I love writing TBR Lists because they mark the time. With every list, I note another week and, today, almost, another month. This has been a big one for me because of Ramadan, which winds down this weekend. Challenging as this month of daily fasts can be, especially during long summer days, it is also a time of community and an opportunity for self-reflection. Plus, it leaves you feeling quite accomplished.
In July, I challenged myself to look inward, but in August I plan to force myself out. If there's anything Chicagoans know, it's how fleeting the summer is. Between traveling and fasting, I haven't been able to take advantage of it yet. That changes next week. I plan to go to farmer's markets, watch movies in the public parks, eat on patios and maybe even kayak on the river.
I'm feeling motivated to see July out on a high note. How about you?
And now, the links!
- I picked up this Dansk Kobenstyle platter recently and I feel 50 times more stylish already.
- Travel and Leisure lists the most beautiful libraries in the world. Got your passport?
- Fabulous art: Paintings that use old books as the canvas. My favorite is "The High Sea."
- This essay, "What Writers Can Learn from Goodnight, Moon" is so freaking delightful.
- If I travel this fall, I want to do everything on this foodie guide to Nola.
- Speaking of travel, we're heading to Louisville this weekend for the Eid holiday. We'll spend much of it with family, but next time I want to explore the food scene.
- A Kickstarter to redesign the bestselling book of all time: The Bible.
- All these kitchen before and afters are just making me jealous.
- This rigatoni with caramelized onion and gorgonzola looks like a great work lunch option.