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Cheers to the Weekend 9.20.19
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Summer has undeniably left us here in the PNW. We’re fully transitioning into the new school year, fighting off colds, and embracing the cooler temperatures. We’ve been tackling our personal TBR’s, saying goodbye to summer books and getting ready for two great book clubs next month.

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You guys, the National Book Award nominees have me jumping to read as many as I can. Some of the books on that list have been sitting on my shelf for some time, and this is major motivation to get to them! The Memory Police is at the top.

Anne Bogel nailed our fall reading TBR’s with an incredible list of “historical mysteries featuring fiesty female protagonist”.

Books about books are the best, but what about books about librarians?! Umm, yes please. Book-centric novels are one of the most heart-warming things to read about for book lovers. It’s like a warm hug from a fellow reader, even while you’re reading all alone, and this list not only reminds us of how important librarians are, but are perfect cozy fall books. I’m most curious about Running the Books, because I’ve actually done that job before.

I’m kind of geeking out over the literary discovery made at Cambridge by a lecturer. Merging the worlds of two writers such as William Shakespeare and John Milton is really exciting, to say the least.

A creative literary spin on reading-on-the-go when you don’t have the time or attention for a real book. Suss nails it with keeping things book-centered with podcasts, booklets, and yes, even the newspaper. I love these ideas so much!


We’re endlessly inspired by Bryt’s creative undertakings with bring books to life in various ways. Her latest Hobbit-inspired garden project is something I would absolutely love to do. Especially since The Hobbit is on my fall TBR!

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Catherine reads some of the most interesting books, and more than once, has encouraged me to pick up one of her recommendations.

A super dreamy, moody lifestyle feed by Kourtney that pretty much always feels like fall, and we are here for it!

Gorgeous city views, yummy food, and books—what more could we want? Interesting discussions and witty humor, of course.

WHAT WE’RE READING

Michaela - I’m starting in on Madame Bovary (oh yes friends, I did indeed research the hell out of the translation options) for our IRL book club and finally finishing up Gideon the Ninth ! Reading has been slow this month, but I am so looking forward to spending some time with both of these.


Rikki - I’ve read so many good things lately, but am now settled into the 7th and final Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, along with a read-along of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (which is much better than I expected) with my son for school. Lastly, with summer abruptly ending, I was going to give up on my summer reading, but I had the much anticipated Dandelion Wine left, so I’ve reclaimed it and am jumping back in!

Cheers to the Weekend 8.23.19
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Our blog has taken a back seat to life through this second part of summer, and honestly, we respect that our lives demand more of us, and so, we decide to remain present. Maybe we’ll never be big time bloggers, but we respect the real life happening outside of this wonderful space and come back when time allows. I’ve accumulated some great links and bookstagrammers I’ve been anxious to share with you again, so I’m happy to step back in, if only for a moment. We hope your summer has been delightful as well!

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A beautiful late summer read for those looking for a nature-escape and reflection on love and loss from NYT writer, Margaret Renkl. Read more about it here.

I won’t even lie, fall has been toying with summer with our back and forth hot afternoons, cool nights, and foggy mornings. There are many anticipated fall books, and we’re definitely planning which books will make our TBR. Are you looking forward to any of new releases?

I am definitely here for this stack of “funny books” and love the backlist meets classics meets new releases.

I won’t even lie, I’ve jumped on the Clarice Lispector revival train, and have really enjoyed her Selected Cronicas.

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“Books as accessories” certainly has my attention and full agreement. I’m definitely inspired by Ellen!

Fellow English or Lit students create some great conversation around the books they’re reading for school and for pleasure. And Zo has a great simple lifestyle vibe.

Jessica mixes her life in so well on her captions with her reading life. This is another lovely simple lifestyle feed that I find myself visiting to see what she’ll post next.

WHAT WE’RE READING

Michaela - I just picked up Maia because it’s a friends’s favorite book! Coming in at over 1200 pages, I might be reading it for a while!


Rikki - After finishing our slow buddy read of Travels with Charley, I quickly re-read And Then There Were None, immediately picked up Phaedra Patrick’s The Library of Lost and Found, all while savoring Hannah Coulter, like bookstagram told me to.

Cheers to the Weekend 6.7.19
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Hello friends and happy JUNE! We are so excited that summer is upon us full of lazy days and summer reading and excellent adventures. We’re busy over here planning literary dinner parties, real life escapades, and plotting our summer TBR’s. You all know we love to read seasonally, and we have been waiting for this exact moment to pick up a few books that have been waiting for us through the colder months! What’s on your summer TBR?

“Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder”

―Robert Frost, Mending Wall

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Where the Crawdads Sing is still getting so much buzz. Delia’s interview with Read It Forward is a wonderful read while we anxiously await the film! The book is a perfect summer read if you' haven’t yet.

There are countless lists and guides out there for summer reading, but we’re on the hunt for the best of the best. A list on thought-provoking books that inspire empathy and joy is too good to pass up.

The Millions put out their most anticipated June releases the other day, and the line up is GOOD.

Alllll the love for our small town libraries! This was such a sweet piece, and a good reminder for us all to appreciate the amazing resource that our libraries are.

What book made you fall in love with fantasy? Fantasy authors share theirs!

In praise of the DNF (did not finish). We could not agree with Sarah more!


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I’m increasingly inspired by those who live abroad (from me) and share books that are specific to their geographical location. I learn about so many novels from Padmaja that I wouldn’t otherwise find, and she has good taste!

A fellow tea and classic book lover, plus a perfect lifestyle feel in all of her photos.

Oh so pretty, Kat visits the best places. Two plane tickets to England please!

WHAT WE’RE READING

Michaela - I’m headed into the weekend determined to finish Milkman, and to hopefully pick up Picnic at Hanging Rock to continue my streak of reading short classics!


Rikki - May was such a great reading month, and June is looking just as great. I’m over half way through Franny and Zooey and really enjoying it, alongside The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, and Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking.

Cheers to the Weekend 5.3.19
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“It is always safe to dream of spring. For it is sure to come; and if it be not just as we have pictured it, it will be infinitely sweeter.”

L.M. Montgomery,The Story Girl

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If you’re looking to find books for your mom this Mother’s Day, Swapna has compiled a list that details ‘if she likes this, then read this’ just for you.

I really appreciate others who take the time to make and share playlists to fit seasons and moods, and if you throw in a good mix of oldies and new, I’m totally in!

It’s Asian and Pacific Islander heritage month, and it’s fun to celebrate and/or brush up on reading from such writers. Thanks Simone for this great list. There are at least two I am looking to read rather immediately.

I’ve been exploring new poetry, at least once a month is my new trend. This is a good list to explore. Have you read any, or have any poetry to recommend?

I recently talked about self-care for readers, and of course, that extends to writers. How timely to see Anne’s comprehensive post on things to help track our habits and establish healthy routines and just give ourselves a minute.

More positivity surrounding readers and how books affect us, versus the time spent watching television, and the behavior we inevitably display.


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I’m in love with ‘an ordinary girl’s’ feed and her mix of genres

A simple and lovely lifestyle vibe, Arina gets all the pretty editions

I really enjoy seeing books mixed in with life instead of the usual other way around. El has a mix of cozy, architecture, and books that I am so entranced by.

WHAT WE’RE READING

Michaela - I’m finishing up A Brightness Long Ago before hopefully seeing Guy Gavriel Kay in Seattle in a couple weeks, and listening to Death on the Nile on audio while painting my house. Gotta love Agatha Christie!

Rikki - I’ve finished 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as my buddy read with my oldest kiddo and Barracoon, for a historical non-fiction fill, and am still deciding what to read next.

Cheers to the Weekend 4.26.19
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"The place in which I'll fit will not exist until I make it."
― James Baldwin

We’re definitely enjoying the spring weather over here, planting in our gardens, exploring nurseries for more plant babies, and making the most of our fireplaces on the last cool, gray, rainy days of the season. This weekend is bringing us new brunch spots, dinners on the grill, and a lot of celebrating Independent Bookstore Day at some of our favorite local haunts. What are you up to this weekend?

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Thrilled to see Powers win the Pulitzer Prize for The Overstory; we can’t wait to read this book!

Planning to celebrate indie bookstore day? This article is the cutest, and is a bookstore crawl not the BEST idea? Count us in!

This is a wonderful article by an author about why you should support your local indie bookstores (and here’s our take, too!)

Are you guys ready for the Battle of Winterfell? I will be definitely be blasting one of these playlists Sunday afternoon to set the mood.

Did you see us featured over on Bustle yesterday? Honored to be included with so many other talented accounts talking about what we love about Bookstagram and how we take beautiful book photos.


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Ashley balances reviews, bookstore glimpses, and lifestyle vibes effortlessly

Lou’s account is what light, colorful, literary lifestyle dreams are made of, and we can’t get enough.

We want to just go live inside Claudia’s photos, enough said.

WHAT WE’RE READING

Michaela - I have been so focused on house projects this week that I’ve barely even touched a book. I did manage to start The Hate U Give for our IRL book club though!

Rikki - I’m putting all other books aside since my son wants to buddy read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and I want to give it my undivided attention.

Cheers to the Weekend 4.12.19
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“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...” 
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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Self-care is not just a trend, it’s a way of life. With that in mind, I need realistic ideas for myself that don’t always include a night out on the town, gorging on junk food, or anything incredibly time consuming. I find this article of Finding Self-Care in the Little Things to be everything I need.

I keep finding incredible historical non-fiction books lately. I’m beyond enthusiastic about A Woman of No Importance! This NPR article does an fantastic job at discussing Sonia Purnell’s novel and highlighting one incredible woman.

Tiffany discusses an important topic on the representation of foreign literature, specifically Indonesian, being accepted and translated into the English speaking culture.

Ali Smith recent release of Spring is well-timed and gaining speed in popularity. The Artfulreader writes a brilliant piece on Smith’s book, as well as other interconnected literary references.

I’m always on the hunt for YA books that my teen and I can read together. I love the sound of White Rose, but think my fantasy-loving kid would be most interested in the other two: Wicked Saints and Descendant of the Crane. Have you read any of these?

As a kid, you most likely remember your summer trips to the library. Those trips were life-changing and made summers infinitely greater. I loved reading this sweet note To the Librarian Who Changed My Life. I can only hope my children have such a positive experience and influence from our visits to the library!

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It can prove challenging to combine your other hobbies with your reading life on Bookstagram, but traveling happens to be another passion of mine, and Courtney blends her adventures and books so well.

A classically beautiful blend of the literary lifestyle. Although being in Switzerland helps, all the heart eyes over here!

New to bookstagram and killing it! Deliliah’s taste is simple yet aesthetically pleasing, and we love browsing her feed.

WHAT WE’RE READING

Michaela- Moving this past weeek has put reading completely on hold, with the exception of The Raven King, which has been keeping me company on audio while I build furniture and unpack. I love, love, LOVE this series, friends, and will be sad to have it end!

Rikki - Middlemarch, Love and Death in the Sunshine State, Dandelion Wine, and The Octopus Museum; I’m just not sure I’m reading enough right now!