Happy Friday, readers! I’m wrapping up a whirlwind trip down south to talk books and promote literacy—and visit four bookstores in three days! This weekend I’m planning on getting cozy (now that the temperature’s dropped 45 degrees overnight) and meeting up with old friends. I hope your weekend is full of good things.
My favorite finds from around the web:
• Book printers are reporting a surprising end-of-year crunch. “On the way to the funeral of the book, it actually didn’t die.” My book I’d Rather Be Reading was briefly out of stock just after release, and until I read this piece I had no idea how that related to broader industry happenings.
• A suspense novelists trail of deceptions. This one’s a doozy.
• Meet the Lazy Genius: she wants to help you slay dinnertime (and shame). I was so excited to see my friend Kendra profiled on the Kitchn—and what a profile it is!
• Last week the temperature was so cold my kids were out of school. Four days later, I got to break out my favorite sandals. They’re back in the closet, but hopefully not for too much longer.
• Meet the historically accurate Mr. Darcy. “If he had been a real person in the 1790s, his pale face most likely had a long nose and pointed chin, and a pair of sloped shoulders. Instead of dark, wavy locks, he would have had powdered white hair.”
Blind date with a book—the reveal!
Did you fall in love with this book? You’ve chosen Kimmery Martin’s gorgeous novel The Queen of Hearts, set alternately in present-day Charlotte and 1990s Louisville.
Based on the clues, readers thought this book might be Cutting for Stone. (Words I avoided: the two cities are rare enough in fiction I avoided mentioning Charlotte or Louisville; I also avoided the words medical school, heart, and Dr. X.)
Did this book catch your eye? You’ve chosen Joshua Becker’s new release The Minimalist Home, a step-by-step guide to bringing more peace, calm, and joy into your life by getting your rid of your excess stuff.
Readers who picked this one thought they might be in the minority, but your votes were actually pretty even between the three books. Based on the clues, readers thought this might be Cozy Minimalist Home—a great guess! (Words I avoided, even though it was hard: minimalist, blogger.)
If this book caught your eye, you fell for Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal. Some of you guessed it immediately because of the “Pakistan” clue, but others said that same line had them stumped!
(Words I avoided: pride, prejudice, Elizabeth, Darcy, Jane Austen.)
Reorganizing can be a mess, but at least sometimes it’s a pretty mess. (Follow me on Instagram @annebogel.)
On the blog:
One year ago: Filling the gaps in my capsule wardrobe (for less). “I’m great at culling clothes that don’t work for me, but as someone who doesn’t love to shop, I’m not always great at replacing them.”
Two years ago: Unputdownable: 17 books I read in 24 hours or less (because they were just that good). “I polished off each of these 17 books in 24 hours or less, because I couldn’t put them down.”
Three years ago: 20 life-changing nonfiction books that you can finish in a day. “Most readers can knock one of these off in an afternoon, but will think about what they read between the covers for weeks, months, even years after they finish.”
Four years ago: Back to the beginning. “Being dissatisfied with where I am doesn’t make anything better. But when I admitted that I needed to go back to the beginning, I began to learn all kinds of things that are making my life much easier.”
Five years ago: The bits and chunks of joy list. “The idea is to have a go-to list of activities so that you can fill up the available moments of your life with bits of joy, instead of checking email, again.”
On the podcast:
One year ago: Episode 119: A book snob breakthrough.
Two years ago: Episode 65: The joy of buying books on someone else’s dime.
Have a great weekend!