The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

Thursday, December 13, 2018

This year I found myself in Springfield, Massachusetts for a work conference. I knew nothing about he town before visiting, but quickly discovered it was the proud hometown of Dr. Seuss! 
Obviously I had to visit The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum while I was there. The fun little spot includes outdoor statues and that are perfect for photo ops and a multi-level museum to wander through. 
Theodor Geisel's history is outlined in a series of exhibits. Everything from his famous bow ties to his drawing desk are preserved there. I loved seeing random cards he sent to family with sketches of creatures drawn in his familiar style. 
Although I was there alone, my daughter would have loved to explore all of the kid-friendly sections of the museum. I'd say it's definitely a delight for any age group! 

Photos by me. 

Dickens and Poe

Sunday, December 2, 2018

I'm a sucker for a lovely new edition of a classic. It's seriously my Achilles' heel. When it's a cloth bound classic I'm doubly tempted. The sweet folks at Oxford University Press sent me a couple of these beauties and now I'm in danger of buying the whole series! 

The two pictured are "A Christmas Carol & Other Stories" by Charles Dickens, which is perfect for this season. The second is from one of my favorite authors, Edgar Allan Poe. He might not seem like the perfect Christmas choice, but for fans of his work he definitely is! Each edition includes a collection of short stories. A Christmas Carol also includes many of the original illustrations, which are particularly fun! 

I love the stories chosen for the Poe collection. It's filled with so many of my favorites and others that many are unfamiliar with. In the Dickens, you find the well-known Carol, but also many of his other Christmas stories. So if you're making your own Christmas wish list or shopping for others, you can't go wrong with these editions. 
I received these copies for an honest review. 

Dewey 24 Hour Readathon!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

********  UPDATED HOUR 17 ********
I wasn't expecting to be able to join this readathon, woo hoo for unexpected reading time! This is my 14th readathon (see links below). Today I'm reading when I can, but also juggling a toddler. 

Here's a link for more info about the DeweyReadathonToday you can find me posting on Litsy and Instagram as @avidreader25 as well as here. 

Reading Stats
Pages Read: 1,016 
Currently Reading: The Pit and the Pendulum and Other Tales, Bridge of Clay
Books Finished: Sweet Bird of Youth, Bone: Treasure Hunters 8, Bone: Crown of Horns 9, Bone Handbook, You Can't Touch My Hair, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 
Snacks Eaten: Grapes, coffee & pie, turkey & avocado sandwich, broccoli and asparagus soup, Taco Bell (my husband got his pregnant wife tacos LOL). 

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? I'm reading a few Edgar Allan Poe short stories.  
2. How many books have you read so far?
I finished four. 
3. What book are you most looking forward to? I'm thinking I might tackle The Night of the Iguana. 
4. Have you had many interruptions? Not too bad this time considering I have a toddler. How did you deal with those? I have been reading books with my kiddo so she is involved. 
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How well it has gone! 

Introduction Quiz:
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Indianapolis, IN

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I'm excited to finished the Bone series. I only have two left! I'm also looking forward to reading more of Zusak's new book. 

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Because my plans just changed and I can participate at the last minute, I'm not as prepared as I usually am. My snacks might be a bit limited this time. 
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I'm pregnant with my second kiddo, so fatigue and nausea will be part of this readathon for me. 

5) If you participated in the last readathon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? I'm breaking one of my only readathon rules this time around. I usually don't read from any books I've already started. I like picking up new books that I try to finish that day. This time though, I want to read more from Bridge of Clay. It's Zusak's first book in 16 years and I'm currently about 70 pages in.  

Seasons to Read
Love this challenge idea! The Night Circus is one of my favorites to reread in the winter. The chilly atmosphere and red, black, and white colors just seem to fit. For some reason Charles Dickens is always a winter read for me too. Spring is for the hope and optimism of Anne of Green Gables. It's all about new life! Since the Harry Potter books all start in the summer I'm always in the mood for those when it gets hot. Autumn is perfect for Carlos Ruiz Zafon's Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. It's a gothic mystery set in Barcelona and the creepy twists and turns are just right for October. 

Modern Classics

Halloween Story Swap  

I picked I Capture the Castle, turning it into a haunted house story.Monster Mash 
ROUS and Hunger Games Mutts!
Vague Recollections 

Book and a Snack
Popcorn and Pit and the Pendulum  (below)
Draw it Out 

I'm currently finishing the Bone series by Jeff Smith and so I decided to draw the main character. Here's my doodle next to the real thing. 
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Photos by me.