Friday, January 10, 2014

A Bookish Day in NYC

Life has granted me many blessings, and I consider one of the greatest ones to be having relatives in New York. Thanks to my grandparents' choice to purchase a gorgeous lakeside house in Long Island, I get to travel there every winter break and spend two glorious weeks with family, relaxing and reading time, and the knowledge that I am not in the Midwest. Every year, I spend one day in New York City, and this year's trip may have been the best of all. Last Friday, my aunt and I went on a literary tour of the city—visiting the public library, touring Bloomsbury, and browsing the Strand—and I wanted to share my adventures through a few pictures.

Prepare for a lot of me coming up because I am in many of these shots. And ignore the terrible quality of some of the pictures—the lighting was not always conducive to photography.

We started the day with a train ride into the city, and a bird decided it wanted to come along!

Our first stop was the library, which was running an exhibition on children's literature throughout the ages.

My favorite part of the children's book exhibit was the banned books section, which featured a few controversial novels as well as this stack of books that people have challenged. It is depressing how tall this tower is. It is depressing that this tower has to exist at all.

Me in two different rooms of the beautiful library.

I took a picture with one of the lions when I left.

Thanks to the lovely Erica Barmash, I got to stop by the Bloomsbury offices and see where much of the behind-the-scenes publishing work takes place. I didn't take any pictures inside, but I posed on the street outside (a very popular tourist photo spot, I'm sure).

I got a book! I'm reading it right now and it is just as clever and fun as I have come to expect Lindsey Leavitt books to be.

The Strand bookstore was basically heaven, especially after a finger- and toe-numbing walk there in the freezing cold. I wandered around the store's multiple sprawling floors in awe, scanning the ceiling-high bookshelves. I would love to live there, or at least work there.

After that, I returned to my grandparents' house, with my love of New York City refreshed and my determination to live there someday strengthened. It was a fantastic day, and I am now counting down the months until I can return.

Have you ever been to New York City? Do you want to go? What are your favorite venues there that you have visited or would like to visit?


  1. I said it before, but I'll say it again, this day sounds PERFECT!

    I've never been to New York City, but I would love to go one day (both my Mom and I would)! The outside of the library is so beautiful looking! And that exhibition sounds interesting! It is sad that kind of stack of books even exists, book banning is... Ugh. Getting to tour the Bloomsbury offices sounds amazing!

    That book is one I'm looking forward to reading, glad to hear you're liking it! Oh, that bookstore! I would LOVE to go there!

    I could list so many places I would love to visit in New York! I'm glad to hear you had an amazing trip! :)

    1. Thank you for this super-nice comment! You're so right about everything - New York is an amazing city and I hope you get to go soon! If your mom wants to go, it shouldn't be too hard to win her over. :) I just finished The Chapel Wars, and I think it's the authors best YA book so far. I'm so excited for you to read it so we can talk about it together. :)

  2. That sounds like one awesome trip. Your pictures are great, and it's so cool that you got to tour Bloomsbury. I'm very jealous that you got an ARC of Chapel Wars! Lol.

    1. Thanks! Haha, we'll have to talk about The Chapel Wars when you get the chance to read it. :)

  3. Looks like a lovely trip! The Strand and the library are both always wonderful!


  4. I live on Long Island, so I frequently go to New York City, but I'm just jealous you got to tour the Bloomsbury office!

    There are so many wonderful places in New York City, and I feel like you can never truly see them all, but there's Broadway, MANY museums, Strand, Bryant Park, Central Park, Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center, Rockefeller Center, and just about everywhere else. :P

    I'm glad you had such a great time in NYC!

    1. I'm jealous that you live in Long Island! It's such a lovely place. And yes, that is what I love about NYC - there's no end to the things you can do. Even if I lived there, I don't think I would get bored.


  5. This is just...I don't even know how to describe it. Awesome? Cool? Enviable? I've loved seeing your NYC tweets and now I'm satisfied even more with these pictures. And you visited Bloomsbury, eeep!

    1. Haha, it was definitely a lot of fun, and I wish you could have been there! I hope you get to go to BEA so you can experience the amazing city too. :)


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