Origin

Dan Brown released a new book not too long ago and like many of you I was quite excited to read it. I am usually not an avid follower of any one author, I am always more interested in the story than the author’s specific style. But Dan Brown is an exception. He had me…

An Ode to My Acne

The amount of beauty tips I am bombarded with through Facebook and other social media is staggering. And as someone whose acne never went away after puberty, this continuous stream never ceases to give me false hope of finding a miracle cure to make it all just maybe, one day, finally disappear. However, it suddenly…

A Tale for Time Being

A Tale for Time Being by Ruth Ozeki Time is defined as “the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.” But a definition cannot begin to capture what time feels when you have to live through it. Through this PhD program I have wrestled with…

The Road of Lost Innocence

The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam What a beautiful, heart-wrenching story on a topic that is only recently gaining more steam with the #MeToo movement. Sexual violence against women and children, including sex-trafficking, as Somaly describes, is changing face with more and more younger children being sold into prostitution to ensure their virgin…

Expectations

Set your expectations low and you will never be disappointed.  This is a concept that has time and time again proven to be true and they are words that I live by. Expectations are a dangerous thing to have and I strive to at all moments and periods of my life to keep them at…

Happiness, Like Water

“Happiness is like water,’ she says. ‘We’re always trying to grab onto it, but it’s always slipping between our fingers.” ― Chinelo Okparanta This is one of the few books where I found myself wondering why the author had chosen this title and what it meant. In my mind I had imagined water in its river…

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

This is the debut novel of Heidi W. Durrow and highlights characters who all struggle to make sense of a world they don’t belong in, racially or economically. The topic of this novel is extremely pertinent to our times, particularly with Rachel’s struggles with negotiating race as a biracial person and having to categorize life…

When Breath Becomes Air

This book was chosen by a steering committee at my university and I volunteered to be a book discussion facilitator for it. I’m always looking for opportunities to interact with other people and be able to discuss books, particularly since reading is an independent activity. Book clubs and book discussion groups are always helpful to…

Book Deals for September 7th

Seems that I am unable to help myself from buying books. In my defense I did have some Amazon credit available to me so I willingly spent that. In today’s interesting book deals: When Broken Glass Floats: This book fits well into my book journey goals. Definitely about a place I have never read about…

Book Deals for September 5th

These are harrowing times it seems and it would only be fitting that the book that stood out to me today revolves around Hurricane Katrina: Salvage the Bones. Particularly poignant for these times with Hurricane Irma on her way. Check it out! “The question isn’t whether I have time to read or not (time that nobody…

Book Deals for September 1st

It is a little late for this but these books seem worthy of being publicized for being on sale today! I will unfortunately not be purchasing them since I need to put a halt on my purchases for awhile. Too many books to read. Best problem to have though! The Bright Hour: This book stood…

Mundane is Good 

The PhD life teaches you a lot of things, it teaches you how valuable your time is and that you have be careful how you spend your heartbeats. You learn to prioritize things and how to let certain things go. Unfortunately, there is not enough time in the day to do all the things you…