Mind, Body, and LGBTQIA+ Reads With Bookstr’s Abigail Eckert

Bookstr social team member Abigail is talking spirituality, mindfulness, and diversity in this week’s Team Recommendations. Check it out!

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Welcome back to another week of Bookstr’s Team Tuesday recommendations series, where we highlight one of our awesome team members and their favorite reads! This week, we’re talking about the amazing Abigail, a member of the social team here at Bookstr.

You can find her imprint in the content posted on our various social media channels. Her creativity is encapsulated in the captions highlighting our graphics and articles. When she doesn’t have her finger on the pulse of social trends, she’s creating emotional playlists and is enraptured by books on spirituality, mindfulness, and mental health. Her favorite themes also include LGBTQIA+ characters and the occasional light-hearted read.

This social savant has left us with a list of books she highly recommends, so let’s dive into her top five choices!

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

This was one of the first books I’ve read that moved me to tears. I’ve always been obsessed with Greek Mythology, and this is a more queer retelling of such an important figure in that realm.

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, book cover of a greek warrior helmet on a teal background

Miller’s novel is a captivating retelling of Homer’s The Iliad. Reimagined with a new epic adventure, scintillating romance, and a fresh take on the ancient classic, it’s sure to keep you mesmerized from the very first page. Follow along in Patroclus’s POV as he meets Achilles and their relationship strengthens through their exploits during the Trojan War.

How Music Works by David Byrne

I’m studying to have a career in the music business, so music has always been something that I’ve centered my life around. David Byrne’s exploration gave me a better appreciation for music as a whole, which changed my outlook.

How Music Works by David Byrne, book cover depicting the title and author with a speaker icon on an orange background.

This incredibly insightful book is a testament to David Byrne’s years of experience and thoughtfulness in the music industry. Throughout the text, he outlines his experiences with various musical talents, epiphanies regarding human intake and enjoyment, and how music shapes us.

Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake

I found this topic to be incredibly interesting. On an educational level, I was astounded at all that fungi have been and can be responsible for.

Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake, book cover depicting various fungi species on a black background.

This illuminating book discusses fungi in all its many forms, not just the typical mushrooms we think of. Throughout, Sheldrake talks about how, through fungus, we can better understand the natural world around us and modify our lives to better suit our habitat. As an added bonus to such an insightful book, there are over 100 full-color pictures of this wonderful flora.

Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama

This manga and its TV series changed the way I viewed manga and anime. The story was incredible, and going back through to see all that was foreshadowed, even from the first volume, was mindblowing.

Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama, book cover.

Isayama’s manga is a futuristic dystopian tale about a world overtaken by Titans, giant sexless human-like monsters. Humans created a community locked behind a wall and lived safely for decades. Now Titans have found a way in, and humanity is once again on the brink of extinction.

Watering the Soul by Courtney Peppernell

This poetry compilation has helped me reflect on a lot of my lowest moments. Her words have had such an impact on me and where I’ve gotten to today.

Watering the Soul by Courtney Peppernell, book cover depicting a cute flora sprite on a far forest background.

Courtney Peppernell’s Watering the Soul is a collection of poetry and prose designed to guide and grow your understanding of the intrinsic values of love, patience, compassion, and forgiveness. We might be individuals, but we are a people strung together who need to work in harmony and equality, and Peppernell is here to help us get there.

Abigail has certainly added a few books to my TBR; how about you? Let us know by reaching out to Bookstr on Instagram, Facebook, or X! We’ll leave you with Abigail’s favorite quote.

Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.

-Cesar A. Cruz

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