The Kid Travels to NYC

If you read my review of Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan, you’ll know that I recently went to New York City and with that came some bookish adventures!

Besides some generic sight seeing I ended up FINALLY getting a chance to visit Strand Bookstore! 18 Miles of Books, as well as The Stephen A. Schwarzian Building at the New York Public Library main branch on 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave) the big one with the lions in front, guarding all the books obviously.🦁

I was sad to learn that their Rose Main Reading Room was closed for renovations, you might not know the name but it’s used in the beginning of the first Ghostbusters film in 1984. Besides being very hot in the building, when we went there was a Hamilton exhibit! Seeing old documents, maps, books, and learning a bit more about Alexander Hamilton was awesome.

My favorite part was to see all of the bookish gifts to buy for that special reader in the family. Items ranging from totes to socks to pins and poster sheets from stores like Out of Print as well as the Library’s own resources. Traveling to the gift shop where you stared at the walls of all the novel associated presents you’d like to buy, you now can hear the Hamilton Broadway soundtrack filtering through the speakers. My eyes wandered over everything as I was rapping along with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. Absolute heaven.

The Strand was again another bookish dream come true. The gifts and tote bags I wanted to buy along with every book ever. Downstairs in their basement the shelves of books continued as well as a vinyl section that I was dying to purchase!

The floors were filled with every and any title you could think of. I had a blast in the Comic and Graphic Novel section as part of the wall had a section devoted to employees favorites to read. Shout out to the worker who loves Saga! Hey now 💁 psst…this employee clearly knows what he’s talking about because it’s one of my favorite comics I’ve discovered since reading☺️

Just walking through the aisles and looking at the vast amount of reading material was awesome and even though we were on a bit of a time restraint that afternoon, it was a really great time! It’s close to Union Square which looked like such a blast and I’m sad I didn’t get to spend more time there but… I mean, I did get to gawk at books so it wasn’t too bad of a deal.

I sadly ended my trip back home on a train that was a half hour late, my feet were killing me from walking with no socks on and a shoulder that had a heavy bag I’d been carrying around and hadn’t been able to put down yet. Mix that in with an old train and I end up getting to share a seat with one of the worst passengers ever. UGH. I can’t even think about the torturous trip without getting all ragey again.

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Hopefully I can get back to the city soon enough! I always enjoy going and feel very at home there 💕

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ARC August – the Finale

Well folks, I did a decent job for the ARC August challenge. I made a fairly lofty goal [click here for my book list to attempt and book challenge details] considering I’ve started a dozen novels this year and end up shelving them to finish at a later date. I’ve gone through numerous reading slumps all year long, with the exception of keeping up with comic book reads, so it’s been a bit rough.

  

But finishing three books and close to a quarter of the way done with my fourth isn’t too shabby. Again I haven’t been finishing much of anything lately but I’m hoping to keep the momentum going for the month of September. My original list included:

This Savage Life – Victoria Schwab
The Serpent King – Jeff Zentner
P.S. I Like You – Kasie West
You Know Me Well – Nina LaCour & David Levithan
The Crown’s Game – Evelyn Skye
And I Darken* – Kiersten White
*indicating my attempt 😁

I had fun keeping up with the challenge, although the past two weeks my life has been turned upside down with our basement flooding so these weeks have been too busy to concentrate fully with reading time, but half a list is good enough for me! Sadly I haven’t kept up with more participants progression (sorry!) but hopefully everyone were burning holes in their ARC shelves reading everything!

Thank you for hosting Read.Sleep.Repeat! Don’t worry, I’ll be back next year for sure! There are always plenty of titles I’m behind on to use as my list haha👍

ARC August – update week 4

So in the midst of the worst week ever, I was actually able to finish a book! Woohoo! It’s pretty crazy because I’ve basically spent all summer not reading much so it’s nice to know this is starting to pay off–signing up for the reading challenge and whatnot👍

I liked this one, You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan–two gay high school classmates find themselves at a gay bar for Pride Week in San Francisco and develop a friendship overnight. I could’ve used more closure for Mark’s storyline rather than just “hey I’ll figure things out” but I enjoyed Kate and Mark’s guide to self-discovery in becoming who they’re meant to be and shedding what they wish could be. Sometimes friendships just click and I liked what these two characters established within the short time the audience gets to spend with them.

I’ve already started on my next read, And I Darken by Kiersten White…it’s my book club pick for August and I’m seriously cutting it close. I’m also trying to decide what to read for September since I’ve had a decent month reading for August! I’m not sure if the challenge somehow helped or not, but I’ll be writing down some titles that I’ve been looking forward to reading as well as finishing a few I’ve started ☺️ [yes Mindy and Game of Thrones, I’m looking at you both–we should so be done by now haha!]

ARC August – update week 1

Oh so we’re really into the swing of things aren’t we? Well I’m off to a bit of a rough start. It’s only been 39 pages of one of my book picks BUT . . . I did take this amazing photo of arcs that I hope to read. So, that’s some, um …. progress?

I kid but seriously I’ve gotta buckle down and promise to read at least one book this week. I’ve also picked And I Darken as my book club pick so I know that book I’ll most definitely be able to finish.

Onward and upward for week 2!

ARC August . . . . you game?

Oh hello friends *cricket noises* well whoever sees this, maybe there’s one individual left? Hi 👋 It’s your old pal Linz, and I’ve been MIA for I don’t know how long but

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Besides my anti-social blogging behavior, I’ve decided August isn’t too late to start making some goals, right? Of course not! So in order to get my blogging/reading tail in gear I’m signing up for ARC August! I literally just found out about it’s existence a few days ago and am like “HOMG I have a million books from ALAMW (well the past three ALAMW’s shhh! don’t tell) that I’ve needed to read forever! Get to it Lindsey!” That’s where I’m at right now and it’s about time I start flying thru them and then post about them. The posting is where I tend to have trouble. LOL! Awesome way to book blog if you just read and then don’t post about it 😉 So, game plan–here are the titles I’ll be reading, not a lofty goal but fairly attainable. I’ll be excited if I get thru half of them:

– ARC Reading List –
*in no specific order*

This Savage Life – Victoria Schwab

The Serpent King – Jeff Zentner

P.S. I Like You – Kasie West

You Know Me Well – Nina LaCour & David Levithan

The Crown’s Game – Evelyn Skye

And I Darken – Kiersten White

🌟if I’m feeling super ambitious🌟

The Long Game – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Wanderlost – Jen Malone
What Happens Now – Jennifer Castle

Signups are until July 31st here if you’re interested! Meanwhile I’m all

Hopefully by the end of August I might have more of my life together but I literally say this lie almost every month so…cheers! HAPPY READING! I BETTER SEE YOU ALL READING YOUR ARCs!!

xo The Kid

Calling All Outlander Fans!

Hey Everyone!

Just wanted to spread the news about a project I’m working on. I’m helping out a family friend who is a travel agent and has a tour to Scotland in the works based off the Outlander book/TV series! Super exciting stuff so I just wanted to kinda of do an ad for her, and see if some people are interested and/or would like to help promote it!

If you’d like to help out, I’m recruiting any fans to write what they love about the TV or book series! If you’re interested you can email me at ideklinz.books@gmail.com 🙂

The blog is still fairly new, it’s called Outlander Lasses and it’s hoping to grab readers and travelers to book a trip to Scotland and see some sights that reference the book series and television show! There’s an itinerary already lined up and it includes

  • Edinburgh sightseeing
  • Blair Athol Distillery and Folk Museum
  • Clava Cairns & Urquhart Castle
  • Down Castle & Culross Palace
  • Aberdour Castle
  • Blackness Castle
  • Hopetoun House & Midhope Castle
  • and so much more!!

If you’re interested, please contact us to book your travel today! Kate DeLosso Travel has the Outlander tour scheduled from September 23rd to October 1st. Spaces for this trip are limited! Register today! For more information, contact Kate by phone at 610-361-0535 or by email at kate@katedelosso.com.

ALSO: please remember to email me if you’re interested in writing up a blurb about your love for Scotland/Outlander books or TV series! Stretch your fingers on those keys and help us out!

Thank youuuuuu!! And pass along if you can 🙂 ❤ Linz

Hey 2016, why so serious?

Oh hi, do you remember me? I’m alive and well (well, mostly well) and it’s been a crazy January so far!

First, happy 2016! I really have been meaning to do several posts but I kept on failing, silly me😁 And now that we’re nearing the end of the first month of the new year (already, I know–insane!) I figured I’d recap the month. I promise I’m going to try harder for February about being up to date with more posts, Top Ten Tuesdays, Waiting on Wednesdays, Mini Reviews, etc.

As for a wrap-up of my end of year and all the reading I tried to get in before the new year, let’s take a walk down memory lane!

Yeah, so comic central over here on The Kid’s Goodreads 😕 I met my challenge which is all that counts–2016 is ready for me to read 60 books, an in-between for 2014 & 2015 which I think will be a decent, happy medium. I’m off to an okay start…not too far behind but still maintaining a good pace.

I also started the month off with Book Rock Betty who is now the newly formed Brave New Betty to watch the sun rise at Valley Forge to mark the freshness of the new year! While the sun rising was pretty non-existent [see pics] we grabbed coffees, did some soul-searching, had a feast at the diner (where we had minor drama with a snippy waitress), we made some goals and decided to look forward to great changes for the New Year.

January also marked my third year attending ALA Mid-Winter!! Visiting the snow-less Boston (last year let’s remember how they were under like 72″ of snow in like five mins) and I had such an awesome time!

The book haul I got was fantastic (thank you, THANK YOU publishers!!!) and I got to check out some fascinating US history in the process! I’m a history nerd so walking the Freedom Trail and climbing the Bunker Hill monument was memorable and felt really good as an American🇺🇸

Lunch at Blunch and guest starring as a Star Wars jedi

Freedom Trail where we stop along for sweet treats👅at Sweet Cupcakes bakery

And of COURSE!!! While I look hideous in these pics, I had fun seeing some of my favorites!! (Along with meeting a bunch of new bloggers/readers too!) Alyssa, Elizabeth, and Brittany💋👯☺️ #bloggersunite

January also took away one of the greats…actor and literary friend playing Professor Severus Snape

Lastly, I’m still majorly on the hunt for a full-time job. I have babysitting that helps but unemployment is like basically done, and I just want to find something where I’m not so bored and wasting brain cells. This October I turn the big 3-0 and I’d like REALLY REALLY want to start acting like an adult.

….aside from book goals (going to try and do a recap of 2015 book accomplishments), I want to try and keep up the motivation, I’m continuing therapy, and most importantly I’m trying to focus on good friendships.

For 2016 I want to start shedding some of the dead weight that I know I have in this personal department. Lost relationships, failed friendships, also letting go of other people’s BS because I’m ….for the *most part* a good person and an even better friend. With some people I know, they tend to take it for granted and I don’t want to be the person who gets walked on all over. Some people only want to keep me at a certain distance and I just have to accept that. My brain can be a haunted place where I create more craziness than probably what’s going on, but I’m on the hunt for people I want to be around that accept me for who I am and not someone you once in a while make time for. I do have a few friendships that work like that but is somehow an agreed upon friendship.

Sorry for the heavy but Happy 2016, besides every other celebrity dying, can we just like have this year be semi-positive?

 

ALSO!!! One last thing!! I STARTED ANOTHER BLOG!! I’m going to try and do another post on that, but if you’d like to check it out I created The Bionic Fangirl, @bionicfangirl, where I’m keeping you up to date with pop culture fun times! I’m hoping to get it going, still a little tricky juggling both😊
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