Friday Links & Give-Away: World Readers, Bathing Suits, and Cleaning with the Berenstain Bears

by Erynn

Happy Friday! I’m recovering from having my wisdom teeth pulled yesterday, so I’m at home looking like this.       

I’ll be spending the next few days icing my cheeks, watching the Olympics and Korean dramas (this one specifically), and reading (this). Hope your weekend plans are more exciting.

Here’s a round-up of some fun links from around the web (click on photos for image sources):

Cool bookends. I have a bad history with fish though so I’d fill with something non-committal like rocks or something. How about you?

I loved this post on Steve McCurry’s Blog that chronicled people reading all over the world with quotes like this:

Everywhere I go in the world, I see young and old, rich and poor, reading books.   
Whether readers are engaged in the sacred or the secular, they are, for a time,
transported to  another world.”

Ooh, two things I love in one blog: swimsuits and books. Matchbook matches bathing suits with book covers. It’s an interesting concept and also thoughtful- she provides links to purchase all items as well as opening sentences to each book.


And lastly, one of my favorite sites, Apartment Therapy, published this creative article titled 8 Truths About Home Organization I Learned From the Berenstain Bears. I heart the Berenstain Bears and I’m a bit of a neat freak so this post made me smile.

For this week’s give-away, I have a copy of Londoners, which I wrote about here. For a chance to win, leave a comment below on what you’re reading these days, or just say hi. Winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, August 8th.

**Thanks to last week’s winner, Janee, who’s reading Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda!


23 thoughts on “Friday Links & Give-Away: World Readers, Bathing Suits, and Cleaning with the Berenstain Bears

  1. A friend at work, Janee, saw that I was already getting antsy this friday morning and referred me to your blog! It’s a perfect mix of work appropraite and guilty pleasure 🙂 Thank you!

    • Sorry I’m leaving this as a reply but the comment box isn’t up. Sorry about your wisdom teeth, Erynn, hurts like heck but it abates pretty quickly. Just finished a simply amazing novel, Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”. A 5-star book, very poetic in its prose. I know there was a movie but I heard it was widely panned. Think I’ll skip it as almost no movie has ever compared to its counterpart in the book world.

  2. I will just say hi.I came over here because I still like a book in hand.Not just some electronic device that needs batteries or a plug.

    • Agreed, I still like a book in hand but I do prefer my Nook e-reader when I’m traveling. I always think I’m going to read more than I actually do when I’m on vacation, but I just feel better about having a lot of book options ready and available without all the extra weight. Thanks for reading the blog and saying hi!

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