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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!

Cheers to the Weekend 3.15.19
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As we wait for winter to fade into spring, we’ll be cozying up to watch these classic books on screen!

Did you guys see the Man Booker International Prize long list? Hooray for women and small presses, and it’s been a great reminder to read more books in translation!

When keeping your books on your shelves just isn’t enough, check out Elizabeth’s incredible use of her books!

Are you just as curious as we are about what Michelle Obama’s favorite books are?!

The options for family novels with unique dynamics never fail to pique my interest, and I’ve only read one from this list! Time to update my TBR.

Bookworms rejoice! According to this article, we’re going to live forever! Or, a long time—maybe.

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Katie has the most creative and interesting art journals, and book stacks I love perusing.

A lovely London flat, a cozy feed, and interesting novels keep me coming back to Patrick’s feed.

All the greatest movies, books, and selfies. Rebecka is a wonderful artist, plus, we’re in love with her orange kitty!

What We’re Reading

Michaela - I’m focusing on Middlemarch this weekend and can’t wait to pick up the pace!

Rikki - I recently finished the graphic novel, Dare to Disappoint, which was fantastic and the perfect way to break up a big classic. I’m fully immersed in H is for Hawk and Middlemarch right now, both of which are lovely.

Cheers to the Weekend 3.08.19
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We love a well narrated audiobook, and this list has some great ones read by celebrities.

Family novels that span generations and countries can be so good to get lost in. Most of these are on my immediate TBR, and two of them are favorites! Have you read any?

100 of the most read novels of all time, according this leading library! So many brilliant classics!

Love letters between a beloved poet and an adoring woman. Downloading the book to my kindle right now!

The women’s prize for fiction 2019 longest is live! One of these was a buddy read and dinner party last summer.

We are utterly thrilled with these classics turning into films. It’s a perfect time to re-read some of these in anticipation!

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A wonderfully creative feed with a fun film vibe, quotes, and a wide array of books.

Sofie has an excellent eye for color and simplicity in her literary life.

The perfect mix of books and personal imagery that has me wondering what Nerea will post next!

What We’re Reading

Michaela - Middlemarch has stolen my heart, so I’m focused on that, but I’m also finishing off The Hours, which I knewwwww I needed in my life after reading Mrs. Dalloway this past December!

Rikki - A fun read I’m sort of enjoying right now is How to Find Love in a Bookshop, while also reading H is for Hawk, and Middlemarch for our buddy read.

Cheers to the Weekend 3.01.19
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The beauty and humanity only seen in small businesses, like this article about a California bookstore owner, is a reassuring sign of the good in the world.

Historical proof that books have always mattered and that women have always been badasses.

Books to inspire writers, or to read if you haven’t, plus ways to think a little differently about the world and spark meaningful conversation.

It’s safe to say either you have kids directly or indirectly in your life, and science says reading to kids is important. It doesn’t take much to sit down and read a book with them!

Re-reading stories we read as a kid, and what they teach us about the adults we are now.

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Kelsey makes me want to read every book she talks about. It’s a subtle yet endless love letter to all the books she reads.

All the pretty coffee and all the pretty books, and insightful captions bring it all together.

Steven teaches me about so many new and different books, often with heavier, but compelling stories.

What We’re Reading

Michaela - I’m planning to kick off March with Middlemarch, and I can’t wait!

Rikki - I got sidetracked with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and am now moving onto some non-fiction, Bread & Wine and Present Over Perfect.

Cheers to the Weekend 2.22.19
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An excellent list of classics to read this weekend. Many new-to-me titles I’m picking up at the library today!

This article explores the ability to artificially recreate, or even finish, art and literary works already done or started by the respective artists. This is fascinating since I’m well into the middle of this novel!

This is a fascinating interview on the new book Last Boat Out Of Shanghai, and the author’s family’s escape from China.

Out-of-print books by women to add to your treasure hunting list!

The Center for Fiction is making a come back, and includes so many concepts of the literary community I hadn’t though of before.

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This new bookstagrammer has a bright feed that is pulling us out of our winter blues.

Fellow PNW fantasy reader, we’re digging Mia’s mix of indoor and outdoor literary vibes.

Rhea has beautiful classics and thoughtful, often insightful captions we enjoy.

What We’re Reading

Michaela - Moving is all consuming, and I’m just dreaming of diving back into my current reads: The Dream Thieves, A Brightness Long Ago, and Hey, Kiddo.

Rikki - American Marriage is consuming my time at the moment, along with finishing The Idiot, I hope this weekend!

Cheers to the Weekend 2.15.19
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We’re in love with Obvious State’s latest blind date release. This is the theme of the year! Did you grab their new postcards too, we love the Bibliophilia set they have too!

Thanks for this reminder that it’s okay to not give into the hype and enjoy a book for a great date night!

This great list of female friendships is great anytime of year! This one is excellent too!

To help spice up your book club, consider one of these novels. I’ve actually read quite a few!

It’s fun to look back at the last few years trends of book tracking. What’s your method?

This novel is taking off, and for good reason! Grab one up with us!

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Mixing things up with a super cute lifestyle feed with Mackenzie. *Insert book* for the perfect lifestyle inspiration.

Great color and light can go a long way, plus some fun books and selfies!

Kind of in love with Meagen’s mood, books, and hair.

What We’re Reading

Michaela - I just finished The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle for book club (spoiler alert: I didn’t love it) and am deciding what to read next!

Rikki - Still reading through If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller, The Idiot, and I recently started A Spark of Light. So, I’m on a pretty good streak!

Cheers to the Weekend 2.8.19
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We have so much real life happening right now that in all honesty, there just isn’t as much reading happening as we’d prefer. That’s how it tends to go sometimes, but we know that in time, we’ll get back to our beloved pages. Lately, I’ve been making time to get back into my yoga practice, more herbal teas, and general self-care overall. Below you’ll find a few things that have helped along the way. Do you have any self care resources you love? We’d love to hear about it, leave a comment below! Happy weekend, friends!

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This is beyond relatable and truly excellent! “The world is full of tips for looking after our bodies, but what about our minds?

This is such an interesting round up of books to guide you to self-care. Have you read any?

These 10 tips are what you’d expect to see, and I’m always grateful for the reminder.

Does gifting yourself with new workout gear motivate you? Sometimes, I’m not sure, but I do have my eye on this new hoodie, and okay, this bag too!

Here are some great diverse romance novels for fun, easy reading. Bookish brain candy?

Modern Mrs. Darcy’s list of audiobooks to get you through that cleaning frenzy is excellent!

I’m picking up this book asap after reading this article titled, Selfless Girls Will Win Us the War.

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Carla has a warm, fun, and creative feed to keep you inspired.

Excellent book choices who’s variety runs the gamut, and also, Suzie’s the cutest.

We love Rachel’s simple literary lifestyle vibe, with plenty of bookish insight.

What We’re Reading

Michaela - Reading? What reading? Honestly this week has been so busy as we prepare to sell our house, I haven’t even glanced at a book. Hopefully next week calms down!

Rikki - I’ve recently started The Idiot by Elif Batuman, so far, so good! I’ll also be wrapping up a quick non fic read of Days of Reading by Proust.