Happy Friday, readers! I have to confess, the weekend vibes are already in full effect at my house. We’ve been nursing a little holiday sickness, but we’re not so bad we can’t read our books and enjoy the latest season of The Great British Baking Show. (I’d forgotten how much I love it!)
In traditional Christmas week style (for me), yesterday I finished two books, started three, and abandoned one.* I hope you have a lovely weekend full of lovely reads. I’ve picked a few to get you started.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- ‘We Wanted Our Patrons Back’ — Public Libraries Scrap Late Fines To Alleviate Inequity. I hope this trend continues.
- Don’t you think daisy sweaters are the friendliest sweaters?
- I added a special note to my favorite audiobooks of 2019 after reading all your comments that say, Where is The Dutch House??
- How Noel Fielding Went From a Hedonist to a Host of ‘The Great British Baking Show.’ “He knows nothing about baking, although Hollywood did once show him how to bake a loaf of bread. (“It was like that scene in ‘Ghost’ with Demi Moore,” Fielding said.)”
- Stop Believing in Free Shipping. “Retailers—especially Amazon—have warped our idea of what it means to shop online.”
- This chocolate appeared in my stocking. So good!
- ‘Snow Child’ Conveys Alaska’s Wild Magic In Musical Form. In the course of researching the episode about The Snow Child from this past season of One Great Book, I learned it was turned into a musical last year. Pretty cool!
- How did this escape my notice? A new Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales book came out on December 3. My fourth grader adores this series. (Last year his teacher thanked us because our son got his whole class hooked on these books!)
- “The Rules” Book, Revisited 25 Years Later. Criiiinge. But the commentary will make you laugh!
- Instagram is broken. It also broke us. “While generally put forth with positive intentions, these overdue measures ignore the fact that no matter how much Instagram would like to be viewed as a place users feel good about visiting, its entire existence is predicated on reminding people that other people are having more fun than they are.”
The Good News About Bad Books
I’m leading a special session in the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club on Monday called The Good News About Bad Books. This conversational session will help you review the reading year gone by and make resolutions for the reading year to come. It’s free for members (and easy for members to watch the replay later if you can’t attend live at 1:30 p.m. EST).
Click here for more info on joining the Book Club. The New Year is a GREAT time to jump in, especially because our Winter Book Preview is right around the corner on January 13! Click here for more info or to sign up.
(Don’t worry—I subsequently found it, I read it, I loved it.)
On the blog:
One year ago: 16 short books to knock out your reading challenge.
Two years ago: What worked for me in 2017. Look at this just for the picture of Daisy as a puppy!
Three years ago: Learning how to think (really). “It’s clear from Newport’s work that the man does little that’s not on purpose, and in contrast, I was struck by how rarely I set how for a walk, or maybe a drive, with the express purpose of thinking about a specific problem.”
Four years ago: My favorite Jane Austen film adaptations. Enough said.
Five years ago: My favorite books of 2014. It’s so fun to take a look back!
On What Should I Read Next:
We had a new episode next week, Christmas Eve and all! It’s a great one for the almost-New Year.
Have a great weekend!
* This sounds more ridiculous than it is. I finished the epilogue of the audiobook I’ve been listening to for weeks, so I began a new audiobook (although I may be switching to print for this one). I finished the mystery I’ve been reading in print, so I started a new nonfiction print book. And then I read a fast hundred pages of a lighthearted novel I’m probably not going to continue with, unless you want to talk me into it. That means it’s time to pick out a novel to read next!