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Moving Onward

Forward… Upward.

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I wouldn’t say I am officially signing off but life is increasingly getting busier and busier. I love writing about books and coffee and I hope that as I find new coffee nooks, I will still share them here. But a temporary goodbye or write soon is in order.

The fact that I’ve gotten to write about two of my loves and actually have people even glance at my blog is wonderful. Thank you. I greatly appreciate those who wandered through and considered my thoughts worth reading.

For those who are interested in readings more of my thoughts and seeing what else I’ve been up to, I’ve just started up a personal website (it is still under construction) but feel free to check it out.

As Nick Carraway said, “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” I am looking towards the future but I know that looking back on this blog will help me achieve my goals.

Thanks,

Rachel

 

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Pride & Prejudice in Dunkin Donuts with my Chair

I suggest…

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I’ve mentioned that Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen is one of my favorites before but I thought devoting a post to it would make others more willing to pick it up. The story is fantastic, the characters are so well developed, you feel for all of them, and you’ll get to a point where you don’t want to put it down. It’d say its a heavier read than Harry Potter or Bossypants but it can be equally as enjoyable.

Dunkin Donuts… another massive chain and not necessarily the first chain you’d think of to get coffee from but I am telling you, it is delicious. Whether hot or cold, latte or coffee you won’t be disappointed in the taste and flavor. It is cheaper than most but their prices do depend on location. The cheapest is the one located right near Georgia State but I really love the one on Ponce (I frequent Ponce a lot if you haven’t noticed). Also they have a pumpkin donut right now that I could eat every single day. IT IS AMAZING! Not more amazing than their caramel latte but maybe equally amazing.

Also I suggest reading, eating, and sipping in your own favorite spot. My favorite spot is my chair I mentioned earlier. A lot of Dunkins have drive thrus and this book is a little bit more heavy, so being extra cozy sounds perfect. If not, Dunkin does have seating made up of small tables and chairs that one could easily study on.

I have made my suggestions and here is my accusation (Review):

Noise level: Dunkin can be either packed or completely vacant depending but your own space is as quiet as you’d like.

Seating: Your own space or Dunkin’s small tables.

Food: Pumpkin. Donut. But also their breakfast food & if there is a Baskin Robins they have a super rich chocolate milkshake.

Location: Ponce de Leon (Next to Wendy’s)

Yelp Rating: No Yelp Rating (The store has only been opened for a few months)

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Coffee Map

Diverging from Clue posts for a minute, I wanted to let you all know that I’ve made a Google Map that displays all the coffee shops I have talked about. That way you can check them out a little easier!

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If you think I should include anything else in the map, leave a comment.

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November 13, 2013 · 4:05 pm

Harry Potter in West Egg with the Couch

I suggest…

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Harry Potter is my favorite series. There are about a million reviews talking about the good and bad of the series but I’ll tell my own personal story about Harry Potter and why it is is great in my eyes. It made me an avid reader and a wannabe writer. If my dad had not bought me the first book even though I said it sounded stupid, I would not be writing a blog about books today. Some people say Harry Potter is only for teens but I think anyone any age could pick up this book and enjoy.

West Egg Cafe is so delightful in so many ways that even coffee haters would enjoy the Cafe. It has scrumptious breakfast food and even more delectable coffee. As usual I get a caramel latte (I know I should venture out) but they seem to have knowledgable baristas and a good espresso machine. The place has a really nice vibe, a little upper class but most nicer breakfast places give off that vibe. Check it out for a late brunch, it is usually busy but worth the wait. Especially since you can order your coffee before you get seated.

The couch in the front is perfect to sip your latte and enjoy Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Last time I was there, a copy was sitting amongst other books on the window sill if you have a chance to pick it up.

I have made my Suggestions and here is my Accusation (Review):

Noise level: Can get a little noisy since this is a restaurant more than a coffee shop. Going at odd hours is better for a more relaxed environment.

Seating: Ample seating inside and out to eat as well as bar seating and a whole front section for non-diners and coffee sippers.

Food: Breakfast breakfast breakfast! I suggest the Georgia Benedict.

Location: In between Tech and Knight Park

Yelp Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

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Bossypants in One Caffe with the Desks

My Suggestion:

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Bossypants is such a delight to read but even more so to listen to. Tina Fey reads her book and adds so much to what is already a fantastic read. Its light, funny, and barely has a cohesive structure. It is made up of stories about Tina’s life that go in sequential order but don’t have any relation to each other. Even if you can’t listen to an audiobook while you sip your coffee, it’s an enjoyable books for in between classes.

One Caffe Coffee is located in one of my favorite buildings in Atlanta, the Flatiron. Normally I am a coffee girl, but when I’m not, gimme a delicious warm tea. Earl Grey, Chai Latte… I am down even for an Orange Vanilla Oolong. One Caffe makes the most delectable Chai Tea Latte around. They are fast, yummy, and less expensive than the Starbucks right across the street. You know how I mentioned some Starbucks substitute speed for quality? Yeah… just go to One Caffe.

Since One Caffe is in the skinny part of the Flatiron building there is only 3 seats in the establishment (though they have a cute order window on the outside). I suggest walking across the  street to sit in Aderhold. It is another Georgia State building but they have a massive amount of seating to enjoy your audiobook and tea. It can be noisy for the 15 minutes in between classes but besides that it is a good space to sit and work.

I have made my Suggestions and here is my Accusation (Review):

Noise level: One Caffe noise consists of the espresso machine and people ordering. Aderhold goes from loud to very quiet depending on the time.

Seating: No seating in One Caffe but a plethora of seating in Aderhold.

Food: The normal baked goods, check out the poppyseed muffins.

Location: Downtown (near Woodruff Park)

Yelp Rating: 4 Stars

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Hey, Whipple in Starbucks with the Couch

To stick with my clue theme, my post will feature…

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My book suggestion, Hey, Whipple Squeeze This, is about advertising and what it take to be creative in a business world. I will say that this book is for those who actually are interested in what goes into creating an ad but it is written in such a wonderful way that it doesn’t feel like you are learning while reading (AKA: a textbook). Luke Sullivan is not just a successful advertiser but a great writer. This is a book you can pick up anytime and not feel like you’ve forgotten the story line.

That’s why I suggest reading it in the Starbucks on Ponce de Leon. I am guessing it is surprising that I am writing about Starbucks since it is such a big chain but I happen to like Starbucks for certain reasons (specifically at this location). Yes, it can be busy but even when this Starbucks is busy it does not feel overwhelming and distracting. It does not get as much traffic as others with drive-thurs and the employees know how to make a drink. Due to the fast nature of a normal Starbucks, their baristas are prone to mess up drinks more often due to speed. This one does not have that problem and you can expect your drink to be one of the best. The Ponce baristas are great because many chose to work at that  location due to the slower pace. I would much rather have my drink take a litter bit longer to taste exactly right. The atmosphere is great and the variety of seating is set up in a great way. They have comfy chairs and couches on one side, then desks and tables on the other. So readers and studiers are separated. This Starbucks also have a great machine called the Clover. It is a reverse french press, so you get very rich flavors that was brewed individually for you in the Clover. (You can get any of their brewed coffees and I would suggest any of the Sumatra blends if you like dark roasts.)

Since I am writing about reading a specific book for this space, I would suggest the couches or chairs to “lounge” in. There will be less clicking of keyboards and you can sit for hours and listen to that espresso machine steam delicious milk.

I have made my suggestions and here is my accusation (review):

Noise level: Not as loud as your normal Starbucks, light chatter is usually occurring but nothing that would be distracting.

Seating: Wonderful set-up. Comfy seating on one side and more studious desks on the other.

Food: Variety of food. My suggestion is the protein box, so delicious!

Location: Ponce de Leon (Midtown Place Shopping Center)

Yelp Rating: 3 Stars

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Mrs. Peacock killed Mr. Body in the Library with the Candlestick

Clue is by far my favorite game. I am not very good at it but I  did get some inspiration for my blog from playing it. Instead of Mrs. Peacock in the Library with the Candlestick it will be, The Cuckoo’s Calling in Saxbys with the comfy chairs. (What I am getting at is, I will be suggesting coffee shops and books to read in those coffee shops.) Miss Scarlet, your turn to roll.

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Many have heard about J.K. Rowling’s new book, The Cuckoo’s Calling. I am an avid Harry Potter fan and only a tiny fan of The Casual Vacancy. I think having read The Casual Vacancy and being so surprised by the different (even though I had read J.K.’s quote many times that it was nothing like HP) book, made me more open to The Cuckoo’s Calling. Many publishers considered the novel mediocre but I think it was quite whimsical and a light good read. That’s why I suggest reading it in Saxbys Coffee located within the Georgia State University Library.

Libraries are great because they are relatively quiet, everyone is doing a similar activity to you (reading or studying) and you are surrounded by books. I mean, who wouldn’t love that? Then add a pretty fantastic coffee shop, I am surprised I can ever leave.

There’s always ample seating of all sorts of varieties. My favorite reading spot is on the 4th floor, it is pretty quite there, near the big glass windows. They have these comfy blue chairs and you can even prop your feet up (though it might be frowned upon by faculty).

I have made my suggestions and here is my accusation (review):

Noise level: Saxbys is a more conversation space while the rest of library has many quieter spots

Seating: GREAT variety. Big desks, little desks, study chairs, comfy chairs, study rooms, etc.

Food: Saxbys had food for any sort of craving. Panini’s, frozen yogurt, breakfast sandwiches, pastries. 

Location: Downtown (within Georgia State)

Yelp Rating: 3 Stars

 

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