Happy Saturday, readers! Here’s a weekend math problem for you: if my current read has 560 pages, and I’m on page 183, can I finish it today? (The real answer is no, but I want it to be yes. Send help.)
My favorite finds from around the web:
• Extraordinary photos of Jane Austen’s family are discovered in old photo album bought on eBay. “There is the wedding of a heroic newlywed who lost his arm to a tiger while fighting in India, just before marrying Jane’s great niece. Others show Austen’s nephew who scandalously eloped to marry his sister’s stepdaughter.”
• I’m grateful to the blog reader who recommended these shirts for the Polar Vortex.
• US book covers vs. UK book covers. “When I go back to the U.K., I think they’re often more sophisticated and take more risks. I wonder if it’s because the market is so much smaller, versus our trying to reach such a broad audience.” (Check this out if you haven’t found a book you’re reading for the cover in your 2019 Reading Challenge.)
• Bookish podcasts that will help you pick your next read. “From in-depth discussions on both new and old book releases to interviews with notable authors to personalized recommendations, these podcasts are not only fun to listen to, but also immensely helpful for shaking you out of that indecision-induced reading slump.”
• The pleasures of Ina Garten. “Television cooks sell more than recipes; they sell stories. Garten’s story has always been about happiness.”
My Kindle seems a little out of place in here, but it’s still warm and cozy. (Follow me on Instagram @annebogel.)
On the blog:
One year ago: 25 must-read classics for women. “But here’s the funny thing about these books we consider ‘must’ reads: every reader has a different list.”
Two years ago: Book of the Month Club review. “If you’re building your library, this is a nice way to do it.” (It’s worth noting the editorial philosophy has shifted since I wrote this review.)
Three years ago: Are you a savorer or a speed reader? “I have a history of burning through great series at an alarming pace. Give me a book with solid writing and irresistible narrative drive, and I’ll show you a book I’ll read in three days flat.”
Four years ago: Cost-per-wear and its happier alternative. “Don’t think you get a free pass if you’re not into fashion! The concept applies to more than clothes: it’s the same reason I’m okay with owning a $300 Le Creuset dutch oven.”
Five years ago: The work that makes more of you. “I write because when I do, I can feel it making more of me, even if I still feel pretentious calling it my ‘vocation.'”
On the podcast:
One year ago: Episode 118: The rhythms of a reading family.
Have a great weekend!