18116609882_98542f4272_zHello! I’m so happy you’ve found my home on the internet.

In early 2014, I quit my job and set out on a four month solo adventure around the world. When I got back to the states, I went on an amazing 3 month road trip across 27 states and 16 national parks that totaled over 13,000 miles on the road. I’ve always documented travels and adventures on this blog, and now even more so. I still also regularly post about my other main passion: books and reading. I hope you enjoy, and I very much hope you’ll keep in touch in the comments, or connect with me any of the other places I mention below.

Here’s a list of the main concerns of this blog:
-Reading books
-Buying books
-Traveling and wanderlust
-Exploring Brooklyn and New York City
-Food, especially baking
-Having too many books to read

If you’re new here, here are some of my favorite posts that you could start with, if you’d like:

– BOOKISH THOUGHTS: How to become a Tolkien fan, for the reluctant
– BOOKSTORE APPRECIATION: Independent Bookstores: A Love Story
– USA TRAVELOGUE: Desert Road Trip 2012

Let’s connect!
– If you want to chat, feel free to email me! emwilson (at) gmail
– I’m most active on Twitter: @chowmeyow
– I share new blog posts on the Books, the Universe & Everything Facebook page.
– I pin sometimes: http://pinterest.com/chowmeyow/pins/
– I log all my books read and my TBR list on GoodReads.
– I’m on Bloglovin’ here, although I use NewsBlur myself for keeping up with my favorite blogs.
– If you prefer Tumblr, my posts auto-publish to my Tumblr as well. I also try to share book passages and reblog cool stuff there too, but I sometimes forget about Tumblr for spurts of time.

Other things I love besides books, reading, and traveling:
the oxford comma
being under a blanket
my friends & family – they are magic

Important note: I love where I work, but this blog is a personal endeavor that I do in my free time. All opinions are my own, and do not reflect the views my employer, or anyone else. 


with freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? – oscar wilde

Early morning cab ride to Cycle for Survival.


  • Karen Gowen says: December 1, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Followed your link from Vox. You seem to have a similar taste in books to mine. I don’t do facebook, but I added you to my blog list over on blogspot. Cheers!

    • chowmeyow says: December 5, 2009 at 9:01 am

      Hi Karen! I’m so glad you found me, welcome!

      I’ve subscribed to your blog too. :)

  • Chris Carpenter says: December 2, 2013 at 9:57 am


    I find your blog charming and thoughtful.

    I see you like Schulers (good choice) but Curious Bookshop in East Lansing didn’t make the list?


    • Emily says: December 2, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Hi Chris,

      Thank you so much! I’m so happy to hear that.

      I do love Curious Bookshop in East Lansing, I’m looking forward to visiting it when I’m home over the holidays. When I wrote the post, I had to find photos/examples from bookshops I could visit again to photograph, and as it was it took about 4 months to get all the photos I needed. I didn’t make it to Curious Bookshop during that time (the Schulers photo is from the Grand Rapids location).

      This post was about qualities I loved in Independent bookstores, and I’d still love to do another post where I feature all of my favorite bookstores…. that will be a long list!


  • Hagrid says: October 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Hello Emily! I stumbled across your blog via pinterest just looking for a reference for moon phases and when I started reading my immediate thought was ‘OMG we’re best friends and we don’t even know each other!’ I’m following you on IG for now, I look forward to reading more of your blog!

    • Emily says: October 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Hello back at you! I’m so glad you stumbled upon my blog and that you enjoy it! I’ve followed you back on IG, looking forward to seeing your photos – I love the Hudson Valley!

  • Amberly says: January 20, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Hello! I ran across your blog via Shelf Awareness and I’m a huge fan! I’m definitely looking forward to adding it to my “Things to Do Besides the Things I’m Supposed to Be Doing” list. :-)

    • Emily says: January 20, 2015 at 11:53 am

      Hi Amberly! Thank you so much! I’m so glad you found my blog, please stay in touch in the comments, will love to hear from you!

  • Nicole says: September 17, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Hi Emily, I just stumbled upon your blog (happily) and I have nominated you for an award! Love you blog and keep it up! My award post: https://sorryiambooked.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/one-lovely-blog-award/

    • Emily says: September 21, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you so much Nicole! That’s so kind of you, and it’s so lovely to hear that you like my blog! I will check out your blog as well and look forward to getting to know you more. :)

  • Emma | Novelsee says: March 23, 2016 at 11:05 am

    I’ve finally found a blog I really like! You seem to have quite a few similar interests as me, I can’t wait to read more of your blog :)

    • Emily says: March 24, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Thank you so much! I’ve just visited your blog as well and it’s lovely – I’m so glad you stumbled upon my blog! :D


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