No. 8 | Endless Summer / Bummer

Welcome back to that thing I tried to do last year and only kept up with for a few months! Here’s a mini roundup of my month(s), illustrated by my favorite Instagram photos.

The last few months have been lovely. I found my missing puzzle piece and have been floating on a cloud of happiness and cotton candy, only occasionally bombarded by rain clouds and thunderstorms (Hi, depression! Not-so nice to see you again).

But that’s not what we’re here for. We’re here for books and links. Here we go.

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Delightful. Just delightful. 💛

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What I read

March: Braced by Alyson Gerber (A modern story about scoliosis! A dream come true!). Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley (Beautiful. I met her and she signed my copy and drew a little doodle of me atop a wedding cake and I died).

April: French Milk by Lucy Knisley (I think this may be my favorite of hers). Made for Love by Alissa Nutting (So bananas). The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Feelings. Just feelings).

May: Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke (Gorgeous artwork, gorgeous searching, just gorgeous). Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay (Go read this right now, people). The Fever by Megan Abbott (Is it sex? Is it a vaccine? Is it girls gone wild? Who knows).

June: Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear… and Why by Sady Doyle (A must-read for all feminists). Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life by Melody Moezzi (This may be the best memoir on mental health I’ve read. And I have read a lot). You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson (Yes, yes, yes).

July: My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul  (I read this ever so slowly because I loved it so much.) Coffee with Hemingway by Kirk Curnutt (A perfect little read for Hemingway’s birthday. It’s an imaginary interview with the legend).

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Oh, and Lucy Knisley drew me on a cake. I have died.

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What made me smile

Austin Kleon has a very excellent weekly newsletter. And one week he shared this tidbit: Bonus poems in the index of poetry collections. I love it so. And last week he wrote You Can Be Woke Without Waking Up to the News, which I am going to give a try.

Amina Mucciolo’s Instagram (@studiomucci). Oh my god, you guys. Her whole home is a rainbow and her kitchen cabinets are all painted different colors and there’s unicorns everywhere and I just. I want to move in with her?

Lana Del Rey’s new album is pretty tight.

I went on a road trip to South Dakota with my dude thang, and it was so much fun! I shared my favorite photos from the trip in a post.

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What I wrote

All right, here’s the best of it since last we met. I collected my favorite Little Free Libraries. I tried to avoid buying books and here’s what resulted: My Book-Buying Ban By the Numbers. I fell down an internet rabbit hole and came up with the Library Carts I Will Own When I Win the Lottery. I rounded up some good and OK books about hair. I offered some options for shelving books on Goodreads. And in honor of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter entering the world, I asked Book Rioters to share the best lessons Harry taught us.

The above photo was taken at an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

This is the eighth edition of my quasi-newsletter. I’m rounding up my month with what I read, what I learned, and what I wrote, and whatever else I want to write about, in a hope to be more mindful of my days. Check my last letter, and the This Month archive.

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