Book Review #96: β€œLea Dives In”

American Girl books are great pick-me-ups! Whenever I’m in a reading slump or struggling to pick the next book, an American Girl book usually sets me right. I found Lea Dives In at my local library.

Lea was the Girl of the Year for 2016. I remember falling in love with the doll and her collection. And the books sounded magical – Traveling and seeing a new country? Yes, please!

Lea’s brother, Zac, is studying abroad in Brazil. Lea and her parents are going to spend a week there! Lea is excited, but also nervous and a bit sad. She’s grieving the recent loss of a dear family member, and she knows she’s changed since Zac left for college a few years earlier. It’s great how this book addresses multiple real-world challenges in less than 100 pages.

I loved Lea as a character, she reminded me of me around her age. I love the richness of the culture, too, and how the author paid attention to detail with mixing English and Portuguese, one of the languages spoken in Brazil. I’ve always appreciated that about American Girl in general – Both the historical and modern stories try really hard to educate readers on different cultures and time periods. There’s even a glossary in the back of the book with pronunciations!

I’m excited to read book 2 – Lea Leads The Way. There’s also a third book, Lea and Camila.

4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Commentary #106: “The Public Library as a 21st-Century Indoor City Square”

Isn’t this space breathtaking? I could stay here for days. Image Credit: Civic Architects

My cousin Ryan sent me this link recently, and I was immediately intrigued!

Here’s the link: The Public Library as a 21st-Century Indoor City Square

This article was published in March 2019, but it’s a really cool idea. The U.S. should really start paying more attention to what the Europeans are doing!

The premise: Amsterdam-based Civic Architects helped transform a former locomotive shed into a public library and public space.

The skeleton of the locomotive shed was basically preserved. There’s a ton of natural light. A series of movable textile screens are able to be adjusted through a computerized system.

In addition to books, there are small “labs” in the space, visitors can learn new skills and experiment. Meetings are held, exhibitions can be displayed on the large reading tables, and there’s a coffee kiosk. The space can hold up to 1,000 people at one time.

I really like this idea. There are so many abandoned buildings and industrial spaces, and that’s not just in the U.S. If this idea were to be embraced, it would take time and money, but it would also create employment opportunities, engage revitalization efforts, and help the community at large.

Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Getting Personal #131: “Spiral Staircase, Law Library, Munich, Germany” (Reblogged)

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you have had a good day so far. It’s almost the weekend!

As I prepare for my own busy weekend, and the end of July next week (It’s not possible!), I wanted to share this post from Just Wunderlust. Spiral staircases are, in my opinion, some of the most beautiful and mesmerizing pieces of architecture. And, this photo is from a law library? Swoon!

Have a great weekend! And make sure pick up a book. I’m working my way through my first-ever ARC!!

Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

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Jada Cook
Spiral Staircase, Law Library, Munich, Germany

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Getting Personal #54: “Zurich University Library, Switzerland” (Reblogged)

Honestly, when I first saw this photo, I thought it was a library in a fancy subway station!

I love seeing photos of other libraries, around the world! Seeing these every so often just furthers my desire to travel and take the time to visit them!

What about you? Is there a library that holds a special place in your heart? Where do you dream of traveling someday?

Until the next headline, Laura Beth

Just Wunderlust

Heather Walt
Zurich University Library, Switzerland

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Getting Personal #30: “Library, Prague, Czech Republic” (Reblogged)

Here’s another jaw-dropping photo from Just Wunderlust.

As many of you know, I love reading and I love books. Libraries fit into that category as well. This photo has me drooling and lusting for another overseas trip!

Also, I’ve heard Prague is one of the most sophisticated cities in all of Europe. Have any of my readers been to Prague?

I hope everyone’s having a terrific Tuesday!

Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Just Wunderlust

Library, Prague, Czech Republic

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Getting Personal #24: “Sign Posts To Our Collective Imagination, The Library” (Reblogged)

I got so excited when I saw this post in my email this morning. I knew I had to share it!

As some of you know, I’m a total bibliophile. I love books. I love libraries. This signpost is amazing!

I love how this one photo captures so many literary worlds.


Harry Potter.

The Hobbit.

Toad of Toad Hall.

Peter Rabbit.

The Wizard of Oz.


I’m reblogging this as a reminder to myself, and it’s also inspiring. Books are never far away. I want to make one for myself!

Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Just Wunderlust

Sign Posts To Our Collective Imagination, The Library

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