Friday Links: 5 Steps To Becoming a Happier Person, Book Lies, and a Church Bookstore

This week has been the last week of my 20s. On Monday I turn 30. This weekend I’ll be celebrating with my family and reflecting on what this past decade has meant to me. More thoughts on my 20s on Monday.

Hope you have a lovely weekend! Here are this week’s bookish links.

One of my favorite blogs, bleubird, talked about the importance of reading.Β 5 steps

Have you ever lied about reading a book? In high school I never did manage to finish Grapes of Wrath or The Great Gatsby.

The top 10 books people claim to read but haven’t

  1. 1984 by George Orwell (26%)
  2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (19%)
  3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (18%)
  4. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger (15%)
  5. A Passage to India by EM Forster (12%)
  6. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (11%)
  7. To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee (10%)
  8. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (8%)
  9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (8%)
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (5%)

A church converted into a bookstore. Wow.

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6 thoughts on “Friday Links: 5 Steps To Becoming a Happier Person, Book Lies, and a Church Bookstore

  1. I’ve read only six of the 10 books on that list, and I count four of those books among my favorites. One of the nice things about the 30+ crowd is that many of us stop caring about what other people think. There’s no need to lie about what books I’ve read. Who cares? Who am I trying to impress? I’m 32, and so far, it’s been a great decade. Quite frankly, after reading Oliver Sacks’ piece in the NYT over the summer (, I’m looking forward to turning 80! Happy Birthday (in advance)! Enjoy it!

  2. Happy Birthday! Welcome to the 30’s, girlie!
    Three of those books I’ve lied about!!!
    And I think that bookstore is the most wonderful, beautiful idea I’ve seen. I love what it says about how we feel about books. If I’m ever in the Netherlands, you can bet a stop there will be at the top of my list.

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