We had a great time in Chicago and believe it or not our hotel was next door to a Books-A-Million. I swear I didn’t know that when I booked it. It must be my Bookgirl Radar working. Heh. We didn’t go to that bookstore but found an awesome indie bookstore instead.

We also enjoyed a thought-provoking exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Massive Change will make you think about consumption and innovation, and how design plays a fundamental role in all aspects of life. Plus, the museum has a store which is to die for. How we left with just a few items is beyond me. My husband has a mile long list of design, typography and art books he plans to get one day. I really want this book and this book.

Moving on, I know I said I wasn’t planning on any more challenges or book group reading this year but I cannot resist the challenge presented by Overdue Books. It sounds just like what I need to help whittle down my stacks.

My choices are: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, The Far Cry by Emma Smith, The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Death of an Englishman by Magdalen Nabb.