Links I love and what’s on my nightstand.

My favorite finds from around the web:

• Why I wear the exact same thing to work every day. “The simple choice of wearing a work uniform has saved me countless wasted hours thinking, “what the hell am I going to wear today?” And in fact, these black trousers and white blouses have become an important daily reminder that frankly, I’m in control.” (It probably reminds you of simplicity, productivity, and the personal uniform.)

• Can we guess your age based on your taste in books? (No. But maybe because I never read the scary stuff?)

• The neurological pleasures of fast fashion. “If seeing items you want and getting a bargain both elicit waves of shopping joy, you couldn’t engineer a more pleasurable consumer culture than the modern, globalized West.”

• Twelve classic novels as summarized by someone who has not read them. “What a nice day it had been, here in the jungle.” – The Jungle

What’s on my nightstand: 

• Emma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith. I picked up this brand-new release before I went to hear the author speak on the first stop of his American book tour last night. (Very fun, more to follow.)

• Listening to: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

On the blog:

When your perspective changes in an instant. “For most of us, it takes something dramatic—a diagnosis, a near-miss, a death—to jolt us back into the present.”

5 books with thought-provoking structures. “These 5 books are (in my opinion) genuinely good to start with, but their interesting narrative structures elevate them to something special.”

Books move in mysterious ways. “I believe that books find their way to you when you need them, and this book was clearly determined to find me.”

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Laura says:

    I am SOO glad you mentioned the Alexander McCall Smith event. I decided to check what cities he’s touring in and unbelievably, he’s coming to Albuquerque! (It’s pretty unusual for ABQ to make tours). Yay! Thanks

  2. Susan says:

    The link about telling one’s age from a book was fascinating. It took 43 years off my age. Now if only it could remove the wrinkles!

    • liz n. says:

      Lol, Buzzfeed thinks I am 13 years younger than my actual age.

      Obviously, Buzzfeed cannot see the elegant streaks of grey in my hair. 😉

      • Susan says:

        Your streaks probably confirm that your perceived age is 13 years younger because the latest trend is for very young women to dye their hair gray.

  3. Danae says:

    I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Emma since I noticed its mixed reviews (along with others in the Austen Project). I’m pretty open-minded when it comes to reworked classics, so long as it’s written well and is entertaining.

    The twelve classic novel summaries were hilarious.

  4. Anna says:

    On the book/age test, I got 28. (I’m 40.) I thought that was pretty funny. I love Alexander McCall Smith, and will be happy when I can get my hands on a copy of his book. 🙂

  5. Ann says:

    My daughter introduced me to Ender’s Game years ago and I loved it! I ended up reading the whole series, though Ender’s Game was definitely my favorite. I hope you like the book!

  6. Asha says:

    Very much looking forward to your thoughts on Emma, as I finished it a few weeks ago. I love Alexander McCall Smith and am so jealous you got to meet him!

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