Links I love

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:

  • 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.”
  • My teen daughters need “professional” clothing for summer programs, and these slim pants are absolutely perfect (and frequently on sale for 50% off).

Don’t miss these posts:

  • 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.

Upcoming Events:

  • 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!


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  1. Beth says:

    First thing I noticed is the watermelon looks like an upside heart! Thanks for sending the love on this rainy day!

  2. Debi Morton says:

    I was bemused to see the overhydration article. I was just admitted to the hospital today for dangerously low sodium likely caused by that very thing. They are strictly restricting my fluids and I have to measure everything in and out. So the danger is real indeed!

  3. Geri Wall says:

    Links I love is my favorite part of Fridays. Thank you so much for taking the time and surprising us with new things every week. So awesome!

  4. Nanette Stearns says:

    I can attest to the deliciousness that is Birchwood Cafe. Their savory waffles are a favorite! Come to Minnesota and try it ou!

  5. Debra says:

    I always look forward to these! Thank you!
    Random question: Do you ever do a “if you like ___ then try reading ___”? I have some favorite reads that I would love to follow up if I knew what other books were written in the same spirit.

  6. Ala says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these links!! “Can I drink too much water?” has explained quite a few things for me as I am dealing with leg cramps and gestational diabetes. I cannot believe that drinking too much water is a real issue.
    Thank you!

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