Laurie Colwin's Happy All the Time was the first book to come up on the hold list at the library. I finished that one last night. It was just right. The Air We Breathe (Andrea Barrett) and The Baker's Apprentice (Judith Ryan Hendricks) are next in the pile and I have 18 more holds coming in at the library. THANK YOU for all your recommendations and thoughts. I have read through all the comments multiple times and added everything that I have not already read or thought to read to the list. I managed to finish three-- four actually-- but two of them were young adult novels and one was a gift that had been give to me nearly a year ago. 2011 is going to be the Year of the Book around here.
We've had as much quiet as we can muster with the small people around. I realize that they will not stand for quiet holidays or subdued special occasions for much longer, which made this one all the better, because they hardly know another way. Paul bought me a year of NYT crosswords in book form so that we "can do them together and stave off dementia". Of course, I am appalled at how bad I have become at these over the years and worry that it will take me a long time to make it past a Tuesday. When Sam was little we had some friends come and live with us for a few months. They had the Times delivered and 1. I got spoiled on good news and 2. I could sometimes make it to a Thursday! I am much dumber and more forgetful these days.
So, that is what I'll be doing tonight: puzzles and books and bringing Manny back to his bed 12 or 13 times. There will also be laundry. Good Night, Good Night, 2010.