Links I love

Coming to you from the land of rainy days. At least it’s good reading weather?

My favorite finds from around the web:

Ten reasons why bookselling is not retail. Books “are not products that serve a specific purpose and then lose their relevance. They are instead the result of a massive amount of work. They are expressions of a unique perspective. Books are a rare form of product because they can elucidate the way our world works; they can bring people together; they can change the course of history.”

Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen shares her favorite weeknight meals.

How Facebook is killing comedy. “If you run a large publishing company and you make a big piece of content that you feel proud of, you put it up on Facebook. From there, their algorithm takes over, with no transparency. It’s like if The New York Times had their own subscriber base, but you had to pay the paperboy for every article you wanted to see.”

Gun reform: speaking truth to bulls—, practicing civility, and affecting change. This is an excerpt from Brené Brown’s latest book Braving the Wilderness.

• Lots of good book-to-movie adaptations are coming out this year. Watch the new trailers for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Ready Player One.

Favorite instagram:

Will captured this fun moment in the library last week. Can I use this as my author “headshot”? I’m thinking about it. (Follow me on instagram @annebogel.)

On the blog:

One year ago: Unputdownable: 17 books I read in 24 hours or less because they were just that good.

Two years ago: 2o life-changing nonfiction books you can finish in a day.

Three years ago: 7 books that changed the way I live, love, and parent.

Four years ago: 40 favorite audiobooks (yours and mine).

Have a great weekend!


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  1. Sherrylynne says:

    Two Comments:
    (1.) Casting a “yes” vote on the head shot picture!,
    (2.) I have the husband who loved “The Dry” and it brought him back to reading. Well, he devoured “Force of Nature” in 2 days and that is while working full time. He wrote the publisher to compliment Jane and then the publisher sent more books. HAHA! True story.

  2. Ellen Cole says:

    OH.MY.GOSH!!! I can’t tell you how excited I am to learn of the Guernsey movie! The cast looks awesome…a few recognizable “Downton Abbey” actors. Now, just have to wait (however impatiently) for the US Release Date.

    How about now?
    Maybe now?

    • Patty B says:

      I thought the same thing – – there’s at least 4 Downton Abbey cast members in there! I’m excited to see one of my favorite books adapted to film.

  3. Mari says:

    “Books are a rare form of product because they can elucidate the way our world works; they can bring people together; they can change the course of history.”” LOL LOL! I am a children’s librarian. One of the most popular books in our collection right now is a gem called: “Purrmaids.” It’s a about cats. Who are mermaids. Let that sink in for a moment. The next most popular in something called: “Plants. vs. Zombies.”

    Just because books “can elucidate the way our world” doesn’t mean they will. Or even should. Unless one is a potted fern under attack by a vegetarian zombie and is needing moral support…I think its safe to say not every book lives up to these very noble words.

  4. Jen W. says:

    Great headshot! So relaxed and fun – not the usual “look what a serious author I am” photo.
    As a newcomer to your blog I just wanted to say I really appreciate the links to past articles. It’s a fun way to play catch up. 🙂

  5. Robyn says:

    Oh my goodness, you are adorable! That should definitely be used in your writing career. Thanks for all the wonderful book recommendations. I posted your website to our book club’s facebook page and you now have a new bunch of followers.

  6. Guest says:

    Um, that photo of you is so much fabulousness – why would you not use it? I am digging the Smitten Kitchen easy weeknight meals. Good links. As always.

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