Links I love

Links I love

My favorite finds from around the web:

Pulp Friction. “If Barnes & Noble goes out of business, it’ll be a disaster for book lovers.”

100 countries or an SUV? “I feel much more comfortable valuing life experiences. I value meeting people all over the world. I value stamps in my passport and real-life adventures I would have missed if I would have stayed home.”

Packing essentials for a summer girls’ trip: the 5-4-3-2-1 rule. For the right-brained and packing-challenged: a rule of thumb for packing for a 5-7 day getaway. (I take fewer shoes, because Tieks.)

Psychologists recommend children be bored in the summer. “While there’s a good chance children might mope around for a while and be bored, it’s important to realize that this isn’t wasted time.”

What I’m reading:

book of the month club april 2016 selections

I just started this gem for the second time because it’s our next pick for the Summer Reading Club (and one of the 5 books I chose for the Minimalist Summer Reading Guide). So fun!

(Heads up: if you’re a new or current Book of the Month member, you can get this for $9.99 with your next shipment. They have a special deal going right now for new members: use this link plus the code SUMMER30 to get your first three months for $10 each, plus a free tote and sunnies.)

On the blog: 

Today’s kindle deals are extra fantastic. (When you check out the list you’ll see I’m not exaggerating!)

• One year ago: The perfect summer reading for every Myers-Briggs personality type.

• Two years ago: I’m not waiting for the next house (any more).

• Three years ago: 4 gorgeous novels for your summer reading list.

• Four years ago: Atlantic readers can’t have it all (but can we?).

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Christy says:

    I’m trying to add The Nest to my July Book of the Month shipment but I can’t find it as a selection under “more books”. Where can a select it to add to my box?

    • Anne says:

      If you’re already a subscriber they won’t let you add it until July 1 selections are announced. (Unless there’s a workaround they can do on the back end—-if you’re desperate to get it set to ship TODAY I would reach out to their solid customer service team.)

  2. Lindsey says:

    The Barnes & Noble article is so interesting. I admit that I almost NEVER buy from B&N anymore. (Even though I have a Nook. It sits mostly unused.) Where we used to live, we didn’t HAVE an independent store, so B&N was the best option. Now, we have an AMAZING independent, so I’ve ignored B&N.

    When I need to save money, I go with Amazon. When I don’t care about saving money, I prefer to support my local/independent store. Now I’m wondering if that’s the best approach.

    Of course, like everyone else at the start of ebook popularly, I was worried about the state of bookstores and print books. But obviously, print books are doing just fine. I’m sure they’ll continue to survive, but that article does give me pause.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts, Anne!

    • Anne says:

      I don’t live remotely near a Barnes and Noble so I never spend money there. In the past few years I have dramatically upped my patronage (meaning dollars spent) at indie stores, especially my local one, for this reason.

      There used to be a Borders *right* by my house and I miss it so. 🙁

  3. JerryT says:

    The news about Barnes and Noble is very bad for local booksellers which will longer have the same selling options, switching more and more of us to Amazon.

    • Anne says:

      But indie bookstores are actually thriving these days! (As opposed to the big chains.) My personal theory is that few of us feel bad about NOT shopping at Barnes and Noble, while we do feel guilty about visiting their local independent store and not buying.

  4. I found the B&N article so fascinating and depressing, too. We have one near our house and I try to shop there often because I would absolutely HATE the idea of not having an actual bricks-and-mortar bookstore in our area (we have no indies, alas).

    When it comes to ordering books online, I also try to do through B& — if you are a member, the shipping is free. It doesn’t arrive quite as quickly as on Amazon Prime, but I’m [usually] willing to wait an extra two or three days.

    Also, I’m a writer, and B&N is carrying my latest book in their stores, which makes me feel some extra warm feelings for them. 🙂

  5. Dawn says:

    B&N is still my children’s first choice for browsing. (The grandson loves to play at the Thomas train table in the children’s section.)
    And a good chunk of my Christmas budget is spent there, even though Amazon is cheaper. Our B&N is an hour away, but in the city where we go to church, so we are in the city a few times a week. I surely would hate to see them go away!!!

  6. Casey says:

    The B&N article was interesting, but ended on such a sour note for me. As a reader of primarily science fiction, it was disappointing to me to find out that my “pulp” selections are not considered to be as challenging as literary fiction. I read enough literary fiction to know this is not necessarily true! Grrrr….

  7. Victoria says:

    I really loved the article ‘100 countries or an SUV?’, it is interesting to me. It brings into realization what people typically feel like is something they want when there is so much more you could do with that and not even know you want to do it just yet… if that makes sense to anyone besides in my head

  8. Jen E. says:

    I was so excited to see Sea of Tranquility on the kindle deal list, however it’s no longer a deal 🙁 It was probably my favorite book this year.

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