Planners Weekend Work

Day 2: Hobonichi, summer reading and more

September 2, 2019

I ordered my Hobonichi! At 10:03 pm. I spent something like $120 at the store, which is pretty typical for me. I don’t think I can think of anything that could bring me as much joy (or functionality!) as that box for $120.

Admittedly I didn’t really need a new cover, but I wanted one. (Randomly, I have been using a plain black leather cover that I purchased in 2016 this year and it feels very professional but I’m getting bored of it). I have very strong associations of certain years with certain covers, and 2020 is a big year!

My 2017 cover – it screams 2017, don’t you think?!

Other things:

I am currently reading Daring Greatly (my first Brené Brown) and finishing up Gravity is the Thing (by Jaclyn Moriarty, who is Liane’s sister!). I feel ready to transition into fall reading. Maybe some slightly more serious books; maybe some more non-fiction (I tend to do non-fic in the AM and fiction the rest of the time).

I did not complete my entire Summer Reading List but I came close!

14.75 books between Memorial & Labor Day – woohoo!

My favorites on this list:

The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth – I literally could NOT stop reading this.

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport (though it’s not perfect, I agree Ana!)

Save Me The Plums by Ruth Reichl

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

I liked many of the others too, but those are the ones that stand out in my mind when I look back at the list.

I still want to read both The River and The Island of Sea Women so they make make it onto a fall list 🙂

Also, the hurricane is stalled out but probably won’t hit us. And this has been the longest-feeling call week of my life. (It’s over in the morning!)

I MEAN SERIOUSLY please go out to sea

Thinking of those in the islands (Bahamas especially – they are going to need relief help) and higher up the FL coast and hoping this thing just goes away soon!


  • Reply Britney September 2, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I read all of Jaclyn Moriarty’s books a decade or so ago (there’s probably more now) and after reading What Alice Forgot and Big Little Lies I was delighted to realize that Liane was her sister!

  • Reply Lisa September 3, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Just ordered Hobonichi for the first time after following your planning approach and can’t wait to try it out!

  • Reply Alyce September 3, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Last year Hobonichi had a leather cover in a deep forest green, one of my favorite colors. I told myself at the time that I would treat myself this year and in future years I could save money and just buy the planner. Of course I adore one of the embroidered covers this year and am considering buying it. I usually get the spring start Cousin (because it feels more natural to me to start a new planning year in the spring than in January in the dead of winter), so if the cover is still in stock in February, I’m sure I’ll get it. For something I use every day, the price is pretty negligible. Cheaper than a pair of shoes, I say, and I’d never hesitate to buy one new pair of shoes every year.

  • Reply Elizabeth September 4, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    I am also a huge fan of all things Anne Bogel!! Of all the summer reading guide picks that I read this summer, my absolute favorite was The Island of Sea Women, so I hope you get to it this fall! I definitely think it would make for good fall reading, too. The historical fiction aspect makes for some tough scenes, so it certainly isn’t a light beach read. I really enjoyed it and hope you will, too!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 5, 2019 at 5:59 am

      YES I am definitely keeping it on my fall list – thank you!!

  • Reply Shelly September 5, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Definitely read island of the see women. It was really good! Love Mrs Darcy!

  • Reply Ali September 5, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Read this post and immediately put The Mother-in-Law on hold via Libby app. I’m in Charleston and have been home all week dealing with the hurricane. So incredibly grateful that it was available immediately for loan. You’re right – CAN’T STOP READING! 😊

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