It’s been a hard week, friends. We released the Summer Reading Guide (yay!) while I was a little bit sick. Now we’re celebrating the end of my kids’ school years (what a privilege that is) and we’re mourning with those who mourn. This week we’ve laughed and coughed and cried and called our representatives, and taught our kids how to do the same.
Almost every Friday, we round up an assortment of interesting reads and favorite things to help ease you into a weekend frame of mind. I hope this collection offers some of what you may find yourself needing right now.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- No Parent Should Have to Live Like This. “There is no other country in the world where this happens. And the fact that it does happen, and happens with such frequency, is reflective of a choice that has been made. But just because a choice has been made doesn’t mean that different choices aren’t possible.”
- Uvalde librarian thought about canceling storytime. Instead, she made it a refuge. They need this more than ever.
- Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen on the Bromantic Power of Two Mr. Darcys. The interview I didn’t know I was longing for (but should have).
- This iPhone sleeping hack is exactly what you need for a good night’s rest. It can’t hurt to try it.
- Hulu is celebrating National Streaming Day with a great promo: Sign up here and pay just $1/month for 3 months. (This is how we watch our favorite show Abbott Elementary.)
- 32 Healthy Summer Dinner Ideas That Are Perfect for Hot Days. Filing these away.
- I love this inexpensive swim cover-up I found at Target last week. (Next week I’m sharing more favorite swimsuits and cover-ups.)
- How Reality TV Stars Conquered Your Bookshelves. Interesting behind-the-scenes.
- How Wordle brought us back together. “It’s hard to converse in a straightforward way sometimes — but in their own small way, these games can make talking to each other easier.”
- The Story That Saved Me: On Writing My Way Out of a Life That No Longer Felt Like Mine. “It astounds me now that I couldn’t see it. I couldn’t see that I was writing myself out of a life that had long before stopped feeling like my own.” I loved learning more about Like a House on Fire, a 2022 Summer Reading Guide selection.
- The Reason Julia Child Always Used Copper Pots And Pans. The more you know.
Don’t miss these posts:
- 20 novels that will transport you to the shore. If you can’t spend all summer at the beach, why not try a novel that will take you there?
- 14 books about endearingly quirky families. They’ve got to be both quirky AND endearing.
- June 9: Kickstart Your Reading Life (with genre recs): We’ll explore key characteristics of the memoir and historical fiction, plus offer new and old representative recommendations from each. This is a Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club event.
- June 22: Bookworm Problems: In this Quick-Fix Conversation session, we’re talking with real readers about the problems that plague their reading lives (and might be plaguing you, too!) and offer on-the-spot tips and troubleshooting. This is a Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club event.
- June 29: Live discussion with Mary Laura Philpott: Time for our Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club discussion of Bomb Shelter with author Mary Laura Philpott!
- July 26: Live discussion with Bonnie Garmus: Time for our Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club discussion of Lessons in Chemistry with author Bonnie Garmus!
- August 25: Live discussion with Peng Shepherd: Time for our Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club discussion of The Cartographers with author Peng Shepherd!
You can find more upcoming events here.
Have a great weekend!