I'm actually quite excited about my spring break reading stack this year. After a month or so of "meh" reading (seriously -- check out my February list and compare it to the almost-three-times-as-long January list; not to mention my single book for March so far), I have choices coming out my ears. My mom lent me credits from her Audible.com account, resulting in five new audiobooks to choose from. Also, I have some library books waiting and many advanced reading copies to begin.
A few highlights:
The Help by Kathryn Stockett: Yes, that's right. I am the only person in America who has not yet read this book. And it's southern lit, which makes it even more ridiculous. It was one of my Audible.com purchases yesterday, so I'm hoping it will make doing dishes and vacuuming more enjoyable.
Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger: I loved The Devil Wears Prada long before it was a movie. I also liked Everything Worth Knowing, but thought Chasing Harry Winston was a disappointment. Still, I'm very much looking forward to this book from my local library.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King: Ever since author Sara J. Henry began pushing this book on her blog, Sara in Vermont, I knew I needed to read it. I (finally) read a preview on Amazon, but still hadn't picked it up. I added it to the Audible cart because I obviously wasn't going to get it any other way.
The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove by Susan Gregg Gilmore: There is, again, absolutely no excuse for my not having read this book. Like The Help, it is deep southern lit. I love Gilmore -- both in person (Southern Festival of Books a few years ago) and in her writing (Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen was excellent).
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane: I watched the movie first -- something I don't usually do. This is also my first Lehane novel; kind of shocking when I think about it, since mysteries are one of my favorite genres. So far I've only glanced at the first few pages, but I'm reading it for a teachers' book group that meets in April. Therefore, it's a definite, no matter how I end up feeling about it.
Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark: Yes, this is "that" Marcia Clark, made famous during the O. J. Simpson trial in the early 1990s. The attorney first wrote a nonfiction title about the trial, and has now written a book of fiction. Her first novel is a legal thriller starring a female DA from Clark's city of Los Angeles.