Writing has always been a therapeutic activity for me. These two books reminded me about the healing magic of words and writing. One is aspirational, while the other is motivational.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo is the first book of the Alex Stern series. The protagonist, Galaxy “Alex” Stern—so named by a hippie mom—gets recruited by one of Yale University’s secret societies because of her mysterious ability.
Oh yes, this is another late capitalism rant. I recently succumbed to consumption after falling down the rabbit hole of booktube and booksta. Yes, even the seemingly sedate hobby of reading has been monetized to death!
The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life is a rare book that promotes introspection. If pushy self-help books are HIIT exercises, then The Gift is yoga. The former is about weight loss, while the latter is about spiritual gain.
Imagine visiting The Midnight Library filled with infinite possibilities based on choices you did not make and paths you did not take. This is where 35-year-old Nora Seed finds herself after she decides to end her life. In between life and death lies The Midnight Library where the librarian tells her she can explore all the possible versions of her life.
In Futureproof, journalist Kevin Roose reminds us to avoid machine drift and inject humanity into our work and daily lives. But what if you're born to be a Convenience Store Woman?
Less by Andrew Sean Greer is laugh-out-loud funny. It is Eat, Pray, Love, but financially prudent. We always wonder: How do these people just up and leave? What about their job, their house, their dog? How are they gonna pay for the entire trip? It is a heavy question for a Third Worlder like myself.