April's Reading List
Hey, friends! Haley here. I just wanted to share the list of what I've been reading (for our trip to Florida and beyond) and get some recs from you guys!
The Sacred Enneagram // Christopher L. Heuertz
This is such an insightful book. I've been reading about the Enneagram for a little while (what's up, fellow Type Fours!) and this book has transformed my spiritual life along with the way in which I communicate with others (read: Summer, who is a Type One). If you don't know your Enneagram (it's similar to MBTI, but more in depth), you can take a free test here or spend $12 (worth it) to take it here with info on your type sent to your email. Summer has been reading The Road Back to You, which has also been super helpful. It's a little less spiritual-based (though the Enneagram is spiritual in nature) and a little less dense, so if you're headed for that direction, I'd try that!
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
This book was gifted to me by my best friend who is a phenomenal person, writer, and gift giver. She coupled it with a note saying, "The time is now. Write the story." And I've been waiting to get my hands on it for a while. Anne Lamott is hilarious and doesn't beat around the bush with writing as a lot of "Write Awesome Novels Now!" books and websites often do. It's been an awesome read and my fingers have been itching for my computer screen even more than usual.
Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More by Karen Swallow Prior
In grad school, I went through a period of obsession over slavery. I took a Slave Lit (and History) class, read neo-slave narratives and spent hours at the library research the economic implications behind medical conditions of slaves in the Antebellum South (I'm so cool, I know). Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More describes More's life as an abolitionist, academic, and woman in eighteenth-century Britain. Swallow Prior is also amazing on Twitter.
Emma by Jane Austen
I've been reading on Emma for the last few weeks. Emma was my first Austen novel and caused me to fall in love with eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature. Emma is second only to Pride and Prejudice on my favorites list and it's been so fun rereading.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
I almost always take a Harry Potter book with me on vacation and I read the whole series during the summer. It's become my little tradition ever since I graduated college and it's something I look forward to every year. My family was late to the Harry Potter party, but now that we've jumped on board, we are avid fans. There's something about slipping into a whole new world, right? I love good writing and Rowling somehow creates worlds in ways not many people would be able (and does so at a young adult level).
That's it! What are you guys reading this month? When I get through this list (I always read a few books at a time... whoops!), I'm adding Oliver Twist and Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education.
Send me your recommendations in the comments below! And follow along with us on Instagram -- I post reviews of books there! Can't wait to hear from you guys! -haley