Happy Friday, readers! I’m looking forward to my first weekend of freedom after turning in my book. My big plans include removing my winter clothes from my closet and vacuuming my baseboards. I am not kidding, and I am so excited to finally tend to these tasks!
I’ll also be preparing to discuss our June Book Club selection with the author herself on Monday. Jennifer Robson will be joining us to talk about The Gown. If you’re not a Book Club member, sign up here.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- Exclusive First Look: Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan’s Little Women. What do we think?
- How New York’s Skyline Is Changing To Give The Wealthy A Better View. Fascinating.
- You’ll have to replace your $160 Air Pods every few years. Designed obsolescence is something we talk about a lot around here, along with how things just aren’t built to last. Readers, I’m on the hunt for new earbuds I can wear while running. Please share your favorites in comments!
- Carnegie medal goes to first writer of colour in its 83-year history. Well-deserved honors for Elizabeth Acevedo.
- Are you following me on Bookbub yet? Once I reach 1000 followers there, I’ll be able to send out a pre-order alert when my next book is available. You’ll also receive alerts when I have an ebook on sale!
- Speaking of deals: my book I’d Rather Be Reading is currently 47% off on Amazon. Get your copy here (for just $7.88!).
I just turned in my manuscript for my third book. I tell you all about what this stack of notecards represents over on Instagram.
On the blog:
One year ago: 6 strategies to get out of your reading rut. Tried and true tips! And well timed, considering the rut I told you about in this week’s newsletter.
Two years ago: 25 great stories about the immigrant experience. “Depending on which title you choose, this could be your opportunity to take a journey you’ll never actually live, to travel back in time, to better understand your neighbors, or to experience your own land through radically different eyes.”
Three years ago: The difference between a good year and a great year. “And then they all—all four of them—said something interesting, some variation on a theme: it was a good year, an exceptional year, because they had a great group of kids.”
Four years ago: You can tell a lot about a person by… This is still a great conversation starter.
Five years ago: 40 favorite audiobooks for kids.
On What Should I Read Next:
I talked with Michelle Moreno, a real-life bibliotherapist (a therapist who “prescribes” books to her patients when appropriate) turned book-and-plant shop owner. We’re discussing the books she chose for her first foray into handselling, the connection she finds between reading and plant care (an obsession we share), and the moment she found her identity – on a bookshelf.
One Great Book returns today!
We’re back with Volume II, and we’re dedicating our seven-week run to summer reading, of course! Listen wherever you get your podcasts, or right on the podcast site. Happy listening!
Have a great weekend!