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

What I Read This Month

What I Read This Month: October 2019

Wow - it has been a while. In the unpredictable way that life tends to go, this blog had to take a back seat to a lot of personal family stuff that happened this time last year. But I'm really happy to be trying to get back into it. So here is everything I read… Continue reading What I Read This Month: October 2019

Books and Writing

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)

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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 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)

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5 Great Books About Self Image (#2)

I'm not a big fan of traditional self-help books, but I love a novel or memoir with a strong undercurrent of self-discovery. Whether the author/main character comes to terms with a personal loss, their body image, finds their confidence, or reconciles a key piece of their identity, I always find that those books engender the… Continue reading 5 Great Books About Self Image (#2)