Hello and happy Friday! We spent last weekend in the woods and off the grid; this weekend we’re lending a hand out in our community and working on projects here at home.
When we were camping I read one book every day, and it was glorious. I haven’t been able to read as much during the work week but I’m hoping to finish a book or two before the weekend is over.
I hope you have a lovely weekend!
My favorite finds from around the web:
- Fall Is Now Jam-Packed for Book Publishers. That Could Be a Problem. I have so many questions about the way publishers are making these decisions.
- From Camping To Dining Out: Here’s How Experts Rate The Risks Of 14 Summer Activities. This is a helpful guide.
- Black cookbooks and memoirs. A couple of these were included in last week’s 20 tasty and tantalizing food memoirs post.
- I adore these Rhodia reverse books for brainstorming; the smooth pages make it easy to capture ideas quickly, like when I’m recording WSIRN episodes. I just filled up another one and am starting fresh once again.
- What makes an iconic book cover? “There’s a famous saying about never forming your opinion of a book by the jacket adorning it. But most readers know that we do, in fact, judge books by their covers all the time.”
- Celebrate Juneteenth: 100% of Audiobook Sales to Black-Owned Bookstores. This is today! (Learn more about Juneteenth.)
- The Timeless Art of the Bookcase Flex. Raise your hand if you have a bookcase in your Zoom background.
- The Jane Austen Festival is going virtual this year! I’m one of the speakers, along with Soniah Kamal and Deborah Yaffe. The event is free but you need to register. (Workshops are available for purchase.)
- Yoga alone, together. This is a profile of Yoga with Adriene but it’s also an interesting look at the evolution of at-home fitness.
- We made these sweet treats and they were fantastic.
- Libraries Are Dealing With New Demand For Books And Services During The Pandemic. This comes as no surprise, but I loved seeing the data visualized in these charts.
Stay at Home Book Club Retreat:
We’ve been working on a very exciting event for our Book Club members! You may recall we put on our first book club retreat last year. We wanted to do it again this year but given the current circumstances, we decided to move our cozy in-person event online. We’re not trying to replicate an in-person experience, but instead, we aim to deliver bookish enjoyment and connection to readers right where you are. (Plus there’s a bright side: we can accommodate many more readers online and greatly reduce the ticket price.) Book club members can register here.
Book club is the place where we learn to read better, together. We read a monthly selection, plus host regular classes and educational content that helps us get more out of our reading lives. If you’re not currently a book club member, sign up here first. We hope to see you then!
Don’t miss these posts:
- 17 big, fat books for your summer reading. Big books invite you to enter a new world and camp out for a good, long while.
- A little interaction goes a long way. It really does matter. I really love this post, and this story.
Have a great weekend!