What I'm Reading
I enjoy reading books from a wide variety of genres including literary fiction, young adult, romance, manga, or anything else that catches my eye. Read about some of my recent favorites below.
Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell
Cultish is a great look at the linguistics behind cults and how the patterns of that language show up throughout American culture. As I was reading this, I really appreciated Montell's tone, which was informative, personable, and at times playful. Overall, Montell shows how easy it is to be drawn in to the orbit of a cultish group, MLM, or Instagram guru. Definitely worth reading if you're curious about cults and why people join them. I read a library copy, but I'll probably be buying and marking up my own copy soon!
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
I liked a lot of the ideas in Trust Exercise: how young artists see themselves, what makes something true, how people see themselves vs how others see them, and how the teacher-student relationship can be manipulated and distorted by predatory behavior. I also liked how the book calls its own facts into question. Overall, Choi's narrative includes a lot that fellow writers will find compelling from the ideas to the structural choices.
Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved by Kate Bowler
A great meditation on what you do when life doesn't turn out the way you plan. I really appreciated Bowler's open and frank narrative. I think she really gets at what it is like to go through something hard and how hard times in life can also be strangely beautiful. A quick read that I definitely recommend.
Beach Read by Emily Henry
This was one of those books that swept me up and had me flipping pages quickly. I loved the concept of two writers switching genres and challenging each other as they deal with their changing writing lives and personal lives. I don't want to give too much away with this one, but I love that the story dealt with grief, family secrets, and what it means to truly be in love. Worth the read (and a future re-read)!
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