Everybody, say hi to Katie! She blogs over at Spirit of Children’s Literature, which you should definitely check out after you read her post, here. Katie is one of my awesome over-30 “old lady” blogger friends, and I love her to pieces. I can’t wait to see what she has to share with us!

Welcome, Katie! :)

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One of my hobbies is traveling, and I think I was drawn to traveling because of how voraciously I read as a young girl! I read a lot of British children’s literature, and I naturally wanted to go to the places I read about in stories. I felt transported to wonderful places and time periods through books, and as I grew older, I knew I wanted to explore those other lands myself!


Peter Pan Statue in Kensington Gardens, near where I studied abroad in London

I studied abroad once as an undergraduate in London and loved it so much, I returned for graduate school. I adored meeting the people, living in a different culture, and exploring new landscapes—whether that was the Scottish Highlands, galleries, castles, or bookshops! Since studying abroad, I have been so lucky to be able to travel to other places, including many parts of Europe!


Florence: Brunelleschi’s Dome

I also really enjoy traveling alone (though it’s fabulous to be with people too). For some reason, when you’re traveling alone, I feel like you can experience the place more intensely and deeply—and I’ve had some wonderful experiences while traveling solo. But, I love traveling with friends too and I was able to spend a month in Israel a year ago with a dear friend—that was lovely!


Holding a stray cat my friend and I greeted in Israel!

I’m barely containing my jealousy, over here! FLORENCE! Siiiigh. How gorgeous are these photos?

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Jen: What are you reading right now?

Katie: I read multiple books at the same time! I know—it can be crazy sometimes. Right now I’m reading Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell which I picked up in London—the author is British and it won several awards. I’m also reading Heir of Fire by Sarah Maas!

And I’m reading a nonfiction book about theology and gender and another nonfiction book called A Field Guide to Getting Lost.

Jen: If you could only recommend two books to everyone, what would they be?

Katie: Oooh, this is hard, but a great question! If I could only recommend two books, they would have to be Anne of Green Gables—because it’s a classic that I think everyone should read….and The Time Traveler’s Wife. One is for children and one is for adults—one is realism and one is fantasy, but they are both books that stuck with me for a long time and that I continue to re-read.

Jen: If there’s one other thing you could do with your free time, but can’t yet, what would it be?

Katie: I think it would be to create more art—I recently started a mixed media art class online, but I haven’t really had time to do much with it. I’m looking forward to some time offin the next few months when I can hopefully work on some art projects. I think art is so important and I’m definitely happier when I’m creating!

Those “favorite” picks are oh-so-very Katie book choices, and I love them! And we need some art pics, eventually, friend!

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Thanks so much to Katie for sharing some of her lovey travels with us! You can find her and more of her great book recs here:

Blog: Spirit of Children’s Literature
Twitter: What Katie Read
Goodreads: Catherine
Bloglovin’: Spirit of Children’s Literature


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