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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

5 Dec

I’ve been to some of these locations and others are still on my list of places to travel to – but wherever I go, I try and stop in a bookstore or library while I’m visiting! What bookish places do you like to visit?

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Trinity College Library, Dublin

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Books of Wonder, New York City

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Book Fountain, Rome

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Powell’s Books – Portland

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando

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Library of Congress, Washington DC

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Acqua Alta Library, Venice

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New York Public Library, New York City

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Prince Edward Island

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The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

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VACATION TIME

6 Sep

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I’m on vacation! I’ve got a bunch of posts that will be published while I’m away, but I won’t be on social media too much – too much to see and do! My boyfriend and I are heading to London, Paris and Venice for two weeks on our first true vacation in a long time! Our vacation time is usually spent visiting family and friends, going to weddings, etc. Not that any of those things aren’t super awesome, but they’re not usually relaxing. We’re going to be doing a lot of sightseeing, visiting museums and eating a ton of great food!

  1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  2. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
  3. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
  4. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  5. Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
  6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  7. One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank
  8. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
  9. Venom by Fiona Paul
  10. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

YA Beach Reads

14 Jul

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I always want to go to the beach (or as they say in Southeast PA – “down the shore”) and then I get there. I don’t care about the sand, I love the ocean… it’s the sun. From the viewpoint of this very pale girl, the beach is such a pain in terms of applying sunscreen. I have to re-apply every half hour to hour if I don’t want to burn, I can’t use the spray (it doesn’t provide enough coverage) and if I’m at the beach, I’m wearing a swimsuit which means there’s a lot of surface area to cover in sunscreen – legs, arms, back, ears, etc. It ends up being more work than anything else! But that doesn’t mean I don’t absolutely love the idea of the beach, so here are ten YA titles that take place on/near the beach.

  1. We Were Liars by e. Lockhart
  2. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
  3. The Summer After You + Me by  Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
  4. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  5. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  6. Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton
  7. Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
  8. Be True to Me by Adele Griffin
  9. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  10. Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider

Snow Day!

9 Feb

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We have a snow day today! And it’s the perfect timing – I’ve had a rough couple of days and without going into a lot of details, work has been absolutely crazy and stressful, so I’m planning to spend my snow day with a pile of books, a cozy sweatshirt and a warm cup of tea! I’ve got another Black History Month booklist to pull together for tomorrow and some other blog posts I want to work on and since I won’t be at work today, I’ll definitely have some time to spend working on my blog today. See you tomorrow!

Mini-Vacation & Reflections

19 Aug

We’re on our way to Michigan this morning, having stopped overnight at my parents’ home in western PA for a quick overnight visit. We’re heading out for a surprise birthday party and to spend some time with good friends and their new baby! 

I’m so ready for a long weekend after my first official week as the director (while still working as the children’s librarian until we replace me). So I’m working two jobs – trying to get ready as our current director’s last day is today and I’ll be in charge when I get back to work on Tuesday.

My week consisted of meetings, meetings and more meetings, writing everything down so that hopefully I have notes to refer to as I need them. I’m also continuing to work my desk hours which meant that meetings began at 9:00am the other day and I was on the desk until 9:00pm… a very long day. By 5 o’clock yesterday, I was so ready for a break.

But, our trip across the state really helped me to relax as we chased the sunset through the Appalacian mountains with a beautiful sky filled with oranges, pinks, purples and blues. I love how nature’s beauty is all around if you only remember to look for it. I’ll be back to work on Tuesday, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to start my first week on my own as the director.

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