This is my current stack of books that I want to read. This stack prompted me to want to post about by favorite books from 2018.
For 2018 I set myself a reading challenge through goodreads to read 50 books, and I ended up reading 57. I finally gave in to listening to audiobooks and this really helped me enjoy more books on my to read list than any other recent years. I also finally gave myself permission to not finish a book if I really wasn't in to it. I used to think I should always finish a book, but this year decided that was silly. I have over 200 books on my want to read list and am always adding to it, so what is the point of taking up my valuable reading time with books I don't like.
So you want to talk about race is a book I think every white person should read, instead of asking a person of color on social media or your black friend to explain why they think something you did or said, or something you saw in the news was racist. Especially if you've ever caught yourself saying but I don't see color, I can't be racist because....., You're overreacting it's not about race, or even if you've thought things without letting them come out of your mouth.
I kicked off my summer reading with these three books this month. Dan Siegel's "The Neurobiology of We" was fascinating. I love thinking about to how we really are all connected and to think about how modern technology has done some amazing things but has also isolated lots of people. The science of the brain and how it processes memories, trauma and connection is so interesting. I was surprised to learn how new so much of this science is and how not long ago no one understood PTSD and trauma at all.
The Goldfinch was recommended to me by a friend and while I really did enjoy it, I wish I had chosen to read the physical book instead of listening to it on audiobook. I didn't realize it was over 700 pages so I just got tired of listening to the narrator's voice. The story itself though was very interesting and I really enjoyed following along with the twists and turns of Theo's life and liked the fine art and antique furniture restoration details.