed last year, but I'm glad I got a chance to go there at least once- and I found a ton of out of print books there when I did!
6) East Lansing book scene
I lived in East Lansing for a few years (home to Michigan State University) and I had a few go-to used bookstores and comic shops. The book scene is pretty vibrant in E. Lansing just like in Ann Arbor.
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