Since we’re lovers of print around here, we thought it’d be fun to share what the Darling Team has been reading of late… besides the current issue, of course. Below a few of us share where you’ll find our noses buried when we’re offline.
I’m really into “What to do When It’s Your Turn” by Seth Godin. It’s about how to jumpstart your life, your goals and go after your passion — it’s full of colorful images and quotes and short essays so it’s super easy to read!
I started reading “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi, an epic but approachable novel, on a Friday and ended up curled into this story every stolen moment I had until I closed it on Tuesday morning. Gyasi has followed the stories of two sisters from the Asante tribe in Ghana — one married to a slave owner by force, the other sold into slavery — from the perspective of the lives of the following generations who remain in Ghana and the struggles of those who are brought to and raised in America. The story is unrepentant in its open show of the intricacies of the origins of American slavery, and startlingly honest in the cultural portrayals of both British, American, and Ghanaian alike … but along the way I found new empathy, new horror, and new love for the story of such a remarkable people.
I first heard about Elena Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman to ever get a university degree, I think on an old Rick Steves episode. I recently found her biography “The Lady Cornaro: Pride and Prodigy of Venice” by Jane Howard Guernsey and have been fascinated with it so far. At a time when women were (even more so) disregarded and/or used primarily as ornaments, here was a young lady who defied expectation in so many ways. It’s been a good reminder of what the individual spirit is capable of.
I’ve been reading “The Defining Decade — Why your twenties matter and how to make the most of them now” by Meg Jay Ph.D. This book tackles the big three: work, love, and mind/body health and explores how your twenties aren’t just “free years;” why making the most of this crucial decade ultimately determines the course of your life.
Some good quotes:
“The postmillennial midlife crisis is figuring out that while we were busy making sure we didn’t miss out on anything, we were setting ourselves up to miss out on some of the most important things of all. It is realizing that doing something later is not automatically the same as doing something better. Too many smart, well-meaning thirty-somethings and forty-somethings grieve a little as they face a lifetime of catching up.”
“Being confused about choices is nothing more than hoping that maybe there is a way to get through life without taking charge.”
“Feeling better doesn’t come from avoiding adulthood, it comes from investing in adulthood.”
What are you currently reading?
Featured image by Chaunte Vaughn
Love this! I am currently reading Columbine by Dave Cullen. I am reading it very, very slowly. It’s such an important book! On Friday night, I started The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall and it’s been glued to my hands. I am already 3/4 of the way through. Highly, highly recommend it.
I also recently read and loved You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris. I’ve never read anything more beautiful and it had me in tears. On November 13 2015, Antoine Leiris’s wife, Hélène was killed by terrorists while attending a rock concert at the Bataclan theater in Paris. Leiris was left to care for his seventeen-month-old son. Days after the attacks, he shared an open letter to his wife’s killers on Facebook.
With grace, honesty, and vulnerability, he shares the story of his grief and struggle in the days and weeks after his wife’s murder. A gorgeously written, incredibly moving memoir about love, loss, and our power to choose love over hate.
I recently read “Just Mercy” and I am forever changed because of it. It’s the true story of a lawyer who handles death row cases. It’s powerful, well-written, and offers amazing insight into our justice system.
Just finished reading Rising strong by brine brown and love warrior by Glennon McDoyle. I am currently reading chasing slow by erin loechner and cold tangerines by shauna niequest and of course the most recent issue of darling! I really want to read the defining decade! I never related to your 20’s being free years because I was employed full time, a mother, and wife by the time I was 20. I can agree about the big three though- Love, Work, and health. I am trying to set a good foundation for them!
I just finished reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and it was so moving. I think we underestimate children and their amazing insights. This book allows you to experience some amazing and challenging times through the lens of a girl trying to pursue her passions and find her identity in a world that is programmed to oppress her. I’m excited to read “The Lady Cornaro: Pride and Prodigy of Venice.”It seems like a book that causes us, especially women, to appreciate those that have gone before us and to empower us to encourage and support one another to pursue whatever passions we each have. Ok, sorry for the short novel!
The Defining Decade sounds interest. I love reading self-help books when I want a break from novels!
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It’s really insightful. I love is as well because it’s all based on research, so the information is extremely helpful. You should definitely check it out!