Happy weekend, readers! I’m taking a gardening class taught by a friend of mine and giving my floors a much-needed mopping. And picking up a good books, of course—as soon as I can decide, because I just finished a book last night!
I hope our weekly round-up puts you into that weekend frame of mind.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- Bridget Jones’s Diary Is Perfect, Just the Way It Is, 20 Years Later. I’m going to need to watch this again soon.
- Today’s ebook deals are bonkers good.
- Brandi Carlile’s Story Is Too Big to Fit in a Song. I love her music; can’t wait to read her memoir.
- I just restocked these favorite inexpensive collagen eye zone masks.
- There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing. Insightful piece about the “neglected middle child of mental health.”
- For local shops, Independent Bookstore Day is ‘like Christmas and a bunch of other holidays rolled into one’. Indie bookstores still need our support!
- Libro.fm is celebrating Independent Bookstore Day by giving away a free audiobook when you show proof of a $15 purchase from any independent bookstore (in person or online). If you’re looking for recommendations of what to buy this weekend, try one of these 12 bookish mysteries about bibliophiles and bookstores.
- Keeping Up with King Arthur. Anyone else grateful for their test kitchen team?
- Speaking of Jane: my daughters and I just watched Sense & Sensibility (1995) and I was thrilled and relieved to discover: it holds up. (We laughed so hard!)
- How to Teach Kids about Impending Doom, from children’s book author Jon Klassen. “I was interested in finding ways of talking about potential problems that you are never going to understand—and maybe there’s no reason for them…I think that’s how kids feel a lot: they have to function in a world where they understand that they don’t understand.”
- Turns Out It’s Pretty Good: Egg Salad. “I thought egg salad was gross, and I thought to eat it might make me gross too. Like many dumb childhood beliefs about myself, I never reexamined this aversion yet somehow treated it as gospel.”
Don’t miss these posts:
- 10 comforting classics to read after you run out of Jane Austen novels. When I crave a classic after reading tons of new releases, Austen is my go-to. Here’s what to read when you’ve run out of Austen novels to devour.
- 7 things you need to know before you buy a swimsuit online. It’s possible to find a swimsuit you love—and that actually fits—online.
- 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.)
- May 6, 1 pm ET: What’s your summer reading style? We want to help you think about what you want from your reading life in this season with tips for how to pinpoint what you like and strategically approach the Summer Reading Guide to get the most out of your summer reading. Get in that summer reading frame of mind — whatever that means to YOU! (This is an MMD Book Club event. Events are available as replays for members who cannot attend live.)
- May 20 at 12 p.m. and 7 pm ET: Summer Reading Guide Unboxing: MMD Book Club members and Patreon supporters get the first look at all the books in the MMD Summer Reading Guide! (Replay will be available for members who cannot attend live.)
- May 24: 2021 MMD Summer Reading Guide: The annual Summer Reading Guide is sent out to all newsletter subscribers!
You can find more upcoming events here.
Have a great weekend!
P.S. That photo above is from a years-ago trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden. I can’t wait to get back for a visit once we’re traveling again!