Links I love and what’s on my nightstand.

My favorite finds from around the web: 

Red, white, and books: our literary version of the American flag. “There are 105 blue covers, 199 red covers, and 177 white covers. That’s a total of 481 books (by 421 different authors).” Definitely worth taking a look at the close-up.

21 things that happened on Friends that would baffle kids today. Pagers, airport security, and pretty much every plot with an answering machine. Very fun.

The most popular book set in each state—in one surprising map. “Each state’s representative fiction book was chosen based on Goodreads scores for series with over 50,000 ratings.”

The Food for Thought book collection. These look amazing. “Three books with edible names have been packaged up in tin cans, complete with the daily value of humor and irony that the book contains, the number of pages that make the perfect serving size and the ingredients of the novel.” Even if the thought of flattening out those pages makes me cringe, it might be worth it.

library haul

What I’m reading this week: 

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson. I just started this selection from my summer reading list on Audible.

The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny. I’m cranking through this series. (Book 1, Still Life, is a summer reading guide pick.)

On the blog: 

The life-changing magic of tidying up, six months later. “We’ve made some mistakes along the way, but by and large it’s been a fantastic experience. This is what we’ve learned, and our favorite takeaways from the process.”

What I’m Into. My monthly report on what I’m up to, into, and generally obsessing over.

11 things I learned in June. From home design to pretty flowers to tattoo parlors, this is what I learned in June.

Note: There are some pretty great Kindle deals this weekend, especially in the “still on sale” column.

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Susan in TX says:

    I’ve got Dead Wake on my list as well, but I may not get to it until after school starts again. A case of too many books, too little time. 🙂 I did finish Deep Down Dark, and it got better for me as it went. Not sure I would gush about it, but it made for some interesting dinner time discussion at our house. Happy weekend to you, and happy reading!

  2. Lindsey says:

    Wonder by Palacio is one of the best children’s books I ever read. I think it was my favorite of all the books I read in 2014. It’s really so, so wonderful! (If you tend to be a crier, I’d keep tissues handy towards the end!)

  3. Maggie says:

    We’re headed to quebec city and montreal in three weeks. When I saw that Still Life listed on your reading list and realized the book is set there, I reserved it for my husband. I think he’s gonna dig it and the location coincidence is too good!

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