Posts Tagged ‘NYC’

24th November
2009
written by Steph
While we were in New York City, I received an email from my awesome friend Laura (not that I have a non-awesome friend named Laura and I am trying to distinguish between the two… just that my friend Laura is awesome, that’s all!) keying me in to the fact that there was a Jane Austen exhibit taking place at the Morgan Library while I was in town.  Normally I am a crazy trip planner when we go on vacation, obsessively researching every possible attraction and thing to do, but I admit, NYC overwhelmed me and I made the decision to go with the flow and just do whatever struck our fancy and figure out our options when we got into town… so I had not done my homework and the fact that there was something Austen-related going on in town that I didn’t know about me shook me to my core!  I mean, what if we had gone all the way to New York and returned home only for me to have then discovered the exhibit existed?  I shudder to even contemplate the possibility! Anyway, once I realized there was an exhibit on, I told my friend that we were visiting in New York that we had to go.  The day was gray and drizzly, but that did not stop us in our pursuit for Austen (even if we did walk many blocks out of our way to first go and lunch at Prêt à Manger, which is WAY better than Panera, by the way, so why can’t we have one in Nashville already?  Oh right, because it’s Nashville… I’m always trying to forget that… The roast turkey sandwich with stuffing and orange-cranberry sauce was a game changer, is all I’m saying!).  At other museums, I balked at the expensive admission prices — don’t get me wrong, the Metropolitan Museum of Natural History and the Guggenheim are hella amazing, but $20 PER PERSON is just a tad pricey — at the Morgan library, I practically shoved my $8 into their hands before tearing off into the bowels of the building in search of Austen. (more…)
19th November
2009
written by Steph

More books... but this time with a fancy new book bag to keep them company!

More books... but this time with a fancy new book bag to keep them company!

While Tony works away diligently on our post recapping our momentous trip to NY (after all, given how bustling and busy the city is, how can a trip there be anything but momentous?), I thought I’d share some of the books that have lately made their way into our household, almost as if it were of their own volition.  Honestly, that’s the only reasoning I can come up with for why books keep showing up in our apartment: it’s because they want to be here.  A good chunk of these came from me doing the shelves at BookPage at the beginning of the month, but as you can tell from the jaunty book bag gussying up our coffee table, some of them are purchases from The Strand in NYC.  Because again, how could I go to NY and not visit the last surviving establishment from Book Row and traipse about their 18 miles of books?  Even with aching feet (the new Steve Madden boots helped, but we still did A LOT of walking), such a proposition is pretty much my idea of heaven! (more…)

25th July
2009
written by Steph

Worth owning for the drool-inducing cover alone?

Given my love of reading in real life, I’m often drawn to books that feature protagonists that also show some serious lit love.  One glance at the cover of The Secret of Lost Things and you know it’s gonna be a book about books.  When I found out it involved a young woman who winds up working in a used bookstore only to become embroiled in the hunt for a lost, unpublished manuscript by Herman Melville, I knew this was a book I had to read (despite not having read any Melville myself).  You all know that I love a mystery, and a literary mystery?  Even better! It turns out TSoLT both exceeded and fell short of my expectations.  Let me explain.  As soon as I bring back books from the used bookstore, the first thing I do is catalog them in my GoodReads library, because I love lists and am obsessive that way.  I always get a thrill when I pick up a book on a whim only to find it’s been generally rated quite highly by the rest of the book reading community.  When I entered in TSoLT, it had a relatively meager 3.06 rating, and the bulk of the first reviews I skimmed were generally very negative (we’re talking 1 star ratings… I almost never give books such a low score!).  So I had my hopes severely dashed that this would wind up being a good read and shunted it to the bottom of the pile.  Fast forward several months to a few days ago when I was looking for a book that would have an engaging plot but not necessarily challenge me.  I wanted something to capture my attention but not really require much effort on my part… so I figured I would give TSoLT a shot, because why not?  I picked it up and started to read and… I was completely swept away.  It was by no means a perfect book and yet parts of it really resonated with me, and I wound up finding it a really fun and effortless read; it was the kind of book where you read 30 pages without realizing it.  So in that sense, TSoLT exceeded my expectations and absolutely fit the brief for what I was looking for. (more…)
21st January
2009
written by Steph
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Faithful readers of this site might be crying out right now, “What’s this?!? ELIC is not listed as a contender in this year’s Tournament of Books!  It was published in 2005.  You said you were going to try to read through the ToB books next, so… what up?”  I know, I know, I was supposed to start on my ToB reading after giving up on Eve, but here’s the thing:  Last Friday, I bundled up and set off for the central library on campus, which claimed to have 5 of the titles on my list available.  When I got there, I found out that one of the books was now reserved for someone (never mind that I can’t figure out how to reserve books myself), two of the books that were listed as being in the stacks were decidedly not in their designated areas, and one of the books penned by a Spanish-language author was in fact the Spanish-language edition.  Which left me with 1 book… or a 20% success rate.  Not good.  It was so cold out and I had braved it for 1 lousy book?  Well, on my way out, I happened to pass by the “Leisure Reading” shelf and ELIC caught my eye.  I’ve been wanting to read it for several years now, and I figured that since I was there I might as well pick it up.  After all, the check-out period for books from the campus library is a lengthy 3 months… or so I thought.  Turns out, Leisure books only have a TWO WEEK check-out period, which is kind of ironic, since for some, that might require reading at a decidedly unleisurely pace.  Once I realized this, I decided that I had better read ELIC first, given that it was due back so much sooner. (more…)