Links I love and what’s on my nightstand.

Links I love and what’s on my nightstand.

My favorite finds from around the web:

Science says there are 4 kinds of introversion. What’s yours? (Thinking introversion, all the way.)

Judi Dench’s advice to her 30-year-old self, from coping with fear to subverting the norm. “Her career, spanning six decades, is so multifarious she has cultivated an ability to take on an almost impossible range of characters. She unfailingly and wholly inhabits a role, leaving you certain no-one else would have even touched the sides. Good going for someone once told by a producer she could never make it in films because her face ‘isn’t properly arranged.’ ”

What it’s like to go without complaining for a month. “When we complain, our brains release stress hormones that harm neural connections in areas used for problem solving and other cognitive functions. This also happens when we listen to someone else moan and groan. It’s as bad as secondhand smoke.”

27 incredibly clever DIYs all book lovers will appreciate. Definitely #6 and #8, but I want a real #11.

What I’m reading this week:

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. Finally. 

Evening Class by Maeve Binchy. This is my first Binchy and I’m thinking about abandoning it. Guidance appreciated.

Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans.

The 3 things you need to have people over. When it comes to hospital, only 3 things are essential!

On the blog:

The three things you need to have people over, and Shauna Niequist’s new book.

Books that are better together (and four literary flights to get you started.

Cooking lessons in a box.

• Reminder: the next Quick Lit is on Sunday, March 15.

Have a great weekend!

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54 comments

  1. Victoria says:

    I’ve found that with Binchy I love a book or I hate it. Minding Frankie was my intro to her. I LOVED it, but since then I’ve read several others (Evening Class being one of them) and abandonded them. I did finish two besides Minding Frankie…And I want to read A Week In Winter next winter!

  2. Wendy says:

    I have a soft spot for all things Irish, including Maeve Binchy. I think the first one I read was Circle of Friends, while I was studying abroad there in college (which made it that much more fun!). That and Tara Road are my favorites, I think. It’s been a while since I’ve read anything by her. Can’t wait to find out what you decide to do about Binchy — I realize that I’m biased and she just might not be for everyone!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    My Binchy recommendation is to start with her earlier books. I have gobbled up everything by her because of loving her early books. I’d even recommend reading them in the order that they were originally published.

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