June 2021 book covers

June 2021 reads

June was wild.

Most of my friends and family have been vaccinated for at least a month and restrictions have eased up and so we started seeing more folks again. After one and a half years of isolation, any event planning would have been dramatic, but this month was a whopper. Multiple camping trips, I traveled to see my parents and family, saw my best friends for a wedding, I was sewing like crazy because I wanted to make my own dress for said wedding (maybe unnecessary chaos, I made 2), and I was giving a speech at the wedding so needed to think about that (I procrastinated), for each trip we have to board our rabbit and our bunny sitter moved like an hour away and it hasn’t been worth it to find a new one, my writing class was ending so I had to turn in my final paper, my partner got a new job so we’re moving, I’m leaving my job, and trying to organize all of that…it’s been a lot!

I feel like the last thing you care about is the books I read, but for the sake of consistency here they are.


Fiction

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet

The Vanishing Half book cover

Why I picked up this book: I feel like this was on everyone’s list so I thought I’d read it

Mood: Historical fiction with a race-identity flavor

It was well written and a good story, not surprised people liked it and a great story for this time. I’m guilty of getting on the non-fiction bandwagon when I want to learn more about a topic, but that just might not be your jam and you want to go through the emotional story telling with a good book. Maybe this might be it for you. It follows the story of two light-skilled Black twins who end up going down separate paths after chooses to pass as white women.


Non-Fiction

No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work Lis Fosslien & Molly Duffy

No Hard Feelings book cover

Why I picked up this book: I followed the cartoonists on instagram and they wrote a book! It did well!

Mood: Having a healthier workplace culture

The place I work at already has all the feels. This feels like the guidebook folks should read before working at our company so they fit in. Which is a good thing! I kind of wanted to send it to Katie as someone I know who has an office job.

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris

Waking Up book cover

Why I picked up this book: I heard a podcast interviewing the author about this book

Mood: mindfulness science

I did not get into this book at all. I probably shouldn’t have started listening to the audio book while I was flying on a budget airline. I blame the audiobook reader (which may have been the author).

Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe by Brian Greene

Why I picked up this book: Book club June read

Mood: Science?

It was ok. Some interesting concepts. I feel like the book said something like “you don’t need to understand this part” or something like that often. Maybe not a greatest sign.

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