Happy Friday Links (lite)
I took a couple of days off work last week and finally feel somewhat rested after the tax deadline. I watched some of the shows I’ve recorded, and I can finally read a little longer when I go to bed at night.
This “links” edition is on the “lite” side as I’m behind in my reading. It takes so little to get behind and so long to get caught up once you get behind. You don’t even want to know how many emails are in my inbox that I eventually want to read. Be sure to read past the links so you can learn more about another podcast I’ve discovered and just can’t quit talking about. Podcasts are like books in many ways; most are good, some are mediocre, and a few are fantastic, and this new discovery rates ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
Let’s get to the links:
I love Masterchef, but I didn’t start watching it until a few seasons in. I have since returned to the beginning and watched the seasons I missed, including the season with Christine Ha. This interview tells of her journey from Masterchef to owning her own restaurants.
A timely article from Electric Lit about American Libraries that are taking a stand against book banning.
The Overdrive App officially sunsets on May 1, 2023. I never used Overdrive much, as I switched to Libby early on. Check out these ten Q & A’s that help users switch to Libby.
Author Brenda Janowitz shares with The Sunday Paper why reading fiction teaches readers about real life.
I’ve never been to NY City, but I hope to visit soon after I retire. Until then, I’ll enjoy looking at these interesting shots of NYC.
Originally reported on The Today Show website, here’s another take with tips to read more.
I grew up in Southern California, and I’ve eaten my share of In-N-Out burgers over the years. I enjoy one occasionally, but I’m not a hardcore fan. This article lays out why the burgers are so good.
Books, food, and travel go together, and from time to time, I’ll share newsletters and podcasts I’ve discovered (not bookish) and think that others might like to know about too.by has quickly become a favorite newsletter, and through it, I discovered her podcast, The Food Podcast. She takes the listener on a journey as she tells stories about food and people and the magnificent ways both intersect in life. Her melodic voice and storytelling ability leave me in awe, and I find myself re-listening to portions of each podcast, wishing and hoping I can learn how to be a storyteller too. She has a fifty-plus episode podcast backlist that you can listen to through her Substack or your favorite podcast player.
One last reminder as today leads you into your weekend, be sure to visit your local independent bookstore on Saturday and help them celebrate their special day. If you don’t know if you have a local independent bookstore, you can use this map to find out. While visiting them, learn more about everything the bookstore offers the other days of the year. I was surprised to find out my local bookstore has author signings 3-4 days a week, most weeks. I’ve been to some fun and interesting author talks and book signings.
May your weekend hold lots of fun and everything else that makes you smile and enjoy life. Happy reading!