Happy weekend, readers! This has been a big week around here, and so it was extra-enjoyable to kick off our weekend with a relaxing Friday night: we made homemade pizza (thanks to the local bakery that now sells one-pound bags of yeast the grocery is cleaned out of) and a showing of this old movie that the whole family loved. With a family of six, that always feels like a big win!
About that big week: on Thursday we launched our 9th annual Summer Reading Guide, after Unboxing it for What Should I Read Next Patreon and MMD Book Club members on Tuesday. The bookish enthusiasm was OFF THE CHARTS: we knew to expect a big turnout for our live events, and a high demand for the guide itself, but we didn’t anticipate how thoroughly a global health pandemic would disrupt our plans! It turns out that readers really need some bookish delight right now. We’re happy to provide it.
If you haven’t yet, click here to get your 2020 Summer Reading Guide.
Next I’m continuing my rainy weekend by starting a new audiobook and baking this bread, which is totally easier than it looks. (If you’ve read any great audiobooks lately, tell me in comments?)
I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead of you, and I hope you enjoy perusing these reads at your leisure.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- Jennifer Weiner on Representations of Fatness and the Line Between Affirmation and Self-Loathing. Important and extra-interesting to read after this week’s episode of What Should I Read Next.)
- The Office Cast Reunites for Zoom Wedding: Some Good News with John Krasinski Ep. 7. Office fans, this will add some joy to your day. The segment starts at 7:18.
- I left a pile of signed copies of Don’t Overthink It at the Strand, then they were closed for well over a month, and have just recently reopened to online orders only. The signed copies with the red sticker are so stinking adorable and they’d be happy for your business right now.
- So you want to read the classics. In case you feel so inspired.
- A Guide to Staying Safe as States Reopen: Can I eat at a restaurant? Can I go shopping? Can I hug my friends again? Experts weigh in. Very helpful.
- Our MMD Book Club community manager Ginger has gorgeous hair that’s even longer and thicker than mine, so when she recommended this quick blow dry spray I couldn’t try it fast enough. (I’m also quite fond of this $4 drugstore product.)
- New Yorkers are posting elaborate recreations of famous book covers while stuck inside. This is so great! What book cover would you want to recreate?
- The FabFitFun summer box is available now: Use code FLOWERS at checkout and get 20% off. I’ve loved my boxes over the years.
- How a Pandemic and Nuclear Threats Shaped Madeleine L’Engle’s Writing and Worldview. Fascinating perspective. I’m looking forward to L’Engle’s short story collection.
- A few podcast appearances from this past week: my friend Laura Tremaine and I talked about what our reading life looks like during the global pandemic, how #Bookstagram changed the way we share what we’re reading, and more on 10 Things To Tell You. I went on A Bookish Home to give tips for adjusting to a new routine and remote work, shared some comfort read suggestions, and more. I also went on #AmWriting Podcast to talk about genres, owning your expertise, and launching a book in a global health pandemic.
Don’t miss these posts:
- 10 romance novels that are perfect for summer reading. This list was a Modern Mrs Darcy first!
- 20 interesting recipes to make for dinner with boneless skinless chicken breasts. In case you’re in need of dinner inspiration.
- The ten item wardrobe. This concept doesn’t overwhelm me like the mix-and-match possibilities of the capsule wardrobes do.
Have a great weekend!