I don’t really get a lot of “fun emails.” Besides the obvious and important work stuff, the rest of the emails I receive fall into three categories: erroneous pitches that leave me wondering how and why I’m being pitched dog food, a new stroller, or diet pills; junk mail (I am in a constant battle here, hitting unsubscribe only to somehow wind up resubscribed the following week); or social media “gurus” telling me how I can grow my Instagram audience with their latest loop giveaway or e-course. My inbox just isn’t very fun these days. But there are (just over) a handful of newsletters I really, really enjoy reading. I will add that I read plenty of other newsletters but these are the ones I never miss.
My Favorite Email Newsletters
This is my number one. I find myself rushing to open it the minute it hits my inbox. It probably helps that I was an OG reader back when The Love List was just a blog (during those early blog years). Atlanta-based Jess Nell Graves is a journalist turned creative director (her main gig is her creative agency, Graves Creative). She has her pulse on all things cool (be it a Totême sweater that I suddenly just need or teaching me what “oystering” is) and it’s just a joy to read. Smart, clever, teaches me something I didn’t know about before.
This is Brooks Reitz’s email newsletter. Brooks owns several restaurants here in Charleston (Leon’s, Melfi’s, Little Jacks!) and also has his own line of bar goods and mixers: Jack Rudy Cocktail Company. Each edition of his newsletter contains musings on cooking, cocktails, product discoveries, and travel… oftentimes, with a recipe. I’m not much of a cook so tend to favor his recommendations for easy things to make (and off the beaten path condiments, etc). I also just really enjoy the story telling.. I find his writing to be oddly calming?
I wish I could write even half as well as Ann Friedman; I’d die happy. Her Friday newsletter is one that I look forward to every week and open immediately (often leaving it in my primary inbox to peruse over the weekend). I don’t know how she manages to find/read so many great links, but she does it… keeping us all informed, entertained, and better-read. Her year end thoughts are always my personal favorite… here is Our Collective 2021. Sidebar – I really loved her podcast co-host Aminatou’s newsletter but that hasn’t published content in a while. I hope she’ll resurrect it.
I know this is another mainstay in everyone’s inboxes, but I couldn’t not include it… Alisha and her team write about the things I love most: staying in, getting cozy, reading, puzzles, etc. LOVE. I love everything they send. Whether it is musings from Alisha, a shopping roundup, or a great reading recommendation; I gobble it right up. I also very much enjoy their instagram account.
We’ve been talking about Atomic Habits a lot this month but before I bought the book, I was a newsletter subscriber. I think I’ve been a subscriber for maybe two or three years now? I didn’t realize it was so popular… nearly a million people subscribe! And I always get something good out of his newsletters – be it a quip that made me really think, a productivity habit, or a new way of thinking of things. Also, it’s very short, which I appreciate. Each edition includes 3 short ideas from him 2 quotes from others, and 1 question to ponder.
Gloria was a pandemic discovery (I cannot even remember how I found it but I’m so happy I did) and I’m glad I subscribed as it is one of the most relevant newsletters I receive each week. With every essay I read, I nearly always find myself nodding my head in agreement and thinking YES, or feeling relieved that I wasn’t the only one feeling a certain way. They describe themselves as “a weekly newsletter and media company for women who aren’t yet old, but aren’t still young.” For women embarking on midlife and wondering what aging looks like when you still feel 25!
This is my newsy newsletter. There are so many others that I subscribe to (Betches, NextDraft, I could go on – a lot of them can feel so doom and gloom!) but this is the one I actually enjoy opening up as I always learn something new, while staying informed. It’s written by Heather Cox Richardson, an American historian and professor of history at Boston College. Each edition of her newsletter contains the history behind the day’s politics. So you get a little bit of history and current events combined.
PS – I’d be remiss to point out that I have my own weekly newsletter, which you can sign up for here!
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