Happy Friday, readers! We had a great Halloween but this morning we are cold and tired. (Also, I love seeing trick-or-treaters but I’m in the middle of a good book and I couldn’t read much of it last night!) I hope you had a great night and have a wonderful weekend ahead of you.
I’m looking forward to seeing readers in Huntsville this coming Thursday! It’s going to be a fun night of conversation and I’m even doing a mini version of What Should I Read Next? with one guest in the audience. The event is co-hosted by The Snail on the Wall and Rocket City Mom Virtual Book Club and you can get tickets right here.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- Lightfoot’s decision to eliminate library fines triggers 240% increase in book returns. We’re watching this trend with interest here at MMD/WSIRN HQ.
- How darling is this new 2020 literary heroine calendar?
- Our go-to comfort food lately: Cast Iron Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Drop Biscuits.
- I’m super excited about my friend Mel Joulwan’s new site Strong Sense of Place! Check it out.
- Under the Covers: The Design Stories Behind Bestselling Romances. It’s so interesting to hear more about the process and see how trends have changed over the years.
- Hat season is upon us and it’s hard to be sad when the offerings are as cute as this pearl-ribbed beanie. Or this pom-pom hat.
- The Halloween of my dreams. This short 2004 essay remains the best thing I’ve ever read about Halloween. But I’m not kidding: grab the tissues, this will ruin your mascara.
- I had the best time talking to Hope Writers on Tuesday. (It got real deep, real fast, which surprised me a little—but I was ready to TALK.) If you don’t know this community for aspiring writers, check it out here.
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On the blog:
One year ago: 15 absorbing nonfiction books to inspire your inner scientist. Whether you prefer nonfiction about space, technology, medicine, or the environment—there’s something here for your TBR.
Two years ago: 4 easy gifts for the men in your life. In case you want to get started on your holiday shopping.
Three years ago: Are you a plotter or a pantser? They say there are two types of novelists.
Four years ago: 7 underrated memoirs that deserve a place on your TBR list.
Five years ago: On showing up. “When people are hurting, we need to be there for them, even if we can’t “fix” anything for them.” I’m quite fond of this old essay.
On What Should I Read Next:
This week’s guest has a particular soft spot for anything that could might be called spooky. Whether it’s thrilling suspense, witchy fantasy, or outright horror, she’s here for it.
Have a great weekend!