My Spring Reading List (Aka All The Books I Left Behind)
Every year, about a month before we leave for one of our annual pilgrimages to Costa Rica, I start scouring the web looking for book recommendations. I get most of my book recs from Reece Witherspoon, but I also look to the New York Times and at local book stores for their staff picks. At the start I compile a large list and then I read the many reviews to see if each book is worth the purchase, and more importantly my time. In short, I spend quite a bit of time on this. I've had a Kindle for about a decade and even though I prefer to read on paper, one cannot discount the convenience of bringing an entire library with you to the jungle on one teeny device.
Typically, this little routine works well and it keeps me from reading all the trashy novels that are often left behind in our rental. It also means I don't have to quickly read a popular book before watching the show/ movie that tends to follow the release of the books I read. (Yeah, I'm a bandwagon, best seller kind of girl). On past vacations I've been able to read 3-4 books a week given how much downtime there is which is a HUGE part of the reason why I love being down in Costa Rica so much. I'm not someone who reads often in my regular life (the internet is always WAY too interesting) so this is always the real highlight of our trips.
Given how much time and effort I put into picking my books, imagine my surprise when we were on our March trip and I found myself seated alone, twenty rows away from my family and I reached into my bag and realized my Kindle was still at home on the charger! I don't want to be overly dramatic about my reaction but I may or may not have texted my sister with lots of crying emojis. (We share books so she understood but was secretly very grateful for the fully loaded reading list). As I mentioned in last post, I was actually incredibly overwhelmed with the amount of work I had to do in March so at the end of the day it ended up being okay. My husband happened to have the book The Nix with him and I'd been hearing so much buzz about it since it got picked up as a new series by JJ. Abrams staring Meryl Streep, I figured I'd give it a go. Finding this book in his suitcase is like finding a diamond in the rough given that my husband is a very intellectual reader and let's just say Rushdie and Murakami are not my idea of a light beach reads. In the end I'm so happy that I broke into his stash because The Nix was one of the best books I've ever read. Seriously- READ THIS BOOK!
The reason I'm giving such a long explanation about my reading list is that when I usually do these posts I tend to give a little description of the book along with my thoughts about it (Aka did it live up to the hype) but since these books are just sitting on my Kindle I don't have a whole lot to offer other than to tell you all that they have been recommended by multiple sources. My kindle is going to be the first thing I pack for this trip and honestly now I'm even more excited to have some amazing books to read when I will actually have the time to do so.
Below you will find what I'm going to be reading this Spring / Summer and I'd love to know if you all have any other recommendations. We are going to be in Costa the majority of the summer and this little curated list is only going to last about two weeks. If any of you have read these I'd also love to hear your thoughts. Did you love The Nix as much as I did? I take these reading lists very seriously so please feel free to weigh in! Xx