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“Life is about asking questions and facing challenges.”

Spinning in Circles and Learning From Myself
by Tsara Shelton

“The moon rise fat.”

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

“I am a spiritual being  having a human experience.”

So Sad Today by Melissa Broder

“What we can see depends heavily on what our culture has trained us to look for.”

The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter

“The self is an experience created by the brain.”

The Givenness of Things by Marilynne Robinson

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Five Books That Inspired My 2015

One thing I can’t be without is books and reading them until sore. I understand the importance of needing to find one that is specific for a moment or experience. Sometimes they are needed to assist in the development of an idea. Reading a book with the right amount of inspiration is like witnessing a rainbow at the end of a rainy day. It fills me with light. Sometimes I find myself smiling at how relatable a read is. And then, magically, a muse explodes out of nowhere and the combination pulls me to create. Here are 5 books that inspired my 2015.

the black jacobinsThe Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James

I started reading The Black Jacobins in February of 2015 because I wanted to learn more about my Haitian father’s culture. I needed to find something real. I needed the writer to be someone educated and they had to have a respect for the history and people of Ayiti. I purchased several books pertaining to Haitian history and The Black Jacobins is the only one that touched me.

I was driven in more ways than one when I learned that C.L.R. James wrote about Ayiti because “[he] made up [his] mind that [he] would write a book in which Africans or people of African descent (instead of constantly being the object of other peoples’ exploitation and ferocity) would themselves be taking action on a grand scale and shaping other people to their own needs.” Continue reading “Five Books That Inspired My 2015”

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom decides in this book to evaluate the importance of time. It is true: there are many people who go through life wanting to speed things up and slow things down. However, I didn’t connect with any of the main characters. I didn’t feel their pain or, rather, care.

Adultery by Paulo Coelho

Adultery will teach you to search inside of yourself for a deeper meaning of happiness through the people you love. It proves that lust and infatuation isn’t gratifying, it is a temporary satisfaction that doesn’t lead to fulfillment.

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