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Good morning, readers! It’s Derby weekend here in Louisville, which means we’ve all got spring fever times a thousand—regardless of whether we’re interested in seeing which horse wins the blanket of roses. I’m tackling more book edits, hanging out with a visiting friend, and maybe drinking a mint julep this weekend. I hope you have an enjoyable weekend ahead of you.

My favorite finds from around the web:

Bookstores: How to read more books in the golden age of content. I haven’t watched it yet, but this bookish documentary (available for free) looks fascinating.

Women’s Prize for Fiction: These are the six books shortlisted. “We fell totally in love with these books and the amazing worlds they created. These books are fiction at its best – brilliant, courageous and utterly captivating.”

My Creative Type. You know I’m a sucker for a personality quiz. Afterall, I wrote a book on personality.

15 irresistible planters for your greenery. The next best thing to houseplants is houseplant containers.

Journal sale for moms, grads, and YOU

It’s a spring sale for moms, grads, and all your favorite book lovers. My favorite Leuchtturm journals are BOGO 50% off with the code BOOKBLOOM. Grab a fresh journal for a fresh start for your to-do list, deep thoughts, bullet journal, or reading log.

(For her birthday last year, my mom requested a berry journal with a few pretty pens. If you like the sound of that, this is the kit for you.)

I also personalized quite a few copies of I’d Rather Be Reading to moms and grads on my recent travels. The inscriptions were so sweet, liketo the woman who made me a reader, to the best reader I know, here’s to a lifetime of reading. Get your personalized copy right here.

13 days until the Summer Reading Guide:

Readers, we are getting so close to the 2019 Summer Reading Guide and I can’t wait! The titles are set. The categories are set. Now to just put it in a beautiful format for YOU.

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.

Favorite Instagram:

I had so much fun in Tulsa last weekend that I forgot to take any pictures. Thanks for helping a blogger out, Magic City Books! (Follow me on Instagram @annebogel.)

On the blog:

One year ago: A trick for when you’re stuck in a reading rut. “Why do these checklists work? When you’re not sure what to read, these guidelines help you choose by narrowing your options.”

Two years ago: 15 books about endearingly quirky families. “They’ve made different choices than their neighbors, because that’s what works for them. Their personalities are a little eccentric, and I loved them for it.”

Three years ago: The 8 uncomfortable lines I want to cut from the books I’m reading these days. “I’ve spent a lot of time–too much time, probably–pondering what exactly’s going on here. Is the writer going for shock value? Does the publisher think it will sell more books? Do those 8 lines serve the story?” 

Four years ago: Read a book your mom loves this year. “I quizzed her for this category: these are 7 of my mom’s favorites.”

Five years ago: Kitchen tools I wouldn’t mind getting (or giving) for Mother’s Day. “A good knife will transform your relationship with cooking.”

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.

In today’s episode I feature a book that’s not my genre, not my style, not the kind of book I’m interested in, or so I thought. But then I gave Sylvain Neuvel’s Sleeping Giants a try. And … WOW.

Have a great weekend!

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  1. That personality quiz was fun but I could have done without all the moving graphics between questions. 😉 Just give me the questions. Ha!
    I’m super excited for the Summer Reading Guide!!!!

  2. Livia Rose says:

    I like to try every personality test, even when the “scientific” claims drive me absolutely insane with their implausibility. I do think the ones that measure ONE aspect (like Gretchen Rubin’s expectation framework . . . I’m a Rebel, which partially explains the Love/Hate relationship with personality tests) or traits on a spectrum (the Big Five) can be more accurate/plausible. This one was (I think). I got the The Thinker (which also partially explains my Love/Hate relationship with personality tests), I’m curious to see the other types.

  3. Anu says:

    I enjoyed that personality test – the graphics were a bit much though. I got the Visionary type – not surprising as I am an ENTP in MBTI terms.

  4. Caroline says:

    I love that personality test! And although I’m also a Thinker, I LOVED the clever and attractive graphics.

    • Erika says:

      I loved this documentary about reading, habits, reflection and bookstores and for me the ‘icing on the cake’ was that it is produced by Max Joseph from MTV’s Catfish – who I have always had a bit of a crush on.

  5. Suzanne says:

    The personality test was fun (I got The Thinker, no surprise), especially after I discovered that I could skip the totally annoying graphics. There is a skip button in the lower right-hand corner.

    Anne, I loved seeing the books your mom read in the older post. Centennial is an excellent book and also a great TV mini-series. These Is My Words was a favorite in my family of readers. Your mom has good taste!

  6. Ruth O says:

    Dreamer here…and I discovered the “skip” at the lower right corner, which was great!
    Thanks for all the links, really enjoyed reading about the 8 uncomfortable lines, and the comments especially.

  7. Katie says:

    Just finished Sleeping Giants on ebook, while on my shift at the Library and walked right to the S.F. section to find book 2 and BONUS book 3! Already about 20 pages into book 2, SOOO great!

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