I bought one book there–supporting indie bookstores, of course!–and admired the Staff Recommendations shelf, where someone had the good taste to include Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow.
I did manage to write two reviews and read one entire book during vacation, but has been too much the norm lately, blog-reading fell by the wayside. But I’ve made some progress on that front during the last couple of days, and I hope to be back in step with that before too long. (If the blogiverse actually is quiet for the next little while, it’ll help!)
On that note, have you decided on what you’ll use to keep up with your blog subscriptions once Google Reader retires on July 1? (Yes, that really is happening, and it really is happening tomorrow!) I switched over to Feedly a couple of years ago as a GR interface/overlay–and so I guess I was more prepared to lose GR than some were–but it’s now developed its own independent infrastructure and is officially supporting all my feed subscriptions. It’s also supporting other apps running on its cloud, and although I like Feedly Mobile, I’m giving one of those new partners, Newsify, a try on my iPhone and iPad (it’s iOS only). It’s not quite as pretty as Feedly, but it integrates with more services that I use regularly–most notably Evernote, Readability, and Buffer–and that’s giving it an edge for me right now, although it may not end up being my top choice on the tablet. Lifehacker recommended Mr. Reader as a “power user’s RSS app” (and with my hundreds of subscriptions, I probably qualify) for the iPad, and although I’m just getting acquainted with it, it’s looking like the winner right now.