On Tap Tuesdays October 25

I’ve decided that Tuesdays are going to my on tap posts. What does that mean? Well it means that I’m going to use every Tuesday to tell you what I’m reading and plan to read for the week!

I’m currently working on The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780312282998). Really loving this book! A great sweeping look at New York in the late 30s  and early 40s from the view of two Jewish comic book writers. Even though it has been out for a while I think I’m definitely going to do a review, because I think everyone should read this book.

Also in the middle of an audiobook that I picked out for a long trip to a wedding last weekend. Had to find something that both I and the fiancee would like, so I picked up The Tangle Box by Terry Brooks (http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781423350392) at first I wasn’t sure if I liked the narrator but as we got further into the book and he did different voices for the characters it really made you immerse yourself in the land of Landover.

Hopefully I’ll get these two finished up soon. I really find myself wanting to savor The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and not rush through it. I have some other books in the stacks that I need to get to soon though. What’s on tap for you this week?


Lack of Book Stores/ Book Store Closings

With the closing of Borders and other book store chains my area has almost become a book store desert. Yes I said desert. The closest big store chain is over an hour and a half away. I’m seriously starting to worry about the state of the book world in our area and people’s access to books.

Now, don’t get me wrong, we have libraries. I love libraries and I frequent ours often. I think the recent closings have just got me thinking about the state of the book industry and access to books in lower populated areas. I don’t think the book industry is in trouble, it’s just changing and evolving. I’m wondering how this evolution is going to effect areas like mine. Especially with the e-book movement.

More and more people are getting access computers and the internet, but there are still those without the means of affording such luxuries. In addition, in this area, there are still people who only have access to dial up connections. Can you imagine downloading a book on a dial up connection? So I wonder, how many children in the future are not going to have access to books? People I have talked to say that it won’t be an issue, we will still have libraries. Some children won’t be able to go to the library though. Their parents won’t have a car, or will unfortunately be the parents that won’t take them to encourage their child in reading. We don’t have public transit systems in my area, so people can’t just hop on a bus to make the half hour trip to the library. So are less populated areas going to keep falling behind educationally and therefore in future successes because of this changes?

I don’t want this post to be all gloomy, so I’d like to end on a positive note. A week or two ago I discovered a delightful independent bookstore about 30-40 minutes away. It is called Coffee Beans and Books. Check them out at  http://coffeebeansandbooks.com/ . Located in a junior high school building that is no longer a junior high, but has been converted into a music school (Which I think is an awesome use of the space, instead of just letting it sit and fall into degrade!) The store is cozy with ample seating and has a great selection of new books, several that I can’t find at the local libraries. They also have a selection of used books. And the great thing? You can also get an awesome cup of coffee or hot chocolate while you are there! I tried the Cocomocha Crunch latte while I was there!  So if you are in the area check it out or you can support it through online ordering through they website.

Welcome to Reading in the Mountains

This is just going to be an introductory post about what you may expect to see here at Reading in the Mountains. This blog will be at its heart a book blog. This will include book reviews, interesting book and author news, and maybe even a read along or book club if people are interested.

So now, a little about me. I’m 26 years old and live in West Virginia. I’m not involved in the book industry in any way, I’m just a person who loves books and I want to share that with others. I hope to build a community to discuss and share books. Happy Fall Everyone!





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