Links I love and what I’m reading this week.

Favorite finds from around the web:

This couple’s bookstore proposal is every book lover’s dream. “Any proposal had to involve books, and books in New York entail The Strand.”

A world transfixed by screens. 36 incredible photos: equal parts very cool and very unsettling.

24 things no one tells you about book publishing. A good read for readers and writers.

The secret to smart groups: it’s women. “Like reading, social sensitivity is a kind of literacy, and it turns out that women are naturally more fluent in the language of tone and faces than the other half of their species.”

beverly clearly box set

from instagram: Lucy’s Beverly Cleary box set. Three books were missing from this stack because they were on three kids’ nightstands. 

What I’m reading this week: 

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary. I’m (re-)reading this family favorite out loud with the kids.

The Brothers K by David James Duncan. I’ve been meaning to read this for years. I’m on page 240 of 600+.

Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren Winner. Another book I’ve been meaning to read. I want to finish this before her new book, Wearing God, comes out in March. That won’t be a problem: I’m reading it quickly and taking copious notes.

The Sensory Child Gets Organized by Carolyn Dalgleish. I should have read this a long time ago. This book is about how and why to create organizing systems for kids who are rigid, anxious, or distracted. We need that around here.

Best of the blog:

9 novels to curl up with this winter. Your winter reading list, right here.

When we were in the fire.

There are 7 ways to hate a book.

Have a great weekend!


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  1. I keep thinking about your post on going through cancer, it just kept popping back to mind. I think it’s because challenges and suffering are on my mind a lot the last year or two. Trying to wrap my brain around how to go through them well and come out without being consumed, but maybe even with growth and a closer relationship with God. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the topic. 🙂

  2. Ramona Quimby is hands down my favorite character in all of children’s literature. Beverly Cleary is such a master. She captures childhood compassionately, honestly, and humorously. I want to be her when I grow up.

  3. liz n. says:

    I’ve been wondering about “The Sensory Child Gets Organized.” My brother struggles with maintaining organized systems for my nephew (my brother and his wife adopted their son, who was abused as an infant and suffers from neurological damage). I’ll have to look into this one.

  4. Dana says:

    Hi Anne,

    Happy Weekend! I enjoyed the story about the bookstore proposal…my husband and I met in a bookstore 28 years ago. It is still our favorite place to go after dinner on date night. We are both insatiable readers and give each other books for all occasions.
    What a memorable story for them to retell in years to come!

    The article about writing was good and much more encouraging than some I have seen recently. I have my first book almost ready to be handed to an editor. Scary but promising as well.

    When I taught primary grades the Ramona books were some of my favorites to read aloud. Kids really love her. Another series that is similar stars a character named Beany. She is a bit older in the beginning of the series but she gets in lots of scrapes Ramona style. My students loved those as well. The first one is called Beany, Not Beanhead. I think there are about 5 books in the series….

  5. Marianne says:

    I’m curious about the boxed Beverly Cleary set. Did you purchase it through a seller on Amazon, or find it elsewhere? I’d love to get it as a gift. Thanks!

  6. I think I could add a few things to that list on what people don’t tell you about book publishing. But it is totally true that saying you’re a freelance writer will kill conversation. People assume you mean unemployed and don’t want to talk about it 🙂

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