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I’ve been back to work this week after spending some time at the beach with my family—and now I’m wondering where the week went. This weekend we’re visiting with family and trying to recover from the first few days of school. (WOW are we out of practice!)

I hope you have something to look forward to this weekend, and that this collection of good reads and fun things puts you in that weekend frame of mind …

My favorite finds from around the web:

  • My daughter has gotten way into journaling these past two years and these journals are her FAVORITE.
  • Speaking of daughters: the women in my household have found a lot of satisfaction in our Allure Beauty Box subscription this year. Their current promotion is *chef’s kiss.*

Announcing the My Reading Life Journal Box

I’m thrilled to announce the My Reading Life Journal Box! The Snail on the Wall has put together a box of bookish goodies, along with a copy of my forthcoming book My Reading Life: A Book Journal.

Each specially packaged box includes the items shown in the photo above, plus a few bonuses:

  • My Reading Life: A Book Journal 
  • “From the library of . . . ” ink stamp personalized with your name, along with ink pad
  • signed bookplate
  • bookmark designed to go with the journal

This is a great gift for yourself or for the book lovers in your life. Click here for more details and to place your order.

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.

On What Should I Read Next:

Katie Guenthner has long been reading classics, historical nonfiction, and the most formidable books she can find at the library in order to uphold her status as an “advanced reader.” After listening to countless readers wax poetic about reading for escape on WSIRN, Katie realized what’s missing in her reading life—and now she’s ready to trade Charles Dickens for the lighthearted stories she’s been eschewing for too long. 

Upcoming Events:

  • August 17, 7 pm ET: Live chat with author Devoney Looser: It’s Austen in August in Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club and we’ll be talking with author Devoney Looser. (Events are available as replays for members who cannot attend live.)
  • August 21, 3 pm ET: Northanger Abbey Watch Party: Watch along with us! The 2007 film staring Felicity Jones and Carey Mulligan can be found on streaming services or on many library streaming services like Hoopla and Kanopy. (This is an MMD Book Club event.)
  • 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.)
  • August 28, 3 pm ET: Backlist Book Club: Stay With Me: 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.

You can find more upcoming events here.

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Adrienne says:

    Happy Friday! I loved the article about “When Harry Met Sally,” which is one of my favorite movies…. How perfect! And I was so happy to see the article/video about Lodge Cast Iron, which is located here in Marion County, TN, where I live. People here are very proud of Lodge, and the Cornbread Festival Lodge sponsors, which is held in South Pittsburg, TN, each Spring, pandemics permitting…. Thanks also for the link to the article listing enthralling sagas with a strong sense of place!

    This afternoon I’m meeting a friend (and mentor) after work for conversation and maybe a glass of wine and since she reads this blog, I think she may actually see this comment… Hi Kim! I’m looking forward to seeing you! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

  2. Jan says:

    What a great list of reads this week. I especially enjoyed the one about meal planning. And I had to check out the indie bookstore one too.

  3. Jessica says:

    Amen to the meal planning article! I feel so seen after undertaking this task today. The other unseen job with meals? Putting all of the groceries away!

  4. Sue Duronio says:

    Wow, I feel like I’ve uncovered a buried treasure with the Strong Sense of Place blog!! I immediately downloaded their 15 page newsletter on great novels with a SSOP. What a gem! Thanks so much for sharing that, made my weekend!

  5. Christine says:

    Hi Anne! I love the blanket flowers on the cover for this post. I have them planted throughout my yard, and the flowers grow like crazy; plus, the bees LOVE them!

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