While I love seasonal reading lists to keep me accountable to my bookworm goals, I decided not to make one this past winter. Publishing a book is exhausting, and I didn’t want to overwhelm myself with content. I still read a lot, but now that it’s almost spring, it’s time to get back at it.
First, here are my winter highlights:
Run My World: How I Empowered Myself Through Fitness // Mary Kesinger
ICYMI, I wrote a freakin’ book. You should get your copy right meow, and if you already have, please leave a review on Amazon.
Final Girls // Riley Sager
The Power // Naomi Alderman
I feel like this was everyone’s January Book Club highlight, but I honestly thought the first 100 pages were ehhh. The ending was good and still has me thinking, but it didn’t live up to the hype.
A Return To Love // Marianne Williamson
Team CHAARG has been telling me to read this for years, and I finally did. I’m not at all religious and barely spiritual, but this resonated in the exact ways I needed it.
Glass Castle // Jeanette Walls
I told someone that I want to write a book about my dysfunctional family one day, and they recommended I read this. Damn, everyone’s families are cray. Never forget that.
What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories // Laura Shapiro
This collection of food biographies was SO interesting. I find it incredibly fascinating yet troubling how many influential women struggled with disordered eating, even if it was merely labeled as dieting. Like, can we stop normalizing this culture?! My favorite chapter was on Eva Braun, Hitler’s boo. That shit was wild.
Everest Strong: Reaching New Heights with Chronic Illness // Rob Besecker
When a new friend learned I published a book, she recommended I connect with Rob Besecker who wrote this memoir. He has an amazing story, and you should definitely support this Chicago author!
Here’s what I’m reading this spring:
The Power of Now // Eckhart Tolle
I had 3 people tell me to read it last week. I usually rent books from the library, but I’m taking it as a sign from the universe to buy that shit and write it UP.
The Immortalists // Chloe Benjamin
Alternating between fiction and nonfiction, ya know.
Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World // Max Lucado
My anxiety was really bad with my book. Now that I’m on health insurance again(#blessed), I thought I’d start seeing a therapist. It’s too bad that it’s $200 a session before I hit my deductible! Alas, I shall continue to read self-help books, listen to podcasts, journal, take baths, and go to yoga.
The Elizas // Sara Shepard
She wrote Pretty Little Liars. Take me back to simpler times of angsty YA fiction.
Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has The Time // Brigid Schutle
Even if you feel overwhelmed, don’t complain about being busy. No one likes those people.
She Regrets Nothing // Andrea Dunlop
It’s been recommended for fans of Gossip Girl. Bring it on.
Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect On What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong // Jessica Bacal
I’m so curious about this!
Red Clocks // Leni Zumas
Is there a specific name yet for dystopian feminist novels? Because they are abundant.
What are you reading this spring (other than my book)? Let’s talk about it!
++ Mary K