My current daily reading list is filled with Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Elmo’s Potty Book, so I love checking out new grown-up books. Give me a moment for a fantasy: a toasty mug of coffee, a blanket, and a rainy spring day… Ok, back to real life. Even though I’m busy momming, I can still carve out a little bit of time each week for a good book. Scroll through because there is something for everyone on my spring 2017 Reading List! **If you’re still looking for a Mother’s Day gift, some of these titles would be perfect!
Theft by Finding: Diaries – David Sedaris
This comes out on May 30, but you can pre-order it now- just in time for your Memorial Day weekend beach bag! If you have read and loved his other books, then you know you are going to have some laugh-out-loud moments. This book will contain selections from the personal diaries that inspired his popular books. I. Can’t. Wait.
This is How You Lose Her- Junot Diaz
I love this book of short stories. Most of this book centers around Yunior, a young Dominican man, and his relationship stories are real and universal. His descriptions of the emotional roller coaster of love and family relationships are spot on and you won’t be able to put it down. Not to sound like a commercial, but I really laughed out loud and cried at different spots in this book. One of my favorites. A great introduction to Diaz if you haven’t read any of his works. **Just a sidenote- there’s some cursing and nudity, so this is probably not for mom.
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines-
These two are the stars of HGTV’s popular “Fixer Upper” T.V. show. The book tells the story of how the funny and friendly couple found success. **This would make a fantastic Mother’s Day gift.
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley –
The movie Lion is based on this book. The story is unbelievable. It’s the true events of how a young boy accidentally falls asleep on a train, ends up thousands of miles away, is adopted by an Australian couple and then years and years later finds home again with the help of Google Earth. Fascinating.
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
This book tells the story of the African American women mathematicians who overcame discrimination and worked to solve problems for NASA engineers during the Space Race. The story is important and timely. There is also this cool young reader edition- great kid summer reading!
- Diana- Her True Story in Her Own Words by Andrew Morton–
I am suddenly intrigued with this book. Maybe it’s because we all love Kate Middleton so much? Also, doesn’t this just scream- put me in your beach bag!! If you love gossip about the royal family or you’ve been following the lives of her sons in the 20 years since her death, then this is for you. **Pack this book with some English Breakfast Tea and biscuits for a perfect Mother’s Day gift.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Henrietta Lacks was a young woman who died of cancer in 1951. Without knowledge or consent, her cells were taken and used as the foundation for tons of research- including the cure for polio. Tons of medical breakthroughs are based on her cells alone. This true story is fascinating. This was published in 2011, but HBO just released a movie based on the book and it’s becoming popular all over again. A must read and must see!
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
There is a storm of controversy surrounding the T.V. show based on this book. It’s not going anywhere and I think we better just read it. **Not a light read, by the way.
- French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon – I was prepared to be annoyed by this book; however, it turns out it’s a nice read. Part memoir and part “how-to” guide, she gives common sense advice for parents and kids to eat better and eat together while telling the story of the family moving to France for one year. Love it!
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris –
Speaking of Mr. Sedaris, if you haven’t read anything by him, this is an old one, but oh, so good. I remember wiping tears off my face from laughing so hard while reading it. His story about attempting to learn French will make you laugh out loud.
I hope that some of these titles will end up on your spring reading list! I’m dying to know- what are you reading that I should be reading, too???
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