June is done, and I forgot it was the long weekend and that we were going away. But, happy early Canada Day, friends!
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: 5 stars
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: 3.5 stars (??)
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater: 4.5 stars
- Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont: 4 stars (I actually haven’t finished it as I’m writing this but this is my guess)
- Book review: Sawkill Girls: 3.5 stars
- Some mini reviews of books I loved: featuring Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, and Educated by Tara Westover
Other bookish posts
How to series
My best friend and I bought each other books (be on the watch for that post!), so I now have The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See, and I bought her Sadie by Courtney Summers!
This month, I watched a ton of TED Talks for work, and I wanted to share some of my favourites!
- How we turned the tide on domestic violence (Hint: the Polaroid helped) by Esta Soler: a really interesting look at domestic violence.
- Violence against women — it’s a men’s issue by Jackson Katz: another one on domestic violence and how it is actually #YesAllMen.
- Get comfortable with being uncomfortable by Luvvie Ajayi (aka my future wife): this is just one of the best ones I’ve watched. She’s so funny, yet so smart and succinct. Please, please, please watch it.
“I went ziplining through the forests of Punta Cana. And for some odd reason, I had on business casual.”
“In a world that wants us to whisper, I choose to yell”
- Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model by Cameron Russell: this talk is surprisingly intersectional and well-thought out. I thought Cameron Russell did such a great job talking about so many complex issues in a short period of time.
- Brené Brown’s TED Talks and Netflix special: Breneé Brown has changed my life, tbh. She has two TED Talks, one on vulnerability and one on shame, and a Netflix special. I highly recommend all of them. She’s a fantastic speaker.
- This is what happens when you reply to spam email by James Veitch: perhaps the funniest videos I’ve ever seen in my life. Veitch has two TED Talks talking about spam emails and one about unsubscribing from email lists, and I highly recommend them.
- How do you define yourself by Lizzie Velásquez: another one that I just really enjoy and highly recommend. You’ve probably heard of Velásquez (you might have seen that unfortunate “ugliest girl in the world” post ages ago, that’s her). But she’s a great speaker and I highly recommend this video.
Other news and highlights
- I went to this street market with my best friend at the beginning of the month, which was a lot of fun (and when we bought the books!)
- My other best friend was in town, and I hadn’t seen them for over a year, so it was so good to see them!!! We watched all of the Good Omens miniseries in two days.
- Speaking of, the Good Omens miniseries has been released and I’ve already watched it twice!!!!! It’s so good, please watch it.
- I went to Edmonton for work, which was my official first work trip, and it was great. I had a couple of 12+ days, but it was also a great week. I learned a ton, met a lot of amazing people, and got to observe in court (actually, anybody can observe in court in Canada because technically the court is public, it’s just that no one really does that). After observing so much in court, I can definitively say that life really is stranger than fiction, y’all.
- My friends hosted a birthday party for their dog, which is a little crazy but was also a great time.
- I also went out one night with some of my friends which was great! I got filled in on the tea and went dancing and had a grand ole time.
Here’s the birthday boy and his sister!
How was your June? Let me know!!