How is your weekend shaping up? We’re expecting our first serious snowfall this weekend so we’re ready to get cold, and get cozy. I hope your weekend holds good things for you.
My favorite finds from around the web:
• A Jane Austen heroine’s New Year’s resolutions. “Ignore my mother’s marriage advice. Especially if it involves a not-so-distant relation or anyone in the clergy.”
• Lin-Manuel Miranda and friends purchase Drama Book Shop. “The new owners all frequented the bookstore at various points when they were seeking to build careers in the theater.”
• Woman transforms rotting tree in her yard into charming neighborhood library. “Not only does the tree library have an exterior light to illuminate the path to the glass door, there’s even a light inside to illuminate the book case.”
• 25 simple resolutions you can make to improve your city in 2019. “Linger in and enjoy good parks, places, and streets every day, not just during special events. Your very presence and engagement adds life, vitality, and safety to a place, and helps them be more enjoyable for everyone.”
Join me for Book School:
If you could use more tips and tricks like these to give your reading life a boost, these are the kinds of topics we’re covering in Book School, the new course I’m teaching in the MMD Book Club, where we’re learning to read better, together. We’ve never done a course like this before and I can’t wait to get started.
This regular weekly course lasts six weeks, beginning Wednesday, January 16. Our syllabus looks like this:
Week 1: Track your reading: why and how
Week 2: Assess what you read: 2 strategies that go beyond “I liked it”
Week 3: Pithy book talk: how to talk about books so readers sit up and listen
Week 4: Conquer your TBR: blocks and zones are your friends
Week 5: How to review anything: 3 questions to ask yourself
Week 6: How I vet books: deciding what to read next
We’ll meet Wednesdays at noon EST. If you can join us live—great! If you can’t, no worries—you can watch on your own schedule.
This course is part of the MMD Book Club, our group devoted to book club discussions, community, and classes. Every month we read one core pick together and meet to discuss it on video, sometimes with the author. We have a great bookish community online devoted to all book talk, all the time—things like our favorite indie bookstores, our New Year’s reading resolutions, or the books we’ve abandoned lately. And we go back to school with classes designed to equip you to get more out of your reading life.
We’d love for you to join us. This new Book School course, along with all our classes, is included with your Book Club membership. Click here to get more info or sign up now.
I had a lot of fun talking blogging, books, and writing with a local group this week. (Follow me on Instagram @annebogel.)
On the blog:
One year ago: Say what you mean to say. This was one of my top three favorite posts on the blog last year.
Two years ago: 13 books you’ll just HAVE to talk to someone about. “A book can make you turn inward—to reflect, contemplate, mull over. Or a book can make you turn outward—to run to all your reading friends, saying, Have you read this? Because I need to talk about it NOW!”
Three years ago: 3 things I’m not doing in 2016. “I’m not wasting my time doing things the hard way when I could spend a little money and make my life much easier.”
Four years ago: How I track the books I read: digital + physical. This has evolved over the years, but it’s something I’m going to chat about more in-depth during the new Book School series coming to the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club. I shared all about it in yesterday’s post.
On the podcast:
One year ago: Episode 114: Missed book store connections (In which Jamie Golden returns!)
Two years ago: Episode 61: When the plot comes full circle…
Three years ago: Episode 1: Jamie Golden
Have a great weekend!