My favorite finds from around the web:
• Anne of Green Gables: Patron saint of girls who ask too many questions. “What moved me most when I first read the book was the fact that Anne was not saccharine-sweet like some of the female characters I’d encountered in novels up until then. Nor was she wicked, like certain others. Instead, she was a mixture, like me.”
• 11 fascinating nonfiction books to give the reader who already has basically everything on their shelves. “Luckily for you, readers tend to be a group of people who are endlessly interested in almost everything. And there are tons of fascinating, readable nonfiction books out in 2017 that almost anyone would consider unputdownable.”
• How black books lit my way along the Appalachian Trail. “Everyone had something out here. The love I carried was books. Exceptional books. Books by black authors, their photos often the only black faces I would talk to for weeks. These were writers who had endured more than I’d ever been asked to, whose strength gave me strength in turn.”
On the blog:
One year ago: Learning how to think (really). “There are many ways to define a great book, but this is one of my favorite: one mark of greatness is when I find myself thinking about the book, or its ideas, weeks, months, and even years later.”
Two years ago: 9 bestsellers actually worth the hype.
Three years ago: 13+ stocking stuffers perfect for book lovers.
Four years ago: Why it’s worth adopting (or inventing) family traditions. (Because St Nicholas Day is December 6…)
Six years ago: Really practical gifts for kids.