Summer is my favorite season for reading. I will grab my book, a blanket, and some sunglasses and head outside to read for a couple of hours.
In the last couple of months, I’ve read 8 books. None of them are finance related, but I thought I would write up some of my thoughts while I still have them fresh in my brain.
These are my ratings and summaries of some fun summer reads.
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I couldn’t put this book down. It’s hard to put into words the impact this book has—the true story about a girl raised by parents who feverishly prepare for the End of Days and eschew any medical treatment from doctors. Rather than going to school, she works in the junkyard.Westover details her childhood with brutal honesty, weaving her way through the years until she stumbles into another world—the one her parents tried to shield her from, the one with the brainwashers, gentiles, and those possessed by the devil. Her account of the clashing of worlds and how ultimately, education changed her is a powerful, riveting story.
Sometimes when I read books, I wish that others were reading them too. Americans should read works from across the sea. Men should read works about feminism. White people should read about the experiences of black people.
Diversity educator and sociologist DiAngelo explores how white people have a hard time talking about race. She addresses how racism is mistaken as a single, targeted attack by a 'bad person' rather than the infrastructure behind our institutions and culture. I loved the examples from this book that made me reconsider how I think about race, racism, and white complicity.
This book is fantastically quotable, but I couldn’t finish it. I really wanted to like it, but I got bored. I understood his points, and ended up moving on.
- However, here are some of the amazing quotes:
- “Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.”
- “Sometimes what you don’t do is just as important as what you do.”
- “If it isn’t a clear yes, then it’s a clear no.”
- “The reality is, saying yes to any opportunity by definition requires saying no to several others.”
Even if nearly 100% of the pop culture references went over my head, Phoebe Robinson tackles race, feminism, and other sticky topics with aplomb. Her comedy career shines through this work, and I wanted to recommend it to everyone.
This was the third book of this type that I’ve read, one where someone takes a section of the Bible and tries to live by it as literally as possible. The first was by A.J. Jacobs, a fantastically funny author that told his story of living by the Old Testament in New York in a way that had me gaffawing. The second was a priest inspired by Jacobs, who decided to live by the New Testament and ended up changing his political stance.In A Year of Biblical Womanhood, Rachel Held Evans explores the history, context, and cultural connotations of womanhood as presented in the Bible. She takes on different themes each month of the year, with concrete projects and goals based on scripture. I loved her wit as she tackles the tricky texts head-on.
Have you read any of these books? Do you agree with my rating(s)?
What’s on your reading list?
What should I add to my reading list?