What are you up to this weekend? We have some fun stuff planned, including attending opening night for a school theater production, cheering on our favorite runners at a track meet, and welcoming our college kid home from school for a few days. I hope you have something to look forward to, and that this collection of interesting reads and favorite things helps ease you into that weekend frame of mind.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- Mary Laura Philpott on Facing the Unexpected and Absurd with Humor. Lovely conversation between Mary Laura Philpott and Maggie Smith. I adored Bomb Shelter—one of our summer MMD Book Club selections!
- A Bookstore Revival Channels Nostalgia for Big Box Chains. “Chain box stores were big businesses, sure, but they were also a crucial third space for casual hangouts and serendipitous run-ins that metro suburbs, smaller cities and rural places often lack.”
- Revlon updated my favorite blow dry brush and made it even better with more customizable options.
- Books For All: NYPL Supports the Right to Read Banned Books. The New York Public Library is making a few commonly banned books available nationwide via a free e-reader. No library card necessary.
- We Tested 4 Famous Lasagna Recipes and the Winner Blew Us Away. I suddenly feel the need to make lasagna.
- ‘It Feels Like the 36th of February. I Only Count the Days of War’. Heartbreaking accounts of four Ukrainian women.
- Textual Healing: The Novel World of Bibliotherapy. “Proponents of bibliotherapy firmly believe in the potential of literature to provide people the language to help them make sense of their experiences.”
- The Nocturnals. I might be an introvert but I’m not nocturnal so reading this made me feel like an anthropologist.
Don’t miss these posts:
- Louisville City Guide. Bookmark this for future travels to my hometown.
- 10 comforting classics to read after you run out of Jane Austen novels. When I crave a classic after reading tons of new releases, Austen is my go-to. Here’s what to read when you’ve run out of Austen novels to devour.
- 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.
- May 19: Summer Reading Guide Unboxing: This is the best book party on the interwebs! In a ninety-minute live session, I reveal every title in the Summer Reading Guide, and tell readers why I chose it. This event is for our Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club members and What Should I Read Next Patreon community members. Members get the guide in their inboxes just after the Unboxing—which means they get it four days early. They also get an expanded guide with exclusive content, including additional titles, extra book lists, and more fun bonus content.
- May 23: 2022 MMD Summer Reading Guide releases! Details here.
You can find more upcoming events here.
Have a great weekend!