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5 Books to Get You Through this Mercury in Retrograde

Mercury in retrograde got you down? Feeling like you just want to bury your head in some literature and hide from the world? Here are five books to help you get through it! 

 

 

1. ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover

Educated is the story of a girl who rebels against her survivalist family and seeks out an education. Despite having a stubborn, close-minded father and an abusive older brother, she defies all odds to go to school and eventually earns a PhD from Cambridge University. If you need a motivational tale to get you through this period, Educated will leave you feeling inspired and ready to accomplish anything you set your mind to.

 

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2. ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns)’ by Mindy Kaling

Leave it to Mindy Kaling to lighten the mood during this retrograde period. In this book, Mindy lets us take a peek into her life and shares her thoughts on friendships, relationships, and Hollywood, with convenient stopping points along the way. If you need something lighthearted to get you through these next three weeks, pick up Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns).

 

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3. ‘Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash

In the age of online dating, this lighthearted romance novel will have you swiping right. Virtually Yours is the story of NYU freshman Mariam, and her struggle to choose between three online dating matches, two of which she has history with. Read along as Mariam struggles to decide if she should listen to her heart or an app.

 

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4. ‘Falling Toward the Moon’ by r.h. Sin and Robert M. Drake

If this mercury in retrograde has you feeling weighed down and alone, try reading some poetry to soothe your soul. Falling Toward the Moon is an introspective collection of poems that will have you embracing solitude and exploring every corner of your own mind. Embrace the silence and accept seclusion as a gift.

 

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5. ‘Star Power: A Simple Guide to Astrology for the Modern Mystic’ by Vanessa Montgomery

We couldn’t survive a retrograde without at least one astrology guide to help us through. Star Power is an easy-to-follow guide to all things astrology for both beginners and experienced mystics alike. This book breaks down everything from your birth chart and planetary shifts to what signs you’re most compatible with. Use this to ease your mind and better understand how this mercury in retrograde might be affecting you. 

 

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Birthday Girl’s Best Reads!

Michelle Obama is the queen we all need daily advice from. But since she’s sadly not on our speed dials, we will have to draw as much influence and inspiration from her recommended book list. For her birthday, we have put together a number of books this mega powerhouse of a lady thinks we should read. Make sure you snag these books as fast as possible if they aren’t already in your bookshelf!

 

1. an american marriage by tayari jones

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Similar to BecomingAn American Marriage discusses race, gender roles, and of course, love. A newly married couple, Celestial and Roy, find their lives turned upside down when he is convicted of a crime he did not commit. Left on her own while Roy starts a 12-year prison sentence, Celestial drifts away from him, emotionally. So what will happen to their marriage now?

 

 

2. the grapes of wrath by john steinbeck

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Published in 1939, this story is set against the backdrop of economic depression and ecological hardship, and has remained hugely popular to this day, and is a staple in Michelle’s list. It follows the fortunes of a family as they travel the iconic Route 66 from Oklahoma to California in search of a better life.

 

3. song of solomon by toni morrison

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It’s no secret that Michelle is a Toni Morrison fan, because back in 2011, during Take Your Child to Work Day, Obama noted Song of Solomon was the book that made her love reading. Song of Solomon is a coming of age story that discusses, in a literal and figurative sense, what it means to fly. The book has stirred up quite some controversy as it confronts many topics some have found uncomfortable, including racism, murder, and abusive relationships.

 

 

4. white teeth by zadie smith

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“I love the way the story weaves together so many complex and powerful forces that affect our lives and our relationships – family and parenting, religion and politics, and so much more. Plus, it’s just plain funny. I love books that make me laugh every now and then.”, says Michelle.

 

5. educated by tara westover

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Michelle says: “It’s an engrossing read, a fresh perspective on the power of an education, and it’s also a testament to the way grit and resilience can shape our lives. Tara’s upbringing was so different from my own, but learning about her world gave me insight into lives and experiences that weren’t a part of my own journey.”

 

 

6. conversations with myself by nelson mandela

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“I like to flip through it from time to time because it always seems to give me an extra boost when I need it. I cherish this both because it was signed by him and because he gave it to me as a gift when my family visited his home in 2011.” says Michelle.

 

 

Michelle Obama is the inspirational spirit animal everyone needs, and although she may not be the First Lady anymore, her book list is a portrayal of her vision and guidance, and we are thrilled to be able to share it with everyone.

 

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5 Poetry Collections for People That Don’t Like Poetry

I’ll be the first to admit that I hated reading the classics in school. John Milton made me mad, Shakespeare was a snore and Robert Frost robbed me of years of my life I’ll never get back. And because I was only exposed to those books, for the longest time I thought that was all that poetry was. But there’s so much more to it than that. Poetry is an ever-expanding, ever-diversifying form that isn’t just limited to stuffy poems ‘comparing thee to a summer’s day.’ But don’t write off poetry just yet. Here’s five books that go above and beyond what you thought poetry could be.

 

1. Olio by Tyehimba jess

 

Olio by Tyehimba Jess

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Olio is unlike any book of poetry you’ve read before. Named after the second part of a minstrel-show, Jess allows the title to inform the performance-like presentation of his poems. It’s like a seance, the way he’s able to capture up the very essence of history. The book is comprised of everything from interviews to songs to prose. Larger than the size of your average poetry book, Jess has pages that fold out to read, drawings, and even a cast of characters in this book. But the most unique poems are the ones that can be read in any direction. For these poems, Jess employs a particular style of writing that uses two columns to separate his words. The effect is that there’s a plethora of ways you can read the poem and amazingly whichever way you read it, it still makes sense! It’s an astonishing feat. This book is perfect for anyone looking for a book that expands the realm of what poems can do.

 

2. The Crown Ain’t Worth Much by hanif abdurraqib

 

The Crown Ain't Worth Much by Hanif Abdurraqib

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You might be familiar with the publisher of this book, Button Poetry, as they’re known for being the hub of posted slam poetry videos that have probably made their way onto your social media timeline at some point. Abdurraqib is possibly the coolest poet you’ll ever hear of. Not just a poet but also a pop culture critic, he’s written for the likes of MTV News, The Fader, and The New York Times. Abdurraqib uses his interest in pop culture, specifically music, to explore his own personal feelings and experiences through the lens of a Black man in America. What draws you in is the way these poems can be both read and performed. Many take on a certain rhythmic lyricism that those of us who’ve seen slam poetry might be familiar with. It’s both culturally relevant and completely accessible. For any lovers of music, you’ll enjoy trying to catch all the references from this relatable collection of poems.

 

3. Teaching my mother how to give birth by Warsan shire

 

Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth by Warsan Shire

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Just the title lets you know you’re in for some insight. Warsan Shire is a name you’ve likely heard as being the mastermind behind the poems in Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Because of that, there’s a good chance you’ve already heard or read some of her work and it’s definitely worth looking into more of it. Shire manages to be bold and straightforward in her writing while also still giving us deep metaphors and one-liners that make you savor these words with a reverential “mhhh.” And the metaphors never get so wordy or heavy that you get lost in them. This chapbook may be fairly short, but it’s food for the soul. This poetry book was practically hand-picked by Queen Bey herself.

 

4. Salt by nayyirah waheed

 

Salt by Nayyirah Waheed

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The poems in this collection are short but pack a punch like nothing else. Waheed herself is one of the more famously-known instapoets whose poems often appear as screenshots on social media. Her poems are typically only a sentence or two long. But don’t let the length fool you. These poems still leave you with something to think about. This is another collection of poems that veers away from what the “traditional” style of poetry is. The language itself isn’t terribly fancy or overcomplicated but her writing still holds a complexity to it. And with only a couple lines and a title (usually at the bottom of the poem) that is not something easy to do. These poems are a lovely match for anyone with a short attention span, anyone who is too busy to delve into longer works, or anyone who just enjoys beauty in simplicity.

 

 

5. Registers of illuminated villages by Tarfia faizullah

 

Registers of Illuminated Villages by Tarfia Faizullah

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The first thing that captures you is the stunning book cover. From there, you’re drawn into Faizullah’s world wholeheartedly. She writes with such fantastical flare that the book itself truly feels like a journey. Not only that, but her book has a myriad of different forms of writing that all come together to paint a picture. She has a poem that slinks down the page, another that uses staccato writing to emphasize her words and another that addresses homework from her childhood. Her poems take us all around the world from Texas to Bangladesh to Turkey to Iraq. If you love writing that takes you places, you’re not gonna wanna miss the adventure of this collection of poems.

 

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