What a week! I started my week with a writer’s getaway in Nashville, then came home to launch summer reading season in earnest, woohoo! The guide, which features my top 25 titles published between January 2 and July 10, went live on Wednesday: get it here.
(Enter your email address on the page to get the printable one-page guide—titles and covers only—and summer reading bookmarks, plus to be entered to win your choice of any five books in the guide.)
Next week on the blog: on Monday I’m sharing the minimalist guide containing my top 5 picks for summer, and on Wednesday I’m sharing two favorite nonfiction titles that are perfect for entering the summer state of mind.
And I’ve had a lot (and I mean A LOT) of requests for Summer Reading Guide categories, which I ditched this year for the first time ever in favor of publication date order. But I want YOU to have a great reading season, so I’m thinking about it. Let me know in comments if a categorized version makes your bookish heart soar?
My favorite finds from around the web:
• 17 secrets of audiobook narrators. “Mental Floss spoke with a few industry professionals to learn about what it takes to excel at the job—including their diligent voice-care regimens, the one thing they always look for during research, and the spoilers they sometimes get from authors.” (Want to hear more insider scoop? I talk with the fabulous and fascinating narrator Adam Verner in What Should I Read Next? episode 31.)
• Then and now: How fairy tales continue to invite us to think smarter and harder. “‘We need stories in order to live,’ Joan Didion tells us, but we also need them to imagine perils and possibilities and to become dreamers and inventors, philosophers and poets, and, yes, engineers and innovators as well.”
• The Great American Read. This PBS documentary about uncovering America’s 100 most-loved novels premieres on Tuesday, May 22.
• Read the World: Summer Book Club. Travel the world from the comfort of your couch with Jamie’s book club. This club, hosted on Simple Homeschool, will once again devote one week to each region of the world featured in Jamie’s book Give Your Child the World,
On the blog:
Don’t miss: 20 books everyone will be talking about this summer. Your cheat sheet for the season’s most-anticipated and certainly-bestselling titles.
One year ago: In honor of the graduates: 11 books for figuring out what to do with the rest of your life. “New graduate or not, we can all enjoy dreaming about what we want to be when we grow up.”
Two years ago: The 8 uncomfortable lines I want to cut from books I’m reading these days. “I still didn’t like it, but I could at least understood why the author made that choice.”
Three years ago: “You have to tell people what you’re interested in.” “It’s obvious to me how many good things have come about—jobs, friendships, opportunities—because someone else knew about that interest, and offered to help.”
Four years ago: Self-awareness makes everything better. “I’ve known for ages I’m an INFP, and teasing out how that affects how I feel, how I work, and how I parent has been enormously helpful to me over this past decade.”
Have a great weekend!