Happy Friday, friends. I hope this collection of fun finds and interesting reads helps ease you into that weekend frame of mind.
Something fun from my week: I found out My Reading Life made it on the Publishers Weekly Bestseller List! Thank you so much to everyone who bought a copy and spread the word.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- ‘America’s Oldest Park Ranger’ Is Only Her Latest Chapter. Talk about inspiring!
- A Halloween special: get a Craftsy Premium Membership for only $2.49 for your first full year (normally $79.99). Cooking, crafting, photography, home decor, but the stuff I love the most is found under “Writing”—journaling, handwriting, hand lettering, memoir writing, writing fiction (with Tiffany D. Jackson!), and more.
- Bluegrass Splash: Inside Louisville’s Storied Lakeside Swim Club. People might not realize how many Olympic swimmers have Louisville connections. I love that Sports Illustrated chose this local fave to highlight for their Hidden Gems series.
- I have my eye on this Liberty of London advent calendar as a REALLY nice gift (for myself).
- Brian Herbert on Dune: ‘My Father Could See Into the Future’. People looking forward to the Dune adaptation might be interested in this interview with the author’s son, who is the keeper of the canon.
- The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We’re All Going To Miss Almost Everything. An old essay from Linda Holmes that’s worth revisiting.
- While shopping for a doormat I discovered that the favorite “This Must Be the Place” sign that hangs in the window of a local business is available on Etsy. Would it be weird to hang this in my office? Because I’m totally thinking about it.
- Alice in Wonderland Syndrome: The Real Perceptual Disorder That May Have Shaped Lewis Carroll’s Creative World. I had no idea.
- The ‘Great British Bake Off’ Hall of Fame. Do you agree with their ranking?
Don’t miss these posts:
- 15 riveting books with unreliable narrators or ambiguous endings. It’s the perfect time of year for this kind of book.
- 10 ways to show indie bookstores some love right now. The supply chain issues are an even bigger deal this year and that makes it all the more important to shop your indie early when it comes to holiday gifts.
- 20 spellbinding fairytale retellings to get lost in. The stories might be familiar, but the lessons we learn from retellings feel fresh.
- October 12: Writing For Readers: So many readers long to be writers—whether solely for their own benefit or for future publication. If you relate—or if you simply want to better understand how the books you love get made—this class is for you. In our conversational session, novelist Kimmery Martin joins me to discuss how to get started, what you need to know, and why you might want to take the plunge. (This is a Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club event. Events are available as replays for members who cannot attend 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.
- October 26: Live chat with Bezi Yohannes: Time for our Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club discussion of Parable of the Sower with Bezi Yohannes! Bezi is an expert on Black fantasy and Afrofuturism, and she’ll be sharing more about these distinct genres with us to enhance our understanding of this month’s selection. (Events are available as replays for members who cannot attend live.)
- November 30: Live chat with author Amy Jo Burns: Time for our Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club discussion of Shiner with author Amy Jo Burns! (Events are available as replays for members who cannot attend live.)
Find more upcoming events here.
Have a great weekend!