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 💕

Top Ten Tuesday: My Spring TBR List!

March 17: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

With every season in the year, comes the time where new novels are released! For readers, the Christmas-time feeling is all year long because each season new books hit shelves and we need to consume them! Spring will soon be in the air which means warmer weather, longer days, sun shining, and the possibility of a lazy Saturday or Sunday hanging out on a blanket reading the day away! And the anticipated Spring titles are . . . .

    
We All Looked Up «March 24th, 2015
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda « April 7th, 2015
Things We Know by Heart « April 21st, 2015
Lying Out Loud « April 28th, 2015

   
An Ember in the Ashes « April 28th, 2015
The Girl at Midnight « April 28th, 2015
The Fill-In Boyfriend « May 5th, 2015
The Wrath and the Dawn « May 12th, 2015
P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) « May 26th, 2015
The Devil You Know « June 2nd, 2015
 

 

 

Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS

March 3: Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years (you can extend it to 5 if you need to), the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

There is nothing more that I love than to be a book pusher—an activity I can never get bored of! If anyone is in need for a good recommendation I will always happily give them some of my beloved titles. As I started writing the list I found myself going back through my reading list and actually there are a whole bunch I had a hard time not putting in my top ten. Decisions were agreed upon, so here are my all-time favorite reads from the past few years:


   

Anna and the French Kiss
Just One Day
The Siren (The Original Sinner’s series)
My Life Next Door


(Loved these titles so much the first time they’ve still won my heart):

                       
Attachments
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Throne of Glass
The Winner’s Curse
Pivot Point
Something Real
                      

As I rounded up my list I found that I had a lot of novels where I had identified with the characters on their self-discovering journeys. I seem to fall in love with the MC who figures it out, probably a direct correlation to what I’m clearly missing in my life, but that’s for another time, haha!

Have you read any of these? What are some of your recent ALL-TIME FAVORITES!!?? #iwillalwaysaddmorebookstomyTBRlist

Au revoir 😉 xx The Kid

ALAMW – aka meet all the bloggers and get all the books!

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Yay! Very fun post to write up 🙂 And first bookish post of 2015! WOO HOO! I was so thankful last year the discussion of ALA MidWinter came up and I was able to buddy up with co-bloggers Nicole and Ashley from The Quiet Concert to make the trip to Chicago in January 2015! I had a blast at the one in Philadelphia in 2014 by me and had never been to Chicago before so it was a no-brainer I should jump at the chance to get an exhibits pass.

The trip started up as I met up with Nicole to fly [mostly ;)] side-by-side from Philly to Chicago. Sadly the airport spent practically an hour to de-freeze planes which gave me ample time to make small talk with the guy next to me, I had the window seat–my favorite!
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  While polite to make small talk if necessary you don’t need to talk the entire plane ride, whoops, like I did. Frequent traveler, I’m sure I annoyed the people behind me and I felt bad but it did make the trip go by fast, & he was a Chicago native!

Finally Nicole and I were able to depart the plane where we ended up sharing the train all the way from O’Hare into the windy city! A million stops but much cheaper, well for some of us at least 😀


When you are buying a ticket for the CTA, even if you commute to other big cities like Philly/NYC, read the kiosk because you could end up with five tickets instead of just one ticket like moi did LOL!

Up and out of the underground we made it into the city, the real actual part of the city we needed to be to find our hotel. The Wyndham Grand on the Chicago Waterfront was super nice and very accommodating. We stayed high up on the 33rd floor which was really pretty. Ashley was waiting so patiently for our arrival, that after a quick drop off of our stuff to the room we were off to get the yummiest and famously known in Chicago: Deep Dish Pizza. Getting a glimpse of the city at night, walking over the river, as well as bizarrely enough smelling chocolate which was delicious simultaneously the worst thing to smell when you have a sweet tooth and are starving. Deciding on eating at the famous Lou Malnati’s, we ordered ahead, a large pepperoni devouring it in no time. Well worth the wait 🙂 A bonus for the night was posting my pizza pic to Instagram and then this happened:

So hilarious to know fellow friends and bloggers were sitting downstairs from where the girls and I were eating at that very moment. We found them and chatted a little bit, excited for tomorrow’s events in attending the conference: ALL THE BOOKS!


When posting to social media, tag it up so you can run into friends! Or possibly creepers, but more likely friends 😉

Walking back to our hotel we got another glance at the city, hoping to mark our route to the shuttle for bringing us to the convention center where ALAMW was being held. The subway cars that fly by through the city are just the coolest. Sadly I didn’t get a picture of it, but I was able to have everyone stop so we could all do a photoshoot of a very iconic place (don’t mind that the performers seem like they’re circa 1990, as @jaimearkin pointed out haha!)

SINGING ALL OF THE SHOWTUNES

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Stop to see all of the famous things you can, they’re always the most fun! And make your friends snap shots too!

After setting my alarm for 7PM instead of 7AM needless to say our morning was slightly rushed (whoops, and I was seriously annoyed at myself for doing that), we found some Einstein Bagels, grabbed our teas & coffees and set out for the city rolling our small suitcase ready to be filled with books!

they win because of mustaches, obviously

they win because of mustaches, obviously

FINALLY we arrived: MADE IT! And what a sight it was! I’m sad I didn’t take more pics but I was so very excited getting bookish totes, speaking with reps from all the publishers: Little Brown, Harper, Penguin, Random House, Disney Hyperion, Harlequin, etc. It was great to speak with contacts, not only to establish a report but find out what to look out for in 2015! Everyone was super awesome and what a delight to make up for the WORST AND ABSOLUTE DISASTER BOOKCON WAS! Also, best part was meeting up with fellow bloggers (finally, damn the distance and virtuality, we can now see each other in person!) 🙂 I met so many new faces and faces I’ve been talking to for a while now. BEST PART!! Talking books, real life, and all geeky things really can make a girl happy ❤

 

The power of social media is always fun (see pizza IG above) and showing some author love and my tweets show up on a big screen using the #alamw15 hashtag, last column on the right, second tweet woohoo!)

Next up was getting in some sight-seeing, LOTS of picture taking, and one of the BEST, BEST dinners I’ve ever had!! And lastly the fun bar meet-up with all the YA bloggers in town 🙂 Sadly I was very foolish and was gabbing away and not taking pictures with all my new friends. Please enjoy the photos while your party continues to scroll



when the weather is forecasted as bad, most definitely make sure you prepare for the worst

After we got back to the hotel before sight-seeing, we re-booked our flights to leave earlier because the snow was supposed to be bad. And for once, the weather was as advertised because after Nicole and I had changed our flights, we were already bumped up an hour and forty-five mins later than scheduled. Sadly our time was cut short but we did walk away with enough books that we were 4-7 lbs. away from going over the weight limit for our luggage 😉

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After boarding and waiting we were up in the clouds and back on our way to the east coast, ready for some football fun on Super Bowl Sunday. While we had one of the shortest trips ever, I want to get back to Chicago real soon! So much more I’d love to explore, the city seemed so fun and also better weather would help a lot. Snow and bitter cold kinda blows to make a seriously enjoyable weekend. BookCon was a disaster, I don’t think I can afford BEA plus it sounds very intense and I like the mellowness of ALA. I’m so very excited for Boston in 2016! (YES I’M ALREADY COUNTING DOWN UNTIL NEXT ALAMW!)

Until next time! Linz xx aka The Kid

Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015 – Top Ten Tuesday

January 6: Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

So I’m not really using this topic as novels I’m-OH-SO-excited for to read in 2015! Let’s get this ball rolling….gimme all the books to read!

   
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: May 5, 2015
I cannot express how hard I ride the Maas train…without that sounding especially creepy, haha! My body is ready for this new series of hers!

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Release Date: no specific, 2015
At an author event she gave a little teaser that she was working on a new project and it sounds completely awesome! Definitely can’t wait to read!
😦 No cover yet 😦

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Release Date: February 24, 2015
I actually haven’t read her past books even though I have a few. BUTTTT do not fault me for this gorgeous cover and description! This is something I can’t wait for!

  
Stand-Off (Winger #2)
by Andrew Smith
Release Date: September 2015
If  you haven’t read Winger, we can’t be friends, hahah…no but seriously this book is filled with everything: you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get ready to fight, and you’ll get ready to love. Also your heart will be ripped out, just FYI. GIMME MORE RYAN DEAN WEST PLEASE

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han
Release Date: June 2, 2015
*cries all the tears* I literally finished this book and was like WHOA YOU CANNOT LEAVE ME HANGING HERE!! CMON! But even if I have to wait, Jenny Han is worth it. I’m just nervous about what happens next though—an excited nervous!
😦 No cover yet 😦

The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski
Release Date: March 3, 2015
While I did get to read the ARC of this already….PUT THIS ON YOUR LIST!!! Ugh the story is palpable!! So much going on, intense and worth waiting for read! Marie Rutkoski rocks!

Under the Lights (Daylight Falls #2) by Dahlia Adler
Release Date:  June 30, 2015
Really enjoyed the first book so it’ll be fun to go back into that universe and see where the characters are at now and how things have evolved. Definitely an enjoyable read!

 

Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy #1) by Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: February 10, 2015
I might already have this pre-ordered on Amazon. The cover just screams…well it screams a lot of things because, hey, what doesn’t scream with blood dripping off a crown, haha! Definitely looking forward to this!

Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family #1) by Tiffany Schmidt
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Again, I saw Tiffany at an author event and her description of this just sounded so awesome! Never mind I’m addicted to Once Upon a Time on ABC network so I’m all about fairytale anything these days! Will be cool to read!

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Release Date: May 5, 2015
I will literally read anything she writes! Always fun reads and I like how her characters can make subtle appearances in one another. Excited for it!

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Lord, Open Road Summer was just fantastic I will take anything else Emery wants to throw our way! I’m in!

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Again, this book has some SERIOUS buzz on social media and I feel like I almost got an ARC of it but I wasn’t super wild about the cover and now I’m so sad I missed out. But again, I could’ve have just made that up hahah! Most definitely hearing good things and am excitedddd!

  

What’s on your list!? Has anyone gotten any of these ARCs and love them? Any others I need to add to my list? GIMME ALL THE RECS!

Linz xx The Kid

Top Ten Tuesday: Santa Please Gift to Me!

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December 23: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

Oh dear lord, where to start?

I mean the joys of Christmas are endless but there is nothing like knowing a gift card is wrapped up all nicely or a heavy-ish rectangle object is ready to get torn into, knowing the gift of reading awaits you on that delightful holiday morning! With that comes a wish list of sorts and while my TBR list is probably not as long as others, it’s got some gems on there that I wish could magically appear under my tree bestowed upon me from that right jolly old elf!

  

(we have a fireplace that has a remote control to turn on in a jiffy! Santa would be crisp bacon if he tried getting in that LOL!)

   
Oh god I’ve had these in my cart for forever on Fishpond! SOMEONE GIVE ME MONIES TO BUY!

   

Seriously, see above! I just neeeeed these in my life!! I hear awesome things & I wanna know!

I haven’t dove into reading comics but this one I’ve been hearing great things and Marvel anything with a female character just sounds awesome!

I saw buzz on Twitter about this in October but I had to save for a trip and my niece’s bday, which then there’s saving for Christmas so I opted to hold off but the plot is really intriguing! Again heard great things

With the anticipation of Winger’s sequel cover finally revealed, I really enjoy Andrew’s work and this is a title that’s been on my list for a while! Would love to read more from him

Again, another one of those series that I’ve heard pays off investing in. My problem is I’m poor haha, so I need to spend wisely and series ALWAYS cost more than a stand alone 😉

At an author event this title was mentioned and getting praise from several authors who attended a workshop. So when a book is getting a lot of author backing, I’m definitely putting it on my list

Went to a few Stephanie Perkins events that were local for me and she’s name dropped this book tons of times. And I’m a Steph Perkins fan so, SOLD!

 

While this looks like a Top 8 list, it’s really a Top 14 list because I need all the available books in the series to be under my tree along with the first to start me off. #iwillalwaysneedmore

 

~ Mustache Questions ~

I was tagged this past weekend by Andi from AndiABCs to answer these questions. (pic passed along with the posting!) Thanks Andi…let’s get to know a little more about me.



  1. Linz
  2. Bones …I made my friend in college call me that because of the TV show, thought it was a badass nickname
  3. Kid
  4. Wags

  1. Create-a-Cake bakery employee …yes I decorated cakes & like a million other desserts
  2. B&N café worker…sadly Starbucks drinks should not be taught during the holiday #almostdied
  3. Marketing Asst…current
  4. Sorta waitress at retirement living home…that was the worst & didn’t last long


(this is SOOO hard because I am a film freak! I watch everything repeatedly!)

  1. Bridget Jones’s Diary
  2. The Money Pit
  3. Romeo + Juliet (the Leo version, duh…the ONLY version, lbr)
  4. Shaun of the Dead

  1. Anna and the French Kiss
  2. Attachments
  3. Throne of Glass
  4. Just One Day

  1. Hamden, CT
  2. Northwest NJ area
  3. Philly suburbs
  4. Lehigh Valley PA area

  1. Brooklyn, NY
  2. Seattle, WA
  3. Los Angeles, CA
  4. Charleston, SC

  1. Seattle, WA
  2. Paris, France
  3. London, England
  4. (stealing Andi’s answer) curled up in bed

  1. Burgers
  2. Meatloaf
  3. Watermelon
  4. Tuna fish

  1. Chicken anything
  2. ‘Shroom burgers (different from above haha)
  3. Stir-fry
  4. MEXICAN ANYTHING!!!

  1. The Walking Dead
  2. Once Upon a Time
  3. The Mindy Project
  4. Parks & Rec

  1. ALAMW in Chicago (woohoo! first trip there too!)
  2. Running my half-marathon …and hopefully not dying when I finish
  3. Maybe volunteering at Bonnaroo? (oh the possibilities!)
  4. Pretend I’m cool enough for BEA with others

  1. Lame
  2. Ah-ma-zing (if you’ve watched Happy Endings, Penny says it weird, I copied her)
  3. Legit
  4. Literally

  1. Punkfarie
  2. Artsy Musings
  3. Lauren from Love is not a Triangle
  4. Nicole and/or Ashley from The Quiet Concert

 

So much fun! Can’t wait to see what your answers are 🙂 xx Linz aka The Kid

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