My favorite finds from around the web:
• Want to work in 18 miles of books? First, the quiz. Try your hand at the literary matching quiz all applicants to the famed Strand Bookstore in NYC have to take. (40 out of 50, here, and I’d never even heard of half the ones I missed.)
• Why LaCroix sparkling water is suddenly everywhere. “In the 1990s, LaCroix was the favorite drink of Midwestern moms. How did it get so cool?” The authors’ reasons are so interesting.
• What you read matters more than you might think. Fuel for the brain: poems and literary fiction. Do it.
• Road trip | Savannah, Georgia. These beautiful pictures from Emily’s stop in Savannah during their epic family road trip have me drooling, especially because I’m heading there in September for Read Savannah. Our Saturday meet-and-greet is even at one of the restaurants she visits here. (She loves it.)
Two years, two months, and a week or two after moving into the second house of my adult life we finally installed shelves in the closet and it is glorious. (Follow me on instagram @annebogel.)
On the blog:
One year ago: From the trenches of parenting a highly sensitive child. “Once I knew what I—and my kids—were dealing with, we could make the appropriate adjustments. It’s made a significant difference in our family life.”
Two years ago: Angry cleaning. “I told my friend that I’m experiencing Delayed Moving Overwhelm: all I want to do is organize everything, immediately and non-stop. She nodded. “Yep, I call that angry cleaning.””
Three years ago: For an adult reader, the possible verdicts are five. “I love how this framework is completely devoid of snobbery and any hint of the word “should,” and I’m feeling more liberated these days to hate the occasional classic, or adore the occasional breezy novel. It’s freeing.”
Four years ago: Black, white, and grey. “My friend and I were recently talking about mothering, and work, and how our perspectives had evolved over the years. “I find that newer mothers tend to be more black and white in their ideals,” she said. Her words rang true: when I became a mom at 24, I lacked the experience to have a nuanced view of anything.” More experience lets you understand the grey.”
Five years ago: Eleanor Roosevelt’s best blogging tips. “As a blogger (er, columnist) Mrs. Roosevelt had phenomenal stats: millions of raving fans and engaged subscribers. And the strategies she first employed to reach her audience 75 years ago have stood the test of time.”
Have a great weekend!