Links I love

My four kids started back to school this week, so this weekend we’re doing homework. Yikes! We’re also heading to Target for more school supplies, running a few races, and hitting a great used book sale.

My favorite finds from around the web:

  • Letter of Recommendation: Washing Dishes. “The simpler the moment in front of me, the more anxious I become. I could be doing something, I should be doing something. But a life under constant threat of novelty isn’t a life; it’s exhaustion.

Favorite Instagram:

I bought this mug last spring back in Tulsa when I was visiting @magiccitybooks and have been impatiently waiting to show it to you! My next book, coming March 2020, is called DON’T OVERTHINK IT, and I imagine this is but the first of many overthinking-themed items that will enter my house in the months to come. BRING ME ALL OF THEM.😂

Of course my goal in the book is to show you how to NOT overthink it, but there’s no mug for that yet. Follow me on Instagram @annebogel.

On the blog:

One year ago: 38 real and relatable literary confessions. This was such a fun post to put together! Book people really are the best people.

Two years ago: The Rule Of Three. This fashion tip gives you a lot of bang for the buck.

Three years ago: 11 book pairs that match your childhood favorites with what you should read now.

Four years ago: Three little words to overcome perfectionism. “Failure was not an option. But if mistakes aren’t okay, I miss out on one of the fastest, most effective ways to learn.”

Five years ago: Ruby red sangria. This might be the easiest sangria recipe you’ll ever find.

On the podcast:

This week’s guest is an imaginative reader who appreciates the escapist quality of a good novel, but has struggled lately to find books that call out for him to live between their pages. We’re exploring books that combine adventure and philosophy stories, streamlining reading decisions, and what it’s like to date a librarian (spoiler alert: books show up, out of nowhere. All the time. What a dream.) 

Have a great weekend!


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  1. Janet says:

    The NYT links could not be viewed without a subscription, which is frustrating – also, the next link couldn’t be viewed without giving an email address.

    • Janice Cunning says:

      Janet I was able to read the NYT article by just scrolling down and ignoring the popup about subscribing. Not sure if this will work for you.

      • Jennifer O. says:

        Like a lot of publications, the NYT only allows you to read a certain number of articles a month without subscribing.

  2. Susan Clark says:

    Anne I am marking this book sale at Locust Grove on my calendar for next year!! My sister lives about a mile from there. I hope I run into you and finally get to meet you!! I lived in Louisville for 6 years and Crestwood for 2 and never even new about this sale!! M

    In Charlottesville

  3. Beth says:

    The new Little Women trailer? I AM INTO IT.

    I’m a die-hard Little Women fan; destined to be so after being named after Beth. I grew up watching the June Allyson version (which I adore), peppering in the 90s Winona Ryder version from time to time. I complained my way through the recent Maya Hawke version – Jo is passionate, not grumpy! But this new trailer looks so promising! A Laurie that can actually keep up with Jo? I CANNOT WAIT.

  4. Emily says:

    I love the Little Women trailer — it looks great! Little Women was a childhood favorite for me, so I am still a little nervous about the movie itself, but I have hope as the cast is fantastic and the trailer is beautiful. I loved the emphasis on women’s ambitions versus being ‘good’ and focus on marriage.

  5. Austin says:

    Not sure I’m into the new “Little Women” trailer — we just had an adaptation last year (?)/ recently, and I’m not convinced we need another one so soon.

    I can’t completely articulate why it rubs me the wrong way–maybe I’ll be back in the comments if I can figure out what I’m reacting to.

    • Suzanne says:

      Austin, I was feeling the same way until I watched the new trailer. I felt like “Ugh, another one? So unnecessary.” I think it was actually last year’s version that was making me so apathetic. It was a real stinker (to me); just so far from the spirit of the book. Also, the all-star cast of this latest version made me leery; sometimes they just cast recognizable names rather than good actors. (Although why I was worried about Laura Dern, Emma Watson and Meryl Streep…?)

      After watching the new trailer, though, I’m cautiously optimistic. Just thought I’d share that, in case it threw some light on how you were feeling. 🙂

  6. Tiffanie says:

    I’m so glad you mentioned the Locust Grove sale! I went over at lunch and found two like-new books by Ruth Reichl—she’s my “Three Books by the Same Author” choice for the MMD 2019 Reading Challenge. Thanks, Anne!

  7. Sarah says:

    Am I remembering correctly that you used to homeschool your children, Anne? When did your family make the switch to traditional schools?

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