Summer Reading List 2018

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Hello everyone!

Work has been keeping me fairly busy this summer, but I’ve been actively trying to pick up a book when I have some free time. Because of that, I thought that I’d share some of the books on my summer reading list with you!

So, here are the books that I’m trying to read this summer:

  • A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollenstonecraft: This has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while, but I think it will be an important read as one of the earlier works of feminist philosophy.
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton: I’ve started reading this book, which is about high society in New York in the 1870s. My only qualm is it can be hard to follow since it’s an older book, but it’s still interesting so far.
  • Three Challenges to Ethics by James Sterba: I snagged this book from a pile of free books that was hanging around the philosophy department. It looks interesting since it discusses the challenges that environmentalism, feminism, and multicultralism pose to traditional ethics.
  • Vimy: The Battle and Legend by Tim Cook: This book was a birthday present that I got a couple of weeks ago. Since I like learning about anything to do with war history, I’m sure it’ll be a great read.
  • Waiting for First Light by Romeo Dallaire: Dallaire’s writing has always struck me as incredibly powerful, and this book did not disappoint. It’s about his experience with PTSD after coming back from Rwanda, and it’s incredibly eye-opening. Word of warning, it does deal with a lot of heavier topics like suicide, so make sure you’re not putting your own mental health at risk by reading it.

What are you reading this summer? Please drop me a comment so I can justify adding more books to my bookshelf!

-Mel.

Day 10: A Quote You Like To Live By

I have so many favourite quotes that it’s nearly impossible to pick only one that I live by.

However, one of the quotes that has been influencing how I live my life recently is the following:

“Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not hard.” -Charlotte Whitton

I’ve had the privilege to grow up around many strong women, who worked hard to accomplish what they want out of life. I myself am working towards my goals currently, and have surrounded myself with some pretty kickass women as friends. This quote reminds me that so many women work hard, and that it should be celebrated and recognized as such. It’s always nice to have a reminder to appreciate the women around me and what they’re accomplishing.

This quote has acquired a lot of meaning to me over the last year, especially with the rise of the #MeToo movement and the revelation of several sexual assaults on my university campus. While there have been significant strides taken towards equality over the two centuries, there are still structures in society that hinder many women from achieving their goals. This quote serves as a reminder that women (and men) should continue to push for equality, and that there is still much work to be done.

I like to live by this quote as well since Charlotte Whitton was Ottawa’s first female mayor. As someone whose dream job is working for the Canadian government, it’s nice to have an example of a woman who made it in politics. And, while I may not agree with some of her political stances, I can at least appreciate the sentiment in this quote.

What quotes do you guys try to live by? Let me know in the comments!

-Mel.