Current Readings & Summer Reading!

I do a lot of reading. A LOT of reading. Lately, it has been mostly required reading for my English major, however, I do have ambitious plans for the (short) summer break that I get. However, I also wanted to discuss the two books I am reading now that are incredible.

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Currently, I am reading Born a Crime by Trevor Noah for my self-writing class. No wonder this book is a freaking bestseller. From the first paragraph written, I am pulled in and completely breathless. This book has knocked the breath right out of me. Noah writes about growing up in apartheid South Africa  and the liberation afterwards. He is born of a black mother and a white father. Noah brings you into a world that none of us born in the United States can begin to understand. His perspective has opened my eyes and knocked the breath out of me. I have read many books since I began reading at 2 years old, but this one takes the cake. I cannot put it down, not because the suspense but how I crave his perspective of a world I don’t understand and his honesty of a life that I will never know. Read. This. Book.

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At the same time, I am reading Alligator Candy by David Kushner for the same class (an individual project). This book is also incredible. Kushner writes about the tragedy of losing his older brother, Jon to a gruesome kidnapping and murder. His perspective as a family member of a victim is incredibly powerful. I haven’t finished the book, but he investigates his brother’s murder using his skills as a journalist. So far, the book reads beautifully. He is honest and focused on the facts, a true journalist. Not only that, but he brings so much powerful emotional honesty that leaves you speechless but with such a heavy heart. This book is fantastic.

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My reading for the short summer! Before I go off to my lake vacation, I will be finishing a book I started: That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. Watching a lot of documentaries made me interested in this woman who stole the heart of a King who chose her over the throne. I started the book awhile ago, but because of class and reading – I couldn’t finish it. I will be continuing and hopefully finishing it before going onto my lake vacation. All of these books are ones that I’ve been dying to read. I’m anticipating them to be easy reads for the summer. Some of mystery and intrigue and others of captivating stories. Sherman Alexie’s memoir is one that I have been dying to read – one of my favorite authors I crave his writing. Stay tuned for my currently readings!

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Currently Reading

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Currently, I have been reading Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson for my writing studies class. We have been reading this book in order to discuss genre in self-writing. This book has really resonated with me as a person who chooses to not discuss my personal struggles with anxiety. For once, I knew that the thoughts concerning social interactions, exhaustion from social interactions, refusing to answer the door bell and funny cat stories were not contained to me alone. While Jenny’s stories will often having you laughing out loud (in a good way), she does delve into her mental illnesses and how they have affected her life, but also how she deals with them and can overcome them. She has so much inspiration, but her inspiration is normalizing mental illness and explaining to us (her readers) that it’s okay to have our bad days, our depressed days, but emphasizes the fact that she has network of people when she needs someone to talk her down off the ledge. I find that Jenny’s writing is very genuine and I find myself identifying with her and her various situations.

Reading for me is a way to escape my world and enter someone else’s, but this book really made me reflect on my own life and interactions. It gave me some good advice on dealing with depression and anxiety while trying to be a good mother. This was unlike any book I’ve ever read and I am so glad that I read it, even if it was for a class. I highly suggest everyone read this book even if they have never experienced or understood depression and anxiety.