Hello everyone! I hope you had a lovely 4th of July relaxing and/or celebrating with family and friends. For many people it was a super long weekend perfect for summer trips and outdoor adventures. Last year Jordan and I visited a friend’s vacation house and spent the long weekend boating in the sunshine. This year I had class on Monday so we sadly couldn’t head out of town. Instead we stayed home and decided to hike with family on Tuesday so we still happily enjoyed time out in nature. Though the mountain was crazy busy we enjoyed time in the sunshine and the dogs loved running around like wild wolves. We toasted the 4th with champagne and a rooftop barbecue alongside a game of Taboo. I love summer adventures!
Every month I like to keep track of what I read. Though I didn’t get through as much this month as I did in May I have to confess I’ve actually been reading just as much though I’ve opted for a casebook rather than a novel #LawschoolProblems
Tina Fontana is struggling to get by as a 30 year old executive assistant in NYC when she is accidentally given a check for almost $20,000. Desperate to pay off her student loan debt, Tina cashes the check. For a moment she is relieved, she is no longer a slave to her debt but she quickly realizes she isn’t the only one who realizes what she has done and she is a slave to her lie instead. While I definitely found this book entertaining it wasn’t super thought provoking or very realistic. It didn’t make me feel or think or laugh…it was just sort of “meh”. Read this book if you fly through books quickly (5-6 books a month) but skip it if you can only squeeze in a book here and there.
I listend to “I am Malala” on Audible after it had been on my MUST READ list for roughly two years. I thought I knew the basics of Malala’s story but quickly discovered I had unintentionally sold Malala short. Malala is referred to as “the girl who was shot by the Taliban for going to school” but that description barely skims the tip of the iceberg. Malala was an activist for education in Pakistan long before the Taliban ever attacked her. Listening to Malala’s story was really enlightening. I found it fascinating to listen to her perspective on how people in Pakistan thought about events like 9/11 and terrorism. More than any of the politics or world events I liked reading about how Malala spent her days as a young girl in Pakistan (reading Twilight, dancing and playing games with her friends, studying for exams). I have a particular interest in learning about the day to day lives and struggles of women in the middle east but I believe this book would be interesting for anyone (no background in middle eastern studies necessary).
While I am certain I won’t be reading much for pleasure in July I am currently reading Sweetbitter and hoping to finish it (& maybe another novel?) in July. If you have read anything fantastic recently I would love to hear your recommendations.