We’re rolling into the weekend with frigid temps perfect for hunkering down with a good book—but first I have to finish the one I’ve been slogging my way through for a week now! (Just 40 pages to go …) I hope you have something to look forward to this weekend, plus a good read to cuddle up with.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- 100 Things About Writing a Novel. Great piece from Alexander Chee.
- The Strange Literary Puzzle Only Four People Have Ever Solved. This sounds INTENSE. (Does it remind anyone else of Moonflower Murders?)
- As I type the Don’t Overthink It ebook is $1.69 for Kindle. A bargain price on a great book to start your year. If you prefer, my local indie Carmichael’s Bookstore has signed copies of (almost) all of my books, and My Reading Life: A Book Journal will be restocked very soon! (Click here and specify “signed copy” in order comments.)
- Speaking of journaling: this pen is bringing me joy.
- Grapefruit Is One of the Weirdest Fruits on the Planet. This is wild. If you enjoy grapefruit and you take medication, you probably need to read this.
- The Case Against the Trauma Plot. “Trauma has become synonymous with backstory, but the tyranny of backstory is itself a relatively recent phenomenon—one that, like any successful convention, has a way of skirting our notice.”
- 5 Things I’ve Learned From Reviewing Everything I’ve Read For Almost Three Years. As a reluctant reviewer myself, I appreciated my friend Leigh’s perspective. I’m in awe of her reviewing streak!
- The Nasty Logistics of Returning Your Too-Small Pants. “We can dispense now with a common myth of modern shopping: The stuff you return probably isn’t restocked and sent back out to another hopeful owner. Many retailers don’t allow any opened product to be resold as new.”
Don’t miss these posts:
- 10 books with satisfying endings that come full-circle. I love when an author sticks the landing.
- 5 favorite recipes for soup season. Soup is a go-to for our family on those chilly, busy nights!
- 16 books to cozy up with this winter. It’s the perfect time of year to get lost in a good book.
- January 27: Choose Your Own Bookish Adventure: Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club is mixing things up this month! Join us to discuss your choice of the following books from Book Club history: Before We Visit the Goddess (2016), Beartown (2017), This Must Be the Place (2018), The Gown (2019), The Poet X (2020), and Kitchens of the Great Midwest (2021).
- February 24: Live chat with author Liz Moore: Time for our Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club discussion of The Unseen World with author Liz Moore!
You can find more upcoming events here.
Have a great weekend!