Books I love lately
- 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)
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!