Now that we’re finally into spring over here in Atlanta ( I mean like 70-80 weather again! WOO ) there is nothing I love more than sitting down with the windows open and having a great book in my hand. Well, currently I’m doing that with a large and and in charge big ‘ol belly to prop my book on but you get the idea. Phew! These 34 weeks sure have gone quick and just praying our little man is enjoying himself before he makes his debut into the world.
While I have some time right now before he comes, I wanted to share some of my top 8 books that I’m anxious to read this spring! Avid blogger buddies of mine know that I love to read and share them with you so let’s dive right in!
1. “Lincoln In the Bardo” by George Saunders – George Saunders is back, this time with a novel riffing on an actual event — the death of Abraham Lincoln’s 11-year-old son, Willie, at the start of the Civil War. The narrative soon slips away from realism and into the bardo, a liminal state in Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
2. The Secrets of My Life by Caitlyn Jenner – The anticipated story of the most famous transgender woman in the world, from her childhood as Bruce and Olympian Gold to her transition and her life today.
3. This Life I Live: One Man’s Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever by Rory Feek – When Rory Feek, country singer-songwriter and overall Renaissance man, started a blog — thislifeilive.com — he had no idea it would eventually become a crucial space to chronicle his wife’s battle with terminal cancer. Millions of people tuned in to read his plain-spoken yet poetic musings, and Feek expounds on his life story here.
4. White Tears by Hari Kunzru – In this shape-shifting tale probing racial history and white privilege, two 20-something New Yorkers obsessed with music are drawn into the dark underside of blues record collecting.
5. Marlena by Julie Buntin – In this anticipated debut, a 15-year-old girl named Cat moves to a lonely town in northern Michigan and forges a friendship with her impossibly cool 17-year-old next-door neighbor, the titular Marlena, whose father cooks meth. Typical teenage acts of rebellion transmogrify into tragedy — which haunts Cat for decades.
6. Come Sundown – Nora Roberts – Romantic suspense doyen Roberts heads out west with this story set in Montana, where a series of murders and a heap of complicated family drama leave a ranch owner on edge and turning to her newest ranch hand for help and support.
7. Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You
8. The Waking Land by Callie Bates – A debut flintlock fantasy featuring a woman caught between the royalty who raised her and the rebels led by her father.