Favorite Things | New Books | February

Yesterday we started a new monthly tradition around here. Books!

Papa Bear and I are massive book nerds, but we haven’t added anything to our collection in so long. Tight financial times do require some restrictions, but every once in a while, it’s not the worst thing in the world to treat yourself to some literary love.

Favorite Things - New Books - February

Yesterday Baby Bear and I had some time to kill, so we dropped by the bookstore. Like you do.

We picked up a book for each of us three bears, which I think we need to do once a month from here on out. Here’s what we found!

My February Pick: The Happy Hooker

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Regular readers of this blog will know that although I’m a knitting fanatic, I don’t know how to crochet. At all. I made one chain for a knitting project, one time, but I don’t think I could do it again at gunpoint unless I had an online tutorial sitting in front of me.

Stitch ‘N Bitch books, penned by the lovely Debbie Stoller, were what brought me from basic garter stitch to the pattern designs I am making today. These books are a great one stop shop manual for all of the knitting techniques you need to know.

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So when I heard about her crochet book, The Happy Hooker, I knew I had to have it. It’s been quite some time since I discovered this book but I had been putting off getting it forever.

Lately, though, so many readers and other people in my life have been asking me if I crochet as well, and with a heavy heart I have to say that no, I do not. But not for much longer! Let the learning commence.

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Papa Bear’s February Pick: Flour Water Salt Yeast

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Okay, technically Papa Bear was at a parent teacher conference when we made this book run (which had apparently been cancelled with no one telling him about the cancellation), but as a former professional baker, I knew this was the book for him.

I had seen this Flour Water Salt Yeast making the rounds on so many of my favorite food blogs recently, and I was so intrigued by the beautiful simplicity of the title and cover, I had to pick it up at the store. This is one of those books that totally qualifies as food porn.

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The writer, Ken Forkish, is a artisan baker out of Portland who is reputed to make some of the best breads and pizzas in the world. Papa Bear and I make some pretty mean loaves of bread, but we want to get down to the nitty gritty and start making them epic. Deliciousness to come.

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Baby Bear’s February Pick: Zombie in Love

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Baby Bear’s first choice at the store was the $60, 4-inch thick Walking Dead Compendium, but methinks that is a little much for a 4-year-old. So instead she opted for Zombie in Love. My favorite part is when he smiles, trying to win over the ladies. Like this:

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It is all about a zombie named Mortimer and his quest for love. He is accompanied by his dog and wormy friends. Just adorable. Also, we were getting a little sick of A Fly Went By, so a new book a month might just save our parental sanity.

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We’re so excited to dig into the reading this month!

What’s new on your bookshelf?


  1. As soon as I saw the zombie book I thought of my cousins son who has a book about surviving zombies and he is six. I think the children of today are so much braver then I am! If there ever were an apocalypse, my team leader will be Baby Bear or Lucas. lol. I love this idea of having a monthly activity that keeps inspiration alive. So sweet!

  2. Pat Busch says:

    My latest book was “To Dance With Angels” by Don Pendleton. It was fantastic! Ever since I can remember I’ve had a passion to discover who I am, and what’s it all about, Alfie? This is a book that introduces an
    entity, Dr. Peebles, channeled through Thomas Jacobson who answers those questions with wit, humor, and much love. Quite different from my usual fare of British detective stories.

  3. this such a great idea! i think baby bear and i have similar tastes 😉

  4. My husband and I have so many books — that’s what happens when an English major/History minor marries a History major/English minor — that the most recent books I am reading are from the library. I just got two Paula Fredriksen books, From Jesus to Christ and Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews. Both were recommended on Religion and Ethics Newsweekly site.

    • Natalie Webb says:

      Finding enough shelf space is always a conundrum, right? We definitely go for another vein of reading, with Papa Bear being Pagan and me being fervently agnostic bordering on atheist, but still. It’s such a shame so many book stores are closing down though. Although I like being able to go online and find whatever book my heart desires, there’s something about browsing through an actual store, picking things up, flipping through the pages, that brings satisfaction like Amazon never could. Can’t wait for our next monthly trip!