hoard collection of vintage children’s books has been growing for awhile, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you. This is one I picked up over the weekend. Alexander by Harold Littledale and illustrated by Tom Vroman. I love searching for these old books. The illustrations are fantastic; certainly some have a very vintage look to them, which I just adore. This is a first edition, published in 1964. It’s definitely worn, but I don’t really collect these old books for their value. I just love finding inspiration in old things sometimes. I photographed some of my favorite pages to share here. I hope you love the illustrations as much as I do!
Do you listen to podcasts? I’ve never been an audio book kind of person, but I love a good podcast. They’re short enough to keep my interest, and not usually too thick with plotlines or characters to make me
drift off the road lose interest while driving to work, which is where you can find me listening every week. I have a ton on my iPhone right now (I actually had to delete some music to make room!), so I thought I’d share my top four favorites:
The Joy the Baker Podcast. Joy and Tracy completely make my Thursdays better every week. I love these girls. Doesn’t matter where I am or what I’m doing, their hilarious conversations and banter make them completely relate-able. Like if I lived in LA or SF, we would totes be BFFs. I’ve been caught once or twice laughing uncontrollably at my desk at work, my coworkers looking at me like I’m bonkers.
Stuff You Missed in History Class. I love love love this podcast. I really can’t say enough good things about it other than if you haven’t given it a listen, go download an episode right now. My personal faves: it’s a tie between H.H. Holmes and the Mystery of Murder Castle and Operation Mincemeat.
This American Life. I think this podcast is absolutely fantastic. I’m sure every other person in America does, too…which is probably why it is the #1 rated podcast on iTunes. Either way, Ira Glass and the team at Chicago Public Media really put forward a great show. iTunes only gives you the latest episode, so I also downloaded the This American Life app, which is great and gives me access to the complete archive of episodes. Totally worth $3.
Storylife Podcast. Unfortunately this podcast hasn’t been updated in a few years, but it’s really great. It kind of reminds me of This American Life, but it’s just a guy (Chris Bolton) and his friends telling crazy stories from their lives. You really just have to listen. It’s fantastic.
What podcasts do you listen to? Anything I should check out? I’d love to hear!
I’ve been spending a lot of my free time enjoying some good books this winter. Some days there really is nothing better than sitting with a cozy blanket in a warm house, with a hot cup of tea and diving into a good book. If all of this happens to include being completely draped with wiener dogs, well, I would expect nothing less in my house. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to read more, so I’ve been actually keeping track of my reading list on my iPhone notepad. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites from last month and a few that I’ve got stacked up and waiting for me for February.
Side note: I don’t use an e-reader, so all the links I’m including are to actual paper books. Something about the weight of a book in my hand, the sound of the pages turning, and the smell of actual paper…I’m hard pressed to give them up. And I really like supporting my local library, plus that frees up my pennies to buy really important stuff…like shoes.
P.S. Which one of these doesn’t belong? It may seem like Killing Lincoln is the odd duck here, but I really love interesting historical novels and the like. I actually listen to a great podcast everyday on my commute called Stuff You Missed In History Class. It’s really fantastic, sort of like an audio book with interesting stories and anecdotes. I would highly recommend it if you are at all interested in history. My all time favorite is this two-part series on H. H. Holmes and the mysteries of Murder Castle (this episode series was from January 2012. Sort episodes by release date and scroll down until you find it. If you like macabre tales of mystery and murder, I promise, it’s worth it!).