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What are you planning this weekend? I’m hoping to plant boxwoods in planters (a first for me) and tidy my office, where the book stacks are truly out of control.

I have an unexpected update on my next book My Reading Life: A Book Journal. I’m sure you’ve heard about a little situation in the Suez Canal this spring, which has impacted numerous 2021 publication dates, including mine. The release date is now September 21.

My favorite finds from around the web

  • Inside Netflix’s Quest to End Scrolling. I didn’t expect Netflix would be working on a solution for this specific kind of decision fatigue. “The phrase ‘What should we watch?’ has always had the ability to start minor squabbles among couples and families. Now, in the era of streaming, it can prompt existential despair.”

The Summer Reading Guide is coming!

We’re counting down the days until the Summer Reading Guide is here! It’s coming your way on Monday, May 24. Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club members and What Should I Read Next Patreon community supporters are invited to an exclusive Unboxing event on May 20, meaning they get to hear about the books I chose and why, along with getting an expanded version of the guide. You don’t want to miss out!

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Upcoming Events:

  • 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: We’re sending the annual Summer Reading Guide to all newsletter subscribers!
  • May 24, 7 pm ET: In conversation with author Brooke Lauren Davis: Join me for an event at Carmichael’s Bookstore where I’ll interview author Brooke Lauren Davis about the release of her new book The Hollow InsideMore details here.
  • May 25, 7 pm ET: Live chat with author Stacey Lee: Time for our MMD Book Club discussion of The Downstairs Girl with author Stacey Lee! (Events are available as replays for members who cannot attend live.)
  • June 22, 1 pm ET: Live chat with author Emily Henry: Time for our MMD Book Club discussion of People We Meet On Vacation with author Emily Henry! (Events are available as replays for members who cannot attend live.)

You can find more upcoming events here.

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Judy says:

    Just curious…how did the Suez Canal blockage impact book publication dates? I’m not seeing any obvious connection between a cargo ship and future publications. Thanks!

    • Suzanne says:

      There were a lot of cargo ships backed up, unable to get through the Canal and deliver their loads, which included books. So those books’ pub dates got moved back, which will mean publishers will move other books’ pub dates back. That way the market doesn’t get flooded with too many books being published at once.

  2. Kara says:

    I love Laura Vanderkam’s work on time management! Thank you for sharing the link on earlier bedtimes. It’s a small change that can have a big payoff.

    • Homes says:

      I came here to mention Curbside Larry too – he actually hails from my local library. Love all the creative ways libraries have worked to stay connected with their communities!

  3. Suzanne C says:

    The Last Thing He Told Me came today in my BOTM box, so that may be how I spend my weekend- yay!

    I like the idea of Netflix suggesting things to watch in theory, but I’m afraid it’s just going to be another way for them to promote their own (usually bad) content or content they’ve been paid to promote. Without a concrete way for me to definitively say “this is what I like/don’t like”, I can’t see it working. Their algorithms haven’t inspired a lot of confidence so far.

  4. Roxanne Garrett says:

    Florence Welch & Gatsby!!!! She’s on the 2013 movie soundtrack, so not a complete surprise that she’s interested, but how amazing that she’s doing this! I’m thrilled. She is such a talent.

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