I was thrilled to discover The Elements of Style Illustrated, which I didn't know existed until a few weeks ago. It was on sale at Anthro. It's so exciting to me that it's illustrated! The Elements of Style is so smart, simple, and easy to read, I forgot how amazing it is. I realized we didn't have a copy in the house. The copy I grew up with is still in Grammie's bookshelf, as it should be, so it was time to get one for us. This version has artwork from the fabulous Maira Kalman, who I am obsessed with, so it's a real win-win. And now I want to check out this book, too.
As the girls get older, we are working on building an adult library for them (and for us) full of classics and our personal favorites. Real books, both fiction and non-fiction—a collection that is considered and not just old college textbooks, random fiction classics, and obscure music and art books, which is what it is now. It's been fun to think and talk about. It feels like a good way to spend my money and time, you know what I mean? Sometimes, at the end of a week, I scratch my head at what exactly I am buying. My purchases often feel dumb and unnecessary later (I will happily blame the girls here, but I did buy the ceramic spoons) but buying a wonderful copy of Pride and Prejudice for an at home library that our children and future grandchildren can enjoy? That feels great.