I’m so looking forward to this weekend! First I get to visit Tulsa’s Magic City Books for Independent Bookstore Day, and then it’s off to Denver to talk to librarians about the art and science of putting the right book in the hands of the right reader. I hope you have a lovely weekend in store as well.
My favorite finds from around the web:
• How does a person lose track of their diary? “What is money for if not for buying other people’s diaries off the internet?”
• We Have Always Lived In The Castle trailer brings another creepy Shirley Jackson story to life. “The first trailer for We Have Always Lived In The Castle is here to fill that Haunting Of Hill House-shaped void in your gothic little soul with yet another Shirley Jackson adaptation based on a story involving an eerie mansion and upsetting family drama.”
• THIS is not the “nicest” hair dryer I own by a long shot but it’s the one I’m using the most these days.
• The pressing need for everyone to quiet their egos. “There seems to be this growing belief that the goal is always to win. Not have a dialectical, well-intentioned, mutual search for overarching principles and productive ways forward that will improve humanity—but to just win and destroy.”
• Jacqueline Woodson reveals the cover of her new novel. Woohoo, a new Jacqueline Woodson!
20 days until the Summer Reading Guide:
Readers, we are getting so close to the 2019 Summer Reading Guide and I can’t wait! The books are 95% selected and the design is underway.
This year we’re going to do things a little bit differently. I want to create and share an immersive summer reading guide that is beautiful to look at, easy to reference, and packed full of extra information to make your summer reading the best its ever been. To accomplish this, we’ve decided to format the guide as a PDF in the style of an e-magazine. And we’ve decided the best way to share this with readers is by email.
If you want to be one of the first to get the Summer Reading Guide in your inbox on May 16, sign up below. We’ll also send you my monthly-ish newsletter with stories and content only for subscribers.
Sadly, this is an improvement. Although can anything be very sad if there are stacks and stacks of books involved? Especially when some are summer reading guide picks… (Follow me on Instagram @annebogel.)
On the blog:
One year ago: 21 (potentially) award-winning books you’ll want to add to your To Be Read list. “This is your opportunity to discover a book you may not have heard of otherwise, or move a book you were considering reading a few slots up your TBR list, or explore the best contemporary works in a genre you want more of in your reading life.”
Two years ago: Louisville city guide. “Louisville is a pretty darn cool town, y’all.”
Three years ago: When you know it’s time to make a change. “The transition hasn’t been painless, but it has been good—far better than I dared to hope. And now that we’re largely acclimated to our new communities, schedules, and routines, I can see how much I learned in the process.”
Four years ago: Beautiful editions of Anne of Green Gables. “A word to Montgomery fans: now is the best of times, now is the worst of times. There have never been so many gorgeous editions of Anne to choose from, which means deciding on just one set is terribly difficult.”
Five years ago: Scrappy friends. “I wonder about myself and my own relationships: do I have that kind of tenacity? I’d like to say I did, but I don’t know.”
On the podcast:
Don’t miss today’s brand-new episode of my new show One Great Book, where each week I pull one standout selection off my personal bookshelves and tell you all about it, in ten minutes or less.
Have a great weekend!