City of Dreaming Books

ImageI just finished the third (or possibly fourth, the count seems to vary online) book in the Zamonia series by Walter Moers. I first found Walter Moers’ books when wandering around the bookstore and running into this book. Being a huge sucker for books about books, I immediately wanted to start reading it, but subsequently realized that it was in fact, a sequel. Not only a sequel, but apparently number 5 in a series. So I had to start at book number one of the Zamonia series before making it to the Labyrinth of Dreaming Books.

The Zamonia series is very reminiscent of The Phantom Tollbooth. Each book is full of adorable illustrations, and features amazing adventures. They take place in an imaginary continent between North America and Europe, called Zamonia, which happens to be the location of Atlantis, which features prominently in the very first book, The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear.

Anyways! In the City of Dreaming books, the main character, Optimus Yarnspinner, a dinosaur who hopes to become an author, travels to Bookholm, a city obsessed, and mostly composed of books, in search of an author of a manuscript that his godfather left him. Did I mention that Bookholm is built upon catacombs of books? Also, there are amazing illustrations. Just look at this one:2012-12-17 18.46.52Those would be Booklings, some of the many inhabitants of the Bookholm book-ish catacombs. The Zamonia series are sweet imaginative books. Large enough to get lost in, and a good break from more serious fare.

~Workout summary~

Now when I occasionally take a break from reading, I hopefully get some exercise in there:2012-12-18 07.30.47

Sunday: Insanity Cardio Recovery (mostly stretchy workout, no calorie count)

Monday: Rest day (tons of reading morning!!!)

Tuesday: Insanity Plyometric Cardio Circuit. 417 Calories. I’m always super happy to break that 400 calorie count barrier to a workout.

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