I last published a “What I’m Reading” post in March, so it’s time to share the best books I’ve read since then. As always, I appreciate your continued book recommendations.

 

  • “This is a story about an accidental activist. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune. Along the way he exposed corruption, and when he did, he barely escaped with his life.”
  • This a fascinating, true story. While I do feel the book slowed down in pace during the second half, it was a shocking, interesting, and eye-opening read.

 

  • This is a true-life memoir of the likes of The Glass Castle and Educated. With this one, I wasn’t prepared for just how sad it would be. That said, it’s an incredible story.
  • “Maude Julien’s parents were fanatics who believed it was their sacred duty to turn her into the ultimate survivor–raising her in isolation, tyrannizing her childhood and subjecting her to endless drills designed to “eliminate weakness.” Maude learned to hold an electric fence for minutes without flinching, and to sit perfectly still in a rat-infested cellar all night long…She endured a life without heat, hot water, adequate food, friendship, or any kind of affectionate treatment. But Maude’s parents could not rule her inner life.”

 

[Delia Owens] Where The Crawdads Sing - Hardcover

  • This is a fictional story that kept me captivated (though again, I wasn’t prepared for how sad it would be – I guess I like to know what I’m getting into). In many ways, it reminds me of a fictional version of the memoirs mentioned above.
  • “For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.”

 

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World by [McRaven, William H.]

  • This is a quick, worthwhile read.
  • “On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.”
  • This book builds on his speech, which you can watch here.

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