Happy Friday, readers! I’m looking forward to a weekend full of outdoor adventures, cleaning my office, and diving into my most-anticipated reads from this fall book preview. I hope you have a wonderful weekend waiting for you.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira’s Americanah Limited Series Picked Up by HBO Max. This is great news!
- Why you’re likely going to hear more about being “sober curious.” This makes sense on many levels.
- I adore these outdoor planters and am confident I could find a good-looking plant (or two) to pop in them.
- “Something I’d Always Been Doing But Had Never Put into Words” — Ann Patchett on Her New Novel, The Dutch House. Great interview.
- How Segregation Caused Your Traffic Jam. “For much of the nation’s history, the campaign to keep African-Americans “in their place” socially and politically manifested itself in an effort to keep them quite literally in one place or another.”
- My second book I’d Rather Be Reading is a steal of a deal on Amazon right now. (Did you know you can always order a signed or personalized copy from my local indie Carmichael’s Bookstore? True story!)
- Why Some People Become Lifelong Readers. I like this reframing: “’When I’m sitting there on my couch, reading a book, and my kids are doing their own thing, I like to think, “I’m parenting right now—they can see me reading this book,”‘ Russo told me.”
The finishing touches on last weekend’s MMD Book Club retreat setup, including this letterboard with our mantra. Follow me on Instagram @annebogel. I’ll share a post here on the blog about the retreat very soon.
On the blog:
Two years ago: 7 free and easy ways to support your favorite authors. Putting these things into practice makes a bigger difference than you might realize.
Three years ago: 6 things I learned in September. Here’s a reminder about the correct way to pronounce Liane Moriarty’s name.
Five years ago: Say it like you mean it. “Say it with confidence, because if you don’t sound confident, why will anybody believe what you say?”
On What Should I Read Next:
This week we featured our first pair of sisters on the podcast and it was so much fun!
On One Great Book:
Don’t miss today’s brand-new episode of One Great Book. In his final novel Our Souls at Night, Kent Haruf reflects on love, happiness, and the small moments that make up a life; its bittersweet story lingers long after the final page.
Have a great weekend!