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Happy Friday, readers! I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead of you—and I have some good reads to get you started.

My favorite finds from around the web:

  • My first book Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything is now available at a significant discount on Amazon. (Most people are interested in the implications of this book for their work lives and relationships, but I just put a fall workshop on the calendar where I’m presenting on how writers can use personality insights to create more dynamic characters. I’m looking forward to exploring this angle.)

Favorite Instagram:

Taking stock of my 2019 reading at the year’s halfway point: 107 books completed, countless more abandoned, 4 in progress. Last year I read far more the first six months than the last six, and I expect the pattern to hold this year. It’s been a good year so far. Hoping to keep it up, just as soon as I decide what to read next. Follow me on Instagram @annebogel.

On the blog:

One year ago: Enhancing my wardrobe (without all the work). I found a lot of keepers—and I didn’t have to visit a single store or even get in the car to do it.

Two years ago: Branch out from your usual genres this year (and 15 titles that will help you do just that.)

Three years ago: 7 things I learned in July. I still have good conversations with strangers because of my shoes.

Four years ago: Ducks and sponges. “Boundary-setting is naturally easier for some people, but much harder for others…. Her analogy helps me understand why creating savvy boundaries hasn’t been easy for me.”

Five years ago: My kid doesn’t have an iPhone—yet. So interesting to revisit this now that a couple of my kids do have phones.

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!

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  1. Deborah G Ball says:

    I had never heard much about this book and usually don’t enjoy the time travel aspect, however I am on my way right now to go find it at my library! Thanks Anne for enlightening me.

  2. I thought this ebook pricing for libraries had always been the case with the Big 5. From an author’s perspective (at least this one’s), I think it’s a fair practice. Physical books must be replaced because of wear and tear. For a library to purchase ebooks that never wear out without restriction ultimately hurts authors, illustrators, and everyone else involved in publishing. I think it’s reasonable that ebooks be replaced as physical books are.

  3. Marie says:

    This is going to tax our Ontario libraries even more than our current conservative government has. This is not OK. For the authors and publishing houses wanting more money in their pockets, what use is this policy if it restricts the number of readers who already can’t afford to buy your books?

  4. Suzanne says:

    I understand what the publishers are thinking: ‘if people are borrowing books, whatever format, at the library, we’re missing out on sales’. This may be true to an extent, but mostly not. I seldom buy more than a dozen books at full price in a year. I either use the library, buy used books, use my Scribd subscription, or buy heavily discounted e-books from Amazon. (Thanks to Anne for her daily e-book discount email!!!)

    The publishing world needs to understand that they can’t do business the way they did 25 years ago because we don’t consume the way we did 25 years ago. Sears, Roebuck didn’t think the internet was going to become a thing, so they didn’t adjust their sales model quickly enough. They’re gone now and the world barely blinked. I don’t think Hachette Book Group would rate much of a blink if it disappeared, either.

  5. Sue Clark says:

    Anne!! The Northeast Library looks AWESOME!!! Sadly we moved before it was built….I was depressed every time I walked into the previous one behind McDonalds off Shelybyville Rd in Middletown- but I was there a lot. How fortunate for those still living there now can go to this beautiful library!!! I have a beautiful one here in Charlottesville and the first time I walked into mine here I said to myself….”oh if only Middletown’s could have been like this”…and – now it is!!! Thanks for the photos!! I loved seeing them!!!

  6. Nina says:

    Thanks for the article about “botanical sexism”. It sounds fascinating. I will use it as an opportunity to brush up on my biology over my morning coffee tomorrow, when I’m fresh and can absorb it all 🙂

  7. Michelle Wilson says:

    I’ve always been partial to ‘I’m not Really a Waitress.’ I’d love to be the person who names nail polish. It’d be a hoot.

  8. Nicholette says:

    Living in Virginia, the whole urban planning with trees thing does in face explain a lot. When it’s spring here, it’s yellow. Word on the street is we have the highest concentrate of pollen in the country. Everyone has allergies. Everyone gets the flu. More than once. Even after they get the shot. But most trees here are probably planned, since I live in Northern Virginia, a densely populated area. Male trees are probably the reason my whole family suffers 9 months of the year!

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