Book Reviews Part 2

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Image via @nicolehoneywill


Another book review post! A majority of these books came from the two book clubs I’m in, but I mixed in other reads as well. One book club focuses on non-fiction, which I’ve really enjoyed since it gets me a little outside my normal selections. The other is more of a wine club disguised as a book club, but I do still make an effort to read the selections, as they’re often books I’m interested in anyways.

6. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup - John Carreyrou - Have y’all been keeping up with the Theranos/Elizabeth Holmes story? It’s truly captivating! I’ve followed the story since it broke, so this book was really interesting to read. John Carreyrou is the journalist that blew the lid off what was really happening at Theranos, and his book takes a deep dive into everything he learned about the organization. After watching the 20/20 episode and reading this book, I’m definitely more invested in seeing how this all shakes out!

7. To Shake the Sleeping Self - Jedidiah Jenkins - I’d seen this book make the rounds on social media, so I was excited when it became a book club pick in March. I really loved reading this book, and I think Jenkins is an amazing storyteller. I took so many notes, and especially love the following quote:

“I have learned this for certain: if discontent is your disease, travel is medicine.”

I would highly recommend To Shake the Sleeping Self to anyone!

8. The Job: Work and its Future in a Time of Radical Change - Ellen Ruppel Shell - This was another book club pick, and overall I’m glad I read it. The Job takes an in depth look at where we are as a society in relation to jobs and the fundamental human need to work. While it didn’t offer any solution (how could it?), it provided a foundation for moving forward to hopefully finding an answer and helping all of us find meaningful work.

9. Sick of Me: From Transparency to Transformation - Whitney Capps - A quick read, Sick of Me by Whitney Capps focuses on how we can change our thought processes to focus less on ourselves, and more on God. I know I get “sick of me” and I often need to remind myself that it’s not about me. Sick of Me drove home this point and has encouraged me to focus less on myself, and more on others/God/spiritual growth.

10. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly - Admittedly, I’ve had this book on my bookshelf for awhile, and it took me a fair amount of time to finish. In between starting and finishing Hidden Figures, I read 4 other books (those listed above), oops. I haven’t seen the movie version yet, which I’m planning to watch soon. Like many others I had no idea how integral a role these women played in WWII and the Space Race. While I’m glad I read the book (especially before seeing the movie), I do wish Shetterly had painted a more vivid picture of the women’s roles in the Space Race - a majority of the book was spent on WWII, the women’s general lives (which is of course valuable and necessary information), and less on their involvement in the Space Race.

With the recent fire at Notre Dame Cathedral I really think I need to read the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Has anyone read it? I know it’s a classic, which I tend to struggle with, but in this case I really feel like I should give it a go!