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What are you up to this weekend? Around here, we’re cleaning up after a summer storm and taking a teen to her first sleepover in over a year. (She’s pumped.) And I know I say this often, but the book situation in my office is out of control. It’s time for a weekend cleanup!

Earlier this week we announced we’re hiring to our What Should I Read Next? newsletter subscribers and Patreon supporters. We’re looking to add a Media Production Assistant to our team. This is a non-technical role helping us get the podcast and Patreon content out each week. You don’t need to have any experience working on podcasts. You do need to be a book lover and savvy internet user with great writing skills. If you think you’d be a great fit, please head here for more details and to apply. (Please do not comment with questions about this role; you will have an opportunity to ask anything and everything later in the consideration process.)

My favorite finds from around the web:

  • Through August 1st, 2021, Rothy’s is offering $20 off your first purchase of $100 or more when you use this link.
  • This yummy mix was a key ingredient in a camp care package I just put together.
  • You Really Need to Quit Twitter. “Twitter is a red light, blinking, blinking, blinking, destroying my ability for private thought, sucking up all my talent and wit. Put it out there, post it, see how it does.”

Don’t miss these posts:

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.

Upcoming Events:

  • July 23-25: Readers’ Weekend: 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. Alisha says:

    Thanks Anne! The article about Twitter was just what I needed, except for me it’s Instagram and Facebook. Coincidentally I deleted the apps in disgust a few days ago (when a parenting audiobook reminded me that my kids are becoming what they see me model). What IS social media stealing from me? I’m certain it’s not worth it.

  2. Christine Peterson says:

    Thanks for the many interesting links, Anne! I also love the wonderful scents of a burning candle. However most scented candles are toxic for our health, contain carcinogens and phthalates which are known endocrine-disrupters. Since I know you love resourcing info via books, please check out Slow Death by Rubber Duck (revised and updated in 2019) which has an excellent and accessible round-up of the issues, or any of the many other available discussions of this issue. There are lovely, non-toxic options out there that are worth finding, and it would be great to see these linked in your newsletter!

  3. Suzy says:

    The “most reread mystery/thrillers by mystery writers” article was interesting and gave me two for my TBR. The only mystery/thrillers I’ve ever reread were by Dick Francis, over and over again.

  4. Emilee says:

    Have you seen Regency House Party? It’s an old BBC show and was perfect Jane Austen reality TV. I would love to watch another season!

  5. Kristie says:

    Ooof, as a librarian I had to cringe at number one on the Family Road Trip article. Please, do not take library books on vacation with you. I’m the one who has to charge you in September when the book comes back covered in sand, or took a dip in the lake or lost on the flight. I don’t care how responsible someone is- stuff happens and it will cost to replace those items. I’m the one who has to deal with the mom in tears that she’s waiting for the Airbnb hostess to mail back the forgotten books.
    If you can afford to travel, you can afford to buy books for the trip. Better yet, buy books when you get there and stimulate the local economy.

  6. Nanette Stearns says:

    Regarding reading “dealbreakers.” Before I read Betty by Tiffany McDaniel, I would have said that any form of pet abuse would have been a dealbreaker. However, this challenging read was so compelling, so well-written, and so worth it that I am glad I didn’t stop reading when there was some graphic descriptions of pet abuse. This experience taught me that I need to be careful about what I would consider a dealbreaker and not give up on a book when something unappealing happens.

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