Links I love and what’s on my nightstand.

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My favorite finds from around the web:

The Oregon Trail generation: life before and after mainstream tech. “If you can distinctly recall the excitement of walking into your weekly computer lab session and seeing a room full of Apple 2Es displaying the start screen of Oregon Trail, you’re a member of this nameless generation, my friend.”

25 times Gilbert Blythe melted your heart. These are GIFs and they are awesome. But fair warning: you are going to want to watch seven hours of Anne movies after you scroll through these.

Five habits of creative people. “There is no secret trick to becoming more creative, but the good news is creativity is a skill you can build.”

How to become a better reader in 10 steps. Always have plenty of reading material on hand, abandon what you don’t like, don’t fight your inclinations. These are good.

On my nightstand:

• Anne of Green Gables. The natural response to grief over Jonathan Crombie.

The Heroine’s Bookshelf by Erin Blakemore. This was a bit uneven, but I loved the chapters on L. M. Montgomery (and her Anne) and Margaret Mitchell (and her Scarlett).

cheese board, snacks, macaroons, TJs

On the blog: 

My favorite things to buy at Trader Joe’s. 21 of my offbeat favorites, and the excellent comments are growing my grocery list.

What it’s like to read for a living. “All kinds of new book-related jobs are popping up these days because of the internet and social media. More and more people are creating their own made-to-fit book-related jobs. I have one of those.”

What are your go-to weeknight dinners? So many good ideas here.

Have a great weekend!

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  1. liz n. says:

    I love that Gretchen mentioned “Slightly Foxed!”

    I’m about to leave for a short trip with Dad, so I’m packing Mary Norris’ “Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen,” which just arrived (and I’ve been dying to read), and Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One,” which I’ve almost finished.

  2. Anne says:

    I sighed five times looking through the Gilbert gifs. What a great performance in a great series. Thanks for posting, hadn’t seen that yet.

  3. Beth says:

    Just finished Heroine’s Bookshelf. I enjoyed the chapters on books I’d read (most of them!) but it did kind of read like an essay for English class sometimes! I would have liked more insight into when the author has reread them – just to make it more personal, I guess. Still, I was prompted to finally get to rereading To Kill a Mockingbird after reading that book. Books that lead you to better books are good books too, right?

  4. Carrie says:

    That is a lovely book in that picture! Which one is it? Anne of Green Gables? And where did you come across such a lovely find? I love collecting books & am always on the lookout 🙂

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