We’re anticipating a crisp and bright fall weekend here in Louisville and I’m looking forward to getting outside to hike and rake leaves. I hope you have something to look forward to these next few days.
I have a good news/bad news situation to share. The TL;DR version is this: if you want my new book journal My Reading Life for yourself this season, to give as holiday gifts, or to have ready and waiting to kick off your new reading year on January 1, PLEASE get your copies now.
The longer version: many of you are well aware of this year’s supply chain issues and their impact on publishing and book availability. My publisher worked hard to steer clear of these issues impacting My Reading Life, but unfortunately, that is where we are.
My publisher is out of stock on My Reading Life. Thankfully, the retail pipeline is full: retailers nationwide (and beyond!) are well-stocked at the moment, but once those copies are gone, they are gone. Even though a second printing was ordered last summer before the first printing even arrived, those copies won’t come in until well after the new year. (My publisher says they’ve never seen anything like this in their long publishing history.)
If there’s a specific book you’re after for this holiday season or your New Year’s reading—whether that’s My Reading Life or any book at all—pick it up now. There is no guarantee you’ll be able to find the book later. If you want it, get it now!
That all sounds pretty grim, but the scads of great books available to readers this holiday season are anything but! Thanks for all you do to support the books, authors, and bookstores you love this season. We appreciate you so much.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- Station Eleven first look glimpses the world before and after a devastating flu pandemic. We’ve got a release date!
- Attention book journalers and aspiring journalers: this week’s new episode of What Should I Read Next (Ep 305: “Read yourself like a book”) is all about how and why to jump in to journaling, plus a whole lot of details on the new My Reading Life book journal.
- For Sutton Foster, Crochet Is a Survival Tactic. I had no idea the Broadway star was so crafty.
- Behold, the Book Blob. Have you noticed this cover trend?
- November Puzzle Perfection: Heirloom Pumpkins.
- The Best Relationship Advice I Ever Received. An astute observation!
- How to Write 100,000 Words Per Day, Every Day. Simple advice, McSweeney’s style, for the NaNoWriMo writers out there. “Life is about decisions. Either you write 100,000 words a day or you meet people and develop ties of affection. You can’t do both.”
- This Thanksgiving, Forget the Rules. For anyone who needs permission to change things up this year.
- The Pandemic Is Still Making Us Feel Terrible. “This past summer’s false start of hope has given way to a nasty sense of whiplash and unease, particularly as winter approaches. Humans generally do not like ambiguity, experts warned me, and we’re deep in it right now.”
- Don’t forget to place your order for the My Reading Life Journal Box. The deadline is November 15.
- 20 Words Merriam-Webster Is Adding to the Dictionary in 2021. I’m surprised fluffernutter wasn’t already in there.
- Chatologie Episode 159: Reading All the Things with Anne Bogel. I enjoyed talking with Angie Elkins about reading goals and how to read what you actually want.
Don’t miss these posts:
- 20 giftable books for every reader. Book gifts make the best gifts! A mix of crowd-pleasing, perennially popular, and under-the-radar books to help you find the right gifts for your literary friends and family.
- The tough love guide to planning ahead (if you’re not naturally a planner). These are the tips that have helped me the most.
- 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.)
- December 16: Live chat with author Ingrid Fetell Lee: Time for our Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club discussion of Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness with author Ingrid Fetell Lee! (Events are available as replays for members who cannot attend live.)
You can find more upcoming events here.
Have a great weekend!