If you need me, I’ll be reading

Did you know that libraries have cookbooks?

I did not know this until recently, so I thought I’d tell you.

Also, libraries have new releases.

Until recently (when I realized that public libraries are going to save my retirement account), my family had a ritual of going to Barnes and Noble about once a month and buying a stack of books, which was fun, glorious, and something I still enjoy doing from time to time.

BUT, I realized that I can do the same thing at my public library because honestly, I don’t need to own a copy of all the books (I learned this from Mari Kondo).

I’m very excited out Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin. I love everything she writes and have gotten halfway through my house with the Mari Kondo method twice, and am eager to read Rubin’s tips on decluttering and creating outer order. I think it’s sometimes hard for the world to imagine that we might need more than one book about tidying up and The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy have already been written by Mari Kondo, but the fact is, there is more to say on the subject and Mari Kondo doesn’t work for everyone. So, definitely going to read this.

Also, I’m delighted that my six-year-old is big enough for chapter books, so I’m reading all my kid lit favorites to her at bedtime while she still likes my taste in books. It’s delightful to revisit Little House in the Big Woods with grown up eyes.

If you don’t listen to Gretchen Rubin’s podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, you should (you’re welcome), it’s delightful. She’s hosting a podcast wide book club featuring the book Inheritance by Dani Shapiro. I had not heard of this book and was not sure I’d like it, but I got it yesterday and have already read the first 10 chapters. Shapiro’s writing and storytelling is engrossing and draws you into her story in a really wonderful way! I can’t wait to hear her talk about it on the podcast!

I also read the introduction to Becoming by Michelle Obama and found her insight and thoughtful writing to be wonderful (hoping to get it done in the 7 days that I have it!)

Last, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is a delight! I am the kind of person who likes reading cookbooks from beginning to end, but this one is actually written to do that. Samin Nosrat pulls the veil away behind the secrets of cooking and shares them with you with delightful stories and illustrations. (This book is definitely going in the shopping cart and has earned a permanent spot on my book shelf).

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