At the end of most months I find myself in disbelief that 31 days could fly by so fast, January has been a rare exception! Between ringing in the new year in California, spending a week in the Bahamas, saying “goodbye” to my job at Amazon, starting a new job and celebrating my 25th birthday (twice!) this month has felt like an entire lifetime. As much as I’ve enjoyed January I am ready to welcome the month of pink, hearts and all things love related but not without a quick recap of what I’ve read.
This month I was very pleased with my book selection. I really enjoyed all three books I read and would highly recommend each of them although all three books could not have been more different.
Small Admissions | For a light hearted work of fiction you won’t want to put down Small Admissions fits the bill! I purchased Small Admissions to read on my flight home from the Bahamas and found myself getting up early to read in a coffee shop before work until I finished the novel later that week. The story follows Kate, a twenty something in a major post break up funk. Kate’s funk is so bad her friends and family, worried for her mental health, intervene to help find her a job at a New York City prep school. As the newest admissions counselor Kate is forced to deal with her interpersonal problems while navigating the education process of New York’s most elite 6th grade parents. If you’re looking for a feel good-relax and unwind after a long day at the office book for February I recommend you give Small Admissions a shot.
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life inside Scientology & My Harrowing Escape | Personally I’m obsessed with cults and I’m slightly confused by anyone who doesn’t find them psychologically fascinating. Beyond Belief looks into the world of Scientology from the perspective of Jenna Miscavige, scientologist leader David Miscavige’s niece. Jenna was brought up in Scientology where it was the norm for her to live separately from her parents from the time she was a toddler. As a young child she moved to a ranch meant for scientologist children and as a preteen she became a full fledged member of the Sea Organization. Jenna dedicated her life to the church even when it meant giving up her own happiness and mental well being. It wasn’t until Jenna was forced to give up the friendships (and relationships) she valued that she began to question if Scientology was for her. Jenna’s story is a page turner! Growing up in the Sea Org Jenna’s life is so isolated from mainstream society, her world is entirely Scientology making her break from the religion all the more daring. This book is in depth and intriguing I reccomend it for a thorough look into Scientology from the perspective of one of its most involved child members.
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town | Admittedly Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town is not a happy-go-lucky light hearted beach read. I picked up John Krakauer’s account of rape in the town of Missoula after discussing the audio book with my Aunt and Uncle during our trip to the Bahamas. After several heated women’s rights conversations I felt I had to read this book highlighting University of Montana rape cases, the press that surrounded the accusations and the court trials. Initially, I wasn’t sure I would be able to listen to finish the entire book. The victim’s accounts were at times very hard to read-in fact, I found myself tearing up as I read on the bus a few times. I won’t sugar coat it, this book is extremely sad but I believe it is tremendously important. I wish Missoula was required reading for all Americans, it’s a wonderful portrait of the way we tend to think about non-stranger rape and the mental suffering our attitudes prescribe rape victims. YOU MUST READ THIS!
Next on my list: Rules of Civility, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith and The Argonauts. As always I would love to hear about what you have read recently and if you would recommend your latest read or not. Happy reading friends! <3