Happy Friday! I hope it’s been a great almost-spring week (according to the calendar, if not the thermostat) wherever. This weekend we’re entertaining houseguests, switching out seasonal decor, and starting in on that yard work.
My favorite finds from around the web:
• The beginning of silent reading changed Westerners’ interior life. “People think of reading as the introvert’s hobby: A quiet activity for a person who likes quiet, save for the voices in their head. But in the 5,000 or so years humans have been writing, reading as we conceive it, an asocial solo activity with a book, is a relatively new form of leisure.”
• The stages of realizing you are late. “Showering will take forty-five seconds. I have never showered for longer than a minute.” I wish I didn’t relate.
I don’t think I’ve ever instagrammed a basketball before. First time for everything? (Click here to follow me on instagram @annebogel.)
This past Sunday I launched Book Flight Bonanza, the perfect alternative — or companion — to any March basketball activities, with 8 terrific novels paired with 8 illuminating nonfiction picks.
On Monday we’re sharing our next region: hot new releases and the backlist picks that make them better together. If you want to make sure you don’t miss that list, subscribe below. Subscribers also get a printable bracket they can highlight, use in their book or bullet journal, or take to the library or bookstore.
On the blog:
One year ago: Completing the cycle. “If being an adult means learning how to clean up after yourself, I am really struggling with this adulthood thing. Still.”
Two years ago: What life’s Big Moments really look like. “But so many of my life’s meaningful moments—including the Big Conversations—have zero fireworks or fanfare.”
Three years ago: The 3 things you need to have people over. “If your house isn’t perfect, don’t sweat it: the point is for people to leave your home feeling better about themselves, not better about you.”
Four years ago: 37 fun, useful, and generally worthwhile gifts for your kid’s Easter basket. “I try to get my kids a good mix of essentials (spring/summer shoes, books, socks), seasonal items (garden gear, seeds, sidewalk chalk), and impractical fun (glow sticks).”
Five years ago: Occam’s razor. “I thought I needed a complicated plan to meet my goal, but I made dramatic progress with 3 simple steps.”
Have a great weekend!