Mary’s Spring 2019 Reading List

Every season, I’ll post a new reading list. Not only is it great for sending friends recommendations, but it also keeps me accountable to read the books I want to read.

But first, have you ordered my book yet? Have you written a review? I can’t believe this was published A YEAR AGO. Thank you to everyone who has supported me in the last year — I appreciate you more than you know!

Last Winter

Here’s most of what I read this winter, but these were my most memorable favorites:

Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward by Gemma Hartley

Stemming from a viral article from Harper’s Bazaar, this is all about the “invisible work” women put in every day to make everyone else happy. I felt this so hard.

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

I grew up with the Illinois version of this, and I felt this so hard too. This writing style was very different from what I typically enjoy, but I liked his style a lot.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Fowler

OMG. I’ve always loved F. Scott and This Side of Paradise is one of my favorite books of all-time, but this story was brilliant. Fuck men, y’all.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

This fictional story covered some serious mental health topics in the most endearing way. I love weirdness, and this book warmed my heart unexpectedly. I also read it on the beach in Miami, so that helped.

This Spring

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

Oprah has a whole podcast series on it, and I loved Untethered Soul, so I have to read this.

Choose Your Own Disaster by Dana Schwartz

“Choose your own adventure” is such a huge theme in all business right now, so I’m excited to read this fun take on one of my favorite tweeter’s life.

The Big Life by Ann Shoket

Why does that name sound familiar? Because she’s the editor in chief of Seventeen magazine and was a guest judge on America’s Next Top Model. Don’t act like you didn’t know her in 2010.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

One of my friends said I had to read it. Will do, Danielle.

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

As a reminder, I seldom buy books. I rent from the library, and I’m STILL on hold for this one. If you own it, please let me borrow it. You won’t even notice it’s missing because I’ll read it in a couple days.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

I think this is about the AIDS crisis in Chicago. I’ve heard it’s great, therefore I shall read.

Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel

Lately, I’ve been questioning if I really even want to get to the C-suite. Would being an entrepreneur be more fulfilling to me? Or am I just annoyed with the ethics of climbing the corporate ladder?

Hey Ladies! By Michelle Markowitz

Again, a recommendation about young millennials. Bring it.

Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

My therapist introduced me to attachment theory and recommended this as the SparkNotes version.

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

My friend, Megan, recommended this as a social commentary/satire. A few men invade a feminist utopia?! If this was written over 100 years ago, I can’t wait to hear what someone then would think.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism?! I need to read this.

Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation by Elkhonon Goldberg

I ordered this book for my work team’s “Innovator’s Roundtable” to discuss creativity.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

This is one of our book club books. My dear friend, IB, started a book club all about authors of color. Isn’t she the coolest?

If He’s So Great, Why Do I Feel So Bad? by Avery Neal

Okay let’s be real. Just reading this description post-breakup sparked an intense therapy session about subtle abuse in relationships.

Stay Up with Hugo Best by Erin Somers

It’s supposed to be particularly relevant with the #MeToo movement, but is supposed to be funny… should be interesting.

Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Wellness satire? Oh, I am here for it.

This is Really Happening by Erin Chack

This is a memoir style book from a former Buzzfeed author. For someone who constantly feels like my life is the set of Punk’d, I can tell this will be relatable.

Do What Feels Good by Hannah Bronfman

I received this book from a Chicago Ideas event where I got to dance with the amazing Mel Safford alongside the author, then there was a panel and I got my book signed. Yes, she’s the daughter of a celebrity that could afford going to college for sculpting to become a DJ and fitness influencer, but she actually does seem really cool.

What are you reading? Anything I should add to my list? LMK and don’t forget to watch my Instagram stories for my latest reviews.



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