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Read Anything Worthwhile Lately?

Yes! But there's always more to add to the bedside stack. We'll share ours if you share yours...

Let's talk reading. Have you been doing much? Little? None at all? Only via screen consumption? Managing Editor Brooke Klauer shares the books and more books that are on her radar right now.

"Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams and more reading helped me make my dreams come true." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

I love to read (which is no secret). But is it just me or has is been difficult to discern with which books to spend our hours lately? I vacillate between wanting pure escapism to all-the-books-that-teach-me-all-the-things. In truth I've found myself with a little of both. Some bought (support independent bookstores!), some borrowed (visit your local library!), all very much wanted.

Here's what has been keeping me busy as of late, as well as what's in the stack, ready and waiting:

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (this made my top ten books EVER list. It's phenomenal. Read it.) And also on my list is her new release Transcendent Kingdom, which is getting rave reviews.

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The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dare (my dear friend reads a book per week, on average, and this one came highly, highly recommended)

The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni (see above comment, same applies)

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

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Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (this was an absolute delight from start to finish)

Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman (so necessary and needed right now)

Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity and Change by Maggie Smith (remember Good Bones?)

On the state of the world (and how to approach it):

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Where to Begin by Cleo Wade ("We spend so much time thinking we don't have the power to change the world. We forget that the power to change someone's life is always in our hands.")

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