4 Books to Help You Think and Recharge

I wrote on Tuesday about how important it is to actively get involved in politics and the world around you when fighting for your feminism. But just as important as action, is self-care. Fighting a government and a society that both seem focused solely on helping those people who are already in a place of privilege can be exhausting, and it's important to make sure you're taking care of yourself. One way I've always been able to disconnect and recharge is by reading, and there are some books that make that easier than others.

This collection of poetry from Sarah Kay is absolutely beautiful. Maybe I'm biased because admittedly, I've always adored Kay's poetry (If you haven't already, go listen to "If I Should Have a Daughter" right now. I'll wait). The poems Kay included in this collection are beautiful, inspiring, and hard to put down, even if you're not usually a fan of poetry. And if you're looking for another incredible collection when you're finished with No Matter the Wreckage, I also loved Today Means Amen by Sierra DeMulder.

I just finished Funny in Farsi, by Firoozeh Dumas a couple of weeks ago, and it was such an easier read than I was anticipating. Dumas immigrated to America as a child and writes in an easy, funny, and eloquent way about her life first in Iran and then in California (then in Iran again...and then in California again). I've always loved memoirs, but Funny in Farsi is particularly relevant right now given the political climate in the United States. If you're looking for something that will help you to unwind and laugh while also learning, this is the perfect book.

I read We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for the first time over a year ago, but it's always stuck with me; and when I need a reminder of why I'm a feminist, or just that I'm not alone, I pick it back up and read through it again. The small book is based on Adichie's TedX talk from 2012 so if you're not a big reader, give that a listen. Of course, I suggest doing both...

I've always found Neil Gaiman's writing a tad difficult to get into; but once I do, I'm always glad. The Ocean at the End of the Lane was one of the first things I read by him, and I absolutely adored it. This book would likely be classified as a short story but it's about 200 pages, so it's not too short. I've always loved magical realism, which is exactly how I would describe...well...everything Gaiman writes, this book included.

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