Happy Friday, readers! It’s been quite a week around here: we launched our 2020 Reading Challenge yesterday, and we hope you’ll join us to make the reading year to come your best one yet!
More bookishness: get your posts ready, because Quick Lit is coming on Sunday, December 15. This is where I share short and snappy reviews of what I’ve been reading lately, and invite you to do the same. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been reading!
This weekend at my house we’re making piles of Chex Mix and Christmas cookies, and we really need to finish up that holiday shopping. I hope a lovely weekend awaits you.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘dream team’ presents long-awaited ‘In The Heights’ trailer. Coming summer 2020!
- The Best Books of 2019. Here’s your annual reminder that all those books on the abundant year-end “best of” and “favorites” lists may be completely wrong for YOU. That is okay. I read exactly two of the books on this list and I capital-H Hated them both. HATED. So much! (No, I’m not going to tell you which ones.)
- Fave acoustic Christmas album I can actually work to: A Spectacular Bluegrass Christmas. You’re welcome.
- What I’m (probably) reading for the 2019 Reading Challenge. Eleven months later, it’s fun to see what I did—and didn’t—end up reading this year.
- We made these Spanish Spice-Crusted Pork Tenderloin Bites for dinner last night and they were amazing, and so easy. I’m enjoying experimenting with the cooking philosophy Chris Kimball shares in his book Milk Street: The New Home Cooking.
- What If Netflix, but Twice as Fast? I’m not sure what I think about this.
- How I Get By: A Week in the Life of a McDonald’s Cashier. “I’m on the bus to my hospital job when I get a call from McDonald’s—they want me to come in today. So after I finish my shift at the hospital, I figure out the bus schedule to get from job A to job B. By the time I get home tonight, I will have spent almost 5 hours on the bus.”
- Milan Kundera’s Czech citizenship restored after 40 years. This is big news.
Currently: sorting these advance review copies into pub date order. So much good stuff to read right here. Follow me on Instagram @annebogel.
On the blog:
One year ago: 9 cozy winter favorites for the cold and dreary season.
Two years ago: A Christmas Gallery. For your convenience: my favorite holiday posts, in one place.
Three years ago: The best Christmas scenes in English literature.
Four years ago: The life-changing magic of reimagining our relationship with our work. “For starters, stop referring to it as a balance. Your work is part of your life; your life is part of your work.”
Five years ago: Best book you’ve never heard of on … getting over it. Read this book for your sake and for the sake of those around you.
On What Should I Read Next:
I chatted with reader and children’s book writer Kate DiCamillo about the books that inspired her to dream up stories, and the hopeful work of writing for children, and what she learns from readers, that’s YOU, about her own books. If you’re an aspiring author or a reader looking to build your bookish community, you’re going to love this episode!
On One Great Book:
If you love books about books, or if you enjoy nonfiction that changes the way you see the world—or, at the very least, the bookstore—you’ll want to listen to today’s new episode of One Great Book.
Have a great weekend!