Spend the Day with Pandas

If you wanted to spend spring break on the beach, you might be out of luck, but there’s hope for the rest of us, if we keep the jar closed. I, for example, wanted to marathon books and spend the rest of my time in the Met, and those options are still available, in a sense.



Do you like free books? Do you have a library card? (jk, if you read Bookstr, you’ve probably had a library card since you were four.) They have TWO reading apps. I stan the original, but I won’t judge you if you love Libby. But I like audio books, you say! Oh, they have audio books. It depends on your library system, of course, but search before you despair.

If your local library doesn’t use OverDrive, they still probably have digital and audio books you can check out. Always worth a look. Books will get us through this!


The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Spend your weekend at the museum (from you couch). I always have bold goals when it comes to weekly museum trips, but don’t make it nearly that often. Hopefully all of this will teach me a lesson, but for now, the met has pretty spectacular virtual tours. Put on one of those ambiance playlists for better immersion, and wander your favorite halls. Sure, the statues and the Jackson Pollocks are a little less impressive at this size, but the photo detail is pretty impressive, and you won’t be buffeted by tourists.


The American Museum of Natural History 

Explore the natural history, again, unimpeded. I don’t know the last time I saw a dinosaur skeleton without wading through a sea of schoolchildren. But don’t worry, small scientists will still be served, with a range of classes and games for young nerds. There are classes for all ages, so if you get bored of just (remotely) wandering around, take a class on earthquakes or stem cells. I live here now.


The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History 

The Smithsonian may not be as hip to the times as some, but they still have some virtual tours, if you dig (or click the link). Anyway, we’re not mad, and even a limited view of such a massive museum is a lot, and who’s trying to go to DC? Don’t talk to me about the cherry blossoms. I was gonna get it together and do that this year. But don’t despair!


National Mall Bloom Cam

Image via the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Yes, america’s best blossoms are at their peak, and though you may not be able to walk among them, regardless of geography, you can now watch them live. Might be a little more impressive if it wasn’t overcast in the entire north east. Keep your eyes on the blooms!

Also available is a sunny day tour of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden‘s cherry walk. And yes, there’s an ambiance stream for this too. Very peaceful. And maybe open a window, weather permitting?


THe Museum of Modern Art 

MoMA (or as my artist grandmother says, the MODERN) is ready to school us all with a huge range of art classes. The times may be trying, but at least you’re gonna crush art history. Plus, explore the MoMA magazine from wherever you are.


The San Diego Zoo

Sure, the baboon cam is a little disconcerting, but who doesn’t want to be watching a panda at all times? With that and the DC bloom cam in the corner of my screen, I feel like I’m working in some sort of garden paradise. There are even penguins and polar bears for that beachy (?) vibe. Put on your cutest bathing suit, lay something down on your roof so you don’t get covered in tar, and watch them swim. It’s what I’ll be doing.


National Aquarium 

Want more water? And predators? Take a bath with blacktip sharks or luminous blue blubber jellies. Even leave them on as you sleep. I once spent the night in an aquarium on a field trip, and it’s a mystical experience. If you have a projector, I can highly recommend a dimly illuminated shark wall. Or do the pandas. If you’re, you know, sensible.


Expect more national tours in this vein. I can’t hit everything, but why stick to local museums? We may not be able to go outside, but we can also kind of go anywhere, so why not?


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What Format Should You Buy?

So you need a book. We’ve all been there. Hardcovers are so pretty, but digital books are so convenient. And the smell of an old paperback? This quiz will give you the answers you need.

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5 Kindle Books You’ll Love—Without Breaking the Bank

Like any book lover, you have probably, at some point, struggled to carry books around with you—whether that be in your backpack, your purse, or your suitcase. Sometimes, it just makes sense to go digital. Whether you religiously read e-books, or have attempted to squeeze those eight books you just can’t choose between into your luggage, vowing never to abandon your print copies—you’ll love these Kindle deals. They’re not only accessible, but cheap, leaving you the funds to buy even more books you (probably don’t) need.

Chase the Dark by Annette Marie

Via goodreads

Listed on Amazon for $0.99, this Young Adult fantasy is worth every penny. Chase the Dark follows Piper Griffiths as she flees her father’s Consulate after a top secret weapon is stolen. Hunted by daemons, the only people she can trust are her two run-away companions—daemons whose motives she isn’t entirely sure of. 

If you like badass characters, daemons, and romantic heat—download Chase the Dark today!


Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

via goodreads

If you’ve heard about Colleen Hoover, you probably know that she is a queen of New Adult romance, and Maybe Someday is no exception to that rule. The book follows twenty-two-year-old Sydney, whose life at college is all well and good—until she discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend/roommate. In the days following, Sydney becomes captivated by her next-door neighbor, Ridge, while simultaneously bonding with him over music. 

Mixed together with the perfect amounts of complicated relationships, music, and drama, Maybe Someday will please anyone looking for their next Colleen Hoover fix—all for $1.99 on Amazon!


First Year by Rachel E. Carter

Via amazon

First Year is everything you want from a lighter, Young Adult fantasy novel. The $2.99 e-book follows Ryiah as she competes for an apprenticeship while enrolled in a trial year at one of her kingdom’s war schools. If Ryiah is chosen for an apprenticeship, she will be able to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a Mage, but her fellow classmates—especially Prince Darren—make that even more difficult than it already is.

Readers will sympathize with Ryiah and root for her on her academic journey as she navigates friends, foes, and the limits to her magic. Her story continues in book two of the Black Mage series, also available on Kindle.



Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

via amazon

If you haven’t yet seen the movie in theaters, and want to read the book first, now’s your chance to read Little Women, available for $1.99 on Kindle! The book will make you laugh, cry, and nostalgically reflect on your own childhood adventures as you follow the lives of March sisters Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth. Alcott explores family bonds, wifely domesticity, and what it means to be a female writer at this time.


Southern Spirits by Angie Fox

via kobo

Southern Spirits is a cozy mystery featuring Verity Long who, after accidentally gaining the ability to see spirits, is hired to chase ghosts from an ancient estate. But ghosts are the least of her concerns when she begins unraveling the secrets of the past, and finds herself caught up in a mystery present-day. 

Not only is this book funny, supernatural, and lighthearted, but it’s free on Kindle! It also features a ghost side-kick, and if that’s not enough for you, what is?



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