Do you support local business? Where do you shop? As much as I can, more and more of my shopping goes local or small business. Not all , because if you look at my blog I do get ebooks from amazon . ( no local book store ! boo!) But when I can , I spend my money in local and small businesses.
I have a few reasons why. The first is that local businesses are responsive. My local small grocery store ( Mr. Mikey’s) is always asking if there are things they should carry . Recently they added a small produce section. Our local glass bead maker made beads inspired by a local customer/friend. And The Niles Pie Company is always interested in feedback.
The second, local business support the local community. A number of the local business have been involved in helping support the Niles Plaza concerts. Both with money(thank you, Iron Dog ) and with time ( Thanks, Wayne). The local business also support each other . The Niles Pie Company recently had a party for their kickstarter at the Vine.
I support local businesses by shopping at them. I also spread the word about them – and we also help. My DH has helped with a number of projects for local business by donating his computer expertise, and his woodworking skills., and sharing his music. And we help by donating Money. As I said above, the Niles Pie company has a kickstarter going on. A kickstarter is away for a business to raise money . People donate money and receive something ( a service or goods) in return. A donation to the Niles Pie Kickstarter is a gift to the owner, a gift to you ( pie!) , and a gift to the community ( expansion means hiring people) .
Niles Pie is not the first Kickstarter I’ve been involved in . I do think it its a great place to start ( I like Pie) . However, there are a lot of small ( and local ) businesses you can support. Explore kickstarter and see what a little bit of your money can do. It is fun to watch the donations come in and then to see the progress of a project.
The Prophet ( graveyard Queen) Amanda Stevens (klb) 3rd in the series – not a great place to start – gothic,ghosts, New Orleans, mystery. It was good, but starting in the middle wasn’t wonderful. not sure if I will go back and read the first ones. this is becoming an annoying problem – I need a blurb at the beginning of each ebook – so I don’t read in the middle of the series first.
Rex Libris James Turner (lb) Graphic Novel. our square jawed , square-bodied librarian take on ignorance and darkness while tracking down overdue library books all over the universe. Fun
Battlefield J. F. Jenkins (KLB) YA 3 unlikely teens have powers that help them fight a battle among aliens that have chosen earth as their next battlefield. compelling ,interesting characters, enough well placed twist – most of which I’ve seen coming. some stiff dialog – but mostly between the aliens – so maybe it is on purpose.
10th anniversary Jame Patterson ( lb) 10th in the women’s murder club. quite enjoyable. and once I started reading it – it made no difference that it was a real book rather than a kindle format – I just have to remember to bring it back.
control J. F. Jenkins(KB) 2nd in the series. I had to buy this one because it was not in kindle format at the library (?!) . Good, but I’m not ready to look for the third in the series ( which might not exsist yet)
The Melancholy of Haruchi Suzumiya Nagaru Tanigawa(lb) YA not sure I can explain this one . Told from the view of a 15 yr old boy ( which is important) . really fun. very bizzare,and parts of it I found highly offensive but that sort of gets explained so I can deal with it. Sort of. !st in a series
6 so far for October
A Girl Named Digit Annabel Monaghan (lb) ya. Math genius girl gets involved in terrorist case, meets cute FBI dude. On page 123 , I thought the book was silly. I cried thru the last chapters, but it was still silly.
The railway detectives Edward marston(klb) excellent mystery in the early English RR days
Angel with a bullet( a Dixie Flynn mystery) by M.C. Grant ( KLb)Noir mystery in current day SF. good.
9 for september
Blood Magic Tessa Gratton (KLB) YA blood magic – so gory and had me guessing . frantic pace at the end.
Wilder Rumors Molly MacRae (LB) A good mystery, second I read by this author. She has an interesting view of police officers. A lot more aggressive and hard headed then in most books — not brilliant or stupid; more dogged. Very interesting.
9 for September, 113 for the year.