May Reads-2019

April was basically a blur and here we are in May already! I am OFFICIALLY done with grad school (graduation was on Monday which already feels like it was a year ago) and what a wild ride that was. Part of me is ecstatic to be done with school and part of me is ready to sign up for more school but nope–on to try out the teacher life! The great thing about having school wrapped up is that I now have more free time for my passion projects and existential crises. This leads up to….


Ever since I watched Adichie’s TedTalk: “The danger of a single story,” I have been fascinated by her and her work. I read and taught her novel Purple Hibiscus to my sophomore class a couple of months ago and now I want to devour everything she has ever written. This month, I am reading her book-length essay, We Should All Be Feminists, which draws from her TedTalk of the same title. I can’t wait. Is it really too much to ask for equal rights for all?

I picked out this book in Powell’s based entirely on the cover and the title. The first sentence on the back hooked me in as well:

“It’s the 1980s in Lagos de Moreno–a town where there are more cows than people, and more priests than cows–and a poor family struggles to overcome the bizarre dangers of living in Mexico.”

Oh, and apparently there could be aliens? Sign me up.

I’ve been rereading these books since…December? Yes, sounds right. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was slated for a to-read last month, but life got in the way, as it tends to do. I always forget how much this book stresses me out despite it being one of my favorites in the series. Hello, super angsty Harry. Hello, one of the most hated characters ever written (looking at you Dolores). Hello, teen rebellion against “the man”, well “woman” in this instance. Hello, heartbreak. It’s really got it all.

Happy May, everyone! Keep reading!

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