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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Goodbye, Seattle! Hello, Vancouver and Alaska!

I was going to queue a bunch of posts before leaving for my vacation but then I decided not to. It seems like a new trend going on in the blog world right now, to just be honest about when you're not really there. And honestly, posting when I'm not available to respond to comments to Tweets, or whatever, seems kind of strange and insincere.


I did ask over on Tumblr what I should read during my break and got some great answers. Unfortunately, those books must be pretty popular and wonderful because most were unavailable at my library. Rats. Instead, I'll be taking a bundle of things to read from my own collection and two library picks: If on a winter's night a traveler  and Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We EatHave you read either? I'm looking forward to both quite a bit.

I also of course had to rush my Wallpaper City Guides: Vancouver copy through Prime because I called like nine local bookstores and none of them carried it. Womp!

So anyway, goodbye until August 14th, when I'll return to Seattle (probably a bit computer deprived).

(antique map via Etsy)

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I wish I had discovered this beautiful book more than 2 days before I left

This vintage ad for Alaska Airlines is so nice

Daria 4 Lyfe


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gemstone Book Printables

What is it that makes as so attracted to gemstones? Someone please find out and let me know.


I've had this amethyst painting by Carly Waito as my desktop wallpaper on and off for a handful of years now. I'm thinking the paintings deserve a Book Cover Potential post...

Well clearly my adoration for gemstones isn't a rarity these days. Over on one of my favorite blogs, Design*Sponge, they recently shared two wonderful gemstone printables that show a lot of literary love as well.

First, these gem bookplates with a wonderfully simple vintage vibe:


And these fun, illustrated gemstone bookmarks:


Both make great touches for your summer reads.

You can find the downloadable files for both over on Design*Sponge: bookplates // bookmarks

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The first selfie... belongs on a book cover

Do you guys follow Domesticated Desk? I love these side tables she shared...

STILL obsessing over these amazing bookshelves

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez

I'd like to formally thank The Baby-Sitters Club series for making me the kind of reader that immediately loves a book where the narrator switches every chapter, no matter the content of the book. I'm pretty sure it's the only reason I enjoyed As I Lay Dying when everyone else in my class hated it.

Anyway. I was already excited to start reading Christina Henriquez's The Book of Unknown Americans based solely on three sentences in an email from Knopf. When I opened it and realized it changed narrators, I basically felt a wave of nostalgia.


This book is amazing. Not only is it a beautiful told story, it's an important story to be sharing.

There are so many ways families live across our country. In all directions, ways of life I will never experience or understand, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't be more educated about my fellow Americans (probably the most patriotic sentiment I've ever had).

And speaking of sharing stories, my favorite part about this book is probably the project that has been paired with it. Henriquez has created a Tumblr blog urging readers to share their own stories:

One of my hopes for The Book of Unknown Americans was that it might tell stories people don't usually hear. And now, another hope: that we will all tell our #UnknownAmerican stories. Where did you or your family come from? What is your life like now? We'll create a chorus and make our voices known. 

If you're looking for another book to read this summer, I definitely recommend The Book of Unknown Americans. It is a wonderfully written, truly beautiful story.

And the cover is really nice, too. Of course. It so simply illustrates the central character, Maribel, while also standing for each young woman the character represents. And of course, not being able to see her face speaks volumes to the way Americans can tend to treat "outsiders". Really nicely, simply done.

(photos in collage via Tumblr)
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