A collection of links I love for week 1 of 2019.Read More
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’re finding time to get some joy from the season without being too overwhelmed. (I still have shopping to do, so…) I’m taking all of next week off and hope to see the fam, take a lot of book pics, get ahead of blog posts, go to Orange Theory, and otherwise leave the house as little as possible. This week’s links include an upcoming bookish podcast, killer boots, more justification for visiting bookstores and buying too many books, and influencing trends.
Podcast recommendation of the week: Sarah’s Book Shelves Live! My internet friend Sarah is taking her blog to a podcast. Each week she’ll have a guest and ask them to share two old books they loved, two new books they loved, a book they hated, and an upcoming release they’re excited about. I genuinely can’t get enough of book recommendation pods, so I’m happy to have a new one to add to my list!
Michelle Obama’s boots are giving me everything I need this Christmas.
In case you need some justification, there are some pretty compelling reasons as to why you should surround yourself with more books than you’ll ever need.
Bookstagrammers are doing their part to save Independent Bookstores! I know that whenever I go to a new city, I like to visit a new to me indie bookstore, both to photograph and to make a purchase. Ebooks are great and all but nothing will ever replace the feeling of holding a book in my hands.
Remember when Kim Kardashian was the only mainstream person that “was famous for no reason”? Aspiring influencers are posting fake sponsored content on Instagram with the hopes that brands will notice them and actually sponsor them. I think that if there is a market for it, there's no fault in hustling and trying to legally get paid. I know there is a certain skill that goes into marketing yourself, taking photos, and building a following. What gets me are the teenagers are inspiring to be influencers and the ones that already are. Is there an influencer bubble? When will it burst?
OMG I JUST REMEMBERED BIRD BOX IS OUT ON NETFLIX TODAY. Bird Box was the post apocalyptic debut novel by Josh Malerman about a mysteries threat that causes people to commit suicide when they see it. I know what I’m doing this weekend!! Eeee
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Happy Friday everyone! W'e’re edging closer to the holidays (and I’m so thankful I get to have a full week off!) so I’m just trying to hang in there for a little longer. This week’s links include a ton of things I’ve been listening to, reading challenges I likely won’t finish in 2019, and an Instagram scandal. Happy reading!
If you’re an audiobook lover like me, you know a narrator can make or break the experience. (Sorry Busy Phillips- I’m glad so many people are loving your book, but I couldn’t finish it on audio.) This is a list of the best of the best audiobook narrators, according to AudioFile magazine. I had no idea that there were awards for this!
Podcast recommendation of the week: Knox and Jamie at The Popcast break down The Bachelor Colton’s contestants, based on their bios. I must say, these bios are worse than ever. They look like they were written by a robot (“She also he enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with friends” WHAT). I’ve got my eye on Caelynn, Caitlin, Cassie, and Hannah G. Where are my Bachelor fans at?!
You’ve seen those perfectly curated Instagram feeds floating around with beautiful women in exotic locations who seem to be paid to travel? What if there was a class you could take to unlock their secrets? What if… the class was far below your expectations and left you feeling scammed? Here’s one person’s story of being scammed by a celebrity influencer. I don’t know anything about the Instagrammer outside of what I read in the article, but it’s a great reminder to be careful what you pay for, especially online.
Speaking of… triangle shaped things, The Dream podcast is about MLM (Multi Level Marketing). Just started it this week, but I’m hooked. It’s an investigative journalist podcast about the origin of pyramid schemes and present day MLMs. The host, Jane Marie, goes back to her hometown in rural Michigan, where a lot of her friends and families are involved in these, to ask them (direct quote): “what the fuck”. So far she’s telling their stories in a respectful way. She’s not just going in and taking trash- there’s a lot about the psychology of being involved, the history of women in the workforce, and one of the people working on the podcast joins one and tries her hand at being successful. It’s fascinating!
I read Cork Dork this month and really enjoyed learning about what it takes to become a Master Sommelier. It’s truly a remarkable skillset that takes a lot of studying and fair bit of obsession. It inspired me to watch Somm and Somm: Into the Bottle on Netflix. Somm did come off as a bit dated (from 2012). This article gives the update on where the cast of Somm is now- and filled me in on a part three that’s in the works!
How are your bookish challenges going? I always get excited about the prospect of completing them but lose excitement by the end of the year. See how I’m doing. This year I tried The Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge and Book Riot's Read Harder- and they both just put out their challenges for 2019. I really think I can finish the MMD Challenge this year- the topics are very do-able. Book Riot Read Harder’s is going to be tough to do- but that’s the point! And they’re also really good about offering suggestions. There’s also the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge that’s got a lot more categories, but most of them would be easy to fill with my regular reading. What others are out there that I’ve missed?
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Podcast recommendation of the week- My Favorite Murder. I listened to a couple of episodes last year and liked it, but for some reason they fell off my radar. Then this article came out and I restored the series from the beginning. I love to see how far they've come. Maybe I'll be caught up by the time their book comes out in May 2019. Any other murderinos out there?
I really want to up my jewelry game. I have a couple of necklaces that I regularly wear, but I'd like more earrings and bracelets. I've been loving browsing Indie and Harper's website- I have this ring on my list. If you're into jewelry, what are your favorite shops?
Apparently, I'm a Xennial. And if you were born between 1977 and 1985- you are too.
Finally, I did something I've never done before yesterday- went to a movie by myself! I had a couple of hours to kill and have been so excited about the movie adaptations of Crazy Rich Asians so I ran out to see it. It was so well done- great casting, beautiful costumes and setting, and of course the story itself. Loved seeing so many actors of color on the screen! There were a couple of differences between the book and the movie- see all of the major ones, here.
Also, the actress who plays Astrid might be one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen. Happy weekend, everyone!
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Internet rabbit holes are the best, aren't they? A lot of the time I get stuck in an internet hole and find myself reading click bait articles from Facebook- You'll Never Guess What This Child Star Looks Like Today!- but sometimes I really do run into some great things. In Weekend Reads, I wanted to share some of these links along with products, recommendations, and other ideas that aren't necessarily book related.
Are you listening to Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People yet? I feel like my fellow readers will really identify with the premise of the podcast and the way in which the host, Chris Gethard, is able to have an authentic, non-judgmental conversation with his callers. Start here to crack up and here if you want to feel all of the feels. (TW for cancer and sick kids on this episode).
This has got me in the mood to re-organize! I inventory my personal collection using Library Thing- they have a super easy to use app that allows you to scan the ISBN number from your book and add to a virtual shelf. It's fun to organize them by read/unread or keep track of various editions, if you're a book collector.
Speaking of home libraries- we recently bought a embosser that says "From the Library Of" with our names.... and needless to say I'm obsessed. Stamping all of our books with both of our names is a bigger commitment than any marriage license ;)
Have you ever come across blog income and traffic reports? I love reading about blog origin stories and seeing how things progress. This one from Punch of Yum is especially interesting to me- they share what they learned over the course of six years and why they're stopping those kinds of posts.
I used to think airplane reading had to be either breezy or a thriller. But on my latest plane ride I sped through half of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. I picked it up because it has been on my list and he is going to be at a conference I'm also going to, and I could not put it down. It's eye opening, frustrating, engrossing, sad, oddly hopeful... but more than all, his compassion for all humans comes through. I'm loving it, and it's inspired me to think about ways I can give back. I'm thinking about donating some of my books to the Chicago Books to Women in Prison- these are some of the things that they're looking for. I'm sure if you look into your city they're doing something similar!
Finally, a Chicago is getting a gastropub, boozy bakery, and BOOKSTORE combo! I thought you'd never ask.
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