This isn’t the usual blog post you’re used to reading every week. I wanted to switch things up a bit for my final blog post of the year (and the decade!). Beneath this note is a list of my 40 favorite books I’ve read in the last decade! The organization of the list below is as follows:
I only chose books that were published in the last decade. I read so many amazing books that I had to narrow the list down. I’ve always loved books but my passion for writing definitely reignited my passion for reading. If you do end up buying or reading any of this books, please refer back to this post once you’re done and let me know what you think!
I really appreciate everyone who took some time to read my blog posts this year. It really means a lot to me to have people who read my blog every week! I hope you all have a safe and warm New Years with the ones you love. I look forward to seeing what the new decade has in store!
I don't have to agree with you to respect you. You don't have to agree with me to respect me.
We can come from two different backgrounds and generations, have different perspectives, beliefs, and ideas, and still, be respectful of one another.
The focus is often on what is different about us, who we love, what we believe, where we live. While we may have moral differences that define us, that doesn't mean we can't be kind, or at least civil.
We can get our messages across without yelling at each other. It's possible to agree to disagree and not be hateful.
Call out injustices that need to be addressed, make noise when something needs to be changed. But don't be rude to someone who doesn't agree with you and don't try to put your beliefs on them.
The goal shouldn't be to get someone to believe what you believe because it doesn't work. Repetitive behavior with the same speech isn't productive or convincing.
It's to be kind to each other regardless of where we stand. I'm not the bad guy and neither are you.
I’ve been thinking a lot about words lately. Last week, I shared a blog post about how powerful words can be. A few days ago, I published an essay about how important it is to be aware of the power of your words when sharing online.
I wrote the essay after watching a preview clip of Meghan Markle’s interview. She discussed how the British tabloids have impacted her life and how difficult this journey has been. Yesterday, another clip from Markle’s interview was released. In the new clip, she discusses how she tried to adopt the British’s “stiff upper lip” but revealed that “what that does internally is probably really damaging.”
I like that Meghan Markle acknowledges this in the interview because it humanizes her. It’s refreshing to see her open up. I think it’s important that she acknowledged there’s damage in pretending everything is fine when it’s not. Her choosing in that moment to be honest about the difficulties she endures shows why it’s important not to allow your emotions to get lost in the craziness of life.
All too often, we’re told to swallow our feelings and go about life as though everything is fine. In actuality, everyone has something they’re going through. That doesn’t mean you have to tell every single person your life problems. But you don’t have to pretend like everything is fine around those who care about you and are there for you. Feeling emotions is often seen as weak. But feeling emotions doesn’t make you weak, it makes you human. When things are hard, processing emotions by allowing yourself to feel them is better than not letting anyone know you’re hurt and swallowing your tears.
At the end of the clip that was released yesterday, Meghan Markle mentioned how she takes things day by day because that’s all she can do. That’s what we can all do, take it one day at a time.
Society has a standard for everyone. If you’re outside of the cookie cutter Example, then you’re deemed as different. As we grow up, we realize we all have our Struggles and strides, we're all different in Some shape or form. Though, those who Are capable of protecting what makes them Different are lucky. Those who are able to blend In to the normal and can pass don’t have to worry About discrimination.
As Pride Month comes to a close, I was to highlight Those who celebrate in the month of June: Lesbians. Gays. Bisexual. Trans. Queer. +. Those who choose to live out and proud as well as Those who cannot embrace who they are because Of the circumstances they’re in.
People of the LGBTQ+ community live outside of the box of societal norms. While they’re embraced by many, They’re also scorned for loving someone Of the same sex or for embracing who They really are.
Living inside the box is boring. Being a cookie cutter version of everyone Else isn’t fun or unique. Embracing who you are, even to yourself, And accepting your differences is beautiful.
There’s no shame in being who you are, It’s everyone else who can’t understand you Who has it wrong.