Books to Feed My Blog

Long time, no see! I’m happy to be back on my blog again.

While searching for books to inspire my blogging in 2019, I came across an awesome site called Five Books. In short, this site interviews authors and other experts in various fields to get the best book recommendations for almost every topic you can think of. For example, some of Five Books’ lists include; books on marriage and divorce in literature, best books on language and thought, and books on health and the internet.

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This week I took some time to browse the site and the lists that most appeal to me for some potential blogging material. Here is a small sample of the books I came up with:


Our Towns by James and Deborah Fallows

From the list The best books on America’s Increasingly Challenged Position in World Affairs by Ali Wyne

Why I want to read this book:

I spend so much time researching and consuming media about other countries that sometimes I forget to reflect on the state of my own country and how it is changing. From what I have gathered, this novel is a reflection on the nature of the U.S.A.’s current problems, but also it’s solutions and the people who engineer them. From this book I hope to learn more about the culture that gives context to my life and that of my U.S. American neighbors (near and far).


Sex and World Peace by Ballif-Spanvill, Emmett, Caprioli and Hudson

From the list The best books on The Psychology of War by Rose McDermott

Why I want to read this book:

In the interview posted to Five Books, McDermott states that this book examines “the critical relationship between sexual equality and international conflict.” By reading this book I hope to learn more about the ways that sexual equality (and inequality) is manifested around the world, and how these issues can play into larger social issues and conflicts. In summary, I want to learn more about the bigger picture surrounding the status of women across the world. (And if there are any examples in this book to badass women who help themselves and others achieve their goals, that would be even better. I love a good story of real female badassery.)


Hello World by Hannah Fry

From the list The Best Nonfiction Books of 2018 by Fiammetta Rocco

Why I want to read this book:

This book gives insight into the world of algorithms, which have become extremely present in our modern-day uses of technology. I recently went to a User Experience Design conference, where the concepts of algorithms in design and programs were occasionally discussed. The ways human nature and computers interact are fascinating, and I believe they will be very important to our cultural and social development in the future. I hope to learn more about how companies and individuals seek to calculate and manufacture human emotion, as well as the potential consequences of these actions.


Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

From the list The best books on North Korea by Hyeonseo Lee

Why I want to read this book:

Last year I read Hyeonseo Lee’s memoir, The Girl with Seven Names, about her escape from North Korea. It was touching and enlightening to read, both for the information on life in North Korea and Lee’s tough, heart-wrenching coming-of-age narrative. In the book Nothing to Envy, Demick documents the lives of some of North Korea’s “ordinary” residents. I think it is important to remember that everywhere there is politics, there are people, just trying to live their lives. I hope to learn more about the experiences of North Koreans and their thoughts on life outside of their birth country as well (some of those interviewed for this book are North Korean escapees currently living in South Korea).


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Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think?

What books are you reading in 2019?





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