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So, two things:
- Today is July 15th, which means it’s time to link up with the Modern Mrs. Darcy for Quick Lit! That’s the reading component of “what I’m reading and writing.”
- I’ve been really trying to get back into the blogging groove, which means that I’ve been pumping out blog posts. And trying to get back into my freelance writing. Thus, the writing part of “what I’m reading and writing.”
First, the reading.
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — Yes, this was on my list last month, but it deserves to be mentioned twice. (Or a thousand times.) Plus it was pretty long and it took my a few weeks to read. This book centers around Ifemelu and Obinze throughout their lives in Nigeria, as well as the U.S. (for Ifemelu) and the U.K (for Obinze). It does span decades, and it does jump around in time, and it addresses some Big Themes, like race, gender, ethnicity, religion, class, and nationality, but it doesn’t read like you might expect a book with all of those features would. It makes you think, but it never tells you what to think. And it remains character-driven throughout. I would 100% recommend this book to everyone. My favorite read of the year thus far.
- Through the Woods, by Emily Carroll — This book is pretty different from the one above. It’s a graphic novel, I read it in 30 minutes, and its darkness is more of the supernatural variety than the injustice of society variety. I enjoyed it, it was fun, but I definitely would have loved it if it had been around when I was about 14 years old. So if you know any youngin’s with a penchant for all things creepy, make sure they check it out.
- The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human, by V.S. Ramachandran — Ok, this book could not be further from either of the two above. It’s basically Ramachandran walking us through his (incredible) career as a neuroscientist. The thread that ties all of his different theories, case-studies, and experiments together is the question, What makes us human? He attempts to glean some sort of answer by discussing topics such as phantom limbs, synesthesia, autism, language, art, and introspection. While I recognize that this might not be down everyone’s alley, if you have a basic understanding of human biology and psychology (think intro-level class in high school or college), I think this book is accessible to you. As someone who has studied neuroscience, I found it to be a fun, almost easy read.
Winter, the fourth book in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, may be lurking up there in that picture, but it did not make it onto the list since I haven’t started it yet! I’m beyond pumped for it, but its mass is just a little bit much for me to carry around to work and such.
And now, onto part 2–the writing!
My favorite Worrier posts of the last month:
- Let’s Talk About Money, Baby
- Very closely related to the above post: Completely Free Tools for Broke Bloggers
- Anxiety and Relationships (alternative title: Why I Would Be Hesitant to Date Myself)
- Boulder, CO
- Tybee Island, GA
- Lexington and Concord, MA
If you’re an introvert, where do you like to or want to travel? How about you extroverts?