There are many ways you can absorb this shelter in place order. You can wallow, you can whine, you can worry...and don't worry that was me last week. Or you can reconcile with the things you cannot control and try to make the best of it.
So here I am, writing to you because the way I've made the best of it has been reading. I'm the type of reader that has four books in rotation at all times. For the past 6 months or so, I've been stuck on the same genres.
- A personal development book - I always get an audio version of this book and also try to get a used copy from Amazon so I can highlight it up and make notes in the margins without feeling like I've ruined a new book. I usually reserve this book for the mornings and during my commute to work.
- A memoir - It's always fascinating to hear about the lives of others through their own words, especially when it's hard to imagine. It humanizes the person when you realize they struggled with the same problems you tend to struggle with. I reserve this for when I'm feeling down on myself and need to be reminded that everyone struggles with this from time to time.
- A fictional fantasy - At night, I like to get lost in a whole other world. This is what I read before bed. I read and read until I keep re-reading the same paragraph over and over because I'm so tired.
- A historical read - You can only learn so much history in high school if you really want to understand a moment in time it takes a novel. I like to learn more about our past to gain better perspectives of the present.
I'm obsessed with these genres. For the month of April here are my reads:
- The personal development book I'm reading is just incredible. It's called Deep Work Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World - Cal Newport. I've had this book recommended to me countless times and upon starting it, my only regret is that I didn't start it sooner.
- The memoir I'm listening to at the moment, and yes listening to it is the only way a recommend consuming this book, is More Myself by Alicia Keys. This book was just released on March 31st of this year. Alicia recounts her rise to stardom, it did not happen overnight and it required so much work to get there. Her perspective on writing a second album while on tour for the first gave me a newfound respect for artists.
- The fictional fantasy, aka my guilty pleasure, is The Kingdom of Copper - S. A. Chakraborty. This checks all the boxes of my fantasy criteria, a female protagonist, twist and turns, and yes...a love interest because why not have a romantic aspect to ogle over. This is the second installation of this Daevabad Trilogy.
- The historical book I read this month, I flew through! I couldn't get enough. My uncle kept telling me to read it and I kept putting it off, bad idea. It's called Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History. Disclaimer: This book is BRUTAL, it will hurt your heart and it can get a little graphic but it's part of our country's history and I found it fascinating.
So those are my reads for this month. Have you read any of these books? I'm always dying to discuss books with people so I'd love to hear what you think. Or tell me what I should read next for May! DM on Instagram @meesh961