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What are you up to this weekend? We’ve hosted birthday gatherings this week so around here we’re hoping to put the house back together and catch up on both laundry and reading.

I hope you have something you’re looking forward to these next few days, and that this collection of interesting reads and favorite things helps ease you into that weekend state of mind.

My favorite finds from around the web:

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Have a great weekend!


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  1. Denise says:

    I read Crying in H Mart for my book club last month, and we took a field trip to a local on here in San Diego. What a great store!

  2. Janna says:

    I am 66 years old, past the point of worrying about wrinkles–they are there and I’ve earned every one of them! Long ago a dermatologist told me to stop using my expensive moisturizer and instead use Cetaphil lotion–available everywhere, inexpensive compared to boutique moisturizers and a large container lasts forever. I have subscribed to your “you don’t have to finish every book” rule for a long time now–life is too short to try and finish a book such as the one I’m reading now with dialog language I just can’t get past, “I ain’t got nothing, I seen it yesterday,” etc. I can deal with that kind of language/writing for a bit but the entire book dialog between characters is written this way. I’m releasing it back to the library today!

    • Anne Bogel says:

      Janna, your phrasing of “releasing it back to the library” made me smile. It reminded me of the way my mom always talks about “emancipating” her possessions she’s not using to Goodwill so someone else can benefit from them.

  3. Adrienne H. says:

    Loved the article about NOT finishing every book you start! Happily I have never felt compelled to finish a book I’m not enjoying. There are far too many good books out there to waste time on a “not for me” book.

    I also liked the article on organization of bookshelves. A couple of months ago, out of sheer frustration of not being able to find a copy of a book I knew I owned, I decided to organize all my books. It took several days, but I ended up sorting them all, about 3000 books total, alphabetically by author, and putting them into the bookcases without double stacking. I got as far as Steinbeck before running out of bookshelf space, but am so happy with the results.

    This weekend will be spent with family, as my daughter and son-in-law are here for the long weekend. Yay!

    Happy Reading!

  4. Janna says:

    And, another thing–I’ve had a very good friend staying with me for the last few days. She is super high energy, survives on about 5-6 hours of sleep every. single. night! I on the other hand need 8 hours of sleep and always have, even as a young nurse taking call in the operating room, working unheard of hours, etc. I need my sleep. With my friend here my sleep was not what it should have been. Last night after I took her to the airport I slept nine hours!!! And I can’t do screen time before bed–it’s a guarantee I will be awake for hours.

  5. dennismitton says:

    I enjoyed the bit about expensive swimsuits. Here’s one better: my daughter is a competitive swimmer. For meets and timed events, she wears a ‘tech-suit’ that shaves a second or so off your time. Dad balks a bit but if you want to swim with the sharks you need to look like a shark. The rub? They run about 3-500 buck each and are good for only a few events.

  6. Sarah says:

    I just tried the plant identifier iPhone feature. Wow! So easy and quick. That is a feature I will use a lot.
    My sisters and I just moved my 89 year old dad into a nursing home, so I will be traveling to see him this weekend. Hopefully reading around that – certainly listening to audiobooks there and back.

  7. Beth Roireau says:

    I listened to Trust on Audio but wouldn’t recommend that format. It is told in 3 parts from different perspectives. For me the first two parts dragged but the 3 part was excellent, exciting and pulled it all together. People who are good recommendation/book twin sources have like it so I suspect it was wrong time/wrong format for me. It is a fiction novel about people involved in the financial markets (and I’m a financial person). As I think of it now there are many interesting historical tidbits that I enjoyed so again I think it was wrong time/wrong format.

  8. Holly Winterrowd-Souther says:

    My husband has been sick for a week and I was stricken with plantar fasciitis on Monday. A rather miserable week for both of us. We are finally feeling better and are enjoying our pain-free/illness-free Saturday—staying home reading—I loved books so much, I married a librarian :)—watching a movie—catching up on snail mail correspondence—walking our dogs.

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts!

  9. Jodi says:

    So many great reads this week! Especially interesting was the poisonous books article! I have a lovely little stack of old books I must double check and found a helpful article from the Winterthur Museum as well as an arsenical book database from the museum as well. I go down so many rabbit holes after reading ‘links you love’!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  10. Cody says:

    I love your weekly email, the topics always look interesting. I just wish so many of the articles you link didn’t require a subscription to read, most weeks I can’t open at least a few of them.

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