5 Must-Read Blogs

Happy Friday! Are you doing your happy dance? I am. One good thing about being too busy is that workweeks fly by quickly. I have some fun stuff on deck this weekend (lots of time with the kids, a trip up to Seattle) and I’m ready for the clock to strike 5:00 p.m.

Should you find yourself with some spare time this weekend to do some online reading that’s not running related, here’s my list of 5 Must-Read Blogs:

1.  Brian Moylan’s Real Housewives recaps on Vulture

I used to love reading Brian Moylan’s Real Housewives episode recaps when he wrote for Gawker, but then he left a few years ago and started writing for another publication that I didn’t follow.

I recently discovered he’s writing Real Housewives recaps for Vulture and I’m thrilled. I haven’t kept up well with the ladies of Beverly Hills and New York since Moylan left Gawker, but now I’m motivated to catch up so I can enjoy his wickedly funny recaps. He is incredibly adept at summarizing the housewives’ antics, as well as creating imaginary back stories for them (see Countess Crackerjacks’s history a la Moylan).

2.  A Little Blog of Books

powells - alsoranagainSo from the low end of culture to the high end, here we have a terrific book blog, written by and for a book lover nerd like yours truly.
I love independent bookstores. When I travel, I try to visit an independent bookstore in that city, town, or village. The first place I tend to go when I enter said independent bookstore? The staff recommendations shelves.

I seek out bookstore staff recommendations because book store staff love books. They’re encouraged to read by their employers, so they read a lot, and tend to read across genres. I have picked up hundreds of great books through staff recommendations.

A Little Blog of Books provides basically the same service, and that’s why I love it. It’s a way for me to narrow down the thousands of books published annually into a well-curated list of books I want to read. I also like that Clare (the blogger), like me, is an Ian McEwan fan.

3.  Advice from a Twenty-Something

I am not twenty-something, or even thirty-something. But I do still try to look cute–nay, attractive–when I leave my house for non-fitness-related things. I also like to know how to wear current styles without looking like a dumbass.

So thank God for Amanda over at Advice from a Twenty-Something! I stumbled upon her blog when I purchased my first pair of boyfriend jeans and didn’t know how to style them without looking like one of the moms from the fake “Mom Jeans” commercial on SNL.

Her blog gave the perfect advice. Amanda also taught me (via blog) how to roll my sleeves properly. Life transformed.

4. Goop

I know, I know. First, is Goop really a blog? I think it qualifies. Second, really, Molly? Gwyneth Paltrow? She of the “conscious uncoupling” and the $29/week food stamp experiment? Believe me–I know. She’s not my favorite person, and I agree that she’s polarizing, but there is some great shiz on her blog. Hear me out.

A16 kids

My son’s artistic contribution to A16.

My favorite feature?  Goop’s city guides. I discovered them a few years ago when my husband and I decided to take our young kids to San Francisco. We love to eat well–with or without kids–and scouring Chowhound and Yelp for restaurant recommendations just wasn’t providing us all the info we needed. Lo and behold, Gwynnie’s restaurant recommendations for SF were spot on. We took the kids to A16, the food was great,  and none of our fellow patrons were pissed off by our offspring.

I still consult Goop city guides for the limited cities for which they’re available. Even if some of the guides’ information is several years old, most of her recommendations are still solid (e.g., I returned to A16 last August and it was great).

5.  Color Me Happy

This one’s a little bit of a throwback, because I haven’t consulted Maria Killam’s design blog since I picked out the colors for our home a few years ago, but I’m going to start revisiting it again as I plan some painting projects. This woman is a color genius. Her blog studies colors like nothing I’ve ever seen. Before I read her blog, I didn’t put that much thought into what shade of white paint to select, or how to figure out whether a shade’s undertone is right for your space.

I went a little cray-cray when I was picking out colors for our house because I wanted it to be perfect, of course, and for the shades I selected to seem appropriate 5, 10, or even 20 years (in the case of our oyster-gray kitchen cabinets) down the road.kitchen under construction - alsoranagain 020

I followed Maria’s advice on Color Me Happy and am still thrilled with the colors I chose.

This post is part of the DC Trifecta’s  Friday 5 Link-Up. Please check out the Trifecta on their fantastic blogs: Courtney at Eat, Pray, Run DCMar at Mar on the Run, and Cynthia at You Signed up for What?! If you’re a blogger, please consider linking up. It’s fun! I promise.

What are some of your favorite non-running-related blogs? Do you have any hilarious reality TV recappers to recommend? Do you think Gwyneth Paltrow is a goon or a goddess? 

28 thoughts on “5 Must-Read Blogs

  1. Very interesting list. I haven’t heard of most of these, will be referencing later (and I’m laughing about advice from a twenty-something, wonder if my Dansko and Alegria “nerd shoes” are twenty-something approved)

    • Gwyneth is out of touch. She’s kind of like the human version of Vogue magazine. Most of it is ridiculous and so far removed from my reality, but there are bits and pieces that I find useful.

  2. Thanks for the awesome suggestions! I hadn’t hear of any of these blogs before. I’m always looking for book suggestions so I will certainly be getting out a little blog of books and I a twenty something so the advice from a twenty something is right up my alley.

  3. You know, I definitely checked out Goop when she first started it and I’ll hop over there every once in awhile; there are some things she’s done (cookbooks) that I really enjoy but, in general, she’s just a little out of my price range. I like A Little Blog of Books; thanks so much for sharing that one! Hope you have a great weekend and find some time for reading of your own!

    • Goop’s city guide shopping and hotel recommendations are for people outside my tax bracket. but her restaurant recommendations include mid-priced restaurants as well as high-end ones.

      Have a great weekend, Tara!

  4. This Friday Five is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I’ve added more bookmarks today than I can ever remember doing in recent memory. I haven’t read ANY of these yet, but I’m excited to now!

  5. Tricia Johnson says:

    I love this! I’m definitely going to be checking out “Advice from a Twenty Something”! Thanks for the recommendations!🙂

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