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Happy Friday, readers! This weekend I’m heading back to North Carolina, where I get to meet many of you and attend my first literary festival. Would you believe I haven’t finished a book in a whole week? That’s why I’m also hoping to sneak in some quality reading time.

My favorite finds from around the web:

7 ideas for displaying books — not on the bookshelf. “Where do you put your ever-growing collection once you’ve run out of space on your shelves? Pragmatists might suggest selling or donating some, but we have a better idea—put them anywhere and everywhere.”

Caring for pilea plants. “One of the best parts of a Pilea plant is how fast it reproduces baby plants!” Believe it or not, there are more than just fiddle leaf figs in my house.

The 17 best nonfiction books coming out in September 2018. “This month’s selections were hard to narrow down, but the titles on this list serve as a great starting point for what to add to your TBR during the fall of 2018.” (Also, I’d Rather Be Reading made the list!)

Watch the first teaser for HBO’s My Brilliant Friend adaption. I love that HBO keeps the movie in Italian, with subtitles.

Bookish reminder:

Every month on the 15th I host Quick Lit, a roundup of short and sweet book reviews of titles I’ve recently read. If you would like to participate on your blog or instagram, get your post ready so you can link up on September 15.

Favorite Instagram:

What a beautiful venue for a book tour event! I’m loving meeting so many of you and hoping to meet lots more in North Carolina this weekend. Details for these and future events are here. (Follow me on instagram @annebogel.)

On the blog:

One year ago: Turning the corner. “But all that training we’d been doing for many many months with seemingly little to show for it? It was working, all the time. We just couldn’t see it yet.”

Two years ago: The difference between a book that’s not right for you and a book that’s not right for right now. “When I reflect back on why I abandoned certain books—books that weren’t bad, but just weren’t right at the time—three reasons keep coming up.”

Three years ago: My personal variation on the Power Hour. “Ironically, I feel like I have better control of my schedule when I spend time each week focusing on the long-term and not the urgent.”

Four years ago: Say it like you mean it. “He concentrated on making his voice strong, sure, and confident, even when—no, especially when—he wasn’t feeling it.”

Five years ago: Planning for visual types. “Because I’m a visual type, binders and traditional planners just don’t work for me. Instead, I cobbled together my own bulletin board and hung it over my desk.”

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Bonnie says:

    I’m so sad I’m going to miss you tomorrow at the festival. We are taking my daughter to see Dav Pilkey tonight, and I’m heading out of town bright and early tomorrow morning.

    I hope you have fun–Bookmarks is a fantastic literary adventure 🙂

  2. Melanie says:

    Hmm, I’m intrigued by the My Brilliant Friend adaptation, but I don’t know if that’s something I really want to see onscreen, especially since it’s being done by HBO and they aren’t known for shying away from graphic/explicit content.

    • I was really excited for it… until I saw the trailer. I’m sure it’s going to make for beautiful television, but everything just looked so different to how I pictured it, and I love the Neapolitan novels SO MUCH I’m worried about ruining them for myself by seeing them on screen 😐 For a minute there I thought I was the only one who had any hesitation, so thank you!! At least I’m not alone 😉

  3. Carol Santilli says:

    ?? = This is me after watching “My Brilliant Friend” teaser trailer! I’m glad they are keeping it in Italian and I’ve already recognized some passages from the books! I don’t mind graphic and explicit content – this is part of Ferrante’s style and I hope they keep it in the series. Can’t wait!!!

  4. MK says:

    So glad to see the Artcraft love! I went to college in Franklin and still try to head back a few times a year to see the old movies.

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