After only buying a handful of new clothing items for almost a whole year (seriously, my last major shopping spree was summer last year), I broke down at the end of April and bought a few things at H&M.
One such item was this striped sweater. It seemed counterintuitive to buy a sweater in spring, but the light knit and short sleeves have been just the ticket during these couple overcast weeks in LA. I just throw on my favorite leather jacket from Italy (seriously, I wear it all the time - see here, here, here, here, and here) and head out the door.
Also recently Ryan and I went to the Los Angeles County library branch in Culver City to get our library cards. After we registered, they gave us a list of all the county libraries in LA County and there were at least 50! On top of that, there's other individual city libraries as well...
This is one well read town!
Which something I'm actually kind of excited about. I know it's "nerdy" to move to a city and be all excited about books, but I am. I love that I can now check out books digitally on my Kindle Paperwhite and have access to hundreds of thousands of paperback books across dozens of libraries.
And I love that they have whole festivals around books! On Saturday, Ryan and I went into downtown LA for Bookfest held in Grand Park, which is where we celebrated New Year's Eve.
They had an outdoor book store, several little libraries, book readings for adults and kids, and other booths featuring different organizations around the city related to literacy. One booth created a wall of colored Post-It notes - silver represented your favorite book as a kid, blue is your favorite book now, and yellow a book of the future.
Silver for me was definitely "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," while blue was "The Book Thief," which devastated me and changed my life all at the same time. I wasn't sure what yellow would be, but it was fun reading other's suggestions (a lot of zombie, Donald Trump, and the fall of democracy references).
What do you think -- What was your favorite book as a kid? What about tooday? Tell me in the comments below!