Birthday Book Spree

A couple of weeks ago, my sister and I went on an overnight trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan to celebrate my birthday!

First, I did the most important thing a person can do when planning a trip to Michigan. I downloaded the song from the Cider House rules soundtrack to listen to in the car so we could pretend like we were in a Michigan commercial.



If you've never seen a Michigan commercial, do yourself a favor and watch one:


Isn't that the best emotional manipulation you've ever seen? Doesn't it make you want to go to Michigan?

In case you thought I was joking about pretending to be in a Michigan commercial, I can assure you, I was not kidding:





I've never liked having my picture taken, but I humored my sister and took a car selfie:


And then we were off to our first stop of the trip, a giant book sale. The proceeds from the sale went to scholarships for women, so I was able to justify my frivolous book buying. No, I wasn't adding even more books to my already overflowing to-read stacks. I was standing up for equality! I simply HAD to buy those twelve books that I didn't really need, for the sake of women everywhere.


Then we went to six different bookstores, including this one, which had the cutest sign I've ever seen:


And this brand new bookstore, Literati, that was one of my favorites:


We ate four meals and two snacks (because book spreeing really builds up the appetite):


Some people would say it's a bad thing when you're stopping at as many bakeries as book stores. But they would be wrong.

On day two we went to two more bookstores and attended a book festival, which turned out to not be that great but there was a really cute ice cream truck outside so I'm still counting that as a win:


My final book tally for the weekend: 20 books. That's a very low number for me, but I decided to be more careful with my book selections this time and not shop like I just won a 92-second record grab.


I can't wait to start reading all the wonderful books I bought!


Comments

  1. That sounds like so much fun! I don’t know anyone that would want to go to that many bookstores with me, but I would love it! And bakeries too! Yum!! Happy Belated Birthday!

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  2. Browsing bookstores makes for a wonderful day. When the cold weather sets in I will hunker down wit lots of reading material. xo Laura

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    1. It was a fantastic trip! I highly recommend going on a book spree!

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  3. Sounds like such fun, I would enjoy a book shop spree along with the bakeries.

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  4. What a wonderful way to spend your bday! By the way, HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY!! Loved your photos and that you shared about such a fun trip with your sister. Those macarons looked delish!! Yum!!

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  5. Sounds like the perfect trip! Books and food. Can’t go wrong there.

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  6. OH! I LOVE books...I thought I would have all this time to read once I retired...nope...and I went back to work, to boot!!!! I took so many books to the thrift stores as I am downsizing and have FINALLY decided to really USE a public library.
    Your 'book tour' sounds like a wonderful way to spend your birthday...and I LOVE those MI ads, too! lol xo Diana

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  7. sounds like a great trip, happy birthday!

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  8. Fist of all, a very happy birthday to you! This sounds like a super fun way to celebrate, and I'm envious of that new pile of books you own.

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  9. I lived the whole middle of my life in Ann Arbor. I have tons of family in Michigan. I go there as much as I can. Literati! Last time I was there I bought 3 books in about 3 minutes. The bakeries are great too!

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    1. This was my first time in Ann Arbor, but I really enjoyed it. Literati was so fun!

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