There are so many great books to read right now I’m honestly having a tough time choosing. Each quarter, I make a list of reading goals. This year, one of my resolutions was to make more room for fiction and I’ve failed miserably so far, so I’m recommitting this spring. I’m also writing both a tv pilot and a fiction book right now, and I find the more I’m reading, the more I’m inspired to write myself.

I hope it’s getting greener where you are and soon your days will get longer and your breezes warm. Let me know what you’re reading this year, I’m always looking for suggestions. 

Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens
The 50s and the South are two of the places I love to go when I read, so this one is at the top of my list. Like I did with The Secret Life of Bees, I’ve been waiting until I have the time and mindset to really absorb it to start reading it, because (also like Bees) I’m pretty sure it’s going to be read in one (long) sitting or weekend. I’ve avoided any discussion of it because I want it all to be fresh when I get to it. 

American Dirt
by Jeanine Cummins
I’m aware of the controversy surrounding this book. My husband is the great-grandson of Mexican immigrants who settled West Hollywood, I’m interested in getting his take and that of his family on this story. I think we’ll read it as a family and discuss. 

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. I’ve got a research interest in trauma and the healing from it as well as a strong belief many of the problems in our bodies can be made better by healing that which is disruptive in our minds, so I can’t wait to dig into this one. 

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson
A criminologist and political scientist by training, I can see a lot of heart went into this work and I’m excited to check it out before I see the movie. 

The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100
by Dan Buettner
I’m doing preliminary research for what I hope will be my eventual magnum opus, a book on longevity theories and the people and sociology behind them. This book combines my interest in blue zones with my love for food so, of course, it’s getting a permanent place on my cookbook shelf. 

Strange Planet
by Nathan W. Pyle
Huge Nathan Pyle fan here, his wit and wisdom bring smiles to my coffee time on the daily. 

The Gifts of Imperfection
by Brene Brown

I’m on my second trip through this book. Like everything Brene Brown does, I want to take it slowly and unpack every bit. I’ve never regretted a moment spent with her. Don’t miss Daring Greatly if you haven’t read that one, and her Netflix and YouTube offerings. It’s all good. 

Modern Comfort Food
by Ina Garten
What the queen publishes, I purchase. 

In addition to the public library (my favorite place, ever) Amazon Kindle Unlimited is a great resource for readers of both fiction and nonfiction. We’re wishing all of you a productive and happy spring, which, given the circumstances, will be trying for all of us but I’m confident this, too, shall pass. What better time to lose yourself in a great book? Happy reading. 🙂

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