This summer I made a promise to myself to read more books. I have always loved to read, but since starting my junior year in high school I gave up reading for fun because of all the assigned reading material. I’ve been in college classes every summer since beginning my B.A. in 2013, and this was the first summer I truly had the time. A close friend recommended Book of the Month to get started, and I may have went overboard and ordered waaay too many books, but it has been so worth it! So far I have read:
Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson,
A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum,
and I have started The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger
as well as Dominicana by Angie Cruz.
So far, it has been great! Beyond the Point gave me an incredible insight to West Point, our female veterans that are deployed as well as on base, and the experiences of people who attended West Point during 9/11. A Woman is No Man has moved up to one of my all time favorite books, and gave me an incredible insight to a culture I did not know much about. The great thing about it is that because of the book, even though it is focused on the experiences of three women and that can’t speak for an entire population, it has helped me relate with my international students that are coming from Pakistan. I’ve used the book as a conversation starter and have been able to learn so much from my students and what their lives are like at home as well as their experiences coming to the U.S.
If you are interested in Book of the Month, you should definitely check it out! If you use the link below you can get two books your first month for the price of one:
I also bought (to add to my reading list):
The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood
Recursion by Blake Crouch
If you've read any of these books, or have any reading suggestions, let me know!
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