While I’m off exploring Switzerland, I’m so excited to welcome Book Twitter’s resident travel guru to my blog today! If you look wanderlust up in the dictionary you’ll find a picture of Gail from Ticket to Anywhere. At any given time you can be sure that she has at least four or five travel countdowns going and she’s probably about to jet off somewhere fabulous. So, it was a no-brainer when I was thinking of people to have stop by and talk about their travel bucket lists. Gail does NOT disappoint with her choice below! It just so happens to be on my own bucket list, so don’t be surprised if it ends up on yours now too!
My husband and I are grabbing our passports for the second time this summer and heading overseas for a once-in-a-lifetime trip! In late May, we went to Ireland for my birthday and had the most AMAZING time (click here for photos)! This time around we’re headed to the mountains of Switzerland.
To be quite honest with you, Switzerland was never really on my radar as far as dream destinations. I’ve always known it was beautiful, but I didn’t have the lifelong dream of travelling there like I did with Ireland. The reason for our trip is so my husband can study some buildings that were designed by his favorite architect, Peter Zumthor, for his graduate school thesis project. As I started to plan our trip I quickly discovered that this was going to be an epic vacation! Don’t believe me? Keep reading to get a taste of all the amazing sights we’ll get to see.
While I’m away I have an amazing roster of guest bloggers who have graciously agreed to share their travel bucket lists! Come back every day for amazing travel-themed posts from Gail, Kristin, Stacee and Lindsey!
It appears as though I’ve taken the concept of summer break quite literally around these parts when it comes to reviewing books. I took a look at my “to review” log the other day and was SHOCKED when I realized how big my back log was. So, apologies for totally dropping the ball and not sharing my thoughts about so many books I’ve read lately.
What HAVE I been doing this summer when I should have been posting reviews? To be honest…not much! Since my husband and I had big international trips planned at the start and end of summer, and the fact that he’s in grad school right now, we’ve been staying close to home and taking a lot of day trips throughout Massachusetts. We’ve explored the trails at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, strolled through the quaint coastal town of Marblehead, caught some gorgeous sunsets right down the road from our apartment and made more memories at the family beach house on Martha’s Vineyard. I’ve shared some photo highlights below to give a taste of what summer in New England is like…absolute perfection.
You can always follow along on my adventures, bookish and otherwise, by following me on Instagram (and Twitter). In the mean time, let’s check out my summer of reading!
This very special feature is my small way of bringing some of my favorite authors closer to you, my dear readers, and my way of giving them a virtual high-five for all of their amazing talent and swagger! Each installment will feature a short interview of five questions so we can learn even more about them and fangirl just a little bit more! Today’s special guest author is one of my all-time favorites…
I decided it was time for me to contribute my very own installment of Fangirl Friday and what better Friday to do it then the day before I go to an event that will set my fangirl mode on overdrive! Tomorrow I get to see Hans Zimmer in concert!
I’m a huge fan of movie and television soundtracks, and Hans Zimmer is one of my very favorite composers! He’s the man behind the soundtracks for The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception. Interstellar, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lion King, Gladiator and Dunkirk! That’s just a small sampling of his work! Seriously, the list goes on and on and on…
In all of my excitement for tomorrow’s concert, I got to thinking about some of my other favorite soundtracks and decided I would share the Spotify playlist that I’ve been carefully curating over the past year or so. But first, here are some of the best of the best from the playlist! I have to say, it was SO HARD for me to cut down this list, there are so many amazing soundtracks out there that I love.
PS – Stay tuned at the end of this post for a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT about Fangirl Friday!
Sunny Nwazue lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City. Her features are West African, but she's albino. She's a terrific athlete, but can't go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a "free agent" with latent magical power. And she has a lot of catching up to do.
Soon she's part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But just as she's finding her footing, Sunny and her friends are asked by the magical authorities to help track down a career criminal who knows magic, too. Will their training be enough to help them against a threat whose powers greatly outnumber theirs?
“Akata Witch” was pitched to me as a “Nigerian Harry Potter” and you better believe, I was immediately intrigued. You’ll have to read the book for yourself to see if it lives up to that reputation, but it’s pretty safe to say I’m thrilled and honored to be a part of the blog tour hosted by Penguin Teen! So, my friends, keep reading for everything you’ve ever wanted to know about “Akata WItch”…and more! Pssssst…there may be a giveaway if you read to the very end!
Today’s Fangirl Friday is perfectly timed, since I’m currently bingeing season three of the television show Meredith from Pandora’s Books is here to obsess over! I watched the first two seasons religiously every week when it first came out in 2013 and then somewhere along the way, I fell behind a few episodes and never caught back up. Since the series finale just aired last month, I figured the timing would be perfect to binge watch. There’s so much to love about the show…the drama, the swoons, the WARDROBE and the music. It all comes together to make an addicting and intriguing show. Listen, it may not be totally historically accurate, but it’s still a lot of fun to watch. I’ll let Meredith take it from here…
It’s been a while since my last Leisurely Lit installment, and since it’s summer and a lot of us are going on vacation soon, I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce you to some books that would be perfect for you to bring along on your adventures. I just started watching Black Sails on Starz and am absolutely loving it, so I was inspired to put together the perfect list of YA books that feature everyone’s favorite high seas adventurers…PIRATES. I can’t think of a better theme for summer adventure because once you add pirates to any story it automatically turns into a wild ride. So, grab your best eye patch and start practicing your fiercest “ARRRGGHHH”, because after reading these books you’ll be ready to sail the high seas in search of your very own treasure!
Today is a VERY special Friday, you guys! Why? Because today is the wonderful Ginger from GReads! birthday!
So what better day to welcome her BACK to the blog (she’s a regular around here these days) on her special day so she can talk about one of her very favorite things in life. For those of us who know Ginger, her name is nearly synonymous with a certain sweet summertime fruit! Ginger has an EPIC collection featuring this fruit and whenever I’m out and about and see something with this on it, it takes everything in me not to buy it for her. She probably already has it anyways! LOL!
Happy Fangirl Friday, everybody! Today’s post from Laura at Scribbles & Wanderlust is a post after my own anglophile heart! Seriously, when I first read this post from Laura I couldn’t help but swoon! There’s nothing I love more than a drama-filled mini-series on BBC or Masterpiece on PBS. Did somebody say Victoria or (sigh) POLDARK!? Unfortunately, there ARE actually some I have missed and that’s why Laura’s post today is so perfect. It’s reminds me that I STILL need to watch the 1995 BBC version of Pride & Prejudice and that FINAL episode of North & South! I’m kind of embarrassed to admit those are still on my to watch list. I will say this, you MUST take Laura’s recommendation and watch Belle…it’s simply amazing!
So, get your Netfix queue ready, because Laura is about to bless us all with some epic British films!