around the web
This NPR story confirms something I have always suspected: The team with the most librarians usually wins.
The whole #distractinglysexy thing was hilarious, but sexist jokes are serious.
I feel kind of icky about the circumstances of the new Harper Lee novel, but this article about what life is like now in the Alabama town that inspired Maycomb was a fascinating read.
on pinterest: Genius! Write the microwave-in-a-mug cooking directions right on your mug with a Sharpie.
on instagram: We’re kind of new to the whole Instagram thing, but apparently we need to eat more doughnuts? We are down with that! See you there?
on the blog: Our blog is hopping with book lists, columns, and all kinds of fun stuff to celebrate our site relaunch, but you do not want to miss Lisa’s great post on why curiosity is the most important thing to give your kids.
I finally got around to reading The Girl on the Train, but I didn’t love it the way other people seemed to. What am I missing?
We discovered the Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Coloring Book in a museum gift shop, and it is just delightful. We had to buy a second copy because my daughter really didn’t want to share. (Fair enough!)
“But I’m a little burned out on the whole dystopian thing,” I said when Suzanne raved about The Girl with All the Gifts. I was wrong — apparently there will always be room in my heart for really interesting dystopian fiction.
We’re reading the first book in The League of Beastly Dreadfuls series as our morning readaloud and digging the Roald Dahl/Lemony Snicket-ness of it.
I am afraid to hand my copy of Echo over to my daughter because I loved it so much, and what if she doesn’t? (But of course I will because this book is too good not to share.)
in the kitchen
I made a little batch of this blackberry-cabernet jam thinking that I might give it for holiday presents, but now I’m getting kind of my precious about keeping it all for myself.
This roasted carrot and avocado salad almost always ends up somewhere in our weekly summer meal rotation.
Easy cherry crostini is my kind of dessert, which is a good thing since I am apparently incapable of passing up cherries at the market. (I swear, I thought we were out! All three times!)
I have had Winter is for Kierkegaard by Tyler Lyle playing on repeat for the last week. Even though it’s the opposite of winter here in Atlanta, and — obviously — autumn is for Kierkegaard.
I really want to knit Marigold, but it seems like an Advanced Expert pattern and I am just a Fairly Enthusiastic Amateur. Has anybody else had any success with it? I can’t crochet and I am so jealous of those gorgeous crochet flowers that people make, so I’m thinking this could be substitute.
There’s a Mo Willems exhibition at the art museum near us, and so it has been all Pigeon all the time here. (We are big fans.)
Doctor, meet the Doctor: This Horton Sees a Who shirt is totally worth $12
Lots of good buys in Amazon’s monthly Kindle book deals, including The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (a steal for $2.99) and Jacob Have I Loved (just $1.99), one of my YA faves by the great Katherine Paterson.