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.
I started reading a bunch of books in April but these are the one's that I finished or am not going to continue reading. Jewel's book was definitely a new favorite. I loved her music so much as a teenager so to read more of her story was really wonderful. She has had quite a life and really has a lot to teach.
I was always encouraged to read books and to see them as not only a form of education but also entertainment. How I read has changed over the years as I'm sure it has for a lot of you. I fought getting a nook or kindle for years, but now I love mine. Then I was not up for listening to audio books because I thought I needed to carve out time to sit and read my books. But I really love mixing in audio books now with my music and podcasts while I'm in the car or working in the studio.