Ahhh spring. I basically want to do everything on the patio right now. Until a bug flies too close to me, then I come inside because fuck that noise. Aside from a not-yet-planned trip to Michigan, I have no spring travel scheduled, but I need to get back on my reading game. Between podcasts, work, side hustles, and my DVR BEING SO FULL IT IS STRESSING ME OUT, I haven't done much reading lately. But I have downloaded several samples, and here's how I'm getting my read on this spring.
MISSOULA: RAPE AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IN A COLLEGE TOWN
Ah yes, here's an uplifting read for bright, sunny spring -- all about how Missoula, Montana, became the "rape capital of the world." I heard about this book through some volunteer work I am doing, and I'm super intrigued. I've never read Jon Krakauer before (Into the Woods), but my co-volunteer friend RAVED about how great his writing is. I read through the sample and was immediately hooked.
YEAR OF YES: HOW TO DANCE IT OUT, STAND IN THE SUN, AND BE YOUR OWN PERSON
Here's a confession -- I've never watched AN single Shonda Rhimes show. And I've long since dubbed 2016 the "Year of No." But I heard the ladies of "Call Your Girlfriend" (my favorite podcast) talking about it, and it sounded so entertaining. Besides, with enough booze, I'll dance it out. I don't like standing, but I'll recline in the sun. And I am nothing if not my own person.
ALL THE SINGLE LADIES: UNMARRIED WOMEN AND THE RISE OF AN INDEPENDENT NATION
Admittedly another "CYG" recommendation, and, let's be real, this is taking me straight back to my college gender studies days, and I fucking love it. Sensing a theme here? #shero
#Sorrynotsorry, I'm unapologetically (apologetically) cross-promoting here. You see, in the time when I haven't been writing nonsense about travel, I've been writing about my uterus! And you know LIFE. Because it's HARD. Granted, this isn't really on my reading list, because I wrote it, and every time I read it, I just cringe at all the things I want to change, but you can read a different style of my writing on Medium. Not too different though. Still snarky. Just less F-bombs. (Marginally less.) And bonus! Jen did all the illustrations. Including ones of my uterus, a maxi pad, and my butt.
If that doesn't sell you, I just don't know what would.