April showers bring May flowers. HA! Chicago had SNOW at the end of April. Heavy. Wet. Snow. It’s also been so cold too that it doesn’t feel like spring. We’re 5 days into May and it’s rained almost every single one of them and I’m wondering when and if I’ll actually be able to enjoy Spring or if I’ll be spending my time on the living room sofa lost in every single one of the following books:

  1. Enrique’s Journey: The story of a boy’s dangerous odyssey to reunite with his mother, by Sonia Nazario. I sort of have to get lost in this book, it’s the book of the month for my book club. It’s about a boy’s journey from Honduras to the United States to locate his mother who left Honduras many years earlier to make a better life for her children. Sonia paints a great picture of the perilous journey immigrants take from Central America to the United States to make a better life for themselves and their families back home. I’ve only just started reading this book and I’m excited to see where the journey ends.
  2. Where’d You Go Bernadette: A Novel, by Maria Semple. This book came out in August of 2012 but recently wrapped filming and is set to be released later this year to theaters. The literary nerd I am cannot see the movie until I have read the book. Bernadette is a misanthropic and agoraphobic mother, wife, and friend who unexpectedly disappears. The novel examines the mother daughter relationship and how a family comes together to discover who they are.
  3. The Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant. The biggest challenges we face in business is convincing others to see the world differently and to inspire creativity and change among our peers. If you’re looking for the confidence to challenge conventional board room business “wisdom” this is the book for you.
  4. The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You: Command an Audience and Sell Your Way to Success by Lydia Fenet. As women we are always fighting to claim a seat at the rectangular table. Lydia’s book is organized to help you embrace and channel your own power in a room. As a leader, this book seems like it can really help me reach my corporate goals in and out of the board room.
  5. The Solo Female Travel Book: Tips and Inspiration for Women Who Want to See the World on Their Own Terms, by Jen Ruiz is part how to, tips, tricks and memoir about traveling alone as a woman.  Jen, once a lawyer now a travel blogger, lays it out from choosing your first solo destination to what needs packing and how to plan your itinerary. We’re really excited about this read and here at Harvard & Oakdale we frequently travel solo for both business and pleasure. We’re sure this book will appeal to you as a solo female pleasure traveler as well as a solo female business traveler. If you have KindleUnlimited you’re in luck as this title is available for free download for KindleUnlimited subscribers.

Let us know if you’ve picked up any of these books in the past or whether you plan to add any of these titles to your May reading list. As always, Happy Reading!

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