Happy Saturday, readers! What are you up to this weekend? I’m attempting to finish my Christmas shopping before the weekend is out, which, if I make it, will be a record for me. (International travel is a huge motivation, who knew?)
This afternoon I’ll be at the Southwest Regional branch of the Louisville Free Public Library to kick off their adult winter reading program. I’ll chat about I’d Rather Be Reading, and teach readers how to choose books they’ll love for their own reading lists. Get the details here. Hope to see you there!
My favorite finds from around the web:
• The 100 best pens, as tested by Strategist editors. “Among our team we have those who prefer thin-lined pens, others who like thick, marker-y ones, and even one fountain pen fanatic, but while our individual preferences vary, we’ve aimed to standardize our judgments by evaluating each pen on a scale of 1 (poor) through 5 (excellent).”
• 8 of the best cocktails from classic literature. “To celebrate the important role cocktails play in literature, we’ve compiled some of the most well-known books where the cocktail itself, becomes a character, along with some fun facts about each drink.”
• Why I’ve become a “now person.” “I think of myself as the kind of woman who, if only I were better organized or had less ADHD, could really make a difference in everything I do.”
• 10 literary translators on the art of translation. “So, here we have the first two pleasures of translating: (1) the pleasure of writing; and (2) the pleasure of solving a puzzle.”
Prepping for my upcoming trip to Scotland the best way I know how. These books are all set in the country; some are new to me and some are re-reads. Do you have any more Scotland recs for my list? Please share! (Follow me on Instagram @annebogel.)
On the blog:
One year ago: Addictive spiced nuts. “These are the nuts my kids beg for when the weather turns cooler, that we’re told we must bring to holiday gatherings, and that we can barely keep around the house because they are so addictively good.”
Two years ago: What I’m into (November 2016 edition). “Am I allowed to admit I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump? I’ve been trying to make my way through 2017 ARCs and the ones that ring my bell have been few and far between.”
Three years ago: Entering the dark season. “For me, making it through the winter season requires not just a change of mindset, but an arsenal of coping strategies.”
Four years ago: 13+ perfect stocking stuffers for book lovers. “For the literary lover in your life—or any of you inspired to do some serious self-gifting this year—here’s a list of some of the most delightful (relatively small, relatively inexpensive) literary finds around.”
Five years ago: Take advantage of your built-in mentoring relationships. “If you’re getting together with family or close friends this weekend, stop for a moment to consider the value of the aunt, the uncle, the older friend who is not the parent, and remember: that could be you.”
Six years ago: On entering the holidays with a hopeful “yes.” “I’m positive my kids would love to go to this, but it would be a pain. It will be cold and dark and past their bedtimes, and we’ve been busy, and wouldn’t it be easier just to stay home?”
Seven years ago: A new Advent tradition that might actually work for our family. “The daily activity always seemed like one more thing to get done instead of a meaningful way to prepare for Christmas. But our whole family loves to read–even the baby–and a nightly story is already part of the bedtime routine”
On the podcast:
One year ago: Episode 108: What Should I Read Next LIVE from Asheville. This is such a fun one!
Two years ago: Episode 55: Choosing contemporary fiction with staying power (for Jane Austen’s 5x great niece)
Have a great weekend!