Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Scene of the Blog Featuring Colleen of Books in the City!


I can't remember when I first discovered this week's featured book blogger, but I do enjoy Colleen's Books in the City. Colleen is a book addict who, from a very early age, has always had a book in tow. She studied science in college but added English Literature as a second major so she could get her book fix. (Now that's dedication!) You can find an eclectic mix of genres on Books in the City: contemporary fiction, women's fiction, memoirs, travelogues and short stories. You can also find photographs that Colleen has taken in such places as Cambodia, and I'm hoping to see some from Lake Tahoe next week. If you've never visited Colleen at Books in the City, I certainly hope you take this opportunity to do so-- and say hello while you're there!

If you're visiting from Colleen's blog-- Welcome! I'm glad you stopped by to take a look at Colleen's blogging space. If you're curious about other Scene of the Blog participants, click on the Scene of the Blog tab at the very top of my header. You'll be able to take a look by location or by blog name. In many cases (but not all) you'll be able to click on the photos to view them in larger sizes in a separate window.

Colleen's ready to take us on a tour, so let's not keep her waiting!

Colleen's Blog Central
I blog from my apartment in New York City and almost always from the couch while working on my laptop.  My 5-year-old Macbook has a dying battery so despite the mobility implied by a laptop, I am pretty much tethered to the couch.

I usually have a few books on my end table - generally ones that are pending review.  I try to limit it to a few books so my living space doesn't get overrun with books.  My piles of books are kept out of sight in the guest room - the poor guests have to pick their way carefully to the bed!  In one of the shots, you can see a bit of the concrete jungle through the window.  As much as I love the energy of the city, my apartment and my blogging spot really feel like an oasis away from all that and represent downtime for me.

Caffeine: an essential blogging component!
Coffee is an essential component of the blogging routine for me.  I do almost all my blogging on the weekend and start it with a large cup of coffee often in my Strand mug (a prize from Jill at Fizzy Thoughts).  I go through 3-4 cups while writing a post and checking out posts from my favorite bloggers.

Colleen, I think if you invited most of us to your apartment, we'd start out by hanging out the window taking in the view!

Keeping your main living space free of clutter really adds to the feeling of "down time" that you need in order to unwind. Your living room seems so serene and conducive to curling up with a good book!

Thank you so much for allowing us this glimpse into your home. We certainly appreciate it!

And don't forget to stop by next week when I'll be featuring yet another book blogger from our worldwide community. I look forward to your visits!

30 comments:

  1. Thanks for the feature, Cathy!

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    1. You're welcome! Thank you so much for participating!

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  2. I love Colleen's blog -- and Colleen! So fun to see her blogging spot. I'm a fellow coffee addict.

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  3. So nice to see Colleen's space. I love her coffee cup! I realllllllly wanted to see a pic of her guest room ;-)

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    1. Mary - I contemplated that but couldn't bring myself to expose the chaos in there!

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  4. I've a long-time reader of Colleen's blog, so it's nice to see where all the action takes place. ;) Love the view!

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  5. Colleen and her blog are wonderful! I peek out the window and then peek at the stacks of books in the guest room.

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  6. I love the Keurig as part of the blogging space! Definitely adds to reading!

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    1. I don't think another purchase has made me as satisfied as that coffee maker!

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  7. I envy anyone who lives in NYC. So much going on, so much to do, such great people-watching! Then when your feet give out, having such a nice apartment to retreat to with plenty of good books to read. I think I'm turning green.

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    1. Hi Barbara - nice to "meet" you here - thanks for your comment!

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  8. Yea! I love seeing people's spaces, and Colleen - wow! You've got a nice-sized NYC apartment. Very cool.

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    1. Thanks - pictures can be deceiving in terms of size but I do like my place and feel lucky to have it!

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  9. Hello Kittling, what fun feature! I've been following Colleen's blog since the near beginning and appreciate her reviews. It was interesting to see her work space. I love that leather ottoman.

    Colleen, if you unplug your laptop once a week and let it run all the way down to reserve, the battery will last longer on a charge. You might need to replace this one.

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    1. Thanks Sarah! Yes - I think its time to replace the battery or perhaps even the laptop. It runs slowly and has little excess capacity. The battery will actually die within 20 mins of my unplugging it - I just don't want to replace the battery and then end up replacing the whole laptop shortly thereafter. It's these little dilemmas that get me in a spin!

      Thanks again for stopping by!

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    2. I'm glad you enjoyed the feature, Sarah!

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  10. Hah! I was wondering why the mug looked familiar! Glad it gets to hang out at the scene of the crime. Er, blog. :-D

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  11. I'd be hanging out with you, Cathy - at the window. At least for a while...then I think I'd appreciate the refuge aspect of Colleen's apartment. I can take only so much city: exciting at first, but then...

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    1. Same here, Debbie. It would definitely be just a short visit. Absolutely nothing wrong with cities-- after all, I do live in quite a large one-- but I'm more energized out in the middle of nowhere.

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  12. I *love* your blog space Colleen- so cute! Very NYC with the Strand cup and espresso maker, LOL :-) Your apartment looks very comfortable and cozy!

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  13. How fun to see Colleen on your "Scene", Cathy! Hi Colleen and I'm glad to see your special blogging space. I love my coffee too, mornings only though. LOL

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    1. Hi Kay - thanks for stopping by! Yes - I am an AM only coffee drinker too.

      Hope all is well with you.

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  14. Thanks for the glimpse into your life!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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  15. This is great! Can I say, once again, how much I love this feature?

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    1. You can say it as many times as you like, Gilion! I'm glad there are people who enjoy it as much as I like putting it together.

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