Books I Bought

It may be partly because we don't have a room to ready for baby in our 600 square feet, but I suspect even if we did I'd be picking up all the books I'm convinced our little buddy will love. We've received a bunch of the great classics as gifts, but when I found this gem at Ada's Technical Books and Café the other day, I couldn't resist.

The illustrations are adorable, and I love imagining our little guy learning the alphabet along with vocabulary like "binary" and "joystick". Nerdy Numbers and Sci-Fi Shapes are also available from the authors. I'm guessing we'll own them all eventually.

Lately, From The Library

After starting a collection of short stories that included one about a mom trying to make sense of her daughter's eating disorder and then one about a woman who intentionally tried to cause herself to miscarry, I decided to take a brief hiatus from borrowing library books and read some of the books I bought in the last year. Amy Poehler's Yes Please was fantastic, Divergent was not, and I just finished Poking A Dead Frog by Mike Sacks, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Then I got really inspired by all of the "Best of 2014" and "Coming in 2015" book lists and decided it was time to start requesting some exciting books from the library again.

While I wait for some of the newer books to become available, however, I decided to revisit some that I didn't have a chance to finish (or start, let's be honest) when I checked them out the first time. Cooked and My Sister's Hand In Mine have both appeared in my stack of books previously, so I'm hoping I'll have time to finish both before they're due back. And I LOVED Shauna Niequist's Bread & Wine so much when I read it last year that I've decided I need to read everything else she's written/will write. I started with The Invention of Wings because it can't be renewed, even though it's a large print edition. Sue Monk Kidd is a popular lady.

One of the goals I set for myself when we found out I'm pregnant is to finish reading 20 books before baby boy is born. Think I can do it? So far I'm at eight, not counting the bits and pieces of pregnancy/parenting books I've been compelled to read. Fingers crossed.

Have you read any good books lately? Tell me!


Good morning! Happy Friday to ya. We went to a cookbook talk/signing the other night at Book Larder and it was delightful. Molly Wizenberg interviewed Renee Erickson about her new book A Boat, A Whale, and A Walrus and then they gave everyone a slice of the famous zucchini bread from The Whale Wins. Dann's been talking about wanting more zucchini bread ever since. There is some good food to be found in this city, that's one thing I know for sure. Also, here are some of my favorite things from The Internet lately - just for you. Enjoy! 

This kid.

I watched the entire first season of Girls this week and it made me want to be friends with Lena Dunham.

You guys. This is real. Lord, have mercy.

I can't remember the last time I watched a music video repeatedly on purpose. This is breathtaking.

"Hospital officials on Thursday said Duncan was mistakenly sent home at first because of a software problem that has since been fixed, rather than human error." Somebody better be getting fired.

Dann sent me this and it made me laugh and laugh.

Lately, From The Library

Good morning, friends! I recently finished reading Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman and it was fantastic. (It was overdue when I finished it, which is why it's not in the photo.) If you enjoy good historical fiction, you should definitely check it out. At some point while I was reading it, I had an insatiable urge to re-read The Baby-Sitters Club and Nancy Drew books. I anticipated strange food cravings during pregnancy, but I was surprised by this odd draw to reading material from my childhood. It's been so much fun to revisit those beloved stories, though.

I checked out the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy because I bought What To Expect When You're Expecting and did not like it at all. I figured checking pregnancy books out first would help me save money in the long run. Any mamas or mamas-to-be have pregnancy books you'd recommend spending money on?   

What about you? Read anything awesome lately?