My children are finishing school tomorrow and next week and I am so looking forward to slowing down and enforcing some nice quiet time every day. I bought this book last week intending to save it for summer vacation, but I made the mistake of taking a peek -- and then I read it all that day, staying up until the wee hours to finish. If you can't read the title in the picture it is I CAPTURE THE CASTLE by Dodie Smith - and it's by far the best novel I've read in a long time. I loved it, times about four million. Charming characters, funny conversations, great language, a little bit of romance and a pretty cover - everything I crave in a good book. What are your summer reads?
Also in the picture are my terrariums. This is my third attempt (wheat grass, because it's only 99 cents), destined for death in about a week, I'd guess. So far we've killed a lot of moss (I think by over-watering? but how do you stop a determined four-year old with a spray bottle?) and some other short plants that I never really learned the names of. I think part of the problem might be that the children keep putting small plastic farm animals and shark teeth in them, to create little scenes (of death) and so the humidity is all messed up. Oh, and I'd hazard a guess that dropping the terrarium probably wasn't good for it, either.
Happy summer! And please, book recommendations! I'm in Dodie Smith withdrawal now.