Believe it or not, this weekend is Memorial Day here in the US, which means summer is just around the corner (and here in NYC, with temps nearly double what they were ten days ago, it very much suddenly feels like summer), which means it’s time to think about summer reading. As I’ve mentioned several times, one of my big goals for this year was to read more books. I have a goal to read at least 25 books total — in recent years, my norm is more like 10-12 a year — and while I started the year strong, I faltered a bit over late winter and early spring and have just gotten back in the groove.
Yesterday I finished the beautifully-written, almost devastating memoir Small Fry written by Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Steve Jobs’ eldest child, about growing up between two very disparate worlds (her father, of course, was extremely successful, rich, and famous, while her struggling single mother relied on welfare for many years to support them). I remembered how much I love a well-told memoir, and I am looking forward to reading a few more I have on hold at the library, including Educated; All That You Leave Behind; I’m The One Who Got Away; and You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.
Finally, fellow 40-something women might also be excited to read a new memoir by 90s singer-songwriting-feminist-powerhouse, Ani DiFranco, called No Walls and the Recurring Dream.
So, that’s my list so far (and I guess if I actually read them all before summer’s over, I’ll be in very good shape to hit my goal of 25 total for the year). Anything else you’d recommend I add? What’s on your list?