Links I love

Links I love

I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead of you. I’m celebrating a birthday and hopefully get to pop over to the Jane Austen Festival, even though it’s supposed to be stinking hot here in the Upper South.

My favorite finds from around the web:

  • When we stayed with old friends last weekend, they served the party cake in Smitten Kitchen Everyday, which I own and love, and I’m kicking myself for skipping the dessert section myself. TILL NOW. (Seriously: the chocolate fudge cake.)

Favorite Instagram:

We’re just back from the beach, where in true vacation style I read 11 books in 9 days plus portions of a few more. Now we’re home and it’s time to figure out a new (post-book deadline) normal plus tackle heaps of laundry. I am more than ready for both. Related: I will never get over what the gulf sky looks like just after an evening storm.  Follow me on Instagram @annebogel.

On the blog:

One year ago: 6 recent audiobooks I thoroughly enjoyed. These books vary widely in genre and content, but hold one important thing in common: they were terrific on audio.

Two years ago: Sometimes you have to decide you have what it takes. “Our natural human tendency is often to gather data until we feel confident we’re ready to make a decision, so we put off deciding until we feel certain about what choice to make. But that’s not how it works, she says. In fact, it’s the other way around: decisions create confidence.”

Three years ago: 25 books to read when you feel like the world is falling apart.

Four years ago: Everything I need to know about planning my life I learned from ‘The September Issue.’ If you haven’t watched this documentary yet, it’s well worth it.

Five years ago: My favorite cold drinks for hot summer days.

On What Should I Read Next:

Have you ever finished a GREAT book, then realized it left behind a hole no other book will ever be able to fill? In this week’s episode I’m helping one reader deal with a serious case of Droughtlander. 

On One Great Book:

Don’t miss today’s brand-new episode of my 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. Today’s book is a lot of fun, and led to kissing jokes galore for our team.

Have a great weekend!

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    • Caitlin says:

      It was good. Made me want to throw my phone across the room – not just at the pay disparity but also at the line that every loss leaves a threat to their teams viability.

  1. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for the One Great Book today. I just finished my first Katherine Center book and was looking for something else by her to read. 🙂

  2. I loved reading the article about ‘Friends’.Some American t.v programmes have such a great ‘feelgood’ factor.Here in the U.K,my 26 year old daughter can,t get enough of these series.They are so charming,and the lack of mobile phones,iPad’s etc,and to their appeal.I really do think it is a portrayal of life that my daughter would have loved.All the fun,without the stress of social media.I love ‘Frasier’,and ‘Third Rock from the Sun’ was awesome!

  3. Mairsydoats says:

    Regarding Smitten Kitchen’s cakes: I love her salads, I love her slaws, but her cakes!! On one hand – Strawberry Summer Cake is EVERYTHING, but on the other end of the chocolate spectrum – Guiness Chocolate Cake or Red Wine Chocolate Cake are amazing and EVERYTHING ELSE.

  4. Heather Robertson says:

    Congratulations, Anne – You have won another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the ride! And have a happy, healthy birthday!!

  5. Britany says:

    Happy Birthday Anne!!

    I still am obsessed with Friends! I watched the final seasons live and promptly bought and still own all the DVD collections. I watch it every night to fall asleep to as I’ve watched every episode countless times. I was so happy to read that article laying out why I will never quit FRIENDS.

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