What are you up to this weekend? I’m listening to a great audiobook so I plan to do ALL THE LAUNDRY, plus exercise serious restraint at a reliably fabulous used book sale. I hope you have something fun to look forward to these next few days, and that this collection of interesting reads and favorite things helps ease you into that weekend frame of mind.
The countdown is on!
It’s that time of year: join us for our Fall Book Preview, where I’ll share 42 books I’ve read and loved, books I can’t wait to read, and books the industry is buzzing about releasing between August 30 and year’s end.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- New American Girl Is Full-Circle Moment for Author Brit Bennett. This is so cool!
- Jennette McCurdy on Finding Her Way Towards Healing. I really appreciated I’m Glad My Mom Died, in which the iCarly child star frankly discusses the decades-long eating disorder her mother actively encouraged. (I talked more about her memoir here.)
- Why friendship is different than any other relationship we have. “From the moment I met her, she’s helped me celebrate the things that were wonderful and get through the things that weren’t.”
- Limited time deal: Get a 1 year premium Artists’ Academy membership for only $0.99. In addition to more advanced portrait and still life tutorials (for drawing and painting) the video lessons catching my eye are Using Inspiration Photos To Sketch Floral Arrangements, Colored Pencil Color Basics, and How To Paint Different Types Of Clouds
- Bring that beat back: why are people in their 30s giving up on music? So interesting. I’m curious to hear if this resonates with you.
- This week’s wildly successful culinary experiment: we adapted this grit cake recipe to mimic the dish my family loves from The Red Bar in Grayton Beach, Florida. (Who’s been?) We served with air fried shrimp and tilapia with a side of sautéed spinach and it was a huge hit!
- Clare Pooley on Writerly Perseverance and Knowing When To Give Up. “It would mean admitting, to myself and my publishers, that the last twelve months had been entirely wasted. It would mean feeling, and looking, like a failure.”
- My whole family swears by this Aquaphor Itch Relief Ointment and it’s made us far less miserable when we get eaten up by mosquitoes. My only complaint is that we didn’t discover it earlier!
- This week I’ve found myself in numerous conversations about “extroverted introverts” and explaining how “introvert” and “extrovert” are verbs as well as nouns. My book Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything explores this concept in more detail—give it a read if you haven’t, I’d be surprised if you didn’t learn something about yourself! (You can request a signed copy from Carmichael’s Bookstore.)
- Meryl Streep’s One Weird Trick. I’ve never noticed this before, have you? (Gift link.)
- 21 Bookish Podcasts You Should Definitely Listen To. Love seeing What Should I Read Next in such great company! (This week’s new episode features our team talking about their favorite summer reads! Give it a listen here or wherever you get your podcasts.)
- The Best Pasta Shape Is Fusilli Corti Bucati. I’m intrigued.
Don’t miss these posts:
- 22 atmospheric gothic novels for a darker reading mood. If you’re looking for a spooky-but-not-scary read, try a gothic novel!
- My 6 favorite summer-to-fall transition pieces. I’m dreaming about crisp fall sweater weather and these pieces will carry me through this in-between season.
- Restart your life with these 12 nonfiction titles. This is a great time of year to give yourself a fresh start or adopt a new habit or routine.
- August 27: Sense & Sensibility Watch Party: Stream, buy, borrow, or rent the film, then join us as we all press play on the 1995 version of the film Sense & Sensibility, all together at the same time. We’ll use the Zoom chat feature to share our thoughts as we watch! This is a Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club event.
- September 8: Fall Book Preview: An exclusive live event for Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club members and Patreon supporters where I share a curated list of this fall’s exciting new releases. I’ll feature a mix of titles I’ve read and loved, titles I can’t wait to read, and titles the book industry is abuzz about for the season to come so you can decide which ones belong on your To Be Read list.
You can find more upcoming events here.
Have a great weekend!