Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Midnight Reading

I love to read. So naturally, I try to fit in as much reading as I can throughout the day. But let me tell you, nothing beats reading at night, from the comfort of my own bed, while the rest of the world sleeps.

In fact, let me see if I can persuade you to come over to the dark (literally!) side:

  • I have always been a  night owl. I feel like I do my best work and am at my most productive as soon as the sun sets and the moon comes out to play. Because of this, it is so easy to slip into the world of whatever book I'm reading at the moment and get completely absorbed. Be prepared for some really late nights/early mornings because you won't realize how much time has passed until you finish the last chapter, put the book down, and notice that you have two hours left to sleep until your alarm goes off.

  • No distractions! It's late, you guys. Everyone is asleep and there is no one to interrupt you while you get in the zone and read to your hearts content. Plus, there is blessed silence (if you're into that, you can totally play some music if that's your thing).

  • Ahhhhh..... This is the sound I make as I lay back on my soft bed and pillows while in my comfy pajamas as I pull up the covers and grab my current read. Let the relaxation begin!

  • Book hangover, be gone! Reading at midnight is perfect for whenever I finish a really great book and I feel like a need a moment before I can start a new one. I can go to sleep relishing in the feels of the story and wake up ready to start a new one.

Have I convinced you try out midnight reading? Let me know in the comments below!

-Kristen ♥

Monday, October 5, 2015

Book Spotlight: The 50 States by Gabrielle Balkan & Sol Linero (South Carolina)

Title: The 50 States
Author: Gabrielle Balkan
Illustrator: Sol Linero
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
Publication Date: October 1, 2015

Synopsis: Explore 50 illustrated maps, each featuring state capitals, famous residents and key historical moments. Also includes a guide to the state flags and presidents of the USA.

Be inspired by the inventiveness, beauty and diversity of the United States in this curious collection of fact­-filled maps. Explore thousands of wondrous locations and be awed by the achievements of hundreds of people who helped make America what it is today. Celebrate, explore, enjoy!

About: Author GABRIELLE BALKAN has written over 20 books for children, including the Mr Presidents series for Scholastic. She lives and works in New York.

Illustrator SOL LINERO lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her clients include Scholastic, Oprah magazine, Jamie Oliver Magazine, and Wired.


When they asked me which state I wanted to represent, I of course had to choose my home state of South Carolina!

South Carolina Fun Facts:

  • 1698: The first public library in the nation is established in Charleston.

  • 2054: Myrtle Beach residents will open a time capsule that Horry County Elementary School students buried in 2004! 

  • ANGEL OAK: This 65-foot-tall, 1,500-year old tree has survived hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes.

  • MYRTLE BEACH: In 2007 the Guinness World Record for the Tallest Sand Castle was awarded to Myrtle Beach!

  • THE CAROLINA CUP is an annual horse race held in Camden. 

  • TOPIARY GARDEN: Pearl Fryar’s 3-acre garden has some 300 shrubs trimmed into amazing shapes 

  • WILD TURKEYS: The official state game bird can outrun a galloping horse!

To learn more interesting facts about South Carolina and the other 49 states, be sure to check out The 50 States.

-Kristen ♥

Friday, October 2, 2015

Dream Book Collection: Invaluable Edition

The awesome peeps at Invaluable asked me to make my dream book collection from their awesome website. The chance to look at books all day? Obviously, I accepted.

The first book that caught my eye was this first edition of The Martian Chronicles signed by Ray Bradbury (Lot 915). For one, I think it's absolutely beautiful.

Second, Ray Bradbury wrote one of my favorite poems, There Will Soft Rains, so I imagine this book will be fantastic and what better way to read it, than with the first edition that Ray Bradbury himself has touched!

I love fairy tales! So when I saw this pretty gold embossed hardcover 1911 edition of The Big Book of Fairy Tales (Lot 333), I just had to add it to the list!

One of the most surreal things about owning a book over a hundred years old, is all the history it has and it would be unbelievably cool to add something like this to my collection.

Shakespeare is what you our teachers forced us to read in High School, but it's such a classic and I actually enjoyed some of his plays that I would love to own my own special edition, especially if it's this one.

The Plays of Shakespeare Vol. 1 (Lot 206) is GORGEOUS! Look at the details on the cover and the gold lettering and the spine and I really think it wants to come home with me.

Last, but certainty not least, is this 1889 cloth-bound first edition of Australian Wonderland (Lot 312A). I have no idea what it is about, but I want to find out.

This book caught my eye because of how utterly strange and wonderful it sounds. I always thought that the only thing Wonderland was missing were a few kangaroos.


I'd like to give another shout-out to Invaluable for asking me to put this post together, I had a lot of fun looking through their awesome collection of vintage and first edition books and you should definitely check them out! :)

Belle approves!

-Kristen ♥
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