Since we're past the Fourth of July and the summer season has officially started, what are your plans for the summer? Vacations, trips? Trips that involve reading? Reading plans? If you're going somewhere, do you do any reading to prepare? Do you read local literature as part of your trip? Have you thought about using the LT Local feature to help plan your book-buying?
My plans for the summer are to work. I started my first "real" job about five months ago. What I am looking forward to this summer are the releases of Breaking Dawn and Violet In Private. My reading plans include reading those two books, and cross my fingers a lot of the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series (which means I should start buying them, but i shouldn't because i have nowhere to put them, and i don't want to check them out from the library because I'm supposed to be reading books from my big TBR pile!) and tons of other things!
When I do go on trips I usually try and scout out interesting and unique bookstores or libraries to visit (along with art museums) Sometimes I'll scream and point from the car forcing my family to turn around so I can go into an amazing looking store we've just passed! While my sister is shopping for clothes I'm shopping for books.
I think the Librarything Local feature would help a lot next time I go on a trip. When I went to the UK for a month I believe I did some research before and during the trip about sights to see. I'll usually look at the displays of local books but never usually buy anything from them. I did get two tiki books in Hawaii though (pretty sure I could have gotten them anywhere though)
Some of my favorite bookstores around the country include... The Book Alcove, somewhere in Maryland, great used bookstore for a cheap price. Atomic Books in Baltimore, Maryland comics and zine heaven. The Borders Express stores on Maui (after all the nature I needed something familiar to bond with!) The Atlantic Bookstores on the east coast (our location closed about a year ago) all the bookstores in Bethany Beach Delaware. If you can't tell bookstores are where I get my souvenirs!
What was your favorite bookstore you visited while on vacation?
Who's been to Powell's cause I want to go there so very badly! A friend gave me their map/flyer once and I just about passed out!