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.

Full details here:

 

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

Love is the Higher Law | Review

*bit of a long post*

Love is the Higher Law | Available for Purchase: Amazon.com « Barnes & Noble « Book Depository
Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Pages: 176 pages, hardcover
Received Copy: Paperback copy, also signed by author

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

First there is a Before, and then there is an After. . . .

The lives of three teens—Claire, Jasper, and Peter—are altered forever on September 11, 2001. Claire, a high school junior, has to get to her younger brother in his classroom. Jasper, a college sophomore from Brooklyn, wakes to his parents’ frantic calls from Korea, wondering if he’s okay. Peter, a classmate of Claire’s, has to make his way back to school as everything happens around him.

Here are three teens whose intertwining lives are reshaped by this catastrophic event. As each gets to know the other, their moments become wound around each other’s in a way that leads to new understandings, new friendships, and new levels of awareness for the world around them and the people close by.

David Levithan has written a novel of loss and grief, but also one of hope and redemption as his characters slowly learn to move forward in their lives, despite being changed forever.

Just last weekend marked the 15th year anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States in: New York City, Washington, DC, and Shanksville, PA. I was invited to meet with a friend on the 9/11 date to spend two days in New York City and in doing so I decided to finally read David’s novel. I bought Love is the Higher Law few years ago when he did an author visit at a local bookstore. It was right near the anniversary and he explained some of the sights he witnessed and also notes this at the end of the book. I thought it was most appropriate reading on the day we remember all of the lives lost, innocent and the brave ones who died saving others.

I read the book on the train, well what I could–there were some loud talkers who ended up breaking my concentration from time to time and I also went in and out of periods where I was overwhelmed with emotion and kept tearing up. I was in high school so I remember more vividly than others who might’ve been younger at the time and also living in New Jersey which wasn’t as far away from NYC as opposed to where I live now. While reading Love is the Higher Law I could relate on various levels of the characters in their feelings, even though I wasn’t a New Yorker or someone extremely close to the situation, that day left a mark on everybody who was able to witness it.

Claire, Jasper, and Peter are coming from different viewpoints on this tragic day–Claire at school Uptown, worried about her younger brother, and getting word from their mother. Jasper has slept through the entire morning in Brooklyn only to be awoken by a phone call from his parents in South Korea to hear of the news, and Peter who skipped school to hang out at a record store and see the effects from Midtown. All present at a party a few nights before, they’re all thrown into the mix Claire and Jasper meeting just by chance, developing a friendship with him and eventually Peter who is a fellow senior such as herself. Peter and Jasper who were supposed to have their first date September 11th, but the day postpones things giving a bad vibe on their meeting. Looking at the devastation and destruction these characters start looking at their lives in a new perspective and realizing they don’t exactly understand what’s happened but know they are forever changed. Thinking deeply, caring more, and an array of emotions helps shape their lives now.

It’s a short read and it’s really interesting from a YA point of view–a time when teens already have so many emotions, to put this new level upon them having the characters examine their lives. I might read it again next year on the date, haven’t decided but I’m glad I have it on my shelf because I haven’t seen a lot of books on the subject like David notes in his final acknowledgements in the back of the book. And again, as someone who was a bit younger than the main characters but still able to witness the impact of that day is really fascinating to read.

The picture above does no justice on how truly amazing this sight was to see in person. The overwhelming emotion of patriotism, love, sadness, anger, and sorrow you have looking at the new skyline and the lights that shine brightly for not only all of the victims but the loss of the buildings which represented a part of the city as well. The sun set beautifully that night and my friend and I watched the sky turn from bright reds, to cotton candy pinks and blues, to a dusty gray, to finally the darkest black to show the twin lights.


I’m pretty sure I’ve shared this on social media at some point, but I’m sharing it again:

For the life of me I can’t remember my first period schedule but, it was our first year using a type of blocking scheduling at our high school. Day Whichever had XXX class first period (driving me crazy I can’t remember), then Driver’s Ed with Mrs. Collura who was BFFs with my English teacher Mrs. Hults–their classrooms were next door to each others, and third period was French II with Madame Cardell…ugh! She was such a useless teacher. I’m getting off topic but I had to set the scene. We started early at my high school, morning bell was at 735am, and classes started 750ish, so I was already a quarter to halfway done with second period.

Mrs. Hults called on our phone system to Mrs. Collura to turn on the news. Most classrooms did have TVs, albeit not modern but would work well enough, and when she did, I believe both towers had been struck by the planes at that point. Either it was just the one, or the second happened in moments that I wasn’t paying attention because I kept thinking ‘Wow, this is just like a movie!’ Not looking at the severity of it nor the sheer magnitude of what happened. Mrs. Collura told us we were probably witnessing history, little did she know how right she would be. Those moments watching the towers burn are forever engrained into my brain. At that point, class ends and it seemed determined by staff that we really shouldn’t be watching the television and try to get back to our classes but within the switch from Driver’s Ed to French, word around school was that the Pentagon had been hit by a plane as well. We watched a little of the coverage, I honestly don’t remember the towers falling or if I watched it live. I think at that point we weren’t allowed to know much else as students but I started going into panic mode.

Before French ended I gathered up two quarters so I could call my mom. With the knowledge I have of Philadelphia now that I live so close and actually working in Center City, I understand the layout and the surrounding towns. I didn’t realize back then that my sister’s attendance at St. Joseph’s University isn’t near the heart of Philadelphia if damage was done but at that time, you honestly didn’t know which piece of news you would hear next. We could all agree that this day, destroying those buildings had a huge impact on markets and big businesses who set up shop in those towers. My dad worked in the financial industry at the time and would seldom have to take the PATH train in right underneath the towers. I never really knew whether or not he would have to go to New York or not until after the fact and he came home after his day. Needless to say I ran to the payphone at school and was able to get a hold of my mom who told me my father wasn’t in NYC today, and my sister should be fine, no reports in Philly so she’s relatively safe.

The weirdest part of that day was hearing some surrounding schools were dismissing kids early. As millennials do, we were sorely disappointed our school wasn’t one of them. The rest of the school day was a blur, everyone and their mother tried to teach us when all we could do is discuss the morning and if there were other revelations we hadn’t heard about. Some kids were called to report to the office over the loud speaker having us all look at each other and morbidly wonder what had happened. A lot of classmates had parents who worked in NY/NJ right where everything happened and you could only imagine.

My neighborhood was next to the high school and I remember walking home, turning on the television seeing every station was reporting the coverage–Nickelodeon, MTV, local news stations, etc. all broadcasting. I came home exhausted and fell asleep listening to the news; I just couldn’t take it. The anxiety for everyone, the anxiety for the people I knew hoping they were okay, the country, the tears I shed when I came home. What’s pretty crazy is my mom would always tape her soap operas on the VCR when she worked. Guiding Light on CBS at 10am, Days of Our Lives on at 1pm on NBC, she recorded a bunch of the coverage that I still have the VHS tape recording history live on TV.

The next year, a family friend and native New Yorker took my sister and I on a day trip to the city. We walked by Ground Zero and the enormous holes in the ground just left you speechless. The construction going on to rebuild, the Missing people’s pictures up and American flags everywhere was a sight to see. Not only that but it was quiet–just so very quiet for the city that never sleeps.

 

That was my day, my recollection of September 11th, 2001. Parts of it mirror what Claire, Jasper, and Peter experienced that day. Obviously on a more emotional level as I didn’t live as close as they did, but the perspective is there for sure. To learn more information on the events & to donate, check out the 9/11 Memorial website http://www.911memorial.org

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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🎶It’s Just Another Motivation-Monday🎶 (2)

Sorry for the title, and now you’ll have that song stuck in your head forever and ever. My apologies 😉

Ah, another week, not many left in 2015, but we are in the here and now and it’s time to embrace what little left we have for the year. I recently had some job progress with a few interviews so PLEASE CROSS ALL EXTREMITIES SO I MIGHT HAVE A CHANCE AT ADULTHOOD AGAIN! << I’d really appreciate that as much as possible. With that said, I’m trying to stay positive and also something fun to give a little back with what I can.

Today’s motivation:

*image via Pinterest, Buzzfeed article

For all the craziness that goes on, I slowly am trying to remember that we’re all worrying about things, we all are succeeding, we’re all failing at something, we do this daily and it’s important that we have a little faith to get us through our worst times. Even if we feel like we’re at rock bottom (yeppppppp *waves to everyone up above*) we can be thankful for what we have and how we’re handling that.

« ALSO – PLEASE SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING «

A small gesture can make a world of difference

Source: Little Girl Who Lost Her Parents Wants Christmas Cards

TL;DR ^^^^ I urge everyone to read this link and send this beautiful, brave girl a Christmas card this year!! I can’t wait to send her one (my cards are pretty awesome this year) and I know she will love it!
Her address is:

Safyre
P.O. Box 6126
Schenectady, NY 12306
USA

Have a great week everyone and hope you’re all enjoying the holidays!

Side note: I was recently on What Sarah Read’s blog for her Home For the Holidays feature! Check out my post and go read some of the other awesome bloggers sharing their holiday favorites and classics!

xo Linz aka The Kid

My Motivational Monday version

Taking on this idea of #MondayMotivation, I wanted to put my own spin on things because I need some hardcore motivation. I feel like overall my brain never stops and by doing this I become overwhelmed and paranoid and this is clearly problematic. It’s problematic because I don’t accomplish anything. At that point I start to realize this, I get frustrated, then the stream of tears start and I want to curl up into a ball and hope that in my next life I become a domesticated pet who just eats and sleeps all day.

So in order to get myself in gear I’m starting to face some perspectives:

  1. Next week is December. DECEMBER, PEOPLE!! Where did 2015 GO?!!
  2. 2016 is the year I turn, *gulp*, 30. Yes, 3-0. I’m terrified (see above’s first paragraph of how things are right now)
  3. Because of item #2, my health needs a vast improvement…mentally and physically.
  4. Stop waiting and start doing. Like #1 states, it’s already almost the end of the year, and I’m going to officially get a start on it…for 2016 that is!
  5. These all lead up to something new I’d like to try…

I tend to do this thing on Twitter where I tweet because I’m so overwhelmed I need the pick-me-up or my need to vent, but I have a habit of tweeting in a sort of “Oh, woe is me”. It’s not cool. Who knows how many people notice it or if they don’t. Again, probably my paranoia, but I want to take this and turn it into a positive.

The Instagcollage photo I made represents all my current traffic jams (clockwise from top right):

  • I need to start appreciating the little things. I get so heavy with what I don’t have that I can’t remember what I DO have! It’s so crazy and very important, not because Thanksgiving is days away–granted, that shouldn’t be the only time you reflect what you’re thankful for, but it’s something that’s a good reminder.
    • Sure I don’t have that job that the chick I lightly stalk on social media because she has my dream EVERYTHING, and I would love to switch places with her in a heartbeat, but I can’t and I won’t because there’s probably something else she could very well look at in my life and think the same thing.
  • do what you love is much easier said than done. I don’t know how some do it. I don’t know how they harness the power to overcome so much and become successful. I’m unsure of how to reach my true potential and I fear this more and more every day. What’s hurting me most is that I focus on this too much and I need to just take what I can get even though this is tough to swallow because I think the best I can be is doing something that I absolutely love and have passion forThis is what gets me in trouble because I don’t know how to accomplish it, and the more time I pretend I can do it, the more time I lose because I’m getting nowhere.
  • extravert, sensing, feeling, judging. I really need to look at the qualities I already have and put them to good use, put that positive spin and go with it. These are my Humanmetrics Jung Typology Test results and I don’t know what to do with them.
  • my health and wealth. My friend ran her first marathon yesterday and I felt sad I wasn’t running with her. While I’m nowhere near her pace when it comes to running or have her dedication, this was the first race I watched and didn’t participate in. My 5Ks are cakewalks now. Do they still feel like they’re the longest runs ever? Meh, I have some days where it’s nothing and some days where it feels like forever. I’m out of shape. I only have one half marathon under my belt and I’m not okay with that. Forget about what running does to my body physically, mentally it does help me feel stronger because it’s one thing I have achieved before that makes me feel good. My diet is another thing that 2016 has to be ready for. If I want to run my marathon, I at least want to lose 50 lbs to get there. I need to feel lighter and be lighter, my body will thank me for this in the long run.

After all this is said and done, my new idea is that I can’t get myself down. Things have to change. What’s important is that I recognize this and starting small counts. For every time I feel the need to post my “Oh woe is me” I want to try and find an inspirational quote and hopefully I will start to get that motivation ball rolling that I so much desire. Let the first motivationally speaking commence!

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That Time I Was

Happy Monday to everyone! While fixing my resume and sprucing up tiny crevices in my blog late Sunday night, at 1230am, I was struck with this brilliant idea to get the followers to know a little bit more about me.

I think most have a good sense of who I am but I decided to post some random stories that are fun and can keep you entertained in between book posts and reviews 🙂 As of right now I’m just going to sprinkle these posts, I don’t have an exact schedule because, hey–I literally came up with this idea five seconds ago and I’m running with it. BEHOLD THE NEWEST FEATURE TO THE KID’S BLOG:

JK, the year was 2006 and in the summer there was a little show on VH1 called World Series of Pop Culture.

Wait, what?

YESSSSSSS 😀 😀 😀

This show existing was basically the universe saying, “Lindsey, all of your useless knowledge could actually be beneficial!” After the series first season, I had caught wind of auditions for the following season and recruited two friends of mine who were pop culture fiends, such as myself where we all decided–we must be on this show!

We submitted our entry and mid-November of 2006 we had ACTUALLY gotten a response back from someone at VH1 who was interested in our team!

Our team consisted of friends of mine, Chris and Amanda, fans of TV/film and pop culture like myself! At the time there was a popular celeb gossip blog called Pink is the New Blog that we all loved and decided to dub our team after as Pink is the New Pop Culture. After our applications were submitted we got into ANOTHER ROUND of competition this time heading to NYC and to take a 60-minute written quiz and possibly move onto the audition round!!

😦 Sadly due to a conflict we didn’t end up getting to go to NYC. Such a bummer because the opportunity would have been amazing and even if we hadn’t passed the quiz to move onto auditions, it still would’ve been awesome to talk about! Heck, it’s still fun to think back on it. Even though we passed the original submission and application, it still cool to say I once had a shot at it.

So, that time I was almost a contestant for VH1’s World Series of Pop Culture for 2007 was an actual thing. It’s been nine years and I still haven’t deleted those emails and won’t any time soon.

#fangirlstatus

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Do you have a random past where you were a contestant on a show but no one knows? Do tell–I want to hear all the stories!

*GIFs and WSOPC image not mine