Happy Friday, readers! The days are suddenly feeling a lot shorter (although does anyone else feel like their “bonus” hour of sleep didn’t feel like much of a bonus this year?) On the bright side (ha!): dark nights make for lots of cozy evening reading time.
This has been a great week on the blog: we shared our first holiday gift guide for book lovers, and 15 memoirs I loved so much I’ve read them more than once. Yesterday we had a lively discussion in the comments section about the high-quality, long-lasting pieces you’re happy to have in your wardrobe.
My favorite finds from around the web:
• Jane Austen’s unfinished novel comes to the stage. “I found it quite frustrating, trying to find the right outcome for Emma — to try to give this young woman a future from a fairly bleak opening.”
• It’s okay if you haven’t read Harry Potter. Really. It is.
• How to find more time to read. I was on Crystal Paine’s podcast this week talking about how I find time to read (but not on airplanes).
• My minimal wardrobe. “You can literally stop the cycle of buying yet another thing that you won’t really love AND you can keep your closet and drawers from filling up with unnecessary extras.”
• What should you read next? For thousands, the person to ask is Anne Bogel. This is a fun profile in The Washington Post.
Yesterday I documented my daily life way more than usual as part of my friend Laura Tremaine’s (fka the Hollywood Housewife) #onedayHH project. Head over to my Instagram to check it out; maybe you can join in next year?
On the blog:
One year ago: 4 easy gifts for the men in your life. “My husband is hard to shop for—as is my dad, my brother, my father-in-law. They know what they like, own most of it already, and don’t want more stuff.”
Three years ago: The tough love guide to planning ahead (if you’re not naturally a planner). “A few years ago, I started training myself to think three steps ahead when I schedule my time, considering possible outcomes and making contingency plans when necessary.”
Four years ago: What are you proud of? “I can easily identify and articulate the things about myself that frustrate me, the areas where I fall short, the items that remain perpetually uncrossed on my to-do list.”
Five years ago: My 8-year-old wants an Etsy shop: thoughts on raising young entrepreneurs. “How do I encourage–rather than squelch–her creativity and entrepreneurial instincts?”
Six years ago: Christmas shopping success comes down to three things: time, energy, money. “This year, I want to reclaim the fun of Christmas shopping. (And if it’s not always fun, I at least want to keep it palatable.)”
On the podcast:
One year ago: Episode 105: Reading makes the whole day better.
Two years ago: Episode 48: It’s good to be a special readerly snowflake.
Have a great weekend!