The Power

This was a timely book to have happened upon during this era of #MeToo. Definitely a one of a kind book. I have never read this sort of science-fiction before and it was strangely liberating and incredibly insightful. It is amazing how it takes such a simple exercise of role reversal to make you rethink…

The Invisible Enemy in a Fortress of Lies

____________________LATE POST____________________ My partner in life is fighting for his life. He is fighting against an invisible enemy that lives inside of him. An invisible enemy that makes him full of hate and anger. An invisible enemy that changes him. Changes his body language, changes his facial expressions. An invisible enemy that makes him almost…

The Goldfinch

This is a book I had been wanting to read since my undergraduate days. I will always remember seeing it on my kindle first options and NOT picking it. Shortly thereafter, the book gained in popularity. Even a peer in a biochemistry class of mine carried it around for several weeks causing me to have…

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…