2.20.2012

President's Day Special Post

Special post today! Like Alz said, I'm very schneizeleffort, but I did want to share my US History geekiness on President's Day. It seemed appropriate.

Also, back during Christmas, Sophia was surprised to find the Ron Chernow Washington biography on my amazon wishlist, and she asked me if I was serious or if I was joking. Needless to say, I was not joking. Sophia, I now direct you to the remainder of this post.

I'm mostly into the Revolutionary and Critical periods of U.S. History and I sadly lose interest the closer we get to modern times. Go figure. :P

I did not have time to vlog, so instead, you will get pictures of my U.S. History art cube and my U.S. History shelf.

THE ART CUBE

It's an "American Independence" art cube, featuring paintings by John Trumbull. I bought this at Trinity Church in NY this past September when I was visiting Hamilton's memorial. That's also where I got this Hamilton key chain.


The cube unfolds like so:



BOOKSHELF

You might recall a while back that I was reorganizing my bookshelf and clearing shelf space. Well, not long after that, I went to IKEA and bought two new shelves for my books. They aren't nearly enough, but they do look nice and gave me a place to put all my new YAs. More on the new shelves in the future.

Old shelf on the right, new on the left. Also, Last Unicorn pillow made by my friend!

For now, I'm just sharing my U.S. History shelf, which is actually quite small. On the other hand, it's not even a full shelf of history and it doesn't house all the history books I own either. I had limited shelf-space, so I had to pick and choose.

Non-fiction / Reference / Mythology case

It turns into mythology at the end because that's the side next to Percy Jackson.

Examples of books that aren't on the shelf because they're too big/fat.

The Illustrated Edition of David McCullough's 1776. Isn't it gorgeous?

This excellent Alexander Hamilton biography by Ron Chernow.



There you have it! I hope you all had a pleasant weekend! See you all Wednesday for another glimpse into my geekery and nerdiness. I finally took pics of my new shelves, so I have to share!

What's your favorite historical era or topic? OR What's your nerdy little secret?


P.S. Alz and I are totally hooked on pinterest right now. Come find me if you're on there! As usual, I'm kangaru.

8 comments:

Angela Brown said...

I'm not exactly a big historical buff. I can't help thinking that no matter what time period I go back to, they won't welcome a nerdy, bookworm with a penchant for expressing herself. I'd be a short story version of Octavia Butler's Kindred. I say short story because either I end up beaten to death in the first - and only- chapter or I kill whoever tried to do me in. That's just a lose-lose situation.

Sophia Chang said...

This is amazing. I can't wait to unfold your cube in person.

NOOOOO pinterest
you couldn't resist the borg?

Julie Dao said...

Um, awesome! That cube is wicked cool. Do they make any other cubes? I'm afraid I'm a history dunce but I would totally buy one of, say, puppies.

Connie Keller said...

There's an illustrated version of 1776?! I must own this.

Uber-geekiness. Right now I'm fascinated with the history of Babylon. Weird, I know. But I've always been fascinated by the Hanging Gardens. And when I read The Histories by Herodotus (yes, I did it on my own, not in school) and read how the city was taken--by diverting a river!--I was hooked.

ali cross said...

Oh you and your history nerdiness. I love it!

The Golden Eagle said...

Hmmm. I never really thought about that, but my favorite historical era is probably the Ming Dynasty.

Lydia Kang said...

I'm fascinated by pioneer America. It's all because of my Little House obsessions!

Also, all the American Revolutionary history within Manhattan and the surrounding burroughs. Totally cool stuff.

Love that cube! I wish I could play with it.

jonyangorg said...

I also had quite the fling with American Revolutionary history too! Do you remember these picture books that featured one American historical figure each under a theme like "loyalty" or "honor." Etc?

I can't find this series for the life of me.