Oh hey, March. Where’d you come from? Looks like you snuck up on me while I was busy doing other things… like not posting to Year of Yes. (Oops.) But a new month means a new start, and with it comes a Year of Yes moment worth blogging about: my first legit girls’ trip. (One that involves a flight, I mean. I’m not counting weekend trips while studying abroad or class trips in high school.) Sure, I’ve done weekends away with my girlfriends where we’ve gone down the Shore or—prior to moving there—to New York City. But until now, I’ve never actually planned a trip with a friend—at least not one that involved booking flights.
Thanks to Year of Yes, though (or maybe thanks to my friend Alex’s amazing planning skills), we’re currently en route to Colorado for a long weekend to visit our friend Becca, who moved to Denver last summer. Some may argue that going home isn’t technically a trip, but I beg to differ. Anyway, there’ll be more on that in a later post. In the meantime, it’s Friday, which means I’m doing a roundup of the articles in my Pocket. Have a great weekend!
Pocketed This Week (Spoiler alert: I’m pretty sure the theme of the week is books…):
- BuzzFeed quizzes may be annoying , but their recent roundup of 22 books you should read now, based on your childhood favorites, was actually pretty great. Also great: this chart mapping out YA (young adult) adaptations of classic novels. (h/t Nadia Almahdi.)
- I finally had a chance to read “A Sentimental Education,” which ran in the New York Times a few weeks ago, and am smitten, to say the least. What a beautiful, beautiful compilation. Writers of various genres talked about the books that taught them about love and highlight some of their key lessons. From U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey to Scholastic’s own David Levithan, the writers’ different takes on love are fascinating. I’d call this one a must-read.
- Another great read: this Salon piece on why libraries deserve to be hip. As the writer so eloquently puts it, “I love knowing the book I have for a little while is on a journey through many different hands. I love finding the receipts and the postcards inside them, and imagining who they belonged to. I like the connection. Reading is solitary but libraries are shared.”
- Maybe some of the coolest news I’ve heard in a while: Amtrak might be offering residencies to writers. BRB—adding to my Year of Yes bucketlist immediately. (h/t Kristen Joerger.)
- My friend Lauren started a fantastic series on Mashable called “The First 100,” which tracks down the first 100 employees at 100 startups and small businesses to ask them what it was like to get in on the ground floor. Among the companies in the spotlight this week: HowAboutWe, Reddit, BarkBox, Quirky, and Groupon.
- I was shocked to see the results from the latest Women in Media report. When I mentioned it to my roommate, she suggested I read a Medium piece called “The Year I Didn’t Retweet Men.” Fascinating concept… I can’t say I’ll stick to it, but it’s definitely food for thought.
- 15 Questions to Ask Yourself Every Friday (h/t Allison Stadd. Because obviously.) I love this idea of a weekly check-in—it might just be worth implementing.