Tue. May 30th, 2023

What are you up to this weekend? We’re looking forward to getting outside and enjoying the spring weather, and also to watching new episodes of Ted Lasso and The Last Thing He Told Me. (I LOVED the Laura Dave book and, despite being hesitant because of the iffy reviews, we enjoyed the first two episodes of the show last weekend.)

We have a Summer Reading Guide update: the 2023 MMD Guide releases on May 18, and our preorder page is live! I’ll be talking about this more in the coming weeks, and hopefully answering all your questions.

I hope you have something to look forward to these next few days, and that this collection of interesting reads and favorite things helps ease you into that weekend frame of mind.

My favorite finds from around the web:

Orlando Bloom To Star In & Produce Series Adaptation Of ‘This Must Be The Place’ In The Works At Amazon. (Deadline Hollywood) This delights and terrifies me, because I love this book.

Billy Porter to Play Writer James Baldwin in Upcoming Biopic: ‘I Intend to Expand His Legacy’. (People) Perfect casting choice.

How adorable is this seersucker A-line dress from Target? (So ​​cute!)

I ate at the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world, where dishes cost as little as $1.60, and it turned out to be worth flying to another country for. (Insider) This sounds amazing!

Are You There, Judy Blume? It’s Me, Kelly Fremon Craig. (The Cut) As the article says, “it’s never been a better month to be a Blume fan.”

Your Dish Washing Style Says a Lot About Who You Are. (Enjoy your food) I am decidedly a clean-as-you-go-person, but only because they didn’t offer an “I’d rather be reading” option.

The Unbearable Costs of Becoming a Writer. (Esquire) Thoughtful piece from Nicole Chung, whose new memoir A Living Remedy is out now.

This French Potato and Green Bean Salad is a summer staple at my house. (NYT Cooking gift link)

Is the 3:6 Rule the Secret to Making Friends as an Adult? (Pure Wow) Interesting to consider.

Why ‘Hello Beautiful’ Author Ann Napolitano “Needed” to Write Her New Novel. (Shondaland) She wrote to make sense of the world and I loved the result.

We’re Calling It Now, the Espresso Tonic Is the Drink of the Summer. (Food & Wine) I had one of these in Austin in 2013, but haven’t had one since.

I Live in a Tornado-Prone Region — Here’s How I Organize and Prepare My Emergency Kit. (Apartment Therapy) This is a good time of year to do this.

How Bookshop.org Survives—and Thrives—in Amazon’s World. (Wired) “Hunter sees Bookshop as the third-best option, the Good Samaritan middleman.”

From our archives:

12 bookish mysteries about bibliophiles and bookstores. Lean in to your love of books and bookstores with one of these literary mysteries!

Favorite items in my spring-to-summer wardrobe. A few of the pieces I rely on to see me through spring into summer.

15 books to give for graduation that graduates will actually want to read.

Have a great weekend!

By cb2gp