What If? by Randall Munroe--Answering the most absurd hypothetical questions, anyone with a nine year old needs this book. We get random odd questions from our nine year old like if there was a fire on the moon how much would it weigh? I struggle to answer these questions without becoming frustrated and cranky, this book takes the absurd and gives them answers. I LOVE IT.
Zen Habits Handbook For Life by Leo Babauta--Do you read Zen Habits the blog by Leo Babauta? It's so calming, so, well I guess, Zen. No judgement, no harsh words just calm observations moving towards a better life, Zen Habits is just amazing. This is the perfect book for anyone caught up in life doing too much and not realizing how tangled up they are.
The McGunnegal Chronicles books 1-3 by Ben Anderson--full disclosure they are a sponsor of this blog but we love these books, in fact we bought the books and read most of them BEFORE they became a sponsor on the blog--If you're looking to give the gift of high adventure to boys AND girls in the 8-16 range these books are what you've been looking for. A mirror that leads to other lands, goblins, leprechauns, kids, giants, Atlantis are all part of the amazing journey of the McGunnegals. I've read thousands of hours out loud to kids and these books are right up there with the best of the best.
Again I say support your local small bookstore but if you don't have one well then feel free to click through on these links and buy a few books.
The best/worst part of an everything bagel? The massive crazy amount of seeds and spice piled on it, it's what makes it an everything bagel and at the same time completely impossible to eat neatly. The taste of all the little bits of flavor working together make it quite a delectable bagel, the absolute explosion of seeds, dried garlic and minced onion that cover you, and anything you happen to be standing next to or above, makes for an annoying eating situation. Ever eat one while wearing a scarf? You've got to take it off and shake that thing out afterwards. And I think we're all in agreement that you should never eat one in your car or you'll be cleaning everything out of everywhere. Seriously tasty, seriously annoying.