After graduating and finishing my internship in NYC I had some time where I was working part-time, living at home and applying for jobs. So, I tried to make the best use of my time by making headway on the very long book list I’ve been compiling for the last few years. Here is the first of likely several posts about all of the books I read in the past few months.
Here you go!
- The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was actually assigned to me during my internship, but it is absolutely fascinating. Malcolm Gladwell is an incredible storyteller and he discusses a variety of situations from how a pair of shoes become stylish, to how crime in NYC declined due to a single “Tipping Point” and who it takes to create a movement. Whether you like marketing, are interested in epidemics or have ever wondered who exactly influences the masses, it’s a great read.
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is honestly one of the BEST books I have ever read. Written so well, this book is about a girl named Eleanor Oliphant who lives in Ireland and works in a finance department. She has a very average life, but very quickly you realize there is something a little…off about her. The book is written from her perspective and it’s hilarious, devastating and a bit dark. Absolutely amazing though. I’ve recommended it to a few people and all of them have read it and loved it.
- I am Malala, by Malala
- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ THIS BOOK. Oh. My. Word. It is incredible and everyone everywhere needs to read this. Malala tells her story in such a compelling way and weaves in so much of Pakistan’s culture and history. Seeing as most people in the U.S. have never talked to someone from Pakistan about their perception of the U.S. and what has happened with our relations, this is so interesting. There were so many parts of the middle eastern conflict and 9/11 that I didn’t know. Obviously, it’s only 1 account, but it’s still one account more than you knew before.
- You are a Badass, by Jen Sincero
- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book is fun, inspiring and cheeky. I started it on the subway during my commutes and thought it was a good pick-me-up when you need a little extra motivation. Sincero talks about how to tackle your goals and go after what it is you want in life. It’s definitely a fun self-help/improvement/motivation book.
- The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a very quick and easy read. This short novel is written from Cisneros perspective and tells the story of her childhood in quick short stories. It covers happy and dark moments, but in a very digestible light. This book shows a side of life not very many people experience and it’s very well written. Not a must read in my opinion, but an enjoyable.
- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Somehow I made it to 22 without ever reading this book? It was very interesting, definitely a good one to read sometime in your life, but also somewhat bizarre. I really enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down. It, like so many books of its kind, has eerie undertones relevant to our time.
- Nickel and Dimed
- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My Grandma gave me this book a few years back and I love the journalistic style of it. It’s a bit outdated now, but the journalist goes undercover and works a variety of minimum wage jobs to see how feasible it actually is to survive a lower-class life. She comes away with a number of insights about minimum wage jobs that we are all frequently in contact with and I find myself thinking about her experiences while I’m out running errands. Overall a very interesting, though specific story.
- The Wedding Letters
- ⭐️⭐️ Some years back we got the sequel to this book as a freebie from somewhere and I decided to read the prequel because I needed a quick, easy not so heavy read. But honestly, this was one of the worst books I’ve ever read. It’s absolutely unrealistic in every way and there was next to no character development, so it wasn’t even fulfilling. Plus the entire book spans about 72 hours of time, so that’s weird too. Just throwing it out there, in case you, like me think it sounds like a quick, fun and interesting read.