Category: bookish

#FridayReads: Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

#FridayReads: Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

Blake Mycoskie’s Start Something That Matters came up when I did a library catalog search for business-related audiobooks (I’m doing some research for a project I’d potentially like to take on). It’s an easy read in that Mycoskie doesn’t use technical or business jargon. He acts as a cheerleader throughout, and shares stories about people...

The magic and metafiction of “The Witch of Portobello”

The magic and metafiction of “The Witch of Portobello”

As a modern Pagan, it’s absolutely wonderful to see a writer treating magic and the supernatural in such a…natural way. Paulo Coelho’s The Witch of Portobello speaks frankly about magic and its place in the world, and more importantly, accepts it.

The Witch Athena may be a troubled character, but her struggles and her art resonated deeply with me. To find a character that I could relate to on a spiritual level, well, that doesn’t happen very often, and this is a book I’ll come back to because of that.

#FridayReads: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

#FridayReads: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

Suicide is not the kind of thing you discuss at the dinner table. Even when we do talk about it, we tend to take one point of view: Prevent it at all costs. But who are we to decide what course someone else should take? Miriam Toews’ novel All My Puny Sorrows raises that question...

The Hypothetical Girl exposes the hidden emotion of online dating

The Hypothetical Girl exposes the hidden emotion of online dating

Every story in Elizabeth Cohen’s first collection, The Hypothetical Girl, has a “Yes, yes that’s it!” moment. These are romance stories for the connected twenty-first century, but I have to warn you, most of them don’t have happy endings. Although online dating is gaining more acceptance in our culture, a lot of people still look...

#FridayReads: The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life by Wendy Shanker

#FridayReads: The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life by Wendy Shanker

If you are a woman and you have ever felt bad about your body, you need to read this book. In it, Wendy Shanker takes a hard look at body image, stereotypes, negative connotations, outright judgement, dieting, and more. The most powerful thing she’s suggested so far is this: If you have tried many, many...