I. LOVE. TO. READ!!! So I'm sharing 5 books that made me #think! This is not a comprehensive list because I've read so many more but here are 5 that rocked my brain and set it on fire. In the past 15 years I have founded three book clubs and I loved discussing thinking books with the women. There are so many books in my kindle that I catch up when I'm on a plane or a taxi ride when I travel. I take my kindle everywhere!
NOTE: I love recommendations too, so please send them over! If you have read one of these I want to hear from you, if you plan to read it tell me what you thought.
NOTE: Excuse the quality of the photos. Due to copyright I have to re-create the covers ; (
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
Henrietta's cancerous cells were taken without her knowledge to study the life of the cells and it lead to amazing scientific discoveries. Neither she nor her family were ever acknowledged or compensated. Her contributions went unnoticed for a long time until this author brings it to light. A fascinating read!
2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This book I read twice. The first time I read it, I didn't understand so many of the beautiful messages within. The second time I read this book I was going through a moment of indecision about writing my own book, however when I finished reading The Alchemist I felt like the book pushed me towards finishing my project. This book is about enjoying the journey, it's about figuring out that obstacles are part of that journey and that giving up is not an option. It pushed me to finish what I started!
3. Life After Death Eighteen Brutal Years on Death Row by Damien Echols
An inside look at people living on death row. Damien Echols was falsely convicted of killing three boys in a small town in Arkansas his book tells us about the Witch Hunt to get him and his friends imprisoned. Small town people and their biases prevailed in court hearings. He details the backstory to his release but it also gives us the grueling details of living in a 6x6 cell. I realized that "Justice" is not blind and that if you are poor or if you come from a small town or have overburdened lawyers, you will lose. I was disgusted to see that the people who are meant to be fair only seek personal recognition based on a conviction whether you committed the crime or not. Justice means nothing to these career politicians and judges.
4. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
One of the hardest books that I ever read only because it was very difficult for me to understand how innocent children could live in some of the worst slums in the world. It made me think about why some people are lucky enough to be born in places such as America or in Europe and other children are born in Mumbai India into extreme poverty and extreme filth. Having to get out and look for scraps at the age of 3 or 4 years old, having to take care of a family when your parents send you off into the streets and place that responsibility upon you. It made me really wonder how something so horrible could happen to some of the most beautiful most innocent children in the world. world. It really got me thinking about the existence of goodness and evil.
5. Middlesex By Jeffrey Eugenides
The first time I read a book about to being born with both male and female sex organs. The journey that the person takes as they reach adolescence and then upon reaching adulthood. How do they maneuver their way around the world? How do they tell those people they love about their circumstance and how do they explain to themselves why they were born that way. This book is about some of those questions and conversations we would not normally have.