What are your weekend plans? I’m visiting Scotland and exploring Edinburgh for the first time this weekend. I promise to share a glimpse on Instagram if you want to follow along.
My favorite finds from around the web:
• Black male writers for our time. “But too often the discussion around writers of color is more about content, and their dazzling artistry is overlooked. To read the work by these men is to have an urgent encounter with a vital and thriving consciousness.”
• 21 completely subjective rules for raising teenage boys. “Love them for sleeping late. The only other option is to not love them for sleeping late, since the sleeping late is itself a given.”
• Bookselling is the most over-romanticised job in the world. “Bookselling has been relentlessly romanticised, most often by Hollywood: in truth, it is further away from You’ve Got Mail (Tom Hanks’s snazzy shop Fox Books would have been toppled by the internet) and much closer to that moment in Notting Hill when Hugh Grant catches Dylan Moran ferreting away a book in his pants.”
• Seattle high-school teacher shares ‘the wonder of books’ with students on a different kind of field trip. “Years ago, he began asking his students if they’d ever been to a bookstore. Many hadn’t, so he would occasionally take a lucky few on shopping trips to Elliott Bay, buying each a book or two.”
Two planes, two trains, and one windy drive later (plus eleven hours of sleep so I’m coherent to photograph and post) we’re at The Open Book in Scotland’s book town of Wigtown. (Follow me on Instagram @annebogel.)
On the blog:
One year ago: 9 excellent books for gifting this season. “The right book makes a wonderful gift, and there’s something here for everyone—young or old, devoted bibliophile or casual reader, cook or artist or history buff.”
Two years ago: Colson Whitehead’s post-election reading list. “After a moment’s thought, he recommended three specific titles, all thoughtfully written works with plenty of nuance, regardless of your political beliefs.”
Three years ago: 7 books that will make you a better human. “Have you ever read a book and thought, The world would be a better place if EVERYONE read this? These 7 books made me think exactly that.”
Four years ago: Great reads for your Christmas vacation. “Whether you want a fast-paced thriller, a contemplative memoir, or a relatable novel, my hope is that this list will inspire you to pick up a great book (or a dozen of them) for your holiday reading.”
Five years ago: 10 unusual gifts for kids. “So get your mind out of the toy aisle. To find unusual–but appropriate–gifts for the kids in your life, the #1 rule is to follow their interests.”
On the podcast:
One year ago: Episode 110: When your life resembles Big Little Lies
Two years ago: Episode 57: What’s your reading personality?
Have a great weekend!