Finally FINALLY spring is in the air, and while I don't have anything but a work trip planned and a weekend in New York, I hope for your sakes, you're all getting out and going somewhere nice to get your base tans on. It's still too chilly here in Baltimore for sunbathing (and "lobster" isn't a good color on me), but I'm still planning on spending a good chunk of time parking myself by an open window or out on the patio and participating in some active escapism via these books this spring.
10% HAPPIER: HOW I TAMED THE VOICE IN MY HEAD, REDUCED STRESS WITHOUT LOSING MY EDGE, AND FOUND SELF-HELP THAT ACTUALLY WORKS--A TRUE STORY
Recently, one of my friends had asked me if I had heard of this book, and I hadn't, but I do enjoy Dan Harris's snarky little quips on "Good Morning America" while I'm getting ready for work in the morning. When I was at Barnes & Noble a couple weeks ago looking for Lisbon and Madrid books, I came across 10% Happier and read the cover flap. My buddy Sabrina works for "GMA," and she said she had read it and loved it. Basically Harris, an uptight overachiever (sound familiar?) had a panic attack on air and over the course of the next few years, got his shit together with the help of meditation, and no one was more surprised but him. I'm halfway through, and it's legit hilarious and SO interesting. I highly recommend!
I have a confession to make... I don't love Tina Fey like everyone else does. I mean, I don't dislike her. I'm just not obsessed with her like everyone else seems to be. I was like YEARS late to the "Mean Girls" game, and I thought it was funny but not like, the BEST movie I had ever seen. And I enjoyed "Kimmy Schmidt" and all that, I'm just not like OMGTINAFEYISTHEBESTEVER. That said, a million friends have recommended Bossy Pants to me, including Jen, and one of my friends had an extra copy and gave it to me, and I figure funny books are probably a good bet for me right now.
Z: A NOVEL OF ZELDA FITZGERALD
I've had this book on my to-read list for a while, ever since I read The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, about Ernest Hemingway's first wife. I have a fascination with historical fiction having to do with the writers and artists of the 20s, as evidenced by my obsession with "Midnight in Paris." Besides, who wouldn't want to read about the love story between F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda?
IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: LOVE, TERROR, AND AN AMERICAN FAMILY IN HITLER'S BERLIN
Jen got me turned onto Devil in the White City, another of Larson's books about a serial killer in Chicago while the city was preparing for the World's Fair. Larson is a captivating writer, especially talented with non-fiction historical events that happened way before my time. Devil is being made into a movie, and so is In the Garden of Beasts, which is about William Dodd, the American ambassador to Germany during Hitler's regime, and his family. I figure I should get this one in too, before the movie comes out.
So, truth be told, I am not sure I am actually going to tackle the 1,000+-page Infinite Jest. It sounds like an interesting story about American dystopia, and it's like...supposed to be funny-ish, right? Mostly, I am putting it on my list because I know every year, people around the world do "Infinite Summer," and try to get through the book throughout the summer, and since spring comes before summer, maybe I should get a jump start? What do you think? The first Game of Thrones took me foreverrrrr, so...
What are you reading this spring?