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Happy Saturday, readers! In between our family and feasting time I’ve managed to finish one book already this holiday break and am hoping for another. This weekend we’re continuing the festivities with another branch of the family. My #1 goal is to keep sharp objects away from my foot and stay out of urgent care. Unlike last year.

My favorite finds from around the web:

The one book you need to read, based on your favorite American Girl doll. “If you, too, miss reading about the revolutionary ladies of yesteryear, these ‘adult’ books just might help you recapture some of the magic.”

These are the prettiest plant shops in the world. “From shops that specialize in pure flora and fauna to ones that also sell decorative knick knacks and beauty products, one thing these places all have in common is an abundance of gorgeous greenery.”

• Bookstore’s tweet on the sale of a children’s book after 27 years goes viral. “A bookstore in England sold a children’s biography of William the Conqueror that had been sitting in its shop since 1991.”

5 reasons I love my tailor. “If we’re buying fewer clothes of higher quality, and we want to wear them for a longer amount of time, a tailor is a must!”

The best Southern books of the year 2018. “Whether they’re set in the South, peopled with Southern characters, or told by Southern voices, these books—mostly fiction, with some compelling nonfiction and stunning poetry included too—contribute to the ever-changing landscape of Southern literature.”

Favorite Instagram:

Favorite stocking stuffer: book darts, forever and ever. (You can grab these in the MMD shop.) (Follow me on Instagram @annebogel.)

Shop sale:

For the first time ever, classes are on sale for $10 each, no code required. Choose from:

Book Journaling for Book Lovers: our most popular class
1 Hour to a Better #bookstagram: how to use Instagram to get more out of your reading life
What’s your reading personality?: boost your self-awareness to choose more books you love for your TBR

My favorite Leuchtturm journals are buy one, get one half off with the code BOOKMAIL. For your to-do list, deep thoughts, bullet journal, or reading log. (Many readers are pairing their journal purchase with the Book Journaling for Book Lovers class.)

On the blog:

One year ago: 5 late fall/early winter favorites. “I’ve had a quick succession of book deadlines lately, which means: I finally organized the pantry.”

Two years ago: The chair. “That’s a tough situation with no easy answers. But I’m finding that thinking of the family as a wobbly chair? It helps.”

Three years ago: 11+ gifts that are perfect for book lovers. This list still has some solid choices, but if you need more ideas, check out the 2018 gift guide for book lovers.

Four years ago:  13+ perfect stocking stuffers for book lovers.

Five years ago: Hooked on the story. “I’d like to think every devoted reader can point back to the book that first hooked them.”

Six years ago: How I’m using this week’s bonus time. “I spent our travel time this weekend thinking about my hopes for this holiday season–and what I need to do now in order to make that happen. ”

Seven years ago: Why decking the halls brings back happy wedding memories. “I love how our Christmas decorations remind me each year of that summer we were married, and how we tell our kids again about our wedding and that special gift.”

On the podcast:

Both these episodes are SO FUN and a great place to jump in.

One year ago: Episode 107: Bookish gifts for everyone on your list.

Two years ago: Episode 54: What should I listen to next?

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Judy says:

    We have the sweetest flower shop in Lexington. One spring or summer afternoon next year you’ve got to come visit Michler’s Florist (Greenhouses & Garden Design). It’s lovely.

  2. Naomi Jones says:

    I had to laugh because my favorite American Girl is Samantha and I am reading their book recommendation for her right now. Thanks to you for recommending it on the podcast!

  3. That American Girl book match-up is brilliant!! So many of those matched books sound really good. And, just seeing the photos in the post of the American Girl book illustrations brought back such memories. 🙂 (Also, I never realized that Kirsten’s friend died of CHOLERA. Sheesh. Ugh.) Definitely adding some of these titles to my TBR list! Thanks!

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