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.
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!