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What I’m Reading: The World’s Strongest Librarian

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I almost didn’t pick up The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne. I went in to the library to get Monday Mornings for my class but this caught my eye when I was walking to the desk to check out. They had a whole display on the importance of having a library card and naturally I was drawn to it. My mom used to think I would be a librarian when I grew up, I am one step closer to that because I am working on creating a Little Free Library on campus but that’s a story for another time.

So I saw the cover and was intrigued and this book certainly did not disappoint. It combined so many things I was interested in into one book and I loved everything about it.

Josh artfully strings together his struggle with his faith, Tourette’s, and how exercise helped him to regain control of his life. Before reading this book I never really had learned anything about Tourette’s. I knew that it often caused people to have tics, but that was pretty much the extent of it. I had never thought about the social and psychological implications Tourette’s had on a person’s life.

My personal favorite part of this book was the end. While having to write a 3-5 minute talk on what implicit bias was for a school presentation, Hanagarne was describing the variety of people who came into the library and he summed up implicit bias without even saying the term,

” ‘That Arab _____ over there is trying to steal someone’s wallet, but I grabbed it from him!’ The “Arab” was a refugee from Ethiopia who was there to attend a job-search class with the International Rescue Committee. He was done using the computer and had picked up his own wallet, which he had set on the desk while he worked.”

There are a ton of lessons to be learned from reading and reading this book can teach you a lot. Hanagarne stressed throughout the book the importance of asking questions and this book will answer questions you didn’t even realize you had.

Happy reading!

xox,

Marissa

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Four Friday Faves: Vol. VII

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Happy Friday!Here is the latest update on everything I’m loving! You can also find the PDF version complete with links here!

Happy weekend!

xox,

Marissa

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What I’m Reading: Monday Mornings

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I was assigned to read Monday Mornings by Sanjay Gupta for my PT Professionalism class and I absolutely loved it. It’s follows seven doctors through their Monday morning meetings, called Morbidity & Mortality, or more affectionately known as M&Ms. The purpose of M&Ms is that from every mistake a lesson can be learned, and what better way to teach that lesson than by having the guilty party on trial in front of their peers.

I felt like this was a book version of Grey’s Anatomy. While there’s less romances in the book you still feel like you’re in the middle of all of the drama. This book has everything from dating in the workplace to that intern you just really want to see success (still crying over O’Malley).

While I found the whole book interesting, I flew through the last 30ish pages. Gutpa throws plot twist over plot twist in the final scenes and the book simply wouldn’t have been the same without them. That’s what really reminded me of Grey’s, it’s as if Shonda had read the original book and told him, “oh no you definitely need to add a major life event to every character the reader could have gotten attached to.”

As I mentioned earlier, this was a book I read for class so I wanted to share a valuable lesson I had learned from it. While an intern was frantically trying to write down the lesson a doctor said, “Don’t worry about writing this stuff down. Just immerse yourself in the situation and you will never forget.” I know I often fall into the habit of writing every word my teachers are saying but there is some truth to this. Experience often teaches you much more than you could ever learn from a book.

Happy reading!

xox,

Marissa

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What I’m Reading: Everything Happens for a Reason

I found out about the book Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler from @stylishlyshelby on Instagram! I always “save” insta posts about books and so I have a constant list of things to read.

I was very intrigued when I heard that it was a memoir about a college professor living with Stage IV cancer,  Tuesdays with Morrie and The Last Lecture anyone? This book also talks about Mennonite Christianity and the Prosperity Gospel which I found very interesting.

While I enjoyed the story Bowler told, I did not enjoy the actual telling of it as much. She told stories out of order and would go on and on about the Prosperity Gospel when I really wanted to know more about her. Being Roman Catholic and never really hearing about the Prosperity Gospel and Mennonites I also found that learning about that area of Christianity was interesting but I didn’t pick up this book to learn about it. I wanted to hear how the Prosperity Gospel affected Bowler and her diagnosis. 

The one take home message for me was about how to treat people with a terminal diagnosis. And the fine line between helpful and a nuisance. As a physical therapy student I found that aspect very interesting.

While I probably will not read this book again I found it to be a quick and interesting read.

Happy reading!

xox,

Marissa

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What I’m Reading: Rich People Problems

Here it is: the last of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy! Rich People Problems find Nick and Rachel two years later their marriage. It has been years since Nick has spoken to his family but a turn of events leads him to return to Singapore to see Su Yi.

Honestly, this was my least favorite book in the trilogy. While I was whisked away into this magical world with the first two books I had lost some of the magic at this point. It wasn’t as light of a read because I was so focused on keeping all of these characters separate in my mind.  If you had trouble keeping track of the characters beforehand… best of luck.

That being said I did find the plot very interesting. This is the first time we hear Su Yi’s voice in the trilogy and through this and other characters sharing stories of her I definitely appreciate her as a character more now.

Additionally, if you’ve been waiting to hear who would inherit Tyersall Park your answer is right here! And it’s better than I could have imagined it!

Rich People Problems wrapped up the series very nicely and Kwan’s classic plot twists still made an appearance. Although, while this was an entertaining read I didn’t find it as easy as the first two because of the sheer number of characters and their relations to one another.

Let me know what you’re reading in the comments!

Happy reading!

xox,

Marissa