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:
- My husband and I moved to be near friends. “But what if relationships are at the very heart of the good life? What if our happiness depends primarily on the quality of our relationships?”
- I just restocked this pantry staple.
- The Other Side of Languishing Is Flourishing. Here’s How to Get There. Practical and reassuring.
- 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.
- Still No Half Stars: The Pros and Cons of the New Goodreads Book View. Have you tried the new look yet? (If you are interested in a review site that offers half stars, check out WSIRN episode 271 where I talk to Nadia Odunayo, the founder of The Storygraph, or hear more about the behind-the scenes of Goodreads with WSIRN episode 242, Sharing Good Reads with good friends.)
- I posted a before and after photo of my home office on Instagram, and predictably got a ton of questions about my rug. This is the rug. (Four+ years in, I love it.)
- Trust Me—and My Mom: Never Get Rid of Great Clothes. What do you think?
- The Harlem Renaissance Never Ended—It Just Evolved. This article would have been a great addition to our How to Read a Classic: Through the Lens of the Harlem Renaissance and Zora Neale Hurston class in Book Club.
Don’t miss these posts:
- 20 interesting recipes to make for dinner with boneless skinless chicken breasts. For anyone in need of dinner inspiration.
- 15 books about endearingly quirky families. They’ve got to be both quirky AND endearing.
- 16 page-turning mysteries that aren’t too dark and gloomy. A list of favorite mysteries that fall squarely within the confines of the genre, yet maintain a hopeful tone throughout.
- 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 Inside. More 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!