I am in a hell of my own making. (A delightful hell! The best kind of hell!) I have too many books to read.
I have books for work and I have books for fun, books that flirted with me from the library shelves (their come-hither covers obscuring their three-week checkout times!) and books gifted to me. So many would usually be a delight but most have deadlines, all of them greedily clamoring for my attention. I have an inkling of how the Bachelorette must feel.
I also have this sticker, which I bought at The Strand in Manhattan and affixed to my very-favorite coffee mug.
This mug has become my go-to, leading to some slightly uncomfortable work situations when I find myself strategically covering it up or keeping the be-stickered side averted. Fortunately, though, it generally faces toward me. And on more than one occasion I have sat down to read only to find myself reaching for my phone or some other distraction-that’s-not-a-book. My eyes fall on the sticker. The message becomes an imperative issued to me. And I resist the siren song of not-a-book because the sticker reminded me of the task at hand.
Here are some fun things.
- The New York Public Library released the top ten books checked out during their 125 history.
- Zora on Medium amplifies the voices of women of color. They published an excellent list of the 100 greatest books written by African American women.
- My friend Chelsea has a longstanding recipe blog, Blackberry Eating in Late September, full of outstanding food and fun projects. Recently, Chelsea decided to find new inspiration in her approach to blogging by taking a pause from recipes and focusing instead on food itself or more generally. She’s only a few entries in to this endeavor but so far the results are, well, delicious.