Books I love lately

  1. Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Davis. why haven’t I read this before? No idea. It’s brilliantly written, theoretically engaging, and actually supports my dissertation ideas perfectly (going into my prospectus, most definitely). I don’t know why, but I was expecting something a lot more polemical. Instead, it’s a beautifully written theoretical work that combines insights about activism and incarceration with memoir. Highly recommend (it’s also super short-perfect for getting in some *productive* reading during winter break, even if I am reading it for the Women in Philosophy group at school)
  2. Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Still reading. Trying to read all of the National Book Award winners, as per usual. This book is stunning and painful. It’s slow going, as I am breaking it up with some less serious reads, but I think this one is worth savoring. 
  3. Pardon My French by Cathy Hapka I love young adult novels. But the young adult novels I still read fall into 3 categories: horror (they are usually less grotesque than their adult counterparts), summer road trip novels (because nothing makes me feel like a teenager like a big gulp, hot fries, and a road tip with my best friends) and teenage abroad novels (think Love and Gelato and Anna and the French Kiss). This one came out ages ago, 2005, but I had been avoiding it because of the cover (some can be a little too YA for me, I think). I finally gave in to boredom and it’s perfect-a girl gets unwillingly shipped off to France to have an adventure-away from her friends, high school and boyfriend-and learns to love adventure and a french boy! perfect vacation read!
  4. Make it Happen by Lara Casey-I am self help book obsessed (no shame). Not the ugly covered change your life in 6 months kind, but the sometimes religious, pink covered books about finding your passion, being creative, and organizing (think Grace not Perfection, The Year of Yes, and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic.) I love love love Lara Casey’s power sheets for goal setting, and this book is a perfect read, especially this time of year. 
  5. The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.. Did you guys know about these books? I didn’t, but it’s like they are made for me!!! They are written by a historian! A witch tries to ignore her powers and separate herself from her families history by becoming a historian! She gets sucked back in when, in the archives, she finds a magic book! How many novels combine my love of witchcraft with history? Probably just these!