August was a pretty great and relaxing month for me! And I managed to get a ton of reading done, which I’m so happy about!
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: 5 stars
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson: 4 stars
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee: 5 stars
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: 3.5 stars
The Translation of Love by Lynne Kutsukake: 3.5 stars
Moxie by Jenifer Mathieu: 4.5 stars
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke (reread): 5 stars
Book review: Americanah: 4.5 stars
Book review: American Gods: 4 stars
Book discussions posted
Other bookish posts
I bought eBooks of The Butterfly Garden and We Were Liars, and read both of them! Yay!
From around the internet
Again, I have quite a few so bear with me!
The adverse health effects and harms related to marijuana use: an overview review: by yours truly!!!!!!!!!!!! This is my first paper as the first author, and I couldn’t be happier or more proud! Please go read it and fawn over Figure 2 which took me about 95 hours to make.
In Middle School, ‘You’re Trying to Build a Parachute as You’re Falling’: from the Atlantic, about Bo Burnham’s movie. I love Bo Burnham and I’m so excited to see this movie!
What It Takes to Be a Trial Lawyer If You’re Not a Man: from the Atlantic. This was such an interesting and well-written piece about lawyers and how women are perceived, and the difficulties of wanting to help your client yet not fall into stereotypes.
Deborah Rhode, a Stanford Law professor, wrote that women in the courtroom face what she described as a “double standard and a double bind.” Women, she wrote, must avoid being seen as “too ‘soft’ or too ‘strident,’ too ‘aggressive’ or ‘not aggressive enough.’ ”
“The low percentage of women attorneys appearing in a speaking role in courts was found at every level and in every type of court: upstate and downstate, federal and state, trial and appellate, criminal and civil, ex parte applications and multi-party matters.”
Beyoncé in Her Own Words: Her Life, Her Body, Her Heritage: from Vogue. This was such a good piece written by Beyonce and it was super eye-opening. I really enjoyed it, especially when she talks about the need to support others trying to make it in the field.
The Roberto Osuna Case Is a Reminder of How Women Are Made Invisible in Pro Sports: from FLARE. I’m so annoyed because I liked Osuna and he was such a great player. But I guess that’s cancelled. I’m glad the league actually kind of did something about the allegations, though, at least for a bit.
It’s stunning, but not surprising, that a story about an alleged assault of a woman has been largely debated and litigated by men; how an arrest for domestic violence became a discussion about baseball stats and trading strategy; and how a story of male violence transformed into a story of male talent and a male “fresh start.”
The Doctor Doesn’t Listen to Her. But the Media Is Starting To.: from the Atlantic again. A great piece about how doctor’s don’t take women’s health seriously, but how it’s becoming a mainstream topic now and things will hopefully change.
Making Primary Care Trans-Friendly: also from the Atlantic, though it’s a couple months old. This was such a great piece about how the medical field can and should be more trans-friendly.
Transgender care should be primary care, she thinks. It should require no special center, and unless a procedure is needed, no specialists.
I Can’t Stop Thinking About the Accents in Crazy Rich Asians: from FLARE again. This was a SUPER interesting look at the accents in Crazy Rich Asians and how accurate portrayal is so important. This was honestly such an interesting article and I highly recommend reading it.
What If a Female CEO Acted Like Elon Musk?: from the Atlantic. I’m sure you’ve heard about Musk’s recent breakdown. This was an interesting look at how it would’ve been perceived differently if he was a woman.
In other words, men are provoked, while women are naturally prone to anger.
The Financial Crisis Cost Every American $70,000, Fed Study Says: from Bloomberg. This was SUCH an interesting article on the 2008 financial crisis and how it still has effects. I definitely recommend reading it.
‘Lost generation’: Unicef warns on fate of Rohingya children: from the Guardian. This was a really interesting look at how teenagers and kids are ignored during this war, and how lack of access to education is a big deal (duh).
Other news and highlights
- I went to this bar called National with my friends Maggie and Patrick, who I don’t really hang out with a ton, and it was so much fun.
- My family and I went rafting down the Bow river, which was a good time.
- We went to Maui for a week, which was great!!! We did the crater at sunset, went snorkelling, played with a waboba ball on the beach, saw lots of sunsets. It was a great and fairly relaxing week.
- I had a goodbye get together with some of my friends, and it was a lot of fun.
- I moved!!! This one is exciting and sad at the same time, because I’m so excited but also like so nervous and I’m across the country from my parents and it’s a big change. BUT I’m ultimately excited.
How was your month?
Thanks for reading! xx