Links I love

My favorite finds from around the web:

Digital distraction is bad for creativity. “I’m a more distracted writer than I was a decade ago. Which means I’m not writing as well as I might be, period. And if I know that for a fact, why is it still so hard to walk away?”

12 literary cocktails to pair with classic reads.

How to raise a sweet son in an era of angry men.

Surrounded by books.

Favorite instagram:

Jane Austen wins this week, but it was a close contest (at least in my mind).

I snapped this while I was at Barnes and Noble yesterday, where I signed a few books and was absolutely delighted to see my book Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything is still a category bestseller (and thus 20% off, woohoo!).

This would make a great gift for the teenager, college student, or all-around personality junkie on your list this season, and because so much of the content is dedicated to personal growth and improving personal relationships, this would be a great read to kick off the New Year. Buy your copy wherever new books are sold.

On the blog:

A Christmas Gallery: for your convenience, my favorite holiday posts on the blog, all in one place.

One year ago: The Modern Mrs Darcy 2016 Gift Guide for Book Lovers.

Two years ago: 9 bestsellers actually worth the hype.

Three years ago: In the waiting room. I love this post. “Advent is all about contingency plans, after all.”

Four years ago: Our family’s favorite read-alouds right now.

Six years ago: The minimalist’s guide to stocking stuffers.

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Jennifer N. says:

    Amen to the sweet boys article! I’m trying my hardest to raise my two boys to be emotionally mature adult men but it’s not easy. I am proud that both of my boys are sweet, good-natured kids that have shown a good deal of empathy for their respective ages, but they started off that way, too. All my husband and I have really had to do is encourage the behavior that already seems natural to them. The difficult part is fostering a strong sense of identity in both of them that won’t bend in the face of societal pressure. (And I often find my own programming from childhood coming through to the surface, which is its own challenge.)

  2. Emily says:

    Thanks so much for linking to the article about raising sweet boys. My two boys are now 20 and 15, and I’m so proud of them exactly because they are sweet young men. Not coincidentally, they have many young women as friends, as well as a cadre of young men they hang out with. It makes me hopeful.

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