I’m pleased to say that the TBR Dare has pushed me to finally re-read Charles Dickens novel Our Mutual Friend, his last completed novel. It’s been in my TBR bookshelf for many years now waiting patiently. I’ve read several other books that have been sitting there for years now. Some I enjoyed greatly, a few I didn’t, but I did finally get around to reading them.
I can’t say that I’ve held back on purchasing books, though. At all. In fact, I may end up with just as many books in my TBR bookcase as I had when I started, but that’s okay. I’ll be culling, seriously culling, that particular bookcase at the end of March with the TBR Triple Dog Dare ends.
My trip to Mendocino this week did not help. Between Mendocino and Fort Bragg, and a brief stop in Ukiah on the drive back home, I found six bookstores and bought books in three of them.
My favorite was Windsong Books in Fort Bragg. The guy who runs Windsong Books is something of a former hippie; he stocks his store with buttons, bumper stickers and posters that would feel right at home in a Berkeley head shop circa 1985. He also has lots of very good books, plenty of NYRB and Europa Editions, both of which I collect.
Wind Songbooks is nextdoor to Eggheads, a breakfast and lunch restaurant with a Wizard of Oz theme. Delicious breakfast products many of them vegetarian and/or gluten free. (I love both vegetables and gluten so I can choose items from all over the menu.) Should you ever find yourself in Fort Bragg go there, and when you do go to the bathroom.
To get to the bathroom at Eggheads, you have to follow the yellow brick road which is painted on the floor of the restaurant and leads you through the kitchen, out the back door, through the parking lot to the Emerald City, which is the building that holds the bathroom. The bathroom is clean but plain, but the walls of the buildings along the way are painted with Oz themed murals.
Eggheads and Wind Song Books are both my kind of place.
Mendocino, which is familiar to fans of Murder She Wrote as Cabot Cove the home of Jessica Fletcher, is a beautiful little town kept locked in time by a city council obsessed with preservation. Good for them. The result is a charming town if a very, very expensive one. I did find a copy of the new Simenon series Penguin is publishing at Gallery Books in Mendocino.
Penguin is re-printing all 75 of Simenon’s Maigret novels, one per month, over the next six plus years. I’m going to talk to my local bookseller at Bookshop Benicia and see if she can set up a sort of subscription for me. One Maigret novel per month for years to come….something to live for.
Later today C.J.and I are off to San Francisco where a friend of ours is showing his paintings at Sweet Inspirations, a wonderful dessert/coffee place in the Castro. He’s going to be showing the painting that makes up the heading for this blog. (See above). The full painting is wonderful, I’ve already seen it, much larger than the small section I’ve used. Dakota is in the bottom right corner of the scene.
I’ll try to get a few pictures to post next Sunday.
We will be going by Aardvark Books on Church Street on the way. It’s a wonderful bookstore, lots of great titles and very good used book prices…..