Still at it, folks! The original goal of two books a month stands, but more as a guide.
When I last posted, I was still reading Dog Whistle Politics by Ian Haney Lopez. It’s expanded my perspective on racism by challenging implicit biases and putting light on practices (primarily political) that are influencing culture and classes in the US all the time. If you have the time and patience to dive deep; and the willingness to be challenged personally – check it out. I’d offer it as required reading for anyone who wants to see progressive change.
So for the two months it took me to read Dog Whistle Politics, it only took me two days to read It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario. Oh. My. Gosh. Lynsey is… a boss. Her writing, her story, her passion and achievements. It’s What I Do really struck a chord with me. She discovered her calling, has pursued it all over the world, covering events like 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan and Iraqi invasion. She’s done photo stories on women all around the world – rape victims in Africa, women under the Taliban in Afghanistan. And, she has something in her that pulls her to the stories and these events, even when danger is high, because she knows there’s a story to tell and people around the world need to see it and understand. It’s What I Do is inspiring. Go. Read it now.
This brings me up to present – Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin. You can never go wrong with an inspiring self-help book, right? Gretchen also wrote The Happiness Project, a book I got turned onto years ago. Better Than Before is about master habits – good and bad. It’s a quick read, I enjoy her writing style. I’ll refrain on judging until I’m completely finished.
“The great thing is to be always reading but not to bored – treat it not like work, more as a vice! Your book bill ought to be your biggest extravagance!” ~ C.S. Lewis