Links I love and what I’m reading this week.

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Favorite finds from around the web:

This couple’s bookstore proposal is every book lover’s dream. “Any proposal had to involve books, and books in New York entail The Strand.”

A world transfixed by screens. 36 incredible photos: equal parts very cool and very unsettling.

24 things no one tells you about book publishing. A good read for readers and writers.

The secret to smart groups: it’s women. “Like reading, social sensitivity is a kind of literacy, and it turns out that women are naturally more fluent in the language of tone and faces than the other half of their species.”

beverly clearly box set

from instagram: Lucy’s Beverly Cleary box set. Three books were missing from this stack because they were on three kids’ nightstands. 

What I’m reading this week: 

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary. I’m (re-)reading this family favorite out loud with the kids.

The Brothers K by David James Duncan. I’ve been meaning to read this for years. I’m on page 240 of 600+.

Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren Winner. Another book I’ve been meaning to read. I want to finish this before her new book, Wearing God, comes out in March. That won’t be a problem: I’m reading it quickly and taking copious notes.

The Sensory Child Gets Organized by Carolyn Dalgleish. I should have read this a long time ago. This book is about how and why to create organizing systems for kids who are rigid, anxious, or distracted. We need that around here.

Best of the blog:

9 novels to curl up with this winter. Your winter reading list, right here.

When we were in the fire.

There are 7 ways to hate a book.

Have a great weekend!

Links I love and what I’m reading this week.

One can never have too many copies of Anne of Green Gables.

from instagram: one can never have too many copies of Anne of Green Gables

Favorite finds from around the web:

Parenthood’ and the strange case of the missing family drama. “We often salute the bloodiest television for its realness, for its unflinching look at the dark human soul and so forth. But which, truly, has the greater capacity to cause flinching: a husband and wife arguing over his meth business, or a husband and wife arguing over money and parenting?”

An artist replicates 7 generations of women in her family. “Photographer Christine McConnell not only imagined what she would look like as one her own ancestors, but she became them. McConnell created a series titled “7 Generations of American Women,” replicating portraits of her maternal blood line, dating back 200 years.

Reading Day: the ultimate staycation. “We can loll around in our pajamas all day with nothing more taxing to do than reheat food and make the incredibly important decision about whether to lie in bed or sit on the couch.”

17 small (and totally doable) tweaks that will change your year. Put a fruit bowl on your counter. A plant on your desk. Make your weekend plans on Wednesdsay.

On the blog:

10 books I can’t wait to read in 2015. In the coming months I’ll finally be able to get my hands on books I’ve been waiting years for.

7 books I’ve been meaning to read (that I’m crossing off the list in 2015). Good intentions don’t get books read, so last year I made a short list of books I’d been meaning to read for ages that I intended to finish before the year was out. That little plan worked, and I’m doing it again.

Survival strategies for winter, my least favorite season. Because winter’s a lot less fun once the twinkle lights come down, and it’s 8 degrees out right now.

What I’m reading:

Last night I finished listening to the audiobook of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. (Hint: get a free Audible trial here.) This was an incredible book. I’m glad I didn’t read the jacket copy before I began. (Because I know you want to know: there is one disturbing but short sexual scene, and a little bit of language.)

I finally read The Thirteenth Tale, in two days.

I’m 2/3 of the way through Marilynne Robinson’s latest book Lila, which is absolutely gorgeous, as expected.

Have a great weekend!

Happy New Year! (And a quick look back at 2014.)

Thanks for a wonderful year here at MMD.

We covered a lot of ground here this year. Here’s a quick look back at what we’ve talked about:


I don’t even know where to start with the book posts! We discussed the thirty year rule, books worth binge-reading, and how to keep a great series from ruining your life.

The 2014 summer reading guide was a big hit, as was the first-ever autumn reading list.  We snooped other people’s bookshelves and shared what we’ve been reading lately.

How rare is a great marriage? | Modern Mrs Darcy

We talked about the four possible levels of relationship, Monica Geller as friendship role model, and the rarity (or not?) of a great marriage. I wrote about my own adolescent marriage when Will and I celebrated 14 years together in June.


Some days we got philosophical: we talked about spinning out, taking the long way home, and the spiritual discipline of the long walk. I shared 5 words you need to practice saying out loud, and why it’s worth thinking about your dream job.

I talked about my time in the waiting room, and the importance of showing up for the people we love, and your comments made me cry.

closet full of stripes

For beauty and style: we talked about people who wear the same thing every day, how to ruin a perfectly good outfit, and my favorite $3 lipstick.

Self-awareness makes everything better: on Myers-Briggs, the enneagram, and why personality tests are so important.

We talked about personality, one of my favorite geeky things: about highly sensitive people and people who have a long runway. We talked about personality types: Myers-Briggs and the enneagram and the Big 5.


We talked about practical stuff: I shared my favorite chocolate cake recipe, and our go-to special breakfast frittata. We talked about daily routines and managing our day-to-day. I shared our babysitter’s trick for faking a clean house.

moving day

My family moved this year, which spurred all kinds of posts. I talked about our decision to buy a house and a life, instead of just a house. I got a little overwhelmed and started angry cleaning. (And stress baking.) And I loved our new place but I hated to leave the library in my own backyard.

Thanks again for a terrific year! I’m looking forward to what’s in store for 2015. Happy New Year!

Links I love and what’s on my nightstand.


Merry Christmas from Jane!

Favorite finds from around the web:

• George Clooney visits Downton Abbey.

• A definitive ranking of Jane Austen’s male hotties. Love the descriptions on Bertram, Wickham, and Elton.

Notable children’s books of 2014, according to the New York Times. (Most of these weren’t on my radar.)

Penguin series

On my nightstand:

• Bookworm problems: I got this box set for Christmas, and now I’m trying to decide what to read next!

Pies and Prejudice, by Heather Vogel Frederick. Sarah and I are reading The Mother-Daughter Book Club series together. I started book 4 last night.

Chance or the Dance, by Thomas Howard. Ugh. I don’t want to read this right now, but it’s one of the books I resolved to read in 2014 … and I’m running out of time.

On the blog: 

• The best Christmas scenes in children’s literature.

• How a photo can save a child’s life.

Take 5 minutes today to think about next Christmas—really!

Have a great weekend!