Caught Reading: Spring Days in Chicago, May 2017

While this week isn't a great example, Chicago's had some beautiful weather this spring, and I really enjoy getting outside at lunch. Sometimes I walk around my neighborhood, and other days, I just sit down with a good book.

During my last trip downtown, I saw that people in the Loop also enjoy sitting outside with a book. Here are some of the books I spotted during my lunchtime walk.

The Miracle Morning: Looking to maximize your day with morning rituals for body, mind and spirit? This book is for you.

Small Great Things: We called this a "must-read and a book club gem" in our November 2016 Staff Picks. Bestselling novelist Jodi Picoult tackles race, prejudice and social justice in this story of a labor and delivery nurse, a baby's death and the trial that follows.

Pioneer Girl: A Novel: Prompted by a family heirloom that may have belonged to Laura Ingalls Wilder, academic Lee Lien, the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, faces her feelings toward her mother while researching the lives of Wilder and her daughter, Rose.

The Prisoner of Heaven: The third book in Carlos Ruiz Zafón's Cemetery of Forgotten Books series (The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel's Game) features a bookstore owner in 1950s Barcelona. Dark and suspenseful, it's a tale full of love, passion and revenge.

Windy City Blues: One of our May 2017 Staff Picks, this historical novel explores the civil rights movement and Chicago's role in shaping blues music when Leeba Groski, the daughter of Polish Jewish immigrants falls in love with black blues guitarist Red Dupree.

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