Where in the World, California

Each week I ponder the question, where in the world are you? Where has your reading taken you this week?

I am currently reading Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler.

TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.


Twenty Boy Summer takes place in California on the beach during the summer. California is home to me. I was born in northern CA and spent the first 11 years of my life there. The state is large and diverse. I recommend spending time in different areas if you decide to vacation in the state.

I love reading books where the setting is somewhere I’ve been before. It’s like greeting an old friend again. It also sparks my desire to travel and revisit old favorite spots.


Where in the World, California

Where in the World: Pennsylvania

I am currently reading Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard which takes place in the fictional Rosewood, Pennsylvania. Loosely based on a suburb of Philadelphia, Rosewood is a small town full of wealthy families with a large web of lies spread between most of the citizens. The story is full of mystery and intrigue.

I haven’t had the chance to spend much time in Pennsylvania but it’s on my list of places to go. This location is a lot closer to me (a mere 2 hours) and I would love to explore Philadelphia along with many other places in this state.


where in the world has your reading taken you?
Where in the World: Pennsylvania

Where in the World: Nebraska


Image. Quote: Mason Cooley.

I saw this quote and thought about updating randomly with the location of my current read. Right now I am in the middle of the United States in Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, Nebraska to give you the exact location.

Quintessential Nebraska

I have been to NE a few times (I lived in Missouri, one of NE’s neighbors) and this picture above is exactly what pops in to my head when I think of Nebraska (besides NE football).

between the pages, where in the world are you?

Where in the World: Nebraska

Oh, the places you’ll go…Seattle

If you could hop on a plane and travel anywhere in the world right this minute, where would you go?


I’ve only been to Seattle twice but the first time felt like I was returning home. Ever since then I have felt like I left a piece of myself behind. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend a trip there. It’s so hard to describe the vibe of the Pacific Northwest. I haven’t experienced a place like this anywhere else.

Some top spots to check out:

Things I love about this city:

  • Foodie heaven
  • Coffee galore
  • Music to soothe the soul
  • Water, mountain, city life

Basically I need to move here ASAP.

Oh, the places you’ll go…Seattle

Going Places


5 places you want to visit

  1. Australia: I’m not sure why but ever since I did a report on Australia I have always wanted to visit. So for two decades I have been fascinated with the culture, the people, and the magic of Australia. One day.
  2. Egypt/Africa: I basically want to visit everywhere. I combined the two because I am only making a list of five today. I want to visit Egypt for numerous reasons.
    1. my best friend lives there currently
    2. also, another report in middle school on Egypt led to a curiosity about the place
    3. I want to see the pyramids and the Nile, thanks to a love of my history Western Civilizations class.
    4. One of my favorite movies of all time is The Lion King. I want to visit Africa and see the circle of life in person.
  3. U.K.–numerous spots: all of the spots? I joke that I was born on the wrong continent. My love of the history, British TV, Scottish actors, and the scenery make me dizzy with lust. I will visit these places in my future. I must.
  4. India: is new to my obsession list. I was once intrigued by the many facets of India but the interest waned over time. I am getting newly acquainted with the loveliness of the country and all it has to offer.
  5. Alaska: The Last Frontier. I have a life goal to visit all 50 states before I turn 50, so of course I’m going to Alaska at some point, it’s a matter of when. I’m not that much of an outdoorsy girl but being in nature centers me. The open spaces, fresh air, and landscapes are soothing. I could spend a month in Alaska, sitting outside lost in thought, soaking up the beautiful surroundings.

What place is on top of your own list?
Going Places

Dreamy Locale

Today I uttered the words “…when I was in Key West…”, and it hit me first–that was so long ago, and second–I have been to Key West. It seems like eons ago I spent a lovely day trip on the beautiful island in the Florida Keys.

kw KWlunch KWpie KWshops

Rent a bike to explore the town, eat key lime pie and other great food, and check out some shops. I had a blast here and definitely will return for a longer visit.

Dreamy Locale

Throwback, Comedy Night


While living in Missouri you either prefer Kansas City or St. Louis, I was always in the first group. St. Louis was an unknown place and fear of the unknown plagued me. That was until the summer of 2008 when I started taking trips to STL rather than KC.

Great memories from St. Louis include the one above, a night of comedy at Fox Theatre with girlfriends. There are so many places to see in St. Louis but these are a few of my favorites.

SLAM, St. Louis Art Museum
the art museum
Left Bank Books
independent bookstore
MoKaBe's and Kaldi's Coffee
great coffee

St. Louis’s reputation is now skewed by the recent events but it won’t stop me from visiting and recommending this great city to other travelers.

Skyline view from across the river.

Throwback, Comedy Night