Happy Friday, readers. Today, the 19th anniversary of 9/11, is a day to remember, in the midst of a trying time for so many.
I hope these links that we regularly share each weekend bring a small measure of insight, enjoyment, and relief to you all. And I hope you have a good book handy to get lost in this weekend.
Programming note: Because the 15th falls on Tuesday, when we regularly post our What Should I Read Next show notes, I’ll post the new edition of Quick Lit on Monday.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- Novelist Ann Patchett Gets Real About Running an Independent Bookstore During Covid-19. Indie bookstores are innovating in some wonderful ways but it’s disappointing to hear their virtual book events aren’t translating to sales.
- Your to-do list is a Ferris Wheel. I shared this analogy with Laura Vanderkam when she interviewed me for her ebook The New Corner Office. I’m glad it resonated with her!
- This month I’ve been blowing through this smart and spicy romance series on my e-reader.
- Why Alyssa Cole Put Romance Aside and Wrote a Thriller About Gentrification. This is a misleading headline because Cole is very much still a romance author but this is a great interview about her first thriller When No One Is Watching.
- How cute is this monstera bookmark?
- How Chadwick Boseman Embodies Black Male Dignity. Such a loss.
- This chocolate hazelnut and almond butter is my current favorite thing to eat standing up in the kitchen with a spoon (and a book in front of me, of course).
- Workout clothes have been frequently out of stock during the pandemic, but I finally found these versatile running shorts to replace my worn-out favorites I’ve been wearing since 2005 (no kidding).
- Mexican Gothic author Silvia Moreno-Garcia shares what fans can expect from Hulu series. Very exciting!
- The Pandemic Is an Intuition Nightmare. “In order for us to mobilize around a social problem, we all have to agree that it’s a problem,” Lori Peek says. “It’s shocking that we haven’t, because you really would have thought that with a pandemic it would be easy.”
- 60 Tasty, Easy Fall Dinner Recipes for Busy Weeknights. Perfect timing.
- We Need Crime Fiction, Because the Real World Is a Dark and Dangerous Place. Genre fiction is meeting a real need these days.
Don’t miss these posts:
- When the planes hit the Towers on 9/11, I was over the Atlantic Ocean, in a plane bound for New York City. This is about my own 9/11 experience, which seems insignificant in the big picture, yet continues to be hugely significant in my own life, because it happened to me. (I also write about this in Don’t Overthink It.)
- 20 historical mysteries featuring feisty female protagonists. My love of strong literary heroines is no secret.
- There are four possible levels of relationship. We run into trouble at the point where our behavior and our relationship status diverge.
Have a great weekend!