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Weekend Reading | Vol. 5

It’s finally feeling like fall today. The morning was grey and overcast, but the fall leaves are bright. After a light rain overnight, they were drifting off the trees onto the porch this morning, and the cats were having fun chasing them and catching them as they fell.

Of course, I had to go to work.

It’s been a busy week, with outreach school visits and big work projects. I had a great evening at Wine Club at Culinaria this week and definitely have some Bordeauxs to recommend.

We also got some bad news about the Subaru — which needed some major repairs (like, a European vacation’s worth). Sigh. But with one of my best and oldest friends getting married this weekend and a chance to see even more older friends at the wedding, I’m still in a good mood.

Here are some articles and blog posts that I loved through the week!

I might have travel on the mind, because Joy the Baker’s post on her fall favorite in New Orleans has me itching to visit, and I’m very jealous of Jess from 26 and Not Counting and her vacation in Mexico.

This essay at The Toast about being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in your 20s just absolutely slayed me. I usually check out The Toast for funny and feminist posts, but this one was very moving. I’ve been working on an essay about dealing with my mother’s battle with cancer for a long time, and not happy with it, but I loved the second person voice in this so much I think I’ll try that out. It feels like a letter to herself.

This is written by a librarian, but I think it would resonate with women in many different careers. How would you want your co-workers to describe you?

I loved this essay on creativity and fear from Witty Title Here. “Audacity before fear” is a great motto.

When I turned sixteen gas was 86 cents a gallon and I had a ’96 black Mustang (it was a few years old). I drove around a lot. This article about the lost pasttime of ‘cruising’ really resonated with me and made me feel all nostalgic (and also really want to watch Dazed and Confused, which while set decades before my time in high school, really captures what high school was like for me).

I love the young adult fiction that Chronicle Books publishes, even though many of their titles are not well known. They paired each novel with a popular TV show in this post, and the recommendations are spot on.

Have a great weekend! 

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  • Thanks so much for sharing my essay! Glad it resonated with you.

    That essay from The Toast was so moving. Ovarian cancer is a horrific disease—it’s what killed my grandmother. I can’t imagine getting it so young. I’m so glad she shared her story.

    • Oh I know — days later, I’m still thinking about it days later.

  • Hey Molly, thanks so much for including my post in your round up! Hope your weekend was great 🙂