Truthfully I don’t get to sit down and read often, first because I am kept busy with college and second, I actually find it rather tedious and boring. I find myself listening to audible all of the time because I am able to listen while I am going to school/work, when I am getting ready, or just when I am on the run going from place to place.
Don’t get me wrong, I like listening to music when I am in the car, but truthfully how many times can I listen to the same songs over and over. Furthermore, music for me can be triggering and spark emotions and memories that I wasn’t even thinking about in the first place. During the holiday season, there is always tons of traffic where I live so I have been listening to books more often than music. I am also incredibly picky about the books that I like lol. Here are a few of my all-time favorites.
I adore Robert M. Drake. These are books that I get physical copies of because I like to read them sporadically when I am having a hard time in life, with friends, with family, etc. These books incorporate a variety of poems that are extremely relatable to everyday life. Each book also possesses its own theme, there is something for everyone. Also, you don’t have to purchase the books to be able to enjoy his talent – he posts countless pieces on his Instagram page!
Growing up I heard a lot about Anne Frank and her diary… I knew she was Jewish and that she died in the holocaust, but that’s basically all I knew. Although I do not claim to be one religion or another, my dad’s side of the family is Jewish and my mom’s side is Catholic. I float around somewhere in the middle (please don’t be offended). Anyway, I have always been so passionate about learning about the holocaust, the impacts it had, etc. I know that I have relatives who were terribly impacted by this event, but very few discuss it. A few months ago I saw this book in the library and said eh why not, just read a few pages. Update – I loved it! I read the book so quickly but still managed to analyze it in its entirety. This young girl was wise beyond her years and truly seemed to be brilliant. Honestly, I think this book should be a must-read for all high school students. It teaches about compassion, forgiveness, and perseverance.
“When you are on your bed at night just analyze all the happenings you have been go through whole day and learn from your mistakes, you will be a better person then.” ~ Anne Frank
“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” ~ Anne Frank
Similar to The Diary of Anne Frank, I highly recommend “Night” by Elie Wiesel. I read this book as a freshman in High School and it truly stuck with me through all of these years. I have re-read it multiple times because throughout life we change and mature, and each time that I read it, there is always something different that I learn about the book and myself.
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” – Elie Wiesel
THIS BOOK. Wow… This is a book that I listened to on audible and I always found myself never wanting to get out of the car. This is claimed to be a true story, written from the perspective of the doctor treating a woman with multiple personality disorder. This book is so twisted, disturbing and fascinating. If you ever want to get your own problems off of your mind, listen to this book – our problems do not even compare to this woman. I wouldn’t read/listen if you are faint of heart – it gets extremely graphic.
To Kill A Mockingbird is inspiring. I am so disappointed to hear that schools want to remove this book from their required reading list because it makes people “uncomfortable”. This book is a classic. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Atticus is a model of courage, of tolerance, of justice, and is also a model father. He takes on the legal defense of a black man who is falsely accused of a violent crime. Atticus shows patience, wisdom, and strength even when he is defeated. Love this book and what it stands for!
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