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What are you up to this weekend? I’m in North Carolina for the Bookmarks NC Festival of Books & Authors and I’ve already gotten to meet some of you here! I hope you have something to look forward to this weekend, and that this collection of interesting reads and favorite things helps ease you into that weekend frame of mind.

The Festival of Book & Authors is this weekend!

Come join me at the Festival of Books & Authors in Winston-Salem! See festival site for more details.

  • 9:30 am: Meetup for Modern Mrs Darcy readers and What Should I Read Next listeners at the picnic area behind Calvary Moravian, the large venue at the center of the festival space. No RSVP needed. Can’t wait to meet you there!
  • 12-12:45 pm: Reading Past Bedtime: I’m speaking about how to inspire the kids in your life to become lifelong readers
  • 1:45 pm: Moderating the Book Club Favorites panel featuring Tia Williams, TJ Klune, Brendan Slocumb, and Andrew Sean Greer
  • 2:45 pm: Book signing

My favorite finds from around the web:

  • I came this close to buying this navy shirtdress in Nashville last weekend—and seeing it styled with boots in the photo makes me want to click “order” immediately! (I’m 5’9″ and a medium in this style.)
  • Inside the Silent ADHD Epidemic Among Women. “Women aren’t suddenly waking up with a neurological disorder. It’s likely been there all along, masquerading as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, ‘she’s difficult,’ ‘she’s an airhead,’ ‘she’s unlucky,’ ‘she’s lazy,’ and other labels that tend to mark a girl as she moves through her life.”
  • Speaking of cookbooks: my whole family is LOVING this little cookbook. (Yes, I was totally influenced by Pantsuit Politics and I couldn’t be happier about it.)
  • Perfectionism and the Performance of Organizing. INTERESTING. “I want there to be a way to preserve what’s good about organizing — the catharsis, the feeling of calm, the ability to find the snack containers—and reject what gets messy about it.”

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Upcoming Events:

  • September 24: 10 Things I Hate About You Watch Party: Stream, buy, borrow, or rent the film, then join us as we all press play on 10 Things I Hate About You, 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. 
  • October 20: WSIRN Trivia Night: Our team has been talking about putting on Trivia Night for ages and we’re thrilled to finally offer this fun bookish event for our What Should I Read Next Patreon community

You can find more upcoming events here.

Have a great weekend!

P.S. Thanks so much for your Nashville tips last week—we had a great time!


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  1. Anna says:

    Thank you for recommending The Sentence, by Louise Erdrich. I thought of you as I am listening on library-borrowed audio with the wonderful author narration this week; loving her pace and dialect. Yesterday my Libby app showed the due date in 24 hours so I sped up the playback speed to 1.x with the intent of beating my due date deadline. This has worked for me in the past with other audiobooks. Unfortunately it ruined the joy of hearing the beauty in her word choice and sentence structure, the dry humor as Tookie relates her life story. I eventually switched back and just placed another hold so I can relish the story without feeling like I am gobbling it down! Have a great weekend.

  2. Lois says:

    I loved the Perfectionism and the Performance of Organizing essay, thanks for sharing. It articulated some things I’ve been mulling over for a while about the value of organizing, and the value of being ok with clutter, and how to live (and be ok) in the tension between those two spaces.

  3. Mary Ann says:

    Thank you so much for that link about ADHD in women. We very strongly suspect our 19 year old has it, but isn’t diagnosed, and so much of the article reminded me of her.
    The audiobook reminder link came at a great time, too as I am headed to visit the same child for family weekend at college tomorrow!

  4. Susan Montesino says:

    Someone please enlighten me as to how it’s okay to spend $150 on a fabric concoction one could find at the Goodwill for 8 bucks. I see this all the time- recommendations for various must-haves that cost a small fortune. Do people actually shell out this kind of money regularly? Especially in this economy and global climate of increasing awareness of the importance of repurposing/reusing, living a life focused less on material acquisition. It makes me crazy, and yes, I am fun at parties…

  5. Jane B says:

    As a 29 year old woman recently diagnosed, the ADHD article rang so true! It was a complete shock when my new psychiatrist said he believed that it was why I struggled with anxiety. I’ve also been surprised to find out some of my female friends have also been diagnosed.

  6. JKF says:

    I loved the article about Mindy Kaling. She’s been a favorite of mine since The Office and I’ve enjoyed many of her projects since. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. Linda D says:

    This little cookbook Anne recommends is Snacking Cakes. I would highly recommend it for fun, very tasty, gluten free cakes. I have loved using this cookbook. Most of the recipes work very well with gluten free flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill, gluten free 1 to 1 Baking flour). It is a joy to be able to make home made gluten free cakes.

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