I read two books in July, hooray! It’s a miracle. J/K. Just happy to see that I invested some of my precious time in two good books last month.
The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell Us about Ourselves by Eric R. Kandel (★★★★☆)
Knowing many people with (diagnosed) mental disorders, I found this book fascinating in how it described (in layman terms) what was actually happening in the brain, because it’s hard to grasp what the processes are that lead to anxiety, depression, or other mental illnesses.
It’s – not surprising, but nonetheless – fascinating to better understand how tediously everything in our neurological system is organized and intended to work together, and how “easily” this system can be disrupted. It makes you wonder how anything in the body actually works hand-in-hand and well most of the time.
All we ever wanted: A Novel by Emily Giffin (★★★★☆)
Emily Giffin picked an important and timely topics surrounding social media, privilege, and racism. The story centers around a student from a well-off family, who’s being accused of circulating a provocative picture of a female classmate with immigrant background. The story is written from three different perspectives: the male student’s mother, Nina, the female student, Lyla, and her father, Tom. I thought this book was well written and definitely thought-provoking. The way Giffin chose to end this story left me a little bit disappointed (you’ll understand if you read the book), but it still gave me a lot to think about as the book raises issues of class, wealth, entitlement, and just how far parents will (or should) go to protect their child.
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