My favorite finds from around the web:
• You probably know to ask yourself, “What do I want?” Here’s a way better question. “What are you willing to struggle for? Because that seems to be a greater determinant of how our lives turn out.”
• Announcing the 2016 Tournament of Books. “We say up-front: Our event is stupid. Stupid. Books aren’t basketball players. Stories don’t care about other stories. Awards for art are intrinsically political, fussy, inevitably crass …. What we’ve figured out in 12 years is that the Tournament of Books is actually less an award or event, more a long heated chat about books and reading and writing, and what makes literature good or bad or something in between.”
• On Alan Rickman’s greatest on-screen literary moment. “It’s a devastating, cathartic moment in the plot of the film, but in light of today’s news, it feels especially important to revisit it.”
• Anne of GIF Gables: Celebrating the miniseries’ 30th anniversary, internet style. Sharing because of this week’s news that the CBC is bringing Anne to life, again.
My favorite instagram this week isn’t even my photo: it’s from Jamie Golden of The Popcast, my first guest for my new podcast What Should I Read Next? (Jamie’s instagram account is a delight, albeit a high calorie one. Follow her @jamiesrabbits)
(The podcast has its own instagram account. Follow @whatshouldireadnext)
On the blog:
One year ago: My accidental capsule wardrobe. “I find having the right wardrobe extremely liberating. But if my 37 items consisted of numerous pieces that I could endlessly mix and match, it wouldn’t feel freeing. It would make me crazy.”
Two years ago: My not-so-secret love of “fluffy” books. A fantastic, conversation-starting guest post. “These “fluffy” books are quick reads–which means this busy and often overwhelmed mom can sneak in a few chapters here and there, easily finishing a novel in a few days. And when my never-ending to-do list gets the best of me pretty much every day of the year, I will take that accomplishment–even if only by reaching the last page of a cozy mystery, silly romance or middle grade monster tale – every day of the year.”
Three years ago: A shortcut to instant habits. “you can make an “instant habit” by setting up what they call “action triggers,” so that your brain knows when X happens, then you will do Y. For example, “After I wake up, then I will turn on the light.” These if-then plans bring about amazing results with relatively little effort–if you choose them well.”
Have a great weekend!