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Summer 16 Book List
I took a few weeks off of work before starting law school to get my life ‘together’ before school starts. We had a massive water leak in our house a while back and the work has yet to start. We recently moved into an apartment until the work is complete and life is slowly starting to normalize again (if life being normal is a real thing). We’ve had a really busy summer, so I’m taking this time to organize, relax, have fun, and take care of business. During that period, I didn’t read as much as I usually do. I love reading and reading for ‘fun’ is recommended before starting school, so my list of books for this summer has been growing. Since this list is getting longer and the time until school starts is getting shorter, I may listen to a few on the Audible app. While Audible is very convenient, I prefer to read because if a book is really good on Audible I will listen to it non-stop (consuming all of my free time) or just give up on the book and watch the movie or TV series if it’s out. Neither happens when I read, so without further ado, here is my list of books for this summer:
1. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolloy. I’ve been looking for an interesting fiction book to read, and I ran upon this on Today I’m Bobbi‘s page. This post was also inspired by her book series. Check out her page. The title and her description drew me to the book, but when I looked it up on Good Reads I noticed that I could relate to the main character. He loses his mom, after that happens his life and way of thinking drastically changes, and he shares a love of books with his mother. I started reading the first few pages last night before I drifted off to sleep, and I think it will be a great read.
2. Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. I’ve read this book before, a pretty easy read. One of my friends borrowed it before I moved from Boston. Yet, earlier in the summer, my dad gave me the book so I felt compelled to read it again. After he gave me the book, my Pastor spoke on the importance of our thoughts and when my husband was out of town the pastor at the church he visited spoke on the mind as well so I figured this is something I should probably work on. I’ve already started the book, and I’m almost complete.
3. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg and Nell Scovell. I saw this book on a recommended reading list. I’ll be honest, I know the least about this book, but I do know this book is all about the empowerment and building up of women.
4. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. We have 1L reading groups with law professors, and I decided to chose this book. I’d heard of him before on the podcast This American Life. My husband loves it and if we’re on a long car ride together I’ll catch the show. I’m excited to read this book with the current racial climate in the country.
5. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander Series Book 3). I love this series. I started off on Audible, and I may finish on Audible since the books are long. These books are about time travel, England, Scotland, history, romance, and so much more.
6. One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School by Scott Turow. I’m currently listening to this book on Audible. I’m not going to lie, One L was a bit intimidating at first. It was written after Scott Turow’s first year at Harvard back in the 70’s. This book is pretty interesting. In the book, Turow details his classmates, his teachers, the school, the emotional toll of the school, his growing ‘love of the law’, and the well-loved Socratic method in the classroom.
Have you read any of these books? Are there any that you recommend that I could possibly squeeze in this summer or during my next break? Check back soon for my next post on Genesis!
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I remember from my childhood very vividly my dad wearing a shirt with a crane on the back of it. Inside of the crane’s mouth was a frog with its hands wrapped around the crane’s neck that refused to be swallowed. That resonated with me throughout the years. It was a testament to my parents’ hard work and perseverance.
At the end of the day, I will make it. I am my mother’s daughter, and I know she passed on at least a fraction of her strength to her baby girl. I have hope. I have faith. And I definitely have love. But I’d like to let everyone know that I need time. The last thing I need is another person telling me how to live or how to respond. I need time to reflect, time to regroup, and time to look after me. So I just wanted to let you all know that I’m okay, I’m just going through this human emotion of grieving. I don’t want your sympathy, just understanding. I hurt, but I will be fine.
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