Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstores and Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

This post is part of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

The top ten bookstores or libraries that I want to visit are:

  1. Library of Congress – To be honest, this is probably the only one that was already on my someday list. The one day I had in Washington DC was a Sunday, so the Library of Congress was closed, which was a huge disappointment. I’ll make it there one day though!
  2. Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon – The country’s biggest independent bookstore. I’d be a sad bookworm if I didn’t get to visit this one some day.
  3. New York Public Library on 5th Ave, New York, New York – You know, the one with the lion statues outside. (After some Googling, I now know these lions are named Patience and Fortitude, which is pretty cool.) Anyways, the New York Public library has always held a sort of gleam for me. And I was quite jealous of my friend who got to use the library regularly while she lived in New York.
  4. The Seattle Public Library – This library looks architecturally really cool. Plus, I sort of just want to go to Seattle. 😛 Arizona is finally at a managable temperature, but I know it won’t last long! Seattle would be a nice break.
  5. Central Library at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico – This library looks SO COOL! I can’t imagine how much information and culture is there to soak up! (Fun fact – I almost studied abroad in Mexico until my university changed its programs.)
  6. Vatican Library – I’ve been to St.  Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum, but not the Vatican Library. To be honest, I’m not even sure that’s a place the public can go? Regardless, it would be an amazing place to visit!
  7. Singing Wind Bookshop, in Benson, Arizona – This bookstore sounds… interesting. But as an Arizonan book lover, I would be remiss if I never made it here.
  8. Strand Book Store in New York, New York – Apparently this place has 18 miles of books! I’d love to get lost in this place.
  9. The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, Arizona – It’s totally possible that I’ve been here before – but I don’t remember so I guess I’ll just have to go again! They’re relatively local to me and have a lot of great events.
  10. The Well Read Moose in Couer d’Alene, Idaho – My friend visited this place and can’t stop gushing about it. It’s now her top favorite spot, probably ever, which means it would definitely be something up my alley!

As I did research for this post, I realized that I have been to some pretty cool libraries and bookstores already. If you want to see pictures of one of my favorites, you can check out that post here. Hopefully I’ll share some of my other literary journeys soon!

What libraries and bookstores are on your list? Any that I need to add to mine?

❤ Annette

Copy of fall list

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Fall Drinks to Enjoy with a Good Book

What better way to enjoy fall/autumn than to curl up with a yummy drink and a good book? Or, since it’s still in the 90s where I live, a fall-themed iced drink and a good book? Here are ten of my favorite drinks that remind me of fall.

  1. Pumpkin Spice Latte
    A pretty obvious classic. I’ve been getting this is frappuchino form – the taste of fall but the coolness needed for relief from the outdoors.
  2. Caramel Apple Spice
    I think this only exists at Starbucks. It’s like a hot apple cider with caramel added. If you don’t like caffeine (or don’t want to give your kids caffeine) this is a popular choice.
  3. Apple Cider
    The best apple cider I’ve ever had can be bought at a random roadside stand along Oak Creek in Arizona. But if you can’t get to that, many grocery stores will start selling more commercial brands that area also quite yummy. I prefer them cold, but I’m sure either one is delicious.
  4. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
    I used to really like this one, but I’ve moved away from it over the years. It’s like a hot chocolate, but with an edge. It’s very rich though, so be warned!
  5. White Mocha
    This is really a year-round favorite (I like super sugar drinks, especially if they have caffeine), but if I had to assign it a season, I’d assign it fall.
  6. Chai Tea Latte
    The cinnamon/ginger/clove/cardamom flavor reminds me very much of fall. I prefer this drink hot and with milk, but I know friends who like iced chai or chai with a shot of espresso.
  7. Mexican Hot Chocolate
    To my knowledge, this is just hot chocolate with cinnamon. Anything with cinnamon very much reminds me of fall. This particular one also reminds me of Dia de los Muertos, which occurs in the fall.
  8. Caramel Mocha
    This is probably my favorite drink at McDonalds. It’s super rich and crazy sweet, so make sure you’re prepared for that! It still has a coffee taste, but with enough caramel and chocolate that it goes down smooth. This reminds me of different fall road trips I’ve taken.
  9. Salted Caramel White Mocha
    If salted caramel is in season, try this drink! It’s amazing! It’s another super sweet drink though, so if that’s not your thing, you probably won’t like this one. I like it because there are so many flavors involved in it that your tongue does a little happy dance trying to process it all.
  10. Root Beer
    This has enough of a spice-based flavor that it also reminds me of fall.

What’s your favorite fall/autumn themed drink? (Or, if your part of the world is experiencing spring, what drink are you enjoying right now?) I love reading a good book with a great drink on hand.

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❤ Annette

Top Ten Book Boyfriends

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday challenge (hosted by Broke and Bookish!) is to list our top ten book crushes. I thought this would be difficult, but as I went through my “read” list on Goodreads I found myself reminiscing about more characters than I had planned. So here are my top ten book boyfriends!

Note – Just because a character is listed does not mean they are the main love interest for the novel, nor does it imply that they get together in the end. You’ll just have to read the book to find out. 🙂 These are just the characters that appealed to me.

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Brian from the Cinder & Ella series by Kelly Orman

Caleb from the Significance series by Shelly Crane

Marius from The M-Word by Beverly Farr

Raffe from the Penryn & the End of Days series by Susan Ee

Michael Merrick from the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer

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Sawyer from the Visions series by Lisa McMann

Soap from the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger

Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Colin du Lac from Captive Heart by Glynnis Campbell

Nawat from the Trickster’s Choice series by Tamora Pierce

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So what do you think? Do you agree with my choices? Are there any fictional boyfriends I’m missing? Let me know!

❤️ Annette