This post is sponsored by PrepDish.
Happy Friday, readers! We’re rolling into the weekend here with a big stack of summer reads and the promise of our first pool time of the season.
My favorite finds from around the web:
• An affable Canadian author with a penchant for murder. “I am a killing machine but a happy one — I get all my resentments out in my books.”
• Why are middle-aged women invisible on book covers? “Women, and in particular older women, have always made up a disproportionate amount of readers. Why not acknowledge that they do, in fact, have faces, after all?”
• Bill Gates shares his top picks for summer reading. “Despite the heavy subject matter, all these books were fun to read, and most of them are pretty short.”
• Gardening 101: tips for happy houseplants. Lara had me at “crazy plant lady.”
I have used and loved Prep Dish for years now and I’m excited to share a special deal to help you eat great all summer long.
Every month, Prep Dish founder Allison sends members weekly meal plans (your choice: gluten-free or paleo; we do paleo) with a shopping list (I love the way Allison lays out these lists) and directions for how to spend a few hours prepping the week’s meals. Then you roll into the week with a fridge full of easy-to-finish dinners you can have on the table in 30 minutes or less.
Through Monday, June 4, Allison is offering MMD readers 50% off a new membership! This is a huge savings that’s going to save you a ton of time in the grocery store and in the kitchen.
Summer is a great time to get started with PrepDish. The changing seasons push me off routine and leave me scrambling and frustrated when it’s time to start dinner. But Allison’s easy-to-follow plans for healthy, tasty meals bring your dinners the routine they need to get you through summer’s erratic schedule.
It’s been a while since I dropped a copy of Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything in a Little Free Library, but I couldn’t resist this cute little cubby-themed outpost and I serendipitously had a copy in the car. I hope somebody in Chicagoland enjoys it! (Follow me on instagram @annebogel.)
On the blog:
One year ago: 11 juicy memoirs to toss in your beach bag this summer. “When I think juicy, I think interesting—the kind of stories that, were a friend sharing them over coffee, would make you lean in and lower your voice.”
Two years ago: The difference between a good year and a great year. “My husband and I were once in a series of small groups that was so disastrous that the organization’s leadership sought our permission to use our experiences as the basis for a “what not to do” training video.”
Three years ago: The thirty-year rule. “To generalize: even with a good story and strong prose, too many modern novels lack the depth, richness, and complexity that I hope to glimpse in my serious reads.”
Four years ago: Making a fresh start (and ditching my alarm clock). “Without the alarm clock to fall back on, I have to go to bed on time if I want to wake up on time in the morning.”
Five years ago: On making messes and granting space. “In the past few months, I’ve realized that encouraging my kids’ interests means giving them space to create. The creative process is a mess. And the bolder the project, the bigger the mess.”
Six years ago: My (introverted) guide to surviving summer. “In the past few months, I’ve realized that encouraging my kids’ interests means giving them space to create. The creative process is a mess. And the bolder the project, the bigger the mess.”
Have a great weekend!