Like a lot of people, I spent part of June finding ways to diversify the content in my life. This means that, in addition to extensive reading, I’ve now added 15 podcasts to the one I was already listening to. Now, I listen to an audiobook, then 10 days worth of podcasts, one audiobook, podcasts, etc.
It’s a heavy load, but also really important. I spend several hours a day scanning or reading hundreds of articles, reading books, and listening to audiobooks and podcasts. I’m also really selective about how I use social media. I know a lot of people use social media as a news source in and of itself, but that’s not at all how I use it. Rather, I’m more likely to spot something in social media, then go looking for further information from a legitimate source, whatever that might look like.
In any case, my new media habits put kind of a strange blip in my monthly book haul. But don’t worry friends, there’s still lots of reading going on over here.
What have you read this month that you really loved? Are you listening to any new podcasts or tuning into new media sources? Let me know!
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (1/5 stars)
Three-line review: I had a feeling mid-book my review wouldn’t be high. Between two covers were self-absorbed characters, irresponsible adults matched combined with privileged children, manipulative plot twists, and too many words without much story. It didn’t keep my interest, and it felt like the author used a cheap literary technique to try to maintain interest.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (3/5 stars)
Three-line review: I’m late to the game in reading this book but am glad I finally took the time to do so. It is touching and worth the hype though fairly predictable. One thing that really caught me off guard was the sophistication these kids demonstrated; I know this is modeled after actual people, but their conversations and interactions just didn’t seem realistic.
A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum (5/5 stars)
Three-line review: This well-written novel attempts to unravel the complicated intersection of familial pressures, societal expectations, and deep-seeded culture. Following three story lines from three generations of conservative Arab women living in America, I felt horror, sadness, anger, frustration, and hope. This book pulled me in right from the beginning and kept me engaged all the way through.