Books Around the World: Monticello

This post won’t be as exciting as my one about Einsiedeln, but if you’re looking for a bookish place to visit, Monticello is a great place to go! I only have pictures of the outside of the building unfortunately, since you aren’t allowed to take pictures on the inside.

Monticello was Thomas Jefferson’s house, and is located near Charlottesville, Virginia in the United States. The grounds are beautiful and the inside of the house is super interesting. As a book lover, the best places was (obviously) the library. According to monticello.org, at the peak of Thomas Jefferson’s book collecting, he had over 6000 books in his library! He sold them at one point, but if you tour the library today you will see a collection similar to the one he had at the time.

I visited this in January, which was beautiful. If you’re interested in the gardens though, I’ve heard spring or even summer is a better time to go.

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Welcome to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello!
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Isn’t it pretty? (This is the building on the back of the nickel, by the way.)

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The grounds!

This place is much cooler than I’m making it sound! Have any of you ever been to Monticello? What did you think? And what place should I add next on my bookish travel list?

❤ Annette

1 year ago: Books Around the World: Einsiedeln, Switzerland

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The Ultimate Fall Bookish Bucket List

It’s still hitting 100° F almost every day here (ick), but I’m trying to get into the fall (autumn) spirit! Here’s a list of bookish things to do before fall is over!

  1. Make (crochet, knit, etc.) a Harry Potter house scarf
  2. Curl up with a pumpkin spice latte (or any fall drink) and a good book
  3. Read a fall-themed book
  4. Dress up as a book character for Halloween
  5. Have book club around a bonfire
  6. Take a walk while listening to an audiobook
  7. Read a spooky novel/thriller
  8. Light a candle to read next to
  9. Build a blanket fort to read inside of!
  10. Make a fleece blanket for cozy reading
  11. Read a novel with a supernatural character
  12. Make butterbeer
  13. Make an autumn recipe from your favorite book
  14. Find a new bookstore
  15. Read a book about football
  16. Carve a pumpkin with a bookish theme/character
  17. Make autumn decorations out of books pages
  18. Find a new coffee shop
  19. Buy a used book
  20. Learn archery (because so many book characters know how, why shouldn’t you?)
  21. Donate books you don’t need/want anymore
  22. Do a fall photo shoot for Bookstagram
  23. Attend a library hosted program
  24. Have a picnic! When you’re full, lay down and relax with a good book
  25. Find out of there is a free little library near you
  26. Make a list of books you are thankful for
  27. Go antiquing and find a vintage book
  28. Create a 3D pumpkin out of book pages
  29. Create a kindle cover out of an old sweater
  30. Read about a fall holiday (such as Dia de los Muertos, Oktoberfest, etc.)

Which one are you most excited to do? What should I add to this list?

❤ Annette

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