A Spring Reading List

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

 book shelves

There's just a little over two weeks left until spring is officially here, so I'm taking it upon myself to categorize this reading list as a "spring" one (even though the books have nothing to do with spring at all). Let's celebrate the warm weather any way we can, 'mkay?

If you're like me, you use your phone's camera to catalog everything. Scrolling through my camera roll is always an adventure, because I never know what I'm going to find. There's usually a whole slew of screenshots of things I was too lazy to bookmark, pin, or save them in another manner. There's also a lot of random pictures of serial numbers, bill statements, or boring stuff that I text to Mark during the day for whatever reason I had at that moment. Why did I need to text pictures of serial numbers?? 

And then there's the pictures of books, so. many. books. They're all framed the same way: my floating hand holding a book out and my shoes peeking out from below. Somewhere along the way, this became my go-to way of saving book titles that I want to read later (because I'm a cheapskate and like to see if the library has it first instead of purchasing it).

Recently, I did a huge camera roll purge (after backing up my photos to Google Photos) and came across so many of these types of photos. So, I'm putting the list out on the blog in hopes that I'll actually read a few of these this spring and not find these photos still lingering in my camera roll months from now. Here are five that I want to read:

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons. 

In the Skin of a Jihadist by Anna Erelle
20-year-old Melodie, a recent convert to Islam, meets the leader of an Islamist brigade on Facebook. In 48 hours he has 'fallen in love' with her, calls her day and night, urges her to marry him, join him in Syria to enjoy a life of paradise - and join his jihad. Anna Erelle is the undercover journalist behind 'Melodie'. Created to investigate the propaganda weapons of Islamic State, 'Melodie' is soon sucked in by Bilel, right-hand man of the infamous Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. An Iraki for whose capture the US government has promised $10 million, al-Baghdadi is described by Time Magazine as the most dangerous man in the world and by himself as the caliph of Islamic State. Bilel shows off his jeep, his guns, his expensive watch. He boasts about the people he has just killed. With Bilel impatient for his future wife, 'Melodie' embarks on her highly dangerous mission.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of color. And neigher of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant 
When Addie Baum's 22-year old granddaughter asks her about her childhood, Addie realizes the moment has come to relive the full history that shaped her. Addie Baum was a Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant Jewish parents who lived a very modest life. But Addie's intelligence and curiosity propelled her to a more modern path. Addie wanted to finish high school and to go to college. She wanted a career, to find true love. She wanted to escape the confines of her family. And she did. 

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford
It's 2006 in the Manhattan of the young and glamorous. Money and class are colliding in a city that is about to go over a financial precipice and take much of the country with it. At 26, bright, funny and socially anxious Evelyn Beegan is determined to carve her own path in life and free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through prep school and onto the Upper East Side. Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she gets a job at a social network aimed at the elite, she's forced to embrace them.

books from my camera roll

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