Books and Writing

The Best Books I Read In the First Half of 2019

I know it's too early to do a full reading wrap up for 2019, but I've already started recommending books to people as "the best I've read this year." So I thought I'd put together a long list of the best books I read between January and June of 2019. There's a mixture here -… Continue reading The Best Books I Read In the First Half of 2019

Books and Writing

NaNoWriMo 2019

I'm going to try to do NaNoWriMo this year. National Novel Writing Month for anyone who isn't familiar. It's a challenge for writers across the world, to write an entire book (50,000 words) in the month of November. However, I'm going to do it a bit differently, and I'll explain that in a minute. But… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2019

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5 Great Non-Fiction Books (#3)

Fun fact: I read all these books as part of my undergrad career. They were assigned predominantly in my Peace & Justice Studies classes - namely, Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies, Introduction to Human Rights, and Introduction to Conflict Resolution. While reading dictated by a syllabus can feel forced or tedious at the time,… Continue reading 5 Great Non-Fiction Books (#3)

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5 Books That Made Me Think Differently (#2)

I won't be so dramatic as to say that these books completely changed my life. That's high praise that I bestow rarely - thus far only on Harry Potter, but with a couple of close runners up. So no, I'm not a changed human for having read these books, but some of my thoughts, opinions,… Continue reading 5 Books That Made Me Think Differently (#2)

Books and Writing

5 Great Non-Fiction Books (#2)

My newfound love for nonfiction has not abated in recent months. I'm still devouring a bit of everything, although there is a slight bias toward books about human rights and global affairs, since that is what I studied and am most passionate about. The Better Angels of Our Nature by: Steven Pinker Blurb: "The ceaseless… Continue reading 5 Great Non-Fiction Books (#2)

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5 Great Books About Feminism (#3)

Here's another batch of books relevant to women's issues and feminism. One, which may stick out, is an Italian novel that has a strong protagonist who makes a traditionally "unfeminist" decision, maybe of her own accord or maybe due to societal pressure. Either way, it's a thought-provoking read and a look at the "ruoli di… Continue reading 5 Great Books About Feminism (#3)

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5 Great Books About Mental Health (#3)

This round-up of books with excellent mental health components tackle suicide, depression, grief, self-harm, institutionalization, illness/mortality, and PTSD. Some of the books are for young adults, some are memoir or part-memoir, and some are commonly assigned in high school English classes. Books dealing with mental health are rarely easy to read, but they are so,… Continue reading 5 Great Books About Mental Health (#3)