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8 Books About BFFs

Whether you’re celebrating National Best Friends Day or enjoying a quiet day in with your bestie(s), we recommend picking up 2 copies of these books about BFFs and having a mini book club! 📚💕

1. The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

Frankie’s the kind of girl who has more than one BFF! So be sure to share this thrilling romance with your whole crew.

2. This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
Another friend group full of shared secrets, love, loyalty, and just a bit of drama. (But really it’s all about Sloan and Vera!)

3. Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
Get yourself a bestie who will drop everything and take an unsanctioned road trip with you to meet the guys who just might be the man of your dreams.

4. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
BFFs who go to conventions together, stay together.

5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
We ship Kaz/Inej/Nina/Matthias/Jesper/Wylan, TBH. What a dream team.

6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder and Iko are pretty much friendship goals.

7. Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski
If you and your BFF love Star Trek, drama club, and/or coffee, this is probably the book for you.

8. The F-It List by Julie Halpern
Alex and Becca are always there for each other, no matter what, so if that sounds like you and your BFF, give it a read!


Flames erupt as clashes break out while the Constituent Assembly election is being carried out in Caracas, Venezuela, July 30, 2017. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) 

People walk past a street barricade that includes a mattress with the words “Maduro son of a bitch” after clashes broke out while the Constituent Assembly election was being carried out in Caracas, Venezuela, July 30, 2017. (Christian Veron/Reuters) 

Opposition supporters stand behind a barricade as the Constituent Assembly election was being carried out in Caracas, Venezuela, July 30, 2017. (Christian Veron/Reuters) 

A demonstrator wears a rosary while holding chunks of concrete as clashes broke out as the Constituent Assembly election was being carried out in Caracas, Venezuela, July 30, 2017. (Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters) 


Grateful Dead 7th Annual Meet-Up At The Movies – August 1, 2017

I attended this event on what would have been Jerry Garcia’s 75th birthday. The concert was at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on July 12, 1989. It was terrific! I particularly enjoyed it because I was going to a lot of Dead concerts at that time. I had seen them twice in the 70’s, but from the early 80’s to the early 90’s, my wife and I saw them 1-to-2 times every year. Most of those shows were at Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin. They opened this show with Touch Of Grey, which was a song I heard them perform live before it was released on their 1987 album In The Dark. Some of the highlights for me included Black Peter (done a bit more up-tempo than the original studio version), Phil Lesh singing Bob Dylan’s Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues, Traffic’s Dear Mr. Fantasy (which I had forgotten that they covered in their shows), Man Smart (Woman Smarter), the old Calypso song that we always enjoyed at their shows and at this show, featuring a rousing piano solo by guest Bruce Hornsby, and Black Muddy Water which is a beautiful song and a great choice for ending the show. As I watched the film, I thought about how the Grateful Dead did not pander to anyone by playing all their popular songs at their concerts. Their shows typically featured many “deep tracks” and cover versions. No flash, no stage costumes. Just pure music. And virtually no speaking to the audience other than through their music. You can hear a cheer arise from the audience during Black Muddy Water when Jerry sings the line, “When it seems like the night will last forever.” At 2 hours and 40 minutes, I thought it might be a bit long to be parked in a movie theater seat. But as I listened to Black Muddy Water, I wanted the night to last forever.

Here’s the set list from the show/film:

  • Touch Of Grey
  • New Minglewood Blues
  • Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
  • Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  • Far From Me
  • Cassidy
  • Friend Of The Devil
  • Promised Land
  • Sugaree
  • Man Smart [Woman Smarter]
  • Ship Of Fools
  • Estimated Prophet
  • Eyes Of The World
  • Drums (Hart and Kreutzmann)
  • I Need A Miracle
  • Dear Mr. Fantasy
  • Black Peter
  • Turn On Your Love Light
  • Black Muddy River

Auburn & brunette Meg Girys around the world

  1. Jee Hyun Noh, World Tour
  2. Georgia Ware, West End
  3. Dan Young Jung (?), Seoul
  4. Christina Tan, Australian Tour
  5. Julie Collins, Hamburg
  6. Sharon Millerchip, Melbourne
  7. Alicia Beck, West End
  8. Paloma Garcia Lee, US Tour
  9. Lucy Potter, Hamburg and UK Tour

And also: Diana Kaarina Wong, Catriona Ferguson, all South Korean Megs, and also a lot of borderline examples in the US (in particular Heather McFadden).


Brunette Megs, round two: 

1. Sharon Millerchip, Melbourne, 
2. Alicia Beck, West End, 
3. Christina Tan, Sydney, 
4. Lucy Potter, UK tour, 
5. Jee-Hyun Noh, World Tour, 
6. Dan-young Jung (?), Seoul, 
7. Lucy Potter, Hamburg, 
8. Julie Collins, Hamburg, 
9. Paloma Garcia Lee, US tour (reddish brown, but still)