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Day 253: More Books, Less Dates

I started writing a post about being 30 and single (which is both awesome and exhausting, much like being in a relationship at any age), but I became distracted by The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge (thanks to my college friends for posting it on Facebook within mere moments of its creation).

Anyone who watched any of the seven seasons of The Gilmore Girls knows that Rory Gilmore loved a good book. In scrolling through her character’s eclectic and sophisticated tastes, I had a sudden epiphany—

I need to read more books and go on less dates.

The Gilmore Girls

I’ve gone on more dates this year than I probably have in all of my previous years of life combined. Two thirds of them have been via online platforms—and I’ve met some really interesting, intelligent and totally not-scary people through the world wide web. I even recently downloaded Tinder, against my feelings of skeptical doom that it would be a creep-fest (it’s not).

The thing is—in my effort to go on more dates, the novelty of the first date has worn off. And the pressure of a second date is too high for me to consider. I’m in first-date burnout, second-date commitment-avoidance no-man’s land.

So, I’m turning to the books.

Of the 339 books Rory was seen reading, I think I’ve read 54 of them. But I listened to The Secret Life of Bees on tape, so I’m not sure if that counts. And if I remember correctly, I never finished As I Lay Dying because it was ridiculously depressing.

I’d like to say I’m going to jump right back into reading with something like The Portable Nietzsche, but I started Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) a few months back and recently found it in my suitcase. I’m going to start by finishing that one.

If you’re interested, you should stop dating and/or watching Storage Wars and check out the reading list with me. There are some excellent books on there.

Happy reading!

Day 24: Reading Rain

For obvious reasons, many us have been thinking about children this week.

Side note: If you missed President Obama’s moving, loving, funny and horribly sad remarks on Sunday evening, you can watch them in full at Gawker.com.

In memory of the beautiful kids who are no longer with us and the beautiful future kids residing in many of my friends’ bellies, here is a list of children’s books I continue to love:

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
After a fire destroys their home, Rosa, her mother and her grandmother save all their coins in a jar until they can purchase a big, cozy chair together. Family love trumps all.


Imogene’s Antlers by David Small
Easy-going Imogene wakes up one morning to find she has sprouted antlers. The story is funny and sweet, and illustrates children’s abilities to persevere smilingly, even when their respective adults lose their cool.


Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
It’s an old, enduring, sneaky story about feeding a town with a soup made of stones. Once everyone adds a little “garnish”—a carrot here, a potato there—a stone soup becomes a delicious and nourishing meal. When we all work together, we all eat together.


Mousekin’s Golden House by Edna Miller
It’s not about ghosts, candy or costumes, but there is a Halloween pumpkin. A mouse finds an abandoned jack-o-lantern and makes it into a home for the winter. Whether in a squash or an apartment, home is what you make it.

Mouskin's Golden House

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Who doesn’t love this book? Clement Hurd’s artwork gorgeously illustrates a story of a mother who will always be there for her bunny, even when he runs.

The Runaway Bunny

Ivy Cottage (Biscuit, Buttons & Pickles) by E.J. Taylor
Miss Biscuit, a retired nanny, moves to the countryside with Violet Pickles, an adorable anthropomorphized rag doll who is unhappy about the move. Luckily, Miss Biscuit is a brilliant seamstress and creates Ruby Buttons, a new rag doll friend for Violet. It’s a lovely story about creating your own happiness.

Ivy Cottage

I could go on forever about great children’s books. For more current stories, check out TurtleAndRobot.com. And read this great New York Times opinion article about what kids should be reading these days.