Links I love

Happy October, readers. This month always puts me in mind of a fictional favorite

My favorite finds from around the web:

Keep summer reading alive all year. “The rest of the year, we tend to be purposeful about what we read. Most of us carefully choose the books we buy or borrow, gaining inspiration from friends, reviewers, podcasts, librarians and booksellers—or we simply follow the choices of our book club. But summer days spent in someone else’s home or at a B&B make possible a different kind of reading: more aimless, whimsical, promiscuous.” From Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club.

• How Information Overload Robs Us of Our Creativity: What the Scientific Research Shows. “When you have nothing to think about, you can do your best thinking.”

17 movies set in the fall. You’ve Got Mail and When Harry Met Sally indicate this is a quality list, but please don’t watch Election on my account. (I love Reese Witherspoon, but wish I could unwatch that movie.)

How a book about personality types changed my marriage for the better. A story from Reading People on Thrive Global, a health and wellness site started by Arianna Huffington.

Favorite instagram:

Tough call, but I’m going with this photo of Daisy, the library dog. (Follow me on instagram @annebogel.)

Book news


Good news for those of you who’ve requested a signed copy of Reading People but can’t make a book tour stop: my local indie Carmichael’s Bookstore has what you’re looking for. If you’re in Louisville, pop into the Frankfort Avenue location to pick one up (although maybe call first to make sure they’re still in stock?).

Wherever you are, place your online order here and Carmichael’s will ship to your door. If you prefer, call 502-896-6950 and place your order with a real, live human! For a personally inscribed copy, just tell them how you would like your book(s) inscribed. They’ll get me in to sign it, and your autographed book will be delivered to your door.

You’ll be getting your personalized copy and supporting an indie bookstore in the process.

On the blog:

One year ago: The Savannah summer: a metaphor. “Life is a series of trade-offs, and purposely seeing it as such is helping me to be much more easygoing about the not-so-great stuff I’m bound to face because it’s inextricably bound to the good stuff.”

Two years ago: My early fall uniform (and why I bother).

Three years ago: My go-to cookbooks.

Five years ago: 5 books that make me feel like I’m not crazy.

Six years ago: Want to be a better person? Watch a good movie.

Have a great weekend!


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    • Casey says:

      I loved Election too! It helps that it was filmed in my hometown and features a high school friend (Chris Klein) as the lead. He really was a lot like that in person. I crack up every time Reese Witherspoon goes crazy and rips down all the posters. The music just made that scene! But I do understand the ick factor.

  1. Janna says:

    I somehow missed the fact that you lived in Louisville until after I visited your city for work two weeks ago. I want you to know it’s all your fault I now own TWO pair of Madewell jeans–you referenced the Madewell jeans on a blog post–what did I discover when visiting one of the Louisville malls–a Madewell store!!! I LOVE my jeans!

  2. Jennifer Cook says:

    I wanted to comment on Will Schwalbe’s book, “The End of Your Life Book Club.” After reading this book, I thought, “Why should I wait until a health crisis to have a book club with my 28-year-old son?” So I called him and proposed the two of us read and discuss books. At first he was reluctant saying that we didn’t have the same tastes. But I convinced him I would pick books that I thought he would enjoy and would read what he suggests. Together we have read “Dark Matter” and “Ready, Player One” (my picks which he loved), and his picks of “Germs” and “The Cutthroat.” Our next book is “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.” The most important thing is I am building a stronger relationship with my son through books.

    • Grace says:

      I love that you initiated this! My sons are still very little, but I’m going to remember this as a way to continue our relationship-building and their love of books as they get older.

  3. Mandy Turner says:

    Anne, thought you would want to know that there’s a “COULD STOP HERE” in the middle of the excerpt article at Thrive Global that looks like an editor’s markup.

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