August 5, 2018

A favorite blogger of mine described books as "long-term companions," and I couldn't agree more with that sentiment.  One of the more troubling results of the burnout I experienced throughout my junior and senior years of high school was my apathy towards reading.  As someone who has always labeled herself a "book lover," this apathy was very disconcerting to me.

Since graduating from high school, I've gained the time--and the desire--necessary to delve back into books.  I even started a Goodreads account, which inspired me to write this post about books I'm currently enjoying and books that are on my "to-read" list.  If you have any specific book recommendations for me, make sure to leave me a comment or send me a message!

Without further ado, here are some of the books I've been reading over the summer:

Prep For A Day

The Picture of Dorian Gray
I always try to purchase at least one "classic" novel on my trips to the bookstore;  after all, certain works are considered as "classic" for a reason!  That being said, some of the novels published in previous centuries can be quite difficult to read and comprehend--some of them, but not this one.  Oscar Wilde's writing is delightfully easy to follow, and in this work he crafts a compelling story about one man's ultimate corruption.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
After reading through the entire Harry Potter series, I have to say that the sixth book remains one of my favorites.  Despite its massive size, I find myself picking it up every now and again, eagerly skimming through to find my favorite passages.  I think that J.K. Rowling did an excellent job of developing the relationship between Harry and Professor Dumbledore in this book.

The Introvert Advantage:  How to Thrive in an Extrovert World
If you're interested in psychology (especially the psychology of personalities), you'll like this book!  Being a moderate introvert myself, I really enjoy reading about the biological differences between the temperament types;  my favorite part so far has been the author's discussion of the diverse brain pathways and hormones that introverts and extroverts typically utilize.

The Fellowship of the Ring
I don't know if I have ever mentioned this on the blog before, but I am a huge Tolkien fan.  I grew up watching the 1970s animated versions of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings!  However, I haven't actually read all of Tolkien's works, so now I'm trying to read through the Lord of the Rings series and eventually tackle The Silmarillion.  Wish me luck!

Now, on to some of the novels that I would like to read:

Confessions of Saint Augustine
This novel is essentially a compilation of Saint Augustine's memoirs, which trace his unrighteous youth, worldly desires, and eventual conversion to Christianity.  C.S. Lewis's novel Surprised by Joy, which discusses his own spiritual conversion, closely parallels these memoirs;  since I enjoyed Lewis's work, I think I will also appreciate Confessions.

The Woman in White
Hailed as one of the earliest examples of the mystery novel, this work opens with an Englishman's nighttime encounter with a strange "woman in white," who may have escaped from an insane asylum.  Her presence is only one part of the novel's secretive plot.  I'm generally not a fan of the mystery genre or thrillers, but the premise of this book sounds so interesting!

Factfulness:  Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
This novel attempts to analyze and dismantle instincts that commonly distort humanity's perspectives on the world;  in other words, this novel wants its readers to understand that the world is in a much better state than they might believe it to be.  I think we all need to be reminded that the world is not completely bad, which is why I'm looking forward to reading this book.

Thinking, Fast and Slow
Another science-focused pick, this novel is all about the brain's two systems of thinking:  the fast and intuitive system, and the slow and logical system.  The author also discusses the pros and cons of relying on intuitions, as well as the advantages of utilizing the slow system during the decision-making process.  Hopefully, reading this will allow me to make more rational and deliberate decisions during my daily life!

What are some books that you have enjoyed recently?


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