Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Today is an important day for many reasons. For the last few years, racial tensions in U.S. have heightened. Almost weekly we read different incidents where cops are being called on black people for the most mundane issues. It shows that there are still a lot more work that needs to be addressed and worked towards if there’s ever going to be any sort of civility towards each other.

For people who are not black, being an educated ally is important. Understanding the history of racial tensions between black people and white people is vital to being an ally. Additionally, as there are new “hidden” barriers that black people face, it is important to understand and recognize these barriers.

As someone who wants to be an ally, I’ve taken it upon myself to become as educated as possible. Below are a lists of different books and podcasts that can help you become a better ally and supporter to black people. I’d love to know if there are any other books or podcasts so if you have any suggestions please let me know! And for a little humor, scroll all the way down to hear a segment by Michael Che.



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13 Books That Are Worth Reading Again

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As much as I try and read new books and try and make my to-read pile smaller, sometimes I just want to pick up a book that I am familiar with. I often describe rereading a book like reuniting with an old friend. You forget how great it is when you’re together, and you always have a good time. That’s what rereading a book is to me. I often reread books if I’m in a book slump, or I’m transitioning genres. I’ve been trying to read more nonfiction this year, but I do love a good young adult book. These are the books that I am always eager to reread.

  1. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  2. All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
  3. The Children by David Halberstam
  4. Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  5. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  6. Cheating at Solitaire by Ally Carter
  7. Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict
  8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  9. Definitely, Maybe In Love by Ophelia London
  10. Holes by Louis Sachar
  11. A Room With A View by E.M. Forster
  12. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  13. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

What are some books you could reread?

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14 Books on My To – Read List

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I always look forward to new books that are coming out, but this always reminds me that I have a huge to-read pile that is endless and continues to grow every month. My goal was to read at least four books off my to-read list this year, while this happened, I ended up adding a bazillion more. Here are some of my books I want to read next year.

  1. Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II by Liza Mundy
  2. Artemis by Andy Weir
  3. White Houses by Amy Bloom
  4. The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck
  5. Airport, Exes and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff
  6. The Kennedy Debutant by Kari Maher
  7. All The Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister
  8. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
  9. Philomena: A Mother, Her Son and a Fifty-Year Search by Martin Sixsmith
  10. The Night Manager by John Le Carré
  11. The Wright Brothers by David McCollough
  12. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  13. The Brethren by Bob Woodward
  14. Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

Any books on your to-read list that you want to try and tackle? Let me know! I want to add more books to my list…

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18 Christmas Books

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I love books and I love Christmas, so these two things combined make me especially happy. When I was younger, I used to have a goal where I was going to try and read every book in the world (obviously my 10-year-old self was extremely unrealistic).

Regardless, I found that in the past two years, I’ve wanted to read more holiday books and so I’ve been borrowing them from the library. First off I found some Christmas books have a sad storyline, or they are romantic books (like Debbie Macomber is the queen of Christmas romantic books) or they are picture books. While I really tried to find non-romantic happy Christmas books, I haven’t been very successful (also I didn’t try that hard so this list is based on my meager attempts).

I’ve read all the books listed and they’re all great and incredibly cheesy . Also really no shame in reading romantic Christmas fiction because it creates the best happy holiday feelings.

  1. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  2. The Gift of the Magi by Lisbeth Zwerger
  3. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  4. Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Ganor
  5. Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber
  6. The Nutcracker by E.T.A Hoffman
  7. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  8. Eloise at Christmastime by Kay Thompson
  9. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
  10. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston
  11. Christmas in London by Anita Hughes
  12. A Very Merry Princess by Susan Mallery
  13. A Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  14. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  15. A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz
  16. Let it Snow by John Green and Lauren Myracle
  17. My True Love Gave To Me by Stephanie Perkins
  18. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Know of any good Christmas books? I would love some recommendations!

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24 Books I Read This Year

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I work a lot of red eyes which means I have to figure out a way to stay awake. This means I read, quite a lot! Sometimes magazines, sometimes trashy romance and sometimes really good books I didn’t read as much as I wanted to, but I was able to read 24 books this year.

My current favorite genre is historical fiction, but I went through a huge non-fiction phase last year and I am a proud YA reader. The most interesting book I read this year was Salt to Sea, which is a story about the biggest WWII Naval tragedy that was never known very well. The other book was The Taster which is a story about a woman who becomes the taster for Adolf Hitler.

This is my list of the 24 Books I Read this year:

  1. Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict
  2. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  3. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  4. The Secrets of Flight by Maggie Leffler
  5. When It’s Real by Erin Watt
  6. Ike and Kay by James MacManus
  7. My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
  8. The Taster by V.S. Alexander
  9. The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
  10. The Vatican Princess by C.W. Gortner
  11. Maps of Fates by Maggie Hall
  12. The Romanov Empress by C.w. Gortner
  13. The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki
  14. The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  15. See How They Run by Ally Carter
  16. Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter
  17. Not if I Save You First by Ally Carter
  18. Bachelor Girl by Kim van Alkemade
  19. America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray
  20. The Prince with Amnesia by Emily Evans
  21. Still Me by JoJo Meyers
  22. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  23. The Royal Nanny by Karen Harper
  24. The Heart Between Us by Lindsey Harrel

What is your favorite book you’ve read this year? Any good book recommendations for next year? Let me know in the comments below!

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