Happy Friday, readers! This is a special weekend for me because in a few short hours we’re kicking off our inaugural MMD Book Club Retreat!
Readers are coming to Louisville from all over the country to talk books, bask in each other’s bookish company, take a class and a field trip, chat with a New York Times bestselling author in person about her (not yet published) work, eat all the good food, and generally make merry. It is so good to be among people who are reading, and I’m so excited to experience a whole weekend of doing exactly that. But first—I have to finish reading the book we’re discussing!
I hope you have a great weekend ahead of you, full of good times and good books of your own.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- Instagram Etiquette 101. Jenny Komenda shared an excellent and thorough post about Instagram interactions last week. I wish everyone knew the things she shared here. (Heads up: ironically, it was much easier for me to read her advice on my desktop computer as opposed to on my phone.)
- Why Angry Librarians Are Going to War With Publishers Over E-Books. “Studies consistently show library patrons to be more frequent book buyers overall—which is another reason Macmillan’s letter stung. ‘They are taking their readers, their customers, their fans, and intentionally trying to frustrate them,’ he said.”
- How To Handle A Trauma Anniversary. Our bodies sometimes know more than we do. (This piece reminded me of an excellent book I’ve discussed on this blog)
- I’m swooning over these book spine bookmarks.
- Margaret Atwood says thieves targeted Handmaid’s Tale sequel. The lengths people will go to should not be shocking but somehow it still is.
- Trees Are Key To Fighting Urban Heat — But Cities Keep Losing Them. This is not the reason I wanted my city to make the news.
Readers, I thought I killed my monstera—and then it came back from the dead. Your comments on this post about overthinking and benign neglect made me smile and nod in understanding. (Follow me on Instagram @annebogel.)
On the blog:
One year ago: Audiophile alert: 13 engaging audiobooks read by their authors. Audiobooks are only as good as their narrators, and who better to bring a book to life than the author?
Two years ago: 20 terrific titles from #ownvoices and #diversebooks authors. A stellar book list.
Three years ago: Quick and easy Penguin Classics poster DIY. I love how this project turned out.
Four years ago: Mr. Darcy vs. Gilbert Blythe. People are passionate about their literary heroes. The comments exploded on this post!
Five years ago: My current obsession. I’m still obsessed! And I’m far from the only one.
On What Should I Read Next:
What do you do when you’re reading a book and you’re pretty sure you hate it? This week Brian Eichenberger and I discussed the horrible books that taught us lessons we still think about allllll the time. This episode will make you think, and it will also swell your heart and mind to bursting with bookish enthusiasm.
On One Great Book:
Don’t miss today’s brand-new episode of 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. I’m sharing about my favorite Tana French novel; it’s just so good and I hope you enjoy listening to me tell you why.
Have a great weekend!