This week's posting marks the 200th entry for The Book Shopper blog, which began with its first posting back in November of 2008 as a companion blog to The Book Shopper: A Life in Review, which by the way, is now available electronically.
One does have to enjoy this sort of thing in order to keep doing it and I like the challenges of writing something almost every week. Moreover, I find the picture taking and laying out the blog even more fun. (Sometimes I spend more time driving to get the picture than I do writing the posting, which is something I probably should not admit) .
I've also benefited in building relationships with some of the bookstore folks: Monique, Elizabeth and Jim at Books Again, (a blog sponsor- see left corner for sponsor links) Frank and Chantal at A Cappella Books (another sponsor), Warren at Eighth Day Books (sponsor), as well as Mark and Brent at Carlos Museum Book Shop (they should be a sponsor, but I've been unable to close that deal). A few publishers have been helpful as well: University of Georgia Press, National Geographic and Paul Dry Books have contributed books when I have made a request. Reading is often a solitary sport, but the blog has been something that connected me to others.
This is starting to sound like a swan song, but that is not the case. Just a brief acknowledgment of a personal milestone.
Below are postings from the July 2010 to July 2012 era that people have visited the most. At the end of the list is a link to the first set of greatest hits.
Book Shopping Santorini Greece My leveraging a vacation to Turkey and Greece.
The postings of Chantal James. She has written several offerings covering books and authors I know practically nothing about, but now I do. I have a link to her reviews on the right.
Hunter S. Thompson on Hemingway's Death Always a continuing fascination with both of these authors -- unless you saw HBO's Hemingway and Gelhorn, which may have cured you of all things Hemingway.
Sarah Vowell's Unfamiliar Fishes: A Review A complementary piece to her visit to the SCAD.
Crossroads of Conflict: A Review A review of a book that anyone who is tracking the Civil War in Georgia during the Sesquicentennial should check out.
Brian Dettmer's Exhibit at Saltwork's Gallery Part of the Books as Art as Books section of the blog. (See link at the right.) How books are used as art objects is always blogworthy.
Pynchon's Muted Horn Dinner Ware More artwork. This symbol appears prominently in Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 (1966).
Blog's 100th Posting and Greatest Hits Check out other reader favorites from November 2008 to July 2010.