On Monday I wrote a post about not freaking out when things go wrong, and then had a whole-life meltdown on Wednesday when I went to the grocery without my wallet and the waiting room without my book. It took me half an hour to recognize and appreciate the irony. That’s the kind of week it’s been. (Send coffee? Also: YAY FRIDAY.)
My favorite finds from around the web:
• What to do when your reader is broken. “Reading fatigue happens for any number of reasons. For me it manifests either in avoiding books altogether or abandoning them within a page or two. So I just have to pat that pretty cover and say, ‘It’s not you, it’s me.'”
This beauty from my all books, all the time account What Should I Read Next: “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” (Click here to follow me @whatshouldireadnext.)
For Louisville area readers:
My friend Sarah Bessey is in town this weekend; she’s speaking at my St Matthews area church, the evening of Sunday, October 15, at 6pm. This event is free and open to the public; the first time I personally walked through the doors of this church was for a similar event many years ago. (That time it was Rachel Held Evans at the podium.)
Tickets are required for seating purposes, but are available free, much like events at the public library. Get yours here.
For Charlotte area readers (and those who love a good road trip):
I’ll be at the Nester’s second annual Nest Fest next weekend in Midland, North Carolina, twenty minutes east of Charlotte. I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out at Myquillyn’s before but never when 50 vendors, food trucks, great music, and 1000 guests were there, too—and I can’t wait. I’ll be one of ten-ish authors hanging out and signing (and selling) books from noon to 1:30.
Nest Fest is Saturday, October 21 from 10 to 5. Get your tickets here.
On the blog
One year ago: My bookstore tour of NYC.
Two years ago: 8 paradoxes of creative people.
Three years ago: How to make a book page pumpkin.
Four years ago: Miracles are everywhere if you have eyes to see them.
On the podcast
This week: I talked to Keith about science fiction and it was so much fun. Listen in here, or wherever you get your podcasts.
One year ago: I talked to bookseller and bookish kindred spirit Annie Jones about her crazy unlikely path to bookstore ownership, her love of dysfunctional family literature, and how meeting readers and authors in person changes the way you experience a book. It’s a good one. Listen here, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Have a great weekend!