Links I love

Links I love

Happy Friday, readers! My weekend is full of end-of-school everything for the kids and summer preparations. But first, I’m looking forward to our What Should I Read Next patreon Quarterly Livestream today at 1 pm ET! These live events with Ask Us Anything opportunities and impromptu literary matchmaking are always a blast.

Tomorrow is the 15th, which means I’m also putting the finishing touches on tomorrow’s Quick Lit post. I’d love to see you there and hear about your recent reads!

My favorite finds from around the web:

  • Online shopping changed, and we barely noticed. “Platforms are so good at adding little tweaks and useful features, like an innocuous button or tag that just makes our lives a little easier. Under the guise of offering a social product, these apps have Trojan-horsed users into ceaseless consumption.”
  • My kids just reminded me we haven’t made these Instant Pot Hawaiian Tacos in too long! Now they’re on the menu for this weekend.

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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: The annual Summer Reading Guide is sent out to all newsletter subscribers!
  • May 24, 7 pm ET: In conversation with author Brooke Lauren Davis: Join me for an event—in person or online—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. Christine says:

    I ordered the cinnamon almond butter from Target the last time you talked about, and it was expired, so I told them, and they shipped me another one which was ASLO expired! It was pretty funny 🙂 Finally, I went into the store and got the single-serving sizes, which weren’t expired, and we LOVE it!! Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. Suzanne C says:

    I’m less than impressed with Goodreads’ makeover. They’re focusing on the wrong things, the most glaring example being: why on earth would I need the cover of the book to be so huge that it dominates the entire page? Meanwhile, the history of my personal interaction with the book (the date I shelved it as to-read, the date I started reading it, etc.) is not longer available and they are still passive-aggressively not responding to 10+ years of user requests for half stars in rating. I’m not really in love with StoryGraph. I’m hoping someone learns from everyone else’s mistakes and steps up with a new alternative.

  3. Ann Perrigo says:

    Anne, thanks for sharing the article from Christian Century about the importance of living near those we love. As it happens, we were spending a long weekend with dear friends we hadn’t seen in 18 months, and the article really resonated with me. I shared it with my husband and we spent a lot of time over the next couple of days dreaming and searching for a perfect new home. It didn’t happen this time, but we’re confidant it will. For the first time in several years, we feel hopeful about our future. Thanks for planting the seed!

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