I have spent my life cultivating my very own library. I would like to share it with you, one book at a time. Please comment on social media or on this page if you have read any of them! I love discussing books, and I will also always be accepting new book recommendations.

Reading is one of the things that has always helped me remain grounded from the chaos of life. From elementary school to graduate school, I always had a book with me. These books all connect to politics in a different way. It may be hard to see it at first, but I promise you, there is a connection. Many will be empowering, most will teach you something new, and all have a special place on my bookshelf.

Happy Reading!!

Circe by Madeline Miller

This quote stuck with me. It is all I’ve been able to think about. Spoken to Circe by a mythical monster as old as the earth, it holds so much power and relevance today. 🌊

We are in many ways at a crossroads. We are stuck between reform and complicity, fight and stagnation, change and insanity. Yet, we have the opportunity, the responsibility to make the choice. 🤘

It is hard and daunting. Honestly, I have struggled simply putting one step in front of the other many times over, but we cannot stop. We much keep marching. We must stay loud. We must VOTE. ✅ Our voices and our wills need to be heard. 📣

If we cannot stand tall in our world, it is on us to change it. 🙌 #vote2020#circebook#bookoftheweek#stayloud#mondaymood

I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I could not put it down. It is powerful with a female protagonist that is strong, complex, and relatable. It is beautiful and empowering. I honestly cannot say enough about how much I love this book. It is on its way to the top of my book shelf!

We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out

❣️We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out❣️by Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino is our  #bookoftheweek  

Just this book’s title made my eyes tear up when I first saw it in my local bookstore.  I spent quite a bit of time in my Title IX coordinator’s office in college.  It was the first time I felt heard, and I felt like someone actually was fighting for me and other’s impacted.  When I read @webelieveyoubk , I felt a similar feeling.  I wasn’t alone anymore.  My eyes were opened to the large community of survivors and the amount of people that were fighting for change in campus policies. 

I think these stories are important to share, and they are important to hear.  I highly recommend this book for activists, survivors, and anyone! 

I believe you.  I will always believe you.  I will fight for you.  I will never stop fighting. ❤
#ibelieveyou #bookrecommendations 

Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio

🌸 Cunt: A Declaration of Independence 🌸 by Inga Muscio is our #bookoftheweek

Cunt: a reviled word that used to make everything within me cringe

Cunt: a word taken from us and used to degrade women

Cunt: a word that is ours, that describes our body, a power source of who we are

As a young girl, I wished that I had any body but my own. It wasn’t a love/hate relationship. It was just hate. While I was at an archives conference as a young adult, I spent some of my down time in a bookstore, and this book was what I grabbed. I couldn’t put it down. I finished it with a new respect for who I am, for my body. It isn’t a book for everyone. It’s crass and, at times, really out there. But, for me, it changed my perspective on who I am physically. It helped me accept and love myself! 📣♥️💬 #womenempowerment #stayloud #cunt #bookworm

📚 The quote is from the Preface of this version of Cunt.

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

This week’s #bookoftheweek is Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin! 🤝

With all the talk about Biden’s possible V.P. picks, this seems like a perfect book to discuss. Lincoln decided to pull together conflicting personalities and views to help run the country. He challenged himself as well as his colleagues to compromise and look beyond their own views. This book looks into the work of Lincoln, Seward, Chase, and others. I highly recommend it! It helps you understand the inner workings of the presidency and how important the cabinet is.

In response to inquiries about why he had a politically diverse cabinet, Lincoln said, “We need the strongest men of the party in the Cabinet. We needed to hold our own people together. I had looked the party over and concluded that these were the very strongest men. Then I had no right to deprive the country of their services.”

Personally, I think Biden should follow Lincoln’s lead! 📣♥️💬 #bookstagram #bookreccomendation #teamofrivals

To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells by Mia Bay

To celebrate the life and accomplishments of the amazing Ida B. Wells, today’s #bookoftheweek is To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells by Mia Bay.

This book was assigned to me by my professor in a history course I took. Like most books from this particular professor, it was inspiring. So many times Black women and their stories are left out of education, even stories as important as Ida B. Wells’s story.

She was criticized, and people discredited her based on her gender and race. However, she remained strong and loud. She was a powerful anti-lynching activist; she stood up for women rights; she was a passionate journalist. She ultimately paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement. Mia Bay’s book follows Wells from her childhood in Mississippi throughout her journalist career and activism.

Happy birthday Ida B. Wells! 💬❤️📣 #stayloud #IdaBWells #HappyBirthday #books

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

Our first #bookoftheweek is Shout by the inspiring activist and author @halseanderson ❤️

My personal copy is worn and stained with dried tears. I use it now, as an adult, in a very similar way that I used Speak as a teen. I have pages marked for quick reference when I need that extra daily push. Shout is an easy read with so many layers of emotion. I highly encourage everyone to check it out, and I am grateful to Laurie Halse Anderson for sharing her story with all of us. This book has guided my voice from a whisper to a shout, and I am not ready to stop now. 📣♥️💬 #inspiringread #shout #speakup #addittothecollection

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