I love blogs. And since I'm a huge fan of books, one of the biggest pieces of news I've been reading on my blogroll is about the 200 Borders stores closing. I don't know about anyone else, but I've always loved local bookshops. When I was a kid, every month I would make a pile of all the books I'd read and bring them down to the store in town to get credit for NEW books (new to me anyway). So, I find that the news of Borders closing, while awful for the thousands who've lost jobs, gives me hopes that independent book sellers will have a chance to pick up the slack. Ever since the movie You've Got Mail, I've been saddened by huge chains shutting down the book store in my hometown as well as so many others. So, my inspiration this week for Motivational Monday is from a blogpost on www.edrants.com by Edward Champion. Here he lists alternatives for local booksellers near the closing Borders stores. Great idea, right? I feel like communities need to band together to keep these bookstores alive. Sure, sometimes it might be "easier" to buy a book from Amazon, but think of the impact on your community if you support your local store! Hey, why not go buy a book?