What do you have planned for the weekend? I’m anticipating pizza night, kids’ sports, and the chance to finish a book or two.
My favorite finds from around the web:
• Tayari Jones: How a bit of eavesdropping helped me write An American Marriage. I really enjoyed this book, and found this origin story fascinating.
• Bedtime habits by personality type. I wrote a book about personality, so I can’t resist any post like this. Even though this post fails to grasp that this INFP reads at least one chapter before bed 362 nights a year.
• It’s all in your head: the one-way intimacy of podcast listening. As a podcaster and podcast enthusiast, I couldn’t click on this fast enough. “It’s purely biological, and it’s indistinguishable from intimacy — except for one minor, mundane, trifling detail: It’s unidirectional.”
• What food geniuses eat for lunch. I’m newly grateful to this post for bringing Trader Joe’s smoked trout into my life. I was dubious, but then the cashier raved about it, so I brought it home and put it on water crackers with cream cheese and pickled red cabbage. It was loved by all, and I live with kids so that’s saying something.
Blind date with a book—the reveal!
Did you fall in love with this book? You’re in the majority: this was the most popular choice. You’ve chosen Susan Meissner’s new historical novel As Bright as Heaven, set in 1918 Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic. (Words I avoided: Philadelphia, Spanish flu, WWI.)
Did this novel catch your eye? You’ve chosen Kristen Hannah’s new release The Great Alone, set in Alaska in the wake of the Vietnam War.
(Based on the clues, readers thought this book might be: The Snow Child, Twilight, Beartown. Words I avoided: Alaska, Vietnam.)
If this book caught your eye, you fell for Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
(Based on the clues, readers thought this book might be Eleanor & Park, or a memoir. Words I avoided: fine, vodka, fire.)
On the blog:
One year ago: 3 ways to listen to Audible audiobooks without a membership.
Two years ago: When you’re living in the wrong movie.
Three years ago: Every ten years you have to remake everything.
Four years ago: The work that makes more of you.
Have a great weekend!