Hello and happy Wednesday. I know that a few weeks ago I showed you these same books in my Baltimore Haul, but I just wanted to sit down and talk more in depth about why I got each one. Let’s get started, shall we?
I didn’t know She Persisted Around the World by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger existed until I saw it in Barnes & Noble and couldn’t resist. Personally, this book hits closer to home than the original She Persisted, although I want to get my hands on it someday as well. I love the representation there is in this book in terms of the women’s countries of origin, race, and even religion, and I love even more the different disciplines and scenes where they stood out. When I saw this book, I couldn’t help but picture all of the teaching opportunities there are: from reading aloud one story per day and allow for a discussion among Kindergarten or first grade students to full-on research projects with older kids, I think this book is a treasure every teacher should have and incorporate in their lessons somehow.
Following along the feminist mood, I bought Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. The title itself just spoke to me, and then when I knew who the author was, I just had to buy the book. At first, I thought it would be a collection of essays, like Bad Feminist, which has been in my wish list for years now. I’m pretty sure the stories in Difficult Women are fiction, although I might be wrong. Let me confess something: I first picked up this book with the intention of giving it to my sister, but then decided to keep it myself. She can have it once I’m done with it, I guess.
Finally, I think this book is causing you and me both the same amounts of curiosity. I got You’re Not That Great: but neither is anyone else by Elan Gale because it truly spoke to me and I really thought it was a now-or-never thing. Even though I haven’t started yet, I have many titles in my TBR list (including this one) that are, in their way, all about self-empowerment. Here’s the deal: I’m 24 years old, my life’s about to take the hugest turn, and I feel completely unprepared. I went through university, and then for two years worked as a professional and earned my own money, but while living with my mom. In sum, I have no idea how to be my own self, and I’m terrified, so I feel that a book like this one will at least give me some insight as to what being a somewhat independent adult is like.
In the comments below, tell me which of these three books you’d like to read and why.
Love, Miss Camila