Happy Friday! This weekend we’re planning on hanging out with friends and watching kids’ sports, plus I get to load books into a brand new bookcase in my office. You can imagine my giddy anticipation. (If you have tips, share them in comments!) I hope you have a delightful weekend ahead of you.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- InterLibrary Loan Will Change Your Life. “Even in an age when we can buy most any book with a single click, the InterLibrary Loan system remains a beautiful creation—and one that is often free.”
- If you want to read The 1619 Project but don’t have a New York Times subscription, they’ve made it available as a free pdf. It’s a powerful examination of the 400th anniversary of when slaves were first brought to America.
- My plant lady status may spill over into my wardrobe with this item…
- Over 30 years ago, The Baby-Sitters Club made space for girls from all backgrounds. This brought back good memories. For more nostalgia, be sure to check out What Should I Read Next episode 51 where I talked with Jack Shepherd and Tanner Greenring from the hilarious podcast The Baby-Sitters Club Club.
- How to Minimize Your Emergency Care Expenses. Good advice to keep in mind if you have to go to the ER.
Beginning in January this bookshelf by my office door was Summer Reading Guide HQ. I kept all the titles I was considering for inclusion right here. The guide came out nearly three months ago but, same as last year, I’m having a hard time disassembling my collection. Goodbyes are never easy, but today might be the day. Wish me luck. Follow me on Instagram @annebogel.
On the blog:
One year ago: 10 books in translation for Women in Translation month. August is dedicated to reading and promoting the works of women in translation and the works of women whose work has not yet been translated.
Two years ago: 3 lesser-known books to help you understand, manage, and overcome anxiety. Books can’t substitute for professional help, but that doesn’t mean they can’t do you a world of good.
Three years ago: Making things happen vs letting things happen. Some things can’t be forced … but that doesn’t mean they can’t be helped along.
Four years ago: What my kids are reading. This brought back so many memories!
Five years ago: My favorite TED talks.
On the podcast:
This week’s guest went through a gut-wrenching experience that ripped her book collection away from her – shelves and all – along with countless other precious signifiers of home. As a result of this experience, the books she craves are different now, and every book purchase feels weighty. I connected her with three books that will hopefully take some of that heaviness off her shoulders and let her choose a different world to escape into, just for a few hours. Content warning for natural disaster.
Have a great weekend!