Reading Update (8/19/2020)

Hey everyone, I hope the week has been treating you well!

I’m not doing a WWW Wednesday today because I’m still reading the same books I was last week, so there’s no point really in doing that, in my opinion😅 Instead, I’ll do a quick little update about where I am currently in each book, and my thoughts on what I’ve read so far.

So sit back, relax, and I hope you enjoy this casual little reading update 😉


Inclusify:

I am currently halfway through, and I’ve been reading about a chapter a night. Personally, this book is definitely a must read for anyone interested in management or wanting to learn how to create better team dynamics, and since the language of the book is more casual, as opposed to academic, it’s a better educational tool for a wider audience. Although a lot of the studies and examples are focused on business and corporate settings,I could see how it can relate to other fields, especially education (mostly I’m thinking about the dreaded group projects). There are examples and tidbits here and there that peaked my interest, but so far, a lot of what is being explained in the book isn’t “revolutionary” is the best way I can think of describing it. I’m not learning anything new necessarily, although I do appreciate knowing about more studies and research which back up what I’ve observed.

One thing I really like about the book is how it is organized. There are several different “archetypes” that Dr. Johnson discusses, and there are two chapters dedicated to each one. The first chapter describes what the archetype is, and how it can work against those who are trying to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace. The second chapter provides actionable things you can do to combat it, which is extremely important in any sort of conversation revolving around personal growth. It’s hard realizing something you’re doing is harmful, but what can be even more difficult is figuring out how you can change for the better, and putting it into action.

Other than that, I’ll see how the second half of the book is, and what information I might glean from it.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle:

I’m also about half way through this book as well, and I’ve honestly been enjoying the story a lot! It’s a good murder mystery novel, and I’ve been in the mood to read something spooky or mysterious, so this is perfect. For a brief summary, The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle follows Aiden Bishop as he tries to solve the mystery of Evelyn’s murder during the weekend of her celebration returning from Paris. However, Aiden repeats the day Evelyn is murdered, and not only that, he experiences the day through different people at Blackheath. Through each person he inhabits (or as he says, each “host”), he learns more about the secrets of those visiting Blackheath Manor, and how they all play a part in Evelyn’s death.

I’ve been very invested in the novel, and trying to see how each new piece of information that Aiden learns builds up to the ending. Another aspect I enjoy is how the chapters are divided between the different guests and servants Aiden inhabits throughout the story. I also love the concept of solving a murder by gathering information using various tactics based on the person whose body Aiden is inhabiting, and learning how each character is tied to Evelyn’s murder. I don’t want to give too much away, as I think it’s better to go into murder mystery books with knowing less, so I’ll leave it at that for now.

In other words, I can’t wait to see how the story ends, and I definitely recommend checking out this book if you are looking for a good murder mystery to dive into.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria:

I’m only 16 pages in, and I think I’m going to put it aside for now, until after I’m finished with Inclusify. Since I’m not too far into it, I don’t have too much to comment on, if I’m going to be honest 😅 Although, just within those sixteen pages, there’s been great information on the history of racial issues within the housing market (especially housing covenants) as well as affirmative action and other issues of race within education, so I can’t wait to read further!

However, I think I’ll get more out of it when I’m not dividing my reading time between two other books. Once I’m able to focus on it more and get a little further in, I’ll update y’all with a more in-depth opinion!


That’s about all I have for today, thanks for reading and I will see you Friday with a new post!

-Erin(:

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