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 💕

Halfway thru 2015 and . . . .


While I can’t believe it’s already the end of JUNE, I know JUNE– really?!, I wanted to do a mid-year recap of what I’ve accomplished so far reading and what I’ve participated in, who I’ve met up with–the whole shebang!. I actually have had quite a bit I can mark off my lists that I’ve put together over several Top Ten Tuesdays (which came in handy)!

So we’ll start with the most exciting first–ALL THE READING! I set my Goodreads Challenge goal for 2015 at 75 books. As of this writing of this post I’ve achieved 51% of the goal, reading 38 books! Now I will admit, a bunch are comics so while I didn’t factor that into my original goal, I’m not changing what I was originally striving for. I’m branching out to new genres and have also hit some major reading slumps gobbling up 6 books in a month and then not reading anything for a few weeks in a row. It’s been tough.
                      

                                           
Looking back at my Top Ten Tuesday lists, I’ve compiled some of the reads I was truly anticipating that I’ve gotten a chance to read! I still have a ton that I have yet to buy and place on my shelf but I was lucky enough to attend a conference (we’ll get to that in just a bit) which had me scoring some of those books without purchasing them and breaking my bank!

My absolute favorite thing that I’ve done this year, like I mentioned before, was diving into the comic world! I’m trying to be better at keeping up with them so I am currently addicted to reading The Wicked + The Divine! The cover art and all round artwork throughout the comic is just the prettiest. Ironic I call it pretty considering several heads are blown up at points haha, but still, great storyline and worth the read 🙂

                                                          


I actually didn’t attend many author signings this year, but I *was* able to attend ALA Midwinter in Chicago and I caught the tail end to BEA, but not the actual conference, just headed up to NYC to meet some bloggers and fellow online friends! We’ll get to that later as well 😉
  
  


Another one of my favorite parts! A good chunk of the lovely ladies that I talk to on social media were at these events and was so excited to finally put a voice and real face to the name instead of just seeing them virtually. *womp womp* I also got a chance to meet a whole bunch of other bloggers/friends who were attending which was awesome! The more the merrier 😀

    

As of right now I really don’t have much on my plate. There will probably be the occasional signing that’s around here locally and I’m really, REALLY, REALLY going to try for ALA Midwinter 2016 in Boston! But that’s far off, as long as I save $$ it’s probably within reach 🙂 What I’m participating in right now is something seriously fun, #OTSPSecretSister gifting feature that a bunch of bloggers and readers join in and buy a few pick-me-up presents for several months. It’s hosted by Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide, Alyssa from Books Take You Places, and Amy at Tripping Over Books and I’m having such a blast treating my secret sister and getting the BEST THINGS from mine! This past month I’ve gotten the reveal, although for month one I had an inclination and hoped I was right (I WAS what!what!) and am super excited to sign up for the next round! I’ve met some awesome bloggers through the gifting feature and walk away with some great treats as well 🙂

Besides that I don’t have much on my plate but here are some pics of the Secret Sister fun! Make sure you join in for Round 3 with signups that start in July!

the secret sister that gifts to me (aka Mother of Dragons) Alyssa (@WithTheBanned)

the secret sister that gifts to me (aka Mother of Dragons) Alyssa @WithTheBanned

yay! Elizabeth @BookYAbber is my secret sister

yay! Elizabeth @BookYAbber is my secret sister

      

See you back in December for another wrap-up! xx Linz aka The Kid

edit: OMG I FORGOT!! I WILL BE ATTENDING TWO DAYS OF NYCC (New York Comic Con) AND I CANNOT FRICKIN’ WAIT! Already there’s so much to look forward to because NYCC tweets every now and then about which guests will be attending for 2015! Ultimate goal in life is SDCC attendance but like, I need a MAJOR miracle to get to be that lucky, so I’ll settle for East Coast NYCC! Okay okay, that’s all for now!

waited in the virtual queue for 1.5 hours, but worth it 🙂