October 1, 2014

Visiting Awesome Bookstores

It is a truth universally acknowledged that when a booklover finds herself in the nearby vicinity of a wonderful bookstore only heretofore heard about in passing, then she must needs to go visit! And so I did. :)


(My pictures aren't the best quality, but I hope you enjoy them anyway.) Evidently, this building used to be a power plant and the d├ęcor inside clearly reflects this.


For as large as it looks on the outside, I should note that there are only two floors. So in actuality, I don't think this particular store is that much bigger than a normal Barnes and Noble. But somehow it just feels bigger and much more awesome! (Plus it has a balcony!)


I wandered the first floor for a while, but soon found myself unable to stay away from the escalators any longer. (Also, I love that they made use of all the nooks and crannies around. They have bookshelves tucked in all sorts of spots.)


I'm positive I looked a little nutty striding around, snapping pictures, grinning madly at everyone I met. But there were books to be flipped through, shelves to be scanned, people to step over, and happy to be felt!


Have you seen You've Got Mail? You know that moment when Kathleen finally visits Fox Books for the first time and she's wandering around and stepping over kids everywhere in the children's department? I confess that's exactly the scene that popped into my head while I was walking around. Because I saw several people sitting here and there all over the floor. Most made a point to try and be out of the way of the rest of us who were wandering, so we wouldn't trip over them. But it was obvious that they were there for the long haul. They had come to the bookstore, they had their books and their coffee, they'd found the perfect spot to sit, and there they'd remain until closing. I loved it!!!!


I was sad to have to leave. But all good things must come to an end, right? *sigh* I want to live closer to this place! Anybody up for another roadtrip with me? ;)


September 24, 2014

Five Bookish Bad Habits


1. Library Fees - Please tell me I'm not the only one who has trouble remembering to take library books back when their due?! I am forever thinking I've had them for way less time and forgetting they were due last week. So far, my library has been nice (except for the fee part, which, to be fair, is supposed to be a punishment I assume) and has not revoked my library card as of yet.....

2. Not Reading - Wait wait! Before you get confused, this goes in conjunction with #1. I check out a lot of books from the library, but somehow never get around to reading all of them. (Somehow I get distracted with other books. Go figure.) In fact, I've had to renew and renew and renew and then finally say forget it, I'll try again another time. I only pick books that sound good or that I've been looking forward to and I'm too embarrassed to admit exactly how many books I've checked out multiple times before actually reading them.

3. Continuously Adding To My TBR - I've decided that I'm a bit like Amber, my eyes tend to be bigger than my mind (or something like that). I have bunches of books on my shelves at home and on my kindle, that I have yet to get around to reading. I'm always distracted by another book that's newer, shinier, or prettier. Silly me.

4. Not Writing Reviews - If you follow me on Goodreads, you may have already noticed this. But I've got several books that need reviewing right now. They are great stories and deserve their time to shine on this little blog of mine. Plus I want to encourage y'all to read them! :) One of the reasons why I haven't gotten around to them yet, leads me to Bad Habit #5...

5. Time-Management - I am terrible at this! Trying to find the time to read and comment on all my blogging friends posts, catch up on twitter, READ BOOKS, type up my reviews, type up any other post, watch a show or movie, eat, work, live life in general....I struggle with fitting it all in. And I'm positive I could do way better if I'd just actually plan out my days and organize myself better. Clearly I'm not so great at that either.

Well! That's enough depressing thoughts for today! If I only tried working on those five habits for the next month, I don't think I'd get anything else done. I covered a wide range of my life up there! ;) What about you? Do you have any bookish bad habits to share? (Or should I say, that you're willing to share?)



September 23, 2014

Goodnight Dear Void...


Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life - well, valuable, but small - and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven't been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn't it be the other way around? I don't really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void.


This is for Amber, who says she's known at the "You've Got Mail" Quoting Queen! :D (Which totally makes sense. I mean, this movie is simply so quotable!)



September 21, 2014

A List...

  • Good things will happen.
  • Tea is perfectly delightful.
  • I heart bookstores.
  • And libraries!
  • Former co-workers can become close friends.
  • Bad days come to an end.
  • Scroll through Pinterest funnies on those bad days. Smiles guaranteed.
  • Unexpected packages in the mail make me happy.
  • The minute a favorite song comes on the radio, my day gets a bit better.
  • People's stories are always worth listening to.
  • Ordinary life can be beautiful.
  • Library book sales = happiness
  • Planning trips brings anticipation and hope.
  • Therefore, plan more trips.
  • It's ok to not have it all figured out.
  • Food makes my tastebuds happy.
  • Free wifi is awesome.
  • Sometimes stuff I think I need turns out to be stuff I don't.
  • Sometimes it's just "stuff".
  • Sentimentality isn't all it's cracked up to be.
  • But I still treasure the crocheted tablecloth my grandmother made.
  • Moments of joy can be found in even the yuckiest of days.
  • Inspiration comes in unexpected moments.
  • Poetry that rhymes makes me happy.
  • Silly and crazy are some of my favorites things to be.
  • I can smile for days about one single compliment from a friend.
  • Sometimes I get "peopled out".
  • Solitude resets me.
  • My thoughts tend to never shut up.
  • I think way more than I say.
  • Falling in love with a new book is indescribable.
  • Words bring life.
  • Friendships bring joy.
  • Smile.
  • Breathe in.
  • Breathe out.
  • Just breathe.
  • Live.


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