What are you up to this weekend? I’ve been on college visits in the southeast this past week, which perfectly coincided with stopping in at many of my favorite indie bookstores. I left signed copies of my books (or bookplates) at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, Main Street Books in Davidson, and Bookmarks NC in Winston-Salem. I hope this collection of good reads and favorite things helps ease you into that weekend frame of mind.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- Commonplace Books Are Like a Diary Without the Risk of Annoying Yourself. “If keeping a journal would be a way to look in the mirror and make an honest appraisal of myself, keeping a commonplace book is more like looking at myself out of the corner of my eye.”
- 30 Historical Fiction Books To Read If You Don’t Really Read Historical Fiction — But Want To Start.
- We’re out of fashion tape and reordering immediately. Every female in our house uses it.
- Power, Privilege, and Love in a Residential School for Deaf Students. Great interview with author Sara Nović.
- 15 Fascinating Facts About ‘Scrabble’. I’m glad they didn’t stick with the original names.
- The delightful history of fruit stickers, the world’s tiniest canvases for graphic design. I’m going to start taking a closer look at those labels!
- 8 Cooking Rules All Southerners Live By, According to Nathalie Dupree. More than Southerners abide by these rules but good advice either way.
Don’t miss these posts:
- Discover a new author to follow with these 15 fabulous debut novels. Discovery is a fun part of the reading life, and with a debut author there is so much to discover!
- Our best advice for buddy reads. Because reading with a friend can be even better.
- 15 literary novels that will have you compulsively turning the pages. This is one of my favorite (and completely made-up) sub-genres: compulsively readable literary fiction.
- April 28: Let’s Talk Poetry with Amena Brown: Whether you’re a seasoned lover or poetry, or approaching the form for the first time, we’ll explore poetry together in Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club with special guest Amena Brown—poet, author, and comedic storyteller—sharing inspiration without the intimidation.
You can find more upcoming events here.
Have a great weekend!