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What are your weekend plans? We’re buried under ice and snow here, so soup, games, and good books are on our agenda for the next few days.

I hope you these good reads and interesting things ease you into that weekend state of mind.

My favorite finds from around the web:

  • What Jane Austen can teach us about resilience. “The key to Austen for me is that she simultaneously comforts and challenges us, embracing the dark and lonely aspects of life but with a lightness of touch and humour much-needed in difficult times.” 

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    • Anne says:

      Really?! I’m surprised and delighted that was included. I loved reading my Little Golden Book version with my dad, but I always assumed that copy came from the bookstore. 🙂

  1. Kara says:

    The Monster at the End of This Book is one of my earliest childhood book memories! I also loved a book about another Sesame Street character, Oscar’s Book. It begins “Listen, I’m a grouch, and this is my book, and I don’t want you to read it.” It’s hilarious. I think I’ll dig up my old, battered copy this weekend. Thank you for the happy memories!

  2. I loved reading about Madeleine L’Engle’s relationship with Ahmad Rahman! I narrated twelve of her non-fiction titles for Brilliance Audio and was surprised, then, to find out how much non-fiction she wrote, and how deep her thoughts were on life- in general and in specifics! Hope your readers will listen to some of her books. She goes far, far deeper than A Wrinkle in Time and was truly a fascinating woman. I would have loved to have shared a cup of tea with her and listened to her for hours! Some of my favorites of her audiobooks are Summer of the Great Grandmother, A Stone for a Pillow, and Irrational Season.

  3. Barbara Kochick says:

    I got an interactive digital copy of The Monster At The End of this book as a Starbucks’ promotion. It has been on all of my various electronic devices has been enjoyed by my decades of grandchildren.

    • Pam says:

      I had that interactive book as an app on my iPad. My grand-nephew loved it! I’m going to check to see if I can still download it to my newest iPad. I have a couple of grand-nieces who would be at the right age for it now. Hopefully, I can see extended family again soon…

  4. Lauren D says:

    Yes! “The Monster at the End of the Book” was my FAVORITE book as a child. Perhaps I was introduced to it as an older child, because I remember thinking even back then how clever it is! I still have my original copy (though it’s seen better days…).

  5. Janelle Carlson says:

    It’s gratifying & comforting to see some of the activities we’ve done in MMD bookclub this past year listed in the “Staying Close with Friends” article. Thanks to you and the MMD team for planning ways to keep us engaged while stuck at home!

  6. Becky says:

    I try to buy all of my books at independent bookstores. Independent coffee shops are one of my pleasures too. I never considered the owner’s color. How does a person learn the color of the owner?

  7. Beth Roireau says:

    I’m so happy about Levar Burton, it is much deserved recognition. I enjoy the Levar Burton Reads Podcast although I prefer novels to short stories. I wish he had a “book club” because I think the novels he would chose would be very interesting.

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