Archive | August 2014



Space Needle

Space Needle. Seattle, WA. 2009


US Bookstore Tour: Portland, Oregon Powell’s

This year I was fortunate enough to visit the amazing Powell’s bookstore. The flagship store is based in Portland, Oregon. There are almost no words to describe a visit to this brilliant bookstore. 

These are how their columns are decorated outside of the building. 


Inside it is nothing but pure, almost endless, book heaven. 


One must walk without a direction as to not be overwhelmed. Even the stairs are literary. 


Perhaps the most amazing thing about Powell’s is that used copies are shelved along with the new. Providing endless treasures that can suit all budgets. I, of course fell in love with the YA section. It was to die for. I was also able to find this delightful throwback to my internship with Stripes Publishing. I’m so thrilled they made it to the US! 


There was also a rare book room. I didn’t dare enter. I needed a full time job and a nest egg before having a browse there. To think what treasures lay beyond the door. 


It is easy to get lost or find oneself wandering Powell’s for an undisclosed amount of time. I bought four books myself, two new and two used. I highly recommend anyone and everyone to spend at least 15 minute in this wonderful indie. I promise you won’t regret it. 

Happy reading!


Top Ten Tuesday (or Wednesday…)

I haven’t participated in one of the Top Ten Tuesday’s from the Broke and Bookish lately, so why not this week? I also really like this week’s Top Ten Topic:

Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read (whether because they think it’s a “you” book or it’s just been generally recommended so often)

Here goes!



(EVERYONE has been trying to get me to read this for YEARS. The more they tell me, the more I just don’…)

2. Divergent

This is strictly because of the hype. (plus all my mates are reading it and loving it, but the hype gives me no desire to read it)

3. The fault

Or anything by John Green. Last year I watched one of my best friend die from cancer. I don’t need to revisit the visual throughout an entire book. It doesn’t mean I won’t ever read it, it’s just, not right now.



Either it’s highly recommended, or it’s not recommended at all. Either way, I’ve got too many other books to get through to give it a try.



I read the first two and got so mad and frustrated that I gave up on the third. I just can’t do it.



My former boss turned this book on to me and I started it, but couldn’t get into it quickly. I’m going to give it another go once I’ve finished my other library books.

7. neverwhere

I’ve bought this book three times (twice for me, once for someone else). I haven’t been able to crack past the cover! The latest version I have, Neil Gaiman was able to sign it, so I will read it! I have to!

8. e and e

This was recommended from a Seattle bookstore staff member. It looks and sounds amazing, I feel terrible that I’ve put other YA books ahead of it.

My last two I am dying to read, but also I don’t want to read at the same time.

They’re finale’s in a series. I guess I just don’t want to say goodbye yet?

9. the one

I love, love, LOVE this series. It’s ridiculous and amazing and oh, I just don’t want to be heartbroken once it’s over!

10. Gods and Monsters

This series is fantastic. I love that it doesn’t take place in America and it has a lot of devastation that most YA books don’t lean towards. I know more loss is coming with this last book, and with last year, I don’t want to shove it down my throat. But then I kinda do because I am dying to know what’s going to happen!

That’s my list! What are some of the books on yours?

Take Part: Books About Town – London

I am so jealous of Londoners right now! Out of all the adventurously painted things – literary benches of course had to be when I was gone. Grrrr. 

Anyways, Books About Town is doing a wonderful thing placing literary inspired painted benches around the fabulous town of London. Put on by the National Literary Trust from Julu 2nd to September 15th – if you’re around be sure to take part in this celebration of London’s literary heritage! 

Bench 2 Bench 3 Bench 4 Bench 5 Bench 6 Bench 7 Bench one

There’s only 50 so this should be easy for those of you there! Happy hunting and happy reading!