My 21 Books : F through K

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The Five Love Languages (for Children & Teens)

I’ve yet to find a couple that has anything negative to say about The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. The book genuinely helped my marriage, and the principles are so simple that it made me a little embarrassed that I’d never thought of them before. I already see how these same principles apply to my daughters, and think these books will offer more insight into their application. 

** It’s important to note that I’m counting this set as one book because the gist of the books are practically the same **

The Gifts of Imperfection

I’ve loved every TED Talk, every podcast episode, every single thing that I’ve ever heard from Brené Brown. If you’re unfamiliar with her work, I implore you to watch her Netflix documentary — today, if possible. The Gifts of Imperfection just celebrated its 10th anniversary, so now’s the perfect time to pick this up and begin your own personal revolution. 

The Hobbit

It’s embarrassing how many times I’ve tried to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy over the past two decades, but I can never get too far into it. After admitting this to my colleague, Stephen suggested I pick up The Hobbit instead, and so by George — I’m going to read it this year. 

** Because I adhere to a strict moral code that requires that “I read before I watch,” my husband would greatly appreciate me finally making my way through this entire series so that alas — I can finally watch some of his favorite cinematic films. 

How to Be an Antiracist

I listened to Ibram X. Kendi on an episode of Brené Brown’s podcast, Unlocking Us, and recommend it to everyone who feels they want to know more about getting involved in the social justice movement in our country. Kendi has such an approachable way of explaining what it means to be an antiracist, rather than not a racist — two completely different things — and I look forward to learning much more from Kendi’s novel and putting theory into practice.

Just Mercy

I had the great privilege of teaching the YA version of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson to my middle and high school students this past February, and then taking them to visit the museum Stevenson founded in Montgomery, Alabama. The Equal Justice Initiative Legacy Museum, along with its National Memorial for Peace & Justice, is life-changing. I recommend it to everyone (once it’s safe to do so, of course), but until then click here to check out their website for many of the same videos and stories you can see in the museum.

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