Happy weekend, readers! Now that the guide is here, I’m looking forward to reading some very old books … and also working on my book. Final edits are due terrifyingly soon.
My favorite finds from around the web:
• The pleasure of being mediocre. “If writing novels has taught me anything, it’s that progress isn’t linear.” Loved this piece from Laura Lippman, which totally reminded me of trying something new and being terrible and loving it.
• Scenes From Award-Winning Literature Crafted With Hand-Cut Paper by Zim & Zou. These photos are incredible.
• The Instagram aesthetic is over. “It’s not cool anymore to be manufactured.”
• I’ve been thinking about trying out these watering stakes so my plants don’t get thirsty during our summer travels. Got any advice?
• 15 Independent Black-Owned Bookstores Reclaiming Their Shelves And Community. My list of indies to visit just got a lot longer.
The Summer Reading Guide is here!
After many months of preparation, it’s been so fun seeing your reactions and hearing your thoughts on this year’s new guide! Thanks so much for your enthusiasm. I hope your reading life is the better for it this season.
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On the blog:
One year ago: A trick for when you’re stuck in a reading rut. “When you’re not sure what to read, these guidelines help you choose by narrowing your options.”
Two years ago: 17 books everyone will be talking about this summer.
Three years ago: Two questions to refine your personal style. I still ask myself these two questions all the time.
Four years ago: The new house after one year. This was fun to revisit, now that we’ve moved away from the “new” house.
Five years ago: Self-awareness makes everything better. I appreciate personality frameworks because they give you a way to think about yourself.
On the podcast:
I had a great conversation with The End of Your Life Book Club author Will Schwalbe about shopping your own bookshelves, why it would be a terrible thing to actually conquer your TBR, and the question we should all be asking each other.
Have a great weekend!