spring has arrived! and while the northeast is still subjecting us to snow flurries, you can feel the change in the seasons. the days, while cold, are sunny – and getting longer. the air feels fresh rather than purely frigid. this change always inspires me to do two things: clean and read. i can’t wait to lounge outside with iced coffee and lose myself in a book. to top things off, the timing has worked out wonderfully: having just completed my qualifying exam (a major graduate school milestone), i can finally dive into some fiction without feeling guilty. here’s what i’m starting with:
1. so, confession… i actually picked this up at the airport on friday and tore through it this weekend. i couldn’t put it down! the expats, chris pavone’s debut novel, is a fast-paced combination of spy thriller and drama. with a heroine you can root for and plot twists that keep you guessing until the last page, i highly recommend it as the start to your spring reading list.
2. ernest hemingway has been on my list for ages and i’ve finally decided to commit to reading his works. the sun also rises needs no introduction but in addition to being an american classic, it’s hailed as the ultimate expat novel. so this is ideal for someone like me (living vicariously through novels while saving up money to actually go abroad).
3. i can’t wait to bury myself in love in the time of cholera by gabriel garcia marquez. how can you resist the chance to get swept up in an epic love triangle? and the book won a nobel prize.
4. the reviews i’ve heard of tell the wolves i’m home have been nothing but stellar. carol rifka brunt’s novel describes a girl and her family dealing with the late 80s AIDS epidemic. it sounds heartbreakingly poignant and moving.
what’s on your spring reading list?