It’s good to be back(ish). As many of you know, my dad died last week, and my brilliant team has been keeping things humming along around here so I could spend time with my family.
As I slowly resume my work in the Modern Mrs Darcy and What Should I Read Next communities, I’ve been thinking a lot about how reading isn’t a cure-all, but it is a comfort. That truth has been on my mind through these hard days, both as I choose my personal reading and as I re-enter this space.
I’m grateful for my team, and for the many readers who’ve sent their love, support, and practical help. Thanks for keeping me afloat.
I have hard things happening in my life now, and I know many of you do, too. I’m leaning into the comfort of reading together in the season to come.
I’d Rather Be Reading turns two!
Today marks the second anniversary of my book I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life!
Get your copy wherever new books or sold, or order signed—and, if you’d like, personalized—copies from my local indie Carmichael’s Bookstore. (Specify “signed copy” in order comments, along with any personalization instructions.)
Thanks for being the kind of people who love to not only read, but read about the reading life. I’m grateful.
It’s almost time to go Back to Book School!
Our Book School series of classes in the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club begins Thursday, September 10.
In the MMD Book Club, we’re learning to read better, together. When you join you get instant access to all our Book Club archives, including the brand-new Fall Book Preview digital magazine and a host of classes and author events, plus access to our members-only Book School series.
We’d love for you to join us. Click here for more info.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- Printer Jam: Serious Supply Issues Disrupt the Book Industry’s Fall Season. Spring and summer book releases pushed back to fall due to the pandemic has made this the most crowded publishing seasons ever, leading to quite the situation.
- To Love, Honor, and Share Fridge Space. Great essay from Samantha Irby.
- The Sci-Fi Novel That Foretold a Pandemic of Systemic Racism. I adored this book, one of my minimalist picks for summer.
- For me lately, self care = skin care. (I didn’t see this coming, either.) I finally took the splurge and tried this fancy South Korean cleanser and I totally get why people adore it (and also why they say one tube lasts the better part of the year).
- On Witness And Respair: A Personal Tragedy Followed By Pandemic. This essay from Jesmyn Ward is as moving and heart-wrenching as everyone has said.
- In preparation for tea season, we just restocked a family favorite tea. It’s not sweet, but it smells like dessert—a lovely combination for an evening cuppa.
- Meet the woman who started Louisville’s only Black publishing house. Book news from my hometown: “I am always trying to chase the question: How can we envision a future that is more inclusive, more diverse and where Black people can live their fullest lives?”
- 15 Festive Pumpkin Spice Recipes Perfect for Fall. Too soon? I’m ready.
- ‘They Need That Post Office’: Ky. Post Offices Have Been Disappearing For A Decade. “Rural Kentuckians are paying attention. The USPS delivers mail to every address in the state, providing prescription medicine, Social Security checks, and correspondence to the most remote homes not reached by private carriers.”
- This beautiful sweater is a favorite piece for the summer-to-fall transition.
- What to Do About William Faulkner. “It is because of, not in spite of, Faulkner’s shortcomings that we must continue to engage with his work: These failures are product and emblem of the legacies of racial injustice that shape us all.”
- Your Favorite Book Podcasts. So nice to see What Should I Read Next mentioned on Bookreporter!
Don’t miss these posts:
- Fall Book Preview 2019. This year’s Fall Book Preview and companion digital magazine is only available for our member communities but we did share an abridged book list from last year’s preview on the blog last year.
- Turning the corner. A little encouragement if you’re waiting for things to click.
- 20 terrific titles from #ownvoices and #diversebooks authors. This list is for readers who would like to read more diversely, but aren’t sure where to start.
Have a great weekend!