I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead of you. This weekend I’m taking Summer Reading Guide photos, cheering on kids at sporting events, and hopefully catching an episode or two of the Fran Lebowitz documentary I keep hearing good things about. I hope you have something to look forward to as well, plus a good book to enjoy in the quiet moments.
Heads up, we posted two new videos to YouTube this week. I share our April MMD Book Club selections here, and explain how to use the game-changing bookmarks feature for audiobooks here.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- Deesha Philyaw’s “The Secret Lives of Church Ladies” to be adapted by HBO Max. I adored this book. Listen to me recommend it to StoryGraph founder Nadia Odunayo on episode 271 of What Should I Read Next, “Because sometimes a 4.75 star rating feels right.”
- I look forward to this every year: Sephora’s 2021 Sun Safety Kit is here! (UPDATE: it was here. It launched yesterday and promptly went out of stock. In years past a restock has been quick in coming so sit tight!)
- Thank God For Dan Levy. I somehow missed this profile when it was published but it’s just as wonderful to read now. (Also I have been living under a rock: I had NO IDEA until this week that David and Johnny on Schitt’s Creek were related! I know, I know.)
- For just $2.80 ($1.96 for members) you can download the audiobook of Amanda Gorman’s stunning inaugural poem and listen to it over and over. Money well spent!
- We Want Our Friends Back! (But Which Ones?) “For many of us the pandemic was a great social winnowing, a paring down of our widest circles of friends to a skeleton crew of essentials — those who happened to be proximate, available, in our circle of trust.”
- This week’s new episode of What Should I Read Next is perfect for cultivating that weekend frame of mind. Listen to episode 277, “Books that feel like a vacation for your brain,” right here.
- How Ramona Quimby Taught a Generation of Girls to Embrace Brashness. “But if Ramona senses that her impulses are not always compatible with suburban niceties, she refuses to diminish herself. Her character is not a problem to be solved. She demands that those who comprise her universe bear witness to her tangled, wild yearnings—and, what’s more, that they embrace her for them.”
- Have Sad Desk Lunches Gotten Sadder? Cooking burnout is real. (But the comments on yesterday’s post are inspiring.)
- I love the simple pattern on this decorative plant basket.
- A Nerdy History of the Ampersand. The more you know!
Don’t miss these posts:
- 15 literary novels that will have you compulsively turning the pages. A long list of books in one of my favorite (and completely made-up) sub-genres: compulsively readable literary fiction.
- 5 common triggers for highly sensitive people, and 5 antidotes to help them survive social distancing. Here’s what HSPs need to feel calm, content, and collected during these overstimulated times.
- Louisville City Guide. Bookmark this for future travels to my hometown.
- April 20, 1 pm ET: Bird By Bird flight discussion: Time for our Book Club discussion of flight pick Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott! This is an MMD Book Club event. (Discussions are available as replays for members who cannot attend live.)
- April 28, 7 pm ET: Live chat with author Lily King: Time for our Book Club discussion of Writers & Lovers with author Lily King! This is an MMD Book Club event. (Events are available as replays for members who cannot attend live.)
You can find more upcoming events here.
Have a great weekend!