My favorite finds from around the web:
• My writing advice. Great short piece from Alan Jacobs, author of The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction. “You must learn to think of your writing time as a period of discovery, in which you find out what you think, or what images and rhythms tend to emerge from your mind, or where a story seems to want to go…”
• Stranger than fiction: what happened after the bookstore. A chance bookstore not-quite-meeting leads to a wedding … but only because of Craigslist’s Missed Connections: “Yesterday at almost ten we were in the bookstore, each carrying a bag from a literary magazine. Then we rode the L train together. We made a lot of eye contact, which was nice. Craigslist remains weird; who are you?”
• The women who rode miles on horseback to deliver library books. “They were known as the “book women.” They would saddle up, usually at dawn, to pick their way along snowy hillsides and through muddy creeks with a simple goal: to deliver reading material to Kentucky’s isolated mountain communities.” (Don’t miss the amazing photos!)
• On a good marriage. J.T. Ellison’s new novel Lie to Me came out on Tuesday, and it’s about a marriage from hell (plus Paris). So for launch week, she wrote a great post about why she thinks her own marriage works.
Still life with signed copies of Reading People and dirty dishes. Pre-order the book wherever you get your new books: Barnes and Noble, Amazon, IndieBound, Book Depository, wherever—thank you! Add Reading People to Goodreads here (thereby helping other readers find the book, because of Goodreads’ algorithms). And follow me on instagram @annebogel.
On the blog:
Two years ago: When you’re good at overcomplicating things.
Three years ago: The bored housewife as plot point.
Four years ago: On marriage and fear and disappearing doors.
Five years ago: 21 things I wish I knew in my twenties.
Have a great weekend!