I Made Discworld Travel Postcards

While my Cross-Country Reading Challenge focuses on real locations in our world — specifically the 50 U.S. states + D.C. — I’ve simultaneously been on another kind of travel adventure: through Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, which features tons of great quotes on places and travel.

(In fact, there were so many awesome lines that I managed to make my postcards just from the first book, The Color of Magic. There’s a lot of great material in the series, and I’m definitely planning to revisit it for more posts in the future.)

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Literary Quotes Tag

I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I really like this tag that Jayati @ It’s Just a Coffee Addicted Bibliophile created last month for Bookending Spring. (Although BE Spring is technically over, a good prompt is a good prompt!)

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[Quote Postcards] The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

A desperate orphan turned pirate and a rebellious imperial daughter find a connection on the high seas in a world divided by colonialism and threaded with magic.

Aboard the pirate ship Dove, Flora the girl takes on the identity of Florian the man to earn the respect and protection of the crew. For Flora, former starving urchin, the brutal life of a pirate is about survival: don’t trust, don’t stick out, and don’t feel. But on this voyage, as the pirates prepare to sell their unsuspecting passengers into slavery, Flora is drawn to the Lady Evelyn Hasegawa, who is en route to a dreaded arranged marriage with her own casket in tow. Flora doesn’t expect to be taken under Evelyn’s wing, and Evelyn doesn’t expect to find such a deep bond with the pirate Florian.

Soon the unlikely pair set in motion a wild escape that will free a captured mermaid (coveted for her blood, which causes men to have visions and lose memories) and involve the mysterious Pirate Supreme, an opportunistic witch, and the all-encompassing Sea itself.

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I Made Becoming Quote Postcards

Possibly one of the best things I did for myself last year was finally finishing Becoming by Michelle Obama. (I would highly recommend the audiobook, by the way — she narrates it herself, and it is incredible.)

She is truly a modern icon, with so many words of wisdom. So I figured, what better way to pay tribute to a book that found me at the perfect time than with some pastel quote postcards?

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The Goodreads Tag

If you’ve read my Tips & Tricks post and/or we’re friends on the site both of which are things you should get on if you haven’t already, you’ll know that I’m a pretty avid Goodreads user. While there are definitely aspects that can be improved, Goodreads is a great tool to keep track of what you’ve read and to engage with other readers — and it’s been a huge part of my bookish experience!

All this to say, today’s tag (which I swiped from Lindsay @ Singer of Stories, whose awesome blog you should definitely check out) is right up my alley. 

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I Made “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn” Quote Postcards

One of my underrated favorite classic novels, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith made me feel so seen as a reader and writer and dreamer of a young girl. It’s a coming-of-age story with lots of quotable moments and sink-or-swim life lessons, and it’s a source of inspiration and comfort for me.

I’m still figuring out how to manipulate graphics and make them look nice, so forgive me if these aren’t as pretty as they could be. They’re not my best work ever, but I’m sharing them anyway, as part of my ongoing war with perfectionism and self-doubt as well as my slight fixation on sticking to the posting schedule I planned out so carefully yet can’t seem to stop rearranging because it feels kind of productive. Hopefully these “postcards” will bring you a little spark of happiness!

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