Slippin' Through The Pages

I love reading, whether that be a science fiction conspiracy novel or a self-help book about my future career steps. Over the years, thanks to social media, reading has become physically difficult for me. Reading is now an honest representation of how habitual practices (like continuously shuffling through multiple apps on your phone) affect other parts of your life. Tuning surrounding distractions out while delving into a non-digital world... well that's a practice in itself. Priorly known as the girl who sped through Harry Potter books as if they led to a pot of gold, I'm equally parts astonished and embarrassed to acknowledge this particular change over time. 

I thankfully still have a handy stack of books I can rely on to inspire me, while still keeping my sanity. I have compiled a list of these books, which vary by genre. Happy Discovering!

What I’m Reading:

  1. 7300 Days by Isabella Mente: This is a poetry filled piece of art by a 20-year-old lil genius I had the pleasure of meeting while in Australia. It’s near and dear to my heart because of the timing between connecting with Isabella and my own self discovery, as well as the topics touched upon inside. If you’re struggling, confused or simply a young adult searching for something, whatever that may be, read this.

  2. You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero: This self-help book is one of the most direct and compelling books I read in the past six months. Jen Sincero tells it like it is, but because of this, you actually UNDERSTAND how to fix your shit. No, really. She also unlocks every day mental patterns and emphasizes the importance of doing what is best for you, at all times. Her material is dense, so I rifle through pages or experience her words a chunk at a time. If I could give this to every college student, I would.

  3. A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron: I bought this book after I saw the viral video of the production team for the movie version of A Dog’s Purpose abuse an animal on set during filming. It was an instantaneous reaction to the heated discussion between PETA, animal supporters and the movie’s production team concerning the video. The book, which no animals were harmed in the making, is magical. As a person that loves animals, it touched my soul in a very delicate, yet pleasant way. A Dog's Purpose provided me with lighter, less grotesque imagery than Animal Farm as the book is written from the protagonist (a dog’s) perspective. While the humans in the book become supporting characters to the plot, the symbolism is both touching and sweet. The underlying symbolism in this read will gently nudge you to level yourself to the world around you.

  4. Feed by M.T. Anderson: This one caught my eye at a little used book store in San Francisco. The book was written in 2002, but amazingly (and somewhat disgustingly), parallels the technological era we are living in, as well as the consequences we may be destined for in this lifetime. "Feed" is a universe in which computers are a part of your human characteristics, and more or less your brain. The protagonist, Titus, is immersed in a world where shallow thinking is the only form of knowledge, until he meets someone who doesn’t necessarily believe in the feed or what it has done to humanity. I connected to this read simply because even as I type this post, I feel as if I need technology to retain relevancy. Feed allows the reader to focus on the individual’s daily actions, while remembering the beauty filled within physical human interaction.

  5. We Are The Change We Seek - The Speeches of Barack Obama by E.J. Dionne Jr. & Joy-Ann Reid: The title says it all. I picked this little gem up at NYU's graduation sale and thought it was a necessary purchase because, uh yeah, this man is amazing with his words. Did you catch the chosen quote on my homepage? Yeah, Pres B moves mountains (and causes tears) through his rhetoric and syntax. In this book, Obama's speeches are listed chronologically, so you can witness the 44th president's (slight) changes in tone and gestures over the course of his eight-year presidency. The context of Obama's speeches are told from the editor's unbiased standpoints, which provide necessary insight to the words he speaks. If there was ever a time to get some good ol' feelings up inside of you, this is the book to do it, regardless of your political standpoint. 322 pages of pure, solid gold. Forever my president.

*Note: All books listed can be purchased on – click each to follow to site. 

Carly Quellman