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.

–Goodreads

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 HAS YOUR READING TAKEN YOU THIS WEEK?

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Where in the World, California

Goodnight Moon

I love a good challenge. Thank you to rosemawrites for tagging me for this book tag challenge. Check out her blog for great bookish fun. I probably won’t tag anyone (sorry) so if you feel like participating please feel free to do so. Onward…

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I have a hard time going to bed when a book gets its hooks into me. I suffer from ‘one more chapter’ syndrome. The last book that I can remember keeping me up all night reading was this one. I just had to know what happened next. After finishing the book it still kept me up because I was still thinking about it. Such a great read, if you haven’t yet–get on it! Pick up a Rowell novel now.

The Shining by Stephen King: The only book that comes to mind when I think of being scared is this one. It got under my skin when I read it, so much so that I actually threw the book across the room once. What was your experience like with a King novel?

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: I read at night so it is easy for this to happen especially if I am already tired. Earlier in the year I tried to read this book but kept getting distracted and drowsy. I did fall asleep on a few occasions during reading. I moved the book back to my ‘to be read’ pile and will try again soon.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowlings: This has not happened to me since the days of Harry Potter book releases. I would stay up and attend a midnight release party to pick up the latest installment of the series. I was anxious during the day rather than tossing and turning all night. The last book in the series was one that left me most anxious during the wait. I still can’t believe the series is over.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han: On my soon to read list. The ideal situation would be best friends first that fall in love. I haven’t read the Summer series yet but hear these books reflect this situation.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Probably anything dealing with spiders, reptiles, or living the “off the grid” life. I’m a city girl and can’t imagine living without my comforts. I think I’d be one of the first to leave the games 😦

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: The blurb on Goodreads describes it best. A “funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be–and where the next great band is playing.”

Divergent by Veronica RothOh geez. I am a cliffhanger appreciator, because when a story/series is good you can’t help but love everything about it, even the annoying parts like waiting. Most series could qualify as having a terrible cliffhanger but Divergent was the most recent for me. I read the series over a weekend so I’m glad I waited to start reading them until all the books were published. Roth did an excellent job with this series.

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard: I broke my rule of reading the book before the movie/television show on this one. I started watching the TV show on Netflix one weekend and then picked up the first book a few days later. It was a combination of the show and book that spurred some dreams involving scheming and clue finding.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: ***SPOILER ALERT***(skip ahead if you haven’t read this yet and want some mystery to remain) I was surprised by this book and how much I enjoyed it. Amy isn’t your typical ‘monster’ but she is one person I would not want to cross or have lurking under my bed. An apt description of Amy from a friend of mine, “bitch be crazy”.


Thanks again for the tag.

If you read a lot, love books, or love to do these challenges, I choose YOU. Leave your link to your post in the comments so I can check out your answers. And as always, happy reading all!

Goodnight Moon

Where in the World, Zürich

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Switzerland

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

I am reading Hausfrau (and have been for awhile) by Jill Alexander Essbaum. The book takes place in Zürich, Switzerland.

The view is breathtaking. I have never been to Switzerland before but would love to experience it. In Hausfrau, it mentions the main character taking the train a lot. Travelling in Zürich must be easier than it is here in the U.S.

Zürich has two things I love a city to have–water nearby and mountains. Lake Zürich has the backdrop of The Alps making the city a picturesque view. The city is full of exploring opporunity as well. If you feel like churches, museums, or parks the city will provide.

Zürich is a place I would love to find myself. Until that happens in real life I will have to settle for between the pages.

Where in the World, Zürich

Where in the World, Paris.

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I tried finding something similar around the Internet but haven’t yet. I wanted to incorporate my love of reading with travel and geography. In my free time I love exploring maps, Google Street View, and travel lists. I started asking the question “where in the world are you?” when you are reading. A few ideas to include:

  • the setting of your current read
  • if you’ve been there before
  • a few interesting facts about that location

This week takes me to a location I dream about visiting, The City of Light, Paris.

I just finished reading Anna and the French Kiss which has the main character, Anna, whisked to France to attend her senior year abroad at a private school. I guess this post could also include Atlanta, Georgia in the U.S., Anna’s home home. This reminds me of a quote from the book.

For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.

I have spent a year abroad so I could relate to Anna and her struggles with communicating, a new environment, and being away from “home”. I have never been to France let alone Europe, but someday.

Things in Paris to explore, that the book touched on:

  • architecture
  • museums and theatre
  • parks, gardens, cemeteries
  • fashion and culture
  • Paris walks
  • cinema
  • food and drink

The things I would look forward to exploring would be almost all of the things listed above. Some are tourist destinations like the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre but others would be just walking in parks and the different districts or along the Seine to experience the best that Paris has to offer. Anna went alone and made friends when she arrived. I would love to visit with a friend, someone to share the memories with and hopefully one that knew a little French or just a partner in crime.


Have you been to Paris? Where are your reads taking you this week?

Where in the World, Paris.

The Harry Potter Tag

I found it fitting today to complete this tag. Thanks to Summer for tagging me for this post. Happy 35th birthday, Harry, and happy 50th birthday to the queen, Jo.

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1. Favorite book?
My favorite book has been Prisoner of Azkaban for the longest time. Three is a lucky number for me so I find it a coincidence that the third book in the series is my favorite. I enjoyed all the backstory in book 3 regarding Harry’s family. I also thought we experienced more of Hogwarts and castle activities thanks to Hermione and the Time-Turner.

2. Favorite movie?
The fourth movie was my favorite, Goblet of Fire. The other schools and the tri-wizard tournament filled up most of the action which was entertaining, also David Tennant *swoon*.

3. Least favorite book?
The last one because I never wanted it to end.

4. Parts of the books/movies that make you cry?
When I read the books certain character deaths had me shedding tears and the same happened during the movies. The scene at the end of book 6, Half-Blood Prince, was one in particular that sticks out.

5. Favorite character?
Hedwig followed closely by Hogwarts. Hedwig, pure and innocent, was with Harry from the beginning to end. She was more than a pet. Hogwarts I felt was truly a character in the book/movie. So much action happened there, and like Harry I looked forward to the return to Hogwarts each year.

6. What would your Patronus be?
I took a few quizzes online to figure this out. The first one said an otter because I’m brainy and adventurous. The next said a dolphin because I am fun and like to help others. I’m not too sure which is more me.

7. If you could have the Resurrection Stone, the Invisibility Cloak, or the Elder Wand, which one would you choose?
The Invisibility Cloak, obvi.

8. What House would you be in?
I would probably end up in Ravenclaw.

9. If you could meet any member of the cast, who would it be?
I would want to meet the trio. It’s too difficult to pick only one member.

10. If you were on the quidditch team, what position would you play?
If I had to be on the team I guess a Chaser, otherwise I’d want to be the announcer like Lee Jordan.

11. Were you happy with the ending?
It is what it is. It was bittersweet.

12. How much does Harry Potter mean to you?
Harry Potter changed my world. I had never before been so immersed in a fictional world like what Rowling created. Simply put–it’s magical.


I tag any potterhead that wants to join.

The Harry Potter Tag