Happy weekend, readers! What are your weekend plans? I’m spending mine collapsed on the sofa from exhaustion. (KIDDING! I think.) Seriously, I do intend to spend some time recuperating with a good book, as well as hitting the trails for a run and having dinner with friends. I hope your weekend is lovely, whatever it holds.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- Starting with the important stuff (i.e., coffee): we love this grinder at my house, but we’re on our third one—we keep burning out the motor every two years. Do you have a grinder you love? Please share in comments!
- What the Black Church Taught Me About Lipstick. “I never recall her running out of lipstick. With the right lip color, something vibrant like reddish-orange or rich like bronze or gold, she looked cheerful no matter what her checkbook was doing.”
- The Dark History Behind the Year’s Bestselling Debut Novel. If you read Where The Crawdads Sing (or even if you didn’t, and I’m saying this as someone who hasn’t yet), this is well worth reading. Spoilers abound in this piece.
- Against Readability. “‘Readable’ has become the chosen term of praise in our times precisely because so many of us find ourselves unable to concentrate as we once could or still aspire to.”
- I have sensitive, sun-averse skin, and this inexpensive hat is helping me hide from UV rays these days.
- The 10 Frozen Foods This Nutritionist Always Buys at Costco. Making a note for the next time I’m there.
- The Ripped Bodice bookstore announces a new award for the romance genre, complete with a cash prize.
- I have a quick poll about the Summer Reading Guide. Please take a minute to answer!
I had an unexpected but excellent mail day yesterday: look what came! These are my VERY unpolished galleys for Don’t Overthink It, coming March 3, 2020.
(I need 19 for a fall event and my publisher sent 20. You know I’d love to send you one, but even this liberal arts major can do that math.)
I know I will have a launch team again for this one and will share details as I have them. (I expect that to happen months—not weeks—from now.) In the meantime, my first marketing meeting is coming up, and my publisher would dearly like me to hit 1000 followers on BookBub before then: could you follow me here? And follow me on Instagram @annebogel.
Back to school journal sale:
Readers, because it’s that time of year, we’re offering buy one, get one half on journals in the shop with the code TAKEGOODNOTES. (Full disclosure: my goal is to sell these babies and close the shop, if you’ve thought of buying one of our beautiful custom Leuchtturms “one day,” now is the time.)
While you’re getting your journals, you can add a signed copy of either Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything or I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life to your order for just $10. Use the code READANDWRITE to get that discounted price.
This is the time of year when I always love to start a new journal. Journals and copies of I’d Rather Be Reading also make excellent back to school gifts for the teachers and students in your life.
On the blog:
One year ago: 9 things to know before going to your next (or first) used book sale. My town has an awesome sale coming up and I can’t wait!
Two years ago: Sometimes it doesn’t get easier. A good word for when you need to tackle a task.
Three years ago: Love is a skill, not just an enthusiasm. “By reflecting our own lives back to us, fiction speaks into those lives, offering insights we can only grasp through the lens of someone else’s story. But if you find yourself living a rather ordinary life, it’s terribly difficult to find fictional characters whose lives mirror yours in any meaningful way. This feels like a missed opportunity.” This book makes an appearance in next week’s episode of What Should I Read Next!
Four years ago: 7 books that prove sometimes you CAN judge a book by its cover. Beautiful cover art makes a difference.
Five years ago: I feel like a jerk every time. “Traffic jams aren’t just problems that affect us; they’re problems we cause with our quirky driving behavior.”
On What Should I Read Next:
For this week’s podcast guest, a clear and driving plot isn’t the most important thing. She loves beautiful, introspective writing that makes her think about everyday emotions. Wait until you hear about her past job that sounds like it belongs in a novel!
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. This marks the end of Volume II. But don’t worry: Volume III is right around the corner!
Have a great weekend!