February Reading List

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For gratitude and writer’s envy: Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel

“Jeevan found himself thinking about how human the city is, how human everything is. We bemoaned the impersonality of the modern world, but that was a lie, it seemed to him; it had never been impersonal at all. There had always been a massive delicate infrastructure of people, all of them working unnoticed around us, and when people stop going to work, the entire operation grinds to a halt. No one delivers fuel to the gas stations or the airports. Cars are stranded. Airplanes cannot fly. Trucks remain at their points of origin. Food never reaches the cities; grocery stores close. Businesses are locked and then looted. No one comes to work at the power plants or the substations, no one removes fallen trees from electrical lines. Jeevan was standing by the window when the lights went out.”
Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven

For becoming a badass: Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert

“Anyhow, the older I get, the less impressed I become with originality. These days, I’m far more moved by authenticity. Attempts at originality can often feel forced and precious, but authenticity has quiet resonance that never fails to stir me.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

For a dash of realism and the perfect amount of melancholy: Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby

“For the best part of 40 years she had genuinely believed that not doing things would somehow prevent regret, when, of course, the exact opposite was true.”
Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked

For your inner Harry Potter/Fantasy Nerd: The Queen of the Tearling, Erika Johansen

“The future was only disasters of the past, waiting to happen anew.”
Erika Johansen, The Queen of the Tearling

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