Thank you Fictional Escape Artist! My vertigo decided to place nice, and she kindly ventured downtown with me. Also thank you Portland for the amazing public transportation in place ( as someone who is unable to drive regularly). I think that anyone who has been here understands that heading downtown is not a simple trip out. Each visit is a new experience. There are always hidden shops and food joints that await discovery.
I am taking time in this post today to share a bit about why I chose to move across country to the great NW. This was a decision that would impact my life in a way I could never have imagined. I love Portland ❤ Never, have I felt more at home. This city was made for me (and everyone else really). I may be an introverted bookworm of sorts, but I still have needs. For someone who is incredibly awkward when it comes to socializing, I tend to feel trapped after several days indoors and need to escape, but this can be daunting. I do not know how to properly interect with others (if there is such a thing). I fidget and cross my arms, sending off a very closed vibe when I am actually anything but. This is where Portland proves its worth. There is such a beautiful explosion of diversity and culture happening here with a mix of incredible coffee, food carts and weirdness. Sold yet? Maybe this will help 😉
So Saturday felt like a good day to hop on the Max and head out. As we passed an angel outside of a pizzeria with full wings (missed photo op because you become accustomed to these things), I realized that I could not be more comfortable than I was in that very moment. There is something beautifully embracing and welcoming about looking around and realizing how free everyone is. And then the real magic happens, you realize no one gives a shit about you or what you are doing and you begin to truly relax. Suddenly you can let your arms down and breathe in this massive sea of people because no one is paying you any mind unless you ask them to, and they are certainly not going to judge. It’s like slipping into your favorite pair of jeans. Total liberation, even for someone like myself.
So we trekked to my favorite place in the city! Powell’s. I am not sure how many of you are familiar with Powell’s or have been, but it is an incredible experience for a book lovers. Powell’s City of Books is the largest bookstore in the world, occupying a full city block. Established in 1971, this multi-level bookstore is easy to spend hours in. That is exactly what we did. You must stop in if you ever visit. Sorry for lack of quality pictures, but I was too busy browsing!
I did manage to exert some self control and pick up only two titles! So this was a win. Now that I have rambled on about home sweet home, here is our usual sum-up 🙂
By Lorie Langdon
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
“Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.
Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.”
By Peter S Beagle
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Available November 2016
“One rainy February night, while dining at a favorite local haunt, Abe and his girlfriend Joanna meet waitress Lioness Lazos, new in town and without a place of her own. Fascinated and moved by the girl’s plight, Joanna invites Lioness to stay in Abe’s garage. Lioness is about to alter the lives of Abe, Joanna and those around them forever.”
*These are both ARCs that I have recently received, and I hope to have reviews up soon. Unfortunately, we have had a lot of appointments to juggle and some much needed repairs and maintenance occurring here at the house that are taking a bit of my time.
I have simply one quote from Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake this week. While I am sure this quote has been repeated by many, I cannot begin to describe how well it captures the spirit of this amazingly dark story. My review can be found here.
“Three dark queens
Are born in a glen,
Sweet little triplets
Will never be friends
Three dark sisters
All fair to be seen,
Two to devour
And one to be Queen”
― Kendare Blake, Three Dark Crowns
May each of you enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a wonderful week ahead!