Fun fact


Dear Readers,

I knew I loved the smell of old books for a reason.  I have to admit that I have never thought any of them smelled live almond, vanillas or grass.

Happy Reading,


What kind of reader are you?

Dear Readers,

What kind of fiction reader are you?  Do you stick only to authors that you know?  Do you fall in love with a certain writer and only read their books?  Do you read a certain genre and nothing else?  Are you one who will read anything as long as it is good?  Do you decide on your own what and who you are going to read or do you take recommendation of other readers?

Personally I am one who will read just about anything.  I can’t say everything I have read was good, but always worth a try because I have found some real gems along the way.  The Book Thief.  Read it before it was popular because I loved the idea that someone was so desperate to read they were willing to steal the books.   I also did another one, & no I am not sharing the title,  because it was causing a bit of an uproar online and it was terrible.  The Shack?  Read that when it first was making a stir online as an self-published book.

I love to try something new.  I love to find new authors who will keep that TBR pile nice and high.  I love listening to other readers, face to face.  I love to listen to someone who is passionate about the book they are reading.  Us book readers love to share our favorites and not favorites with any and all who will listen.  Personally it is the very best thing about my job. I have been adding books to my shelves here at the store just because of recommendations from other readers.


So to be able to define what kind of reader I am is almost impossible.  I am the type of reader that will give anything a try.  It sure keeps my reading life interesting.

So what kind of reader are you?

Happy Reading,


Fiction Readers Summit

Dear Readers,

Not sure if you have heard about this little adventure that several friends and I are doing in May.  May 10 -12 to be exact.  We are hosting what we have lovingly named the Fiction Readers Summit.

15 Christian fiction authors are going to hang out with you for the weekend.  Starting Thursday night with a fabulous dinner and all day Friday.  You will get a chance to visit, talk to, learn from and ask questions of some of the biggest names in the fiction world.  Friday night is set aside for a time of what we are calling Selfies and Signings.  You will get a chance to get books signed, take pictures and shopping at Baker Book House.


If you want more information you can go to our website – or check out our facebook at

Register soon, the spots are limited.  See you in May.

Happy Reading,

New Releases – March 12 – 17

Dear Readers,

Beware of the ides of March.  I don’t think that really has anything to do with anything now a days, but it is a fun quote from Shakespeare.  It is in his tragedy Julius Caesar and for some reason in my family we like to use it.

Here a few titles you only have to enjoy.

Happy Reading,

If I Live – Terri Blackstock – #3 If I Run Series – Casey is hiding again–in Memphis this time–but it’s different now. She knows without a doubt that Dylan believes her and is doing all he can to help bring Brent’s killer to justice. He’s become an unexpected friend . . . and even, maybe, something more. Hope makes everything more bearable.  Casey makes a deal with the DA to turn over all the evidence she and Dylan have gathered against Keegan and Rollins–only to discover that the DA is in league with them too. After a desperate escape, who can they possibly turn to now?

Across the Blue – Carrie Turansky – Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the Channel if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year.  When James Grant, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson’s new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the English Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson’s newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret.

A Most Noble Heir – Susan Ann Mason – When stable hand Nolan Price learns from his dying mother that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, his plans for a future with kitchen maid Hannah Burnham are shattered. Once he is officially acknowledged as the earl’s heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry beneath his station.  Unwilling to give up the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope–believing that once their marriage is sanctioned by God, Lord Stainsby will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between pleasing Hannah and living up to his father’s demanding expectations.  At every turn, forces work to keep the couple apart, and a solution to remain together seems further and further away. With Nolan’s new life pulling him irrevocably away from the woman he loves, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.

The Man He Never Was – James L. Roubart – Torren Daniels has been missing for two and a half years. His wife has moved on and is in a serious relationship. His kids have accepted his death. So when he shows up on their front porch two years and six months to the day he disappeared, they’re shocked and not sure how to react, mostly because Torren was a man full of platitudes and promises–which he broke 90 percent of the time–and a wicked temper. None of them can say they’re truly glad he’s back. Good man to the community, the business world. But behind closed doors? Not so much.  But Torren has changed. Radically changed. His wife and kids come first. He keeps his promises to them, and they truly become his priority in life. There’s joy. Playfulness. Love. A real commitment to God that was only a cliche before he vanished. The man he’d always been to those outside his family is now true for them as well. He’s been given a second chance. To see what life could be like if he could finally live out of the man he’s always wanted to be.  Torren has absolutely no memory of the time he was away and no explanation for the change in him. He doesn’t care. The old man has died and he’s finally the man he’s always longed to be deep down.  But as the months go on, his memory slowly returns. And the more the memories come, the more Torren slips back into being the man he was before. How can he hang on to the new man he’s become? And who is he really? The man he was . . . or the man he is?

Library visit

Dear Readers,

I had the privilege to visit the library at Texas Corner Bible Church in Kalamazoo.  I had a wonderful time getting to know the librarians, Caryn, Dianne and Kaye better.  They treated me to a lovely breakfast and some lively conversation about books, libraries and reading in general.

If you have ever thought that church libraries are a dying breed, then take the time to get to know these librarians.  They have a strong passion for their calling and take their jobs very seriously.  The three of them work together making sure they have a great mixture of fiction, children’s and non-fiction.  They work hard and are a blessing to their church, community and to me.

Thank you ladies and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Happy Reading,