We’re just home from a quick trip to Chicago for an old friend’s wedding. (I feel like I’m getting old now that college friends count as “old friends.” Anyone else?) We had an amazing whirlwind of a time: it was wonderful to combine a favorite city with people I don’t get to see nearly often enough. We drank coffee (the best), visited a fantastic little bookstore, and spent hours catching up with friends we hadn’t seen in too long.
(The weekend wasn’t nonstop fun: we sat outside the church in our minivan so we could listen to our team lose in overtime in the Elite Eight twelve minutes before the wedding started.)
wedding shoes: Will and I both panicked when we got to the hotel and found we didn’t have the right footwear in the room. At this point we’re praying his fancy shoes and my boots are in the car. (They were.)
On Monday we drove home from still-frigid Chicago, and found our city to be noticeably greener than it was when we left it on Friday. I love spring.
What I’m watching
Basketball! Although since my team lost I might exercise some self-control and go to bed instead of staying up too late watching games I don’t care enough about to merit a loss of sleep.
We’re still watching MasterChef Junior with the kids.
Will and I have watched two or three episodes of Call the Midwife. I’m loving the way the BBC brought the books to life, but we have been busy lately. I’m looking forward to watching more episodes … eventually.
What I’m reading
So. many. bad. books. I had a fascinating conversation with another readerly friend recently about how all the fiction we’ve read this year with a planned publication date of summer 2015 is crap. Fascinating, but kind of depressing.
In my ears
Will and I listened to Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods during our Chicago road trip. For the first time ever, I chose the abridged version of the book on purpose: I vastly preferred the narrator of the abridged version (the author himself) over the uncut edition. We both enjoyed it. (Thanks for all your suggestions!)
On the blog
13 things I’ve learned in 30 months of Stitch Fix (aka my best Stitch Fix tips). I finally answer a frequent reader question: Do you still use Stitch Fix, and are you still happy with it?
40 great book club novels. “Many of these books tackle big—even uncomfortable—issues. Many are polarizing. All are “discussable”—you’ll have enough material to last all night long.”
What I’ve been reading lately: the new and the notable. My thoughts on spring’s new releases, plus a book I’ve been meaning to read for a while.
The 3 things you need to have people over. Your cheat sheet for hospitality prep in 15 minutes or less.
What to read next if you want to branch out from your usual genres. “Some readers read more widely than others, but most of us fall into grooves—often without even realizing it.”
Best of the web
Children’s books are never just for children. “Many adults – many well-known authors in fact – re-read books that in childhood had a big impact. So why is children’s literature not considered worthy of major awards?”
10 words we’ve forgotten how to pronounce. I’m guilty.
Little Women: a literary pilgrimage. “We carry with us the sister we are “most like” and the film adaptation we like most (sorry, Katharine Hepburn). We have very, very strong opinions about Professor Bhaer.”
What were you into in March?
Linking up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into lately.