But this is a book (ish) blog and it wouldn't make sense if I didn't mention my book love on the road. So, here goes...
Note: This trip was less focused on procuring books. I've recently realized (well, after the trip to Chattanooga I took yesterday, where I purchased numerous new books- post on that to come- I focused more on being free and light and only coming back with things I had taken along) that my TBR pile is getting out of hand.
Capitol Hill Books. I blogged about it when I took my trip to DC last year (my blog's almost a year old)! Although it's not the greatest used store in the world, I had to go back for the experience. (Note: I have no idea who these people are.)
The book store's actually a little overpriced for used books, but it's packed with so many great titles that it's at least worth a stop. For those wary of small spaces, tiny corridors and narrow staircases, steer clear of this gem.
Because I was more focused on getting on the bike and riding around, I only purchased one book: Nick Hornby's The Polysyllabic Spree, which Brenna at Literary Musings recently reviewed.
We also made a stop at the Library of Congress, where I had the opportunity view Thomas Jefferson's library. So sad, but I can't provide photos because camera use wasn't allowed. Boo! You get the picture.
And... I picked up a free copy of Julia Alverez's How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent from a little book box in front of a house while we were walking home from dinner. Definitely awesome!
The trip was just what I needed.
Fast forward a week & even better news! I am a first time aunt. My niece was welcomed into the world on Saturday. I've never been more happy in my life. My brother and sister-in-law are going to be beautiful, loving parents. Congrats!