Happy Friday, readers! My family is just back from a week in the woods and off the grid, so this weekend I’m tackling those laundry piles (mountains?) and enjoying sleeping in my own bed.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead of you, and that this list of interesting reads and fun things helps put you in that weekend frame of mind.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- 17 Movies That Capture the Joy of Summer Love. Quite the eclectic list.
- LeVar Burton’s Quest to Succeed Alex Trebek. We’re rooting for him!
- I don’t always sleep well when we’re camping, but these melatonin gummies help. (A half dose is all I need.)
- How to Make a BLT the Birchwood Way. Sounds delish.
- One Good Thing: These dark detective novels are really about ethics and hope. If you haven’t tried Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series yet, this article just might convince you. Book 17 The Madness of Crowds comes out next month.
- A Better Way to Look at Trees. “We look to trees for their symbolism, and to have our own comparatively stunted existence put into perspective.”
- The Pioneer Woman sloppy joes are one of our staple camping dinners—and always a big hit.
- Detransition, Baby Author Torrey Peters Procrastinates By Reading Moby Dick. Such a great interview! If the book sounds familiar, I recommended it to guest Rachel Matthews on WSIRN episode 285: Books that leave you speechless.
- Can I Drink Too Much Water? Overhydration is definitely something to avoid.
- My teen daughters need “professional” clothing for summer programs, and these slim pants are absolutely perfect (and frequently on sale for 50% off).
- Zakiya Dalila Harris on How to Write a Twist Ending. Don’t read this if you haven’t read The Other Black Girl yet, unless you don’t mind spoilers. But if you have read it, Harris shares her writing process and how she chose certain elements of the story.
Don’t miss these posts:
- 15 backlist books to enjoy while you wait for this summer’s buzziest new releases. Summer is the perfect time to turn to your favorite author’s backlist!
- A Rom-Com Syllabus. This is the kind of resolution we can all keep!
- Un-put-down-able. I polished each of these 7 books off in less than 24 hours because I couldn’t put them down.
On One Great Book:
Don’t miss today’s brand-new episode of One Great Book, now back for Volume 5! Each week I pull one standout selection off my personal bookshelves and tell you all about it, in ten minutes or less.
On What Should I Read Next:
This week’s guest created a unique plan to help him discover the must-read books that will make a true difference in his life. Author, blogger, and podcaster Neil Pasricha hosts the show 3 Books, where he interviews avid readers about the three most formative books in their lives. The show originated as a way for Neil to find lesser known titles and backlist books to boost his reading life. These days he finds himself assigning himself too much “reading homework,” and he’s looking for ways to savor the books he read, instead of checking them off his list. That’s where I come in.
- July 7, 5:30 pm ET: SkillPop Becoming A Better Reader class: Many of us put “read more” on lists of goals and resolutions. But how do you find great books, make the time, and build a reading life you love? We’ll talk about how to identify your literary taste, removing barriers and making time, and not getting held back by overwhelm. Plus, I will share my most practical tips and recommendations for making reading a bigger, more enjoyable part of your life. Register here.
- July 8, 1 pm ET: How To Find Your Book People class: This is an MMD Book Club event.
- July 23-25: Readers’ Weekend: It’s time to spend some quality time with your TBR. See this post for more information. We hope you’ll join us!
- 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.)
- July 31, 3 pm ET: Backlist Book Club: Young Jane Young: 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.
- August 24, 1 pm ET: Live chat with author Elizabeth Brooks: Time for our MMD Book Club discussion of The Whispering House with author Elizabeth Brooks! (Events are available as replays for members who cannot attend live.)
You can find more upcoming events here.
Have a great weekend!