Links I love

Links I love

This weekend we’re kicking off spring break and trying to simultaneously have some fun and get some rest. Wish us luck?

My favorite finds from around the web:

What do personality quizzes really tell you. “As the researchers stated, for some people the problematic result isn’t what the test is telling them—it’s the feeling that being one thing precludes them from being another.”

Navigating social situations when you don’t drink. I do love a good glass of red wine, yet I found this interesting and helpful.

The best, least annoying books to read to children. “Life is too short for uninspiring picture books.”

• Who doesn’t read books in America. “The same demographic traits that characterize non-book readers also often apply to those who have never been to a library.”

• I love this new print from Carrot Top Paper Shop (and not just because the quote is one I borrowed from L.M. Montgomery for my last newsletter).

• The best makeup you can buy in a drugstore. “I’m obsessed with makeup and I’ve tried almost everything you’d find in a local drugstore, so I know which ones are worth your time.”

• Today is the LAST DAY to enter to win a year of books from Penguin Random House! (Penguin Random House is a big 5 publisher of some of our favorite titles and an affiliate partner.)

• Earlier this week I mentioned my love for Mario Badescu skin care. A friend pointed out that today Ulta’s having a sale with 25% off all Mario Badescu products, including this enzyme cleansing gel I love.

Coming Monday:

This is the final week of Book Flight Bonanza, the perfect alternative — or companion — to any March basketball activities. Monday we’re 8 book pairs that encourage you to take another look at a situation, theme, or circumstance. 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.

Favorite instagram:

It fills my heart with joy to see my friend’s books out in the wild. Congrats on the new release, Ariel! Follow me on instagram @annebogel.

On the blog:

One year ago: 20 books to take you around the world. “A good book, carefully chosen, can take you on a grand adventure—even while you never leave the comfy chair in your living room.”

Two years ago: My to-do list and my wish list. “As we move forward, we’re striving to be realistic about what we want to do, and what we need to do. We’re shifting responsibilities around, and will continue to do so. We’re saying “no” a lot.”

Three years ago: 40 great book club novels. “Many of these books tackle big—even uncomfortable—issues. Many are polarizing. All are “discussable”—you’ll have enough material to last all night long.”

Four years ago: Books worth binge reading. “I have a long, (mostly) proud history of binge reading—and by binging, I mean ‘sat down on the couch and strongly resisted moving until I finished the last page.’”

Five years ago: What I’m really paying for when I pay $22 for lipstick. “When I pay for expensive makeup, I’m paying for more than the product: I’m buying good advice, a narrowed range of choices, and the ability to try it before I buy it.”

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Mary in TN says:

    I was coming to tell you about the sale at Ulta– glad you already heard about it. I love that enzyme gel as well. I rub it on my barely damp face and leave it there for a minute or two while I do something else . It really smooths my skin. It does not do a good job of taking off make up however in case anyone is wondering

  2. Birgitta Qvarnström Frykner says:

    Loved the one about quizzes and the one about cosmetics.
    Exactly you know before what the answers is, and you realize which question that, leed to the conclusion.

  3. Aimee says:

    Cracking up at the Least Annoying Books to Read to Children post. With the exception of Brave Irene, I find all the books she lists EXTREMELY annoying to read to children. Just goes to show we all have our own individual taste in reading (and read-aloud) material 🙂

  4. Steph says:

    When I was pregnant with my oldest, I realized that I didn’t want to walk around with a bottle of water during festive occasions. I was happy when I attended an art opening and I was offered fancy punch. At a farewell party, I was poured sparkling cider into my stemmed glass. After that, I began making it a point to take a nice non-alcoholic beverage to gatherings. Ikea has some great ones! It is just nice for people to be able to toast with a glass of something yummy, even if they don’t partake in alcoholic drinks.

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