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Happy Friday, readers! Here in Louisville we’re waking up to our first winter snow. Sounds like reading weather to me: I have two books in progress and hope to finish both by Monday morning. Wish me luck?

I hope you have a lovely weekend in store. Here are some good reads and fun things to get you started.

The Don’t Overthink It trailer!

To celebrate the upcoming release of my new book Don’t Overthink It, we made a trailer right in my home library. If you’ve ever thought, I wish Anne would walk me around her house and show me all the bookish details, this video is for you. (If you want to know a little more about the book, it’s good for that, too. Ha!)

I hope you enjoyed this little video! Just a reminder, get all the info on preorders, including signed copies and bonuses, right here. And book tour news is right here.

Fun things and good reads:

  • The New Trophies of Domesticity. “Colorful cast-iron cookware by brands like Le Creuset and the retro, brightly hued stand mixers by KitchenAid aren’t just culinary workhorses; they’ve become small markers of stability and sophistication, coveted by young people for whom traditional indicators of both often remain out of reach.”
  • I recently discovered that for my morning makeup routine, a nice liner brush works way better than my old $2 drugstore one.
  • I shared with The Perks of Being a Booklover about why I don’t feel the need to finish books if I’m not enjoying them, interesting things you learn from reading a book’s acknowledgements, and more.

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  1. Susan says:

    In the last 10 years, my city (Aurora IL) has been converting streets that have been one-way for 50 years to two-way as part of a downtown revitalization effort. It is so interesting to me that this kind of change can have such an impact. You are coming to our neighbor Naperville IL as part of your book tour. There you will see a master class on keeping a downtown vibrant. I so appreciate being able to experience both of these downtowns, and we live about equidistant between them. Aurora is focusing on a theater and restaurant scene and hoping the retail will follow. So far, it is an occasional destination for us, but so many exciting additions are coming in the next year that I look forward to spending more time and money there!

    • Anne says:

      I haven’t been in downtown Naperville for over ten years, maybe more like twenty! I always loved the Riverwalk and I’m glad to hear their downtown is still doing well. I’m excited to visit again soon!

      I had no idea about Aurora! My college roommate lives there; the next time we go for a visit I’ll have to check it out.

    • Susan says:

      Many states south of IN/IL/OH tend to get measurable snow once a year or so and thus don’t invest much in snow removal equipment. They close up shop for a day and wait for the melt. Here in Chicago, it takes about 5 inches timed just right or really bitter wind chills to call off school.

    • Anne says:

      I understand the confusion! We’re just on a delay, but even that would never happen in a place where they got snow more regularly—and were more accustomed to dealing with it.

      • Sarah says:

        Even where I live and teach (32 years in the same district and still going), a perfectly timed 2” Of snow will result in a delay. Today, almost all the schools in Maine shut because of ice. We do make the days up in June. Reading for the book challenge – perfect stormy weather activity.

  2. Tami G. says:

    Anne, I’m assuming these Arabic texts haven’t been translated yet for English readers? Just wondering, my son is getting a degree in Arabic language so he could read them but I have been reading as many books as I can find as well of course already translated. 🙂 Have a great day…we had a sprinkling of “snow” the other day in North Texas!

  3. N says:

    LOVE so much the list of books celebrating female friendships. I have no sisters or daughters BUT wonderful friends who mean the world to me. I also am very fortunate to have amazing sons who have gifted me with fabulous daughter in laws. I count my blessings in this department.

    One question…tell me about using the brush for eyeliner. Do you use a liquid eyeliner or do you wet a powder liner? Sometimes a pencil, even the gel ones, are a bit too harsh for me but have not had luck trying to put them on with a brush. Details please…

  4. Leanne says:

    Loved the video! Just a dusting of snow here this morning, but several schools are closed due to illness. Time for kitten snuggles and hot tea.

  5. Tiffanie says:

    I really enjoyed your conversation with Carrie and Amy on The Perks of Being a Booklover–such a fun and interesting meeting of local book-loving minds!

  6. Julia R. says:

    I was most intrigued to see you playing the piano in the video! I took lessons for several years in elementary school and relearning piano as an adult is on my bucket list!

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for the Arabic Fiction shortlist, that is a type of fiction that I want to explore. The Russian Quarter by Khalil Alrez looks intriguing!

  8. Laura says:

    Anne thanks for the New Albany article! My dad is from Floyd’s Knobs/New Albany HS(class of 67!) and we all drove up there from Atlanta last summer for a family wedding. We stayed in the most darling AirBnb and I couldn’t believe how adorable NA has become. I’ve been going there since I was born but hadn’t been back since having young kids. We had the best time! I love seeing how they’ve made progress. I’d love for my own town to take note.

  9. Fay says:

    Hi Anne! Thanks for linking the article on New Albany. Walkable City was one of my favorite reads last year. Do you have any other favorite books on urban planning that you could recommend?

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