What’s in store for your long weekend? My family intends to enjoy some outdoorsiness and get together with friends, and I hope to catch up on some of the things that got pushed aside as we put the finishing touches on the 2021 Summer Reading Guide.
I hope you have something to look forward to this weekend, and that you enjoy these interesting links and fun things to put you in the right frame of mind.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- Can Rilke Change Your Life? This is lovely. Now I need to get the updated edition of Letters to a Young Poet that includes the letters from the young poet himself.
- Brood X cicada emergence in photos: How it looks as trillions of bugs appear. I’m in Louisville, Kentucky, and am both fascinated and horrified at what’s happening in my backyard right now. (I’ve been documenting the cicadas on my Instagram if you want to follow along.)
- Probably headed to the library this weekend, or wish you were? This tote is for you. (Through Monday, use code HOORAY6 to get $6 off your order of $20 or more, or code HOORAY15 to get $15 off your order of $50 or more.)
- John Steinbeck’s estate urged to let the world read his shunned werewolf novel. I didn’t see this coming!
- What Happens When Americans Can Finally Exhale. “Grief isn’t predictable. It doesn’t involve clearly defined stages. It doesn’t unfold linearly. It doesn’t necessarily end in acceptance. It carves long, meandering, and varied paths that popular myths do little to prepare us for.”
- The Beauty Trends Leading Us Into the Future. Fascinating.
- Ulta says it’s National SPF Day, and they’re celebrating with these free suncare samplers with a $50 purchase.
- Where Would Food Be Without Padma Lakshmi? Great interview.
- The End of Editing. “Here was the editing process I expected: where sentences are debated, scenes deleted, problems large and small addressed. Throughout this process, he kept telling me editors these days like really clean copy, and I started to realize that editors don’t really edit anymore.” I’ve been talking this with author friends a lot lately.
- Galison has greeting card puzzles now, which might be the best thing to receive in the mail.
- When I complimented a stranger’s linen blouse this week, she volunteered that it was from Target. So cute!
- How a New York City Restaurant Loses Money on a $14 Sandwich. So much goes into creating one dish!
- How TikTok Got This YA Author A Six-Figure Book Deal. I don’t know much about BookTok so this was unexpected.
Don’t miss these posts:
- The 2020 Minimalist Summer Reading Guide. A look back at last year’s minimalist picks.
- 11 juicy memoirs to toss in your beach bag this summer. These memoirs are worth reading any time of year though.
- June 19, 3 pm ET: When Harry Met Sally Watch Party: Join us for a watchalong of When Harry Met Sally, the perfect flight “flick” to go along with our June Book Club read. (This is an MMD Book Club event.)
- 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.)
- June 26, 3 pm ET: Backlist Book Club: Everyone Brave Is Forgiven: Whether you’re a long-time MMD Book Club member looking to revisit some favorites, or a new member wondering where to start, we’re taking a look back at some of the best of Book Club from the past few years. Join in at the end of each month in a Member Meetup as we break into small groups to discuss live with fellow members. (Member Meetups are not recorded.)
- July 28, 7 pm ET: Live chat with author Nadia Hashimi: Time for our MMD Book Club discussion of Sparks Like Stars with author Nadia Hashimi! (Events are available as replays for members who cannot attend live.)
You can find more upcoming events here.
Have a great weekend!