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Happy Friday, readers! If you see me, you’ll find me prepping my stack of weekend reads and prepping for Independent Bookstore Day…

My favorite finds from around the web:

Jay Gatsby: A dreamer born to be excluded. Novelist Jesmyn Ward explains. “And that, perhaps, was the idea most invisible to me as a young reader: that the very social class that embodied the dream Gatsby wanted for himself was predicated on exclusion.”

Literary dinner | Persuasion. “On the final day of spring break, we gathered up our little ones as the sun broke through, and agreed we could attempt an impromptu afternoon tea for our buddy read of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.”

Middlemarch: Jennifer Egan on how George Eliot’s unorthodox love life shaped her masterpiece. “Eliot’s wariness of beauty was borne out by her own experience.” (There’s a group in the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club that’s going to tackle this classic together soon if you want to join!)

Celeste Ng recommends 27 books to pick up on Independent Bookstore Day. Celeste puts together a great list of books. If there’s a place on the Internet where you should read the comments, you all compiled a great list of indies in the comments on this post.

Decision fatigue with Anne Bogel. I go a little bit deeper on my recent decision fatigue post when I chat with my friend Sarah on her podcast The Nuanced Life.

Favorite Instagram:

Despite the volatile weather it appears we’ve moved on to a different kind of snow. The library was looking especially lovely this week. (Follow me on instagram @annebogel.)

On the blog:

One year ago: My first year with the bullet journal. “Today I’m taking a look back at what I’ve learned, why it works for me, my favorite supplies, how I use it (and how I’ve tweaked it), and a few of my favorite tips and tricks.”

Two years ago: 12 terrific books for tween girls. “Bonus points for terrific prose, gutsy female protagonists, and books you’re tempted to steal from their bookshelves after the kids go to bed.”

Three years ago: Beautiful editions of Anne of Green Gables. “There have never been so many gorgeous editions of Anne to choose from, which means deciding on just one set is terribly difficult.”

Four years ago: When you have a long runway. “I’m newly conscious of how those with long runways require their extra space, and I’m trying to grant it: to myself, to my kid, to anyone who needs some time to get her thoughts from her mind to her mouth.”

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Kay says:

    I am a huge lover of Anne of Green Gables so was thrilled to go over and see some new copies that I don’t have already. I own many copies of the first book and most of the others in paperback. It has always been my favourite book since I first read it as a child. At university I even used it as part of some research I did for a dissertation on a children’s literature course, the work was called The Displaced Female and was about orphans, girls at boarding school, and also evacuees during the wars. I do remember that another of the books I used was Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden. x

  2. Erin in CA says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for the heads up about Gilded Age being on sale today! My IRL book club is reading that in August, so I sent out a quick email this morning. Happy weekend!

  3. Laura says:

    Anne, do you have a Publix in your area? I thought of you when I saw that the True Lemon drink mix is buy one, get one free this week. It’s a good week to stock up!

  4. Meghan says:

    Ooh, I don’t think I want marketers telling me what to take note of in a book! I like to pencil in my own books, and I love finding used copies that a previous owner wrote in, but it’s so disingenuous or trying too hard or something to have it pre-marked by a publicity department!

  5. Lilyane Soltz says:

    Thank you so much! I’ve been missing Kate Morton and am delighted to discover she has a new book coming soon. My day is made – I couldn’t have done it without you!

    Thanks again.


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