Today feels not just like the start of the weekend but of full-on holiday mode—it feels good, but I’m reminding myself I still have lots of work to do! This weekend I’m legitimately pumped to organize my spice drawers and finish wrapping gifts, and I’m hoping to finish my current read from the Winter Book Preview.
A couple of housekeeping notes. YES, we are hosting a 2021 Reading Challenge—check the blog next week! And we won’t be posting Links I Love next Friday; I’ll be offline for Christmas.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and that you enjoy these interesting reads and good things to get it started.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- Because we were in the middle of releasing our Winter Book Preview, I totally forgot to tell you how the Goodreads Choice Awards ended! Don’t Overthink It finished 7th in its category—a result I couldn’t be happier with for 2020. (Just look at the books that finished 1-6 and you’ll see what I mean!)
- Our Shared Unsharing. “This year, it seemed like no matter who you are, whatever you posted, you had a high chance of getting it wrong in some way, because many of the values we’ve come to expect (and enjoy) on Instagram feel incorrect for this moment.”
- ‘We don’t use algorithms’ when curating books for readers ‘we use our brains’ indie bookstores say. Bookstores really are the best place for getting personalized book recommendations, especially when you’re buying a gift.
- We made this chai tea latte and it was delicious!
- 2020 is the year I started paying for journalism instead of cursing the paywalls. Right now The New Yorker has a special deal for new print and digital subscribers, plus a free tote.
- I Love My Kitchen Because: Melissa Clark. I’ve been scoping out this piece because my latest 2020 control-the-things-I-can organization project is reconfiguring my spice drawers. Now I have a waiting box full of these square tins and I’m ready to do it!
- The Bigger the Publishers, the Blander the Books. There are so many concerns around the Penguin Random House–Simon & Schuster merger.
- Turns Out It’s Pretty Good: Aging. “I decided that I had a choice. I could desperately scramble to re-create my old life in some new, hopefully better, iteration. Or, with the very pretense of success as I knew it now burned to the ground, I could start living in a completely new way.”
- 27 of 2021’s Most Anticipated Romance Novels That Help Renew Your Faith in Love. I’ve got my eye on a few of these.
- How Science Beat the Virus. More of Ed Yong’s incredible reporting for The Atlantic.
- Dahlia Adler Shares The Process Behind YA Anthologies. Interesting behind-the-scenes.
- Bookish Swag For, By, or With People of Color. So many great options!
Join me for Friends & Fiction!
I’ll be meeting up with Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Patti Callahan Henry, and Mary Alice Monroe on December 30 at 7pm ET on their weekly Facebook Live show, FRIENDS AND FICTION. We’ll talk about writing, books, and life. I can’t wait!
Don’t miss these posts:
- 20 riveting wilderness mystery and suspense novels. These gripping tales about detectives, park rangers, and hikers are perfect for enjoying indoors, preferably in front of a cozy fireplace.
- 9 cozy winter favorites for the cold and dreary season. I’m definitely craving all things cozy these days.
- How to make a book page wreath, and more book art ideas. If you’re perfectly happy with repurposing old books, this post is for you.
Have a great weekend!