We recently discovered the service at our local library which allows us to put a hold on any book in the county and have it sent to our local branch for pick up. This delightful discovery, coupled with the fact that our new place has never been wired for cable and I can't bring myself to pay to have it done when I know that we'll only be living here a relatively short time, has led to library glut. We checked out so many books the other day that I think the librarian might have been more horrified than pleased...
I digress. The point is that over the last week or so, we have read some really great books. Dan had gotten this book from Amazon a little while back and it has suggestions for all sorts of really great reads for girls. Stories with plucky heroines who save the day, girls and their fathers (see Owl Moon, above) etc. Nice stuff. So we read through some of the summaries with Mariam and picked out some things that she thought sounded interesting. Owl Moon was a winner. Other top picks were Peg and the Whale by Kenneth Oppel and Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen.
For my part, I have been taking advantage of the fact that our county happens to include a bunch of super fancy suburban cities with really nice libraries. Those branches apparently have tons of nice, brand new hardcover cookbooks with my name written all over them. I have been especially enjoying The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper. I know that I'm late to the party on this one- people have been raving about this cookbook all over the place for a while now. For some reason I didn't have the impression that it would be for me, I don't really know why. But as soon as I had it in my hands and saw the pictures and the accessible writing style and the weirdly fascinating tips about things like measuring flour perfectly and checking oven temperature, I was hooked. Then I caught Dan laying in bed reading it like a novel and I knew we would need to order our own copy.
So we are off to the library again this morning. But first we need to finish our breakfast of coffee cake with half and half and hit up the local Target. Now that's a Saturday!