This never-ending pandemic continues to wear us down, but here are some of the content that kept me mentally stable during the month of July.
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.
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.
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.