What are you up to this weekend? I plan to attend some kids’ sporting events, take a hike with Daisy, and finish a great puzzle I’ve been working on. And maybe do a little fall baking, now that the idea of turning on the oven for an hour isn’t intolerable.
I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead of you, and that this collection of interesting reads and appealing things helps ease you into that weekend frame of mind.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- In Her Debut Memoir, ‘Seeing Ghosts,’ Kat Chow Explores the Contradictions of Grief. Chow was one of the co-founders of NPR’s Code Switch. I’m interested to see what her memoir is like.
- Love Wine? Here Are 10 Ways to Appreciate It Even More. So much of this advice also applies to books. “We can all learn to evaluate wine by asking the simple but important questions: “Do I like the wine?” “Why?” and “Why not?” The answers can help anybody become a more confident wine consumer.”
- I came THIS CLOSE to buying a trendy and highly-recommended skillet this week (this talked me out of it), so now seems like a good time to share my favorite nonstick skillet, which still works great after several years of daily use.
- Move Over, Melvil! Momentum Grows to Eliminate Bias and Racism in the 145-year-old Dewey Decimal System. There’s so much I didn’t know here.
- Whip up this Pumpkin Honey Syrup and enjoy pumpkin spice everything at home.
- Jigsaw Puzzles Can Improve Your Quality of Life More Than You Realize. I feel validated.
- Here’s why your food prices keep going up. The ripple effect of global supply chain issues is staggering. (The Washington Post has a gifted article feature now! I’m trying it out.)
- I’m delighted to discover some industrious bookworm created an Anne’s Octobers scented candle.
- I Got A ‘Mild’ Breakthrough Case. Here’s What I Wish I’d Known. This was helpful.
- Podcast Showcase: One Great Book. I enjoyed getting the chance to talk about my other podcast!
- I was on two podcasts this week: The Lazy Genius Podcast #227: How to Know What to Read Next with Anne Bogel and Novel Pairings #78: Raising Readers with biblio therapist Anne Bogel.
My Reading Life releases September 21!
My next book My Reading Life: A Book Journal comes out Tuesday! (Be sure to claim your preorder bonuses.) There are some great events, both online and in person, happening during release week. I hope to see you there!
- September 21 at 12 pm ET: IG Live with Zibby Owens from @momsdonthavetimetoreadbooks
- September 21 at 1 pm ET: IG Live with @rebeccageorgeauthor of Do the Thing Movement Podcast
- September 21, 7 pm ET: My Reading Life: A Book Journal release day party at Carmichael’s Bookstore: Come celebrate the release of My Reading Life at my local indie bookstore! I’ll be in conversation with Tara Anderson of Louisville Public Media. Masks are required. Learn more and register to attend here.
- September 24, 11:30 am ET: Eat & Greet event with Kendra Adachi: Join me at Bookmarks’s Festival of Books & Authors in Winston-Salem, NC! I’ll be in conversation with my friend and author Kendra Adachi. We’ll talk about books, journaling, and the reading life to celebrate the publication of my new book, My Reading Life: A Book Journal. Enjoy a boxed lunch during the event, then have your books signed afterward. Because attendees will be unmasked for lunch during this event, all attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Register here.
- September 25, 10 am ET: The Art of Conversation panel with Wiley Cash and Charlie Lovett: This will take place at Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem, NC. Masks are required for indoor locations. See the Festival of Books & Authors Saturday schedule for more information.
- September 25, 3 pm ET: Summer Rewind panel with Steven Rowley: This will take place at Calvary Moravian Church. Masks are required for indoor locations. See the Festival of Books & Authors Saturday schedule for more information.
Don’t miss these posts:
- 15 of YOUR favorite audiobook narrators (and 35 books they narrate). This crowd-sourced list of favorite audiobook narrators is full of great reads!
- Turning the corner. A little encouragement if you’re waiting for things to click.
- The best book you’ve never heard of on … navigating the tween and teen years. This is a book I would download into my brain if I could.
- September 21: My Reading Life: A Book Journal release day: My book My Reading Life: A Book Journal is finally here! I can’t wait to get it in your hands. (Learn more about the preorder bonuses.)
- September 21: 300th episode of What Should I Read Next: It’s a big milestone day for my podcast What Should I Read Next! Listen on your favorite podcast app or visit the website for the full show notes. Whether you’ve listened to one episode or all 300, thank you. We couldn’t do it without you!
- September 30: Live chat with author M. L. Rio: Time for our Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club discussion of If We Were Villains with author M. L. Rio! (Events are available as replays for members who cannot attend live.)
- October 7: Celebrating 300: LIVE event: We’re gathering three of the most-beloved, most-discussed, most-recommended authors on What Should I Read Next for a blend of pre-recorded and live discussion! This special event is for Patreon supporters. (A replay will be available for those who cannot make it live.)
- October 21, 1 pm and 7 pm ET: Fall Book Preview: Join us for our third annual Fall Book Preview, where I’ll share a curated list of the season’s hottest new titles, plus the info you need to decide which belong on your TBR. This is an exclusive event for Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club members and What Should I Read Next Patreon “Book Lover” supporters. Our communities will also receive a printable with every title included in our preview.
You can find more upcoming events here.
Have a great weekend!