Since we’re lovers of print around here, we thought it’d be fun to share what the Darling Team has been reading of late… besides the current issue, of course. Below a few of us share where you’ll find our noses buried when we’re offline.
I’m really into “What to do When It’s Your Turn” by Seth Godin. It’s about how to jumpstart your life, your goals and go after your passion — it’s full of colorful images and quotes and short essays so it’s super easy to read!
I started reading “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi, an epic but approachable novel, on a Friday and ended up curled into this story every stolen moment I had until I closed it on Tuesday morning. Gyasi has followed the stories of two sisters from the Asante tribe in Ghana — one married to a slave owner by force, the other sold into slavery — from the perspective of the lives of the following generations who remain in Ghana and the struggles of those who are brought to and raised in America. The story is unrepentant in its open show of the intricacies of the origins of American slavery, and startlingly honest in the cultural portrayals of both British, American, and Ghanaian alike … but along the way I found new empathy, new horror, and new love for the story of such a remarkable people.
I first heard about Elena Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman to ever get a university degree, I think on an old Rick Steves episode. I recently found her biography “The Lady Cornaro: Pride and Prodigy of Venice” by Jane Howard Guernsey and have been fascinated with it so far. At a time when women were (even more so) disregarded and/or used primarily as ornaments, here was a young lady who defied expectation in so many ways. It’s been a good reminder of what the individual spirit is capable of.
I’ve been reading “The Defining Decade — Why your twenties matter and how to make the most of them now” by Meg Jay Ph.D. This book tackles the big three: work, love, and mind/body health and explores how your twenties aren’t just “free years;” why making the most of this crucial decade ultimately determines the course of your life.
Some good quotes:
“The postmillennial midlife crisis is figuring out that while we were busy making sure we didn’t miss out on anything, we were setting ourselves up to miss out on some of the most important things of all. It is realizing that doing something later is not automatically the same as doing something better. Too many smart, well-meaning thirty-somethings and forty-somethings grieve a little as they face a lifetime of catching up.”
“Being confused about choices is nothing more than hoping that maybe there is a way to get through life without taking charge.”
“Feeling better doesn’t come from avoiding adulthood, it comes from investing in adulthood.”
What are you currently reading?
Featured image by Chaunte Vaughn