Sam’s 2020 Quarantine Reads (So Far) 📚🤓📖⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
(One good thing about not having kids is I can read all the time…) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is considered one of the best Agatha Christie books (I’d never read one until last year so it’s been fun to check them out; they’re so old-timey & fun). I got spoiled on the twist ending somehow, so I knew whodunit right away… but that didn’t really take away from my enjoyment.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Norse Mythology is just… Norse mythology, but Neil Gaiman. Didn’t know that. I read it anyway.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I started rereading A People’s History b/c I wanted to know more about the Spanish Flu / 1918 Influenza. But I only got a few chapters in, because the back-to-back accounts of the Native American genocide & the slave trade triggered an existential crisis (I mean… this shit goes back 400 years, and even longer than that… those colonialists were already on the white supremacy / oppression tip when they *got* here, so really it all started because of capitalism / religion, and the roots run so deep I just don’t see how we’re ever gonna make it right. Then I venture out for groceries and see pickup trucks with confederate flags and offensive bumper stickers and I just think… yeah, maybe humanity just deserves to go extinct at this point…)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sooo, yeah. I had to put that one down for a beat. 😐⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I bought Untamed during a renegade trip to Target and devoured in in 4 days. I feel like a cliché. But I loved it.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Notice the 2 library books… I’ve had them since Feb. 😳⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Also, not pictured (because 🎧audiobooks)—⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (chilling)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski (owning my sexuality, hey girl hey!)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Notes From A Young Black Chef: A Memoir by Kwame Onwuachi (inspiring, delightful, refreshing, powerful.. and food)
Samantha Pollack writes creative copy (mostly emails) for feminist companies and/or thought leaders who are working to build a fairer, more connected culture. She’s also the founder of The Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur, a 6-week course that helps HSP business owners create healthier, more sustainable systems in their work.
She publishes frequent essays on feminism, privilege, pop culture, entrepreneurship, the creative process, and more on her website, cultofpersonality.co. She currently lives in Asheville, NC, and while she can *technically* work from anywhere, she prefers her adventures laptop-free.
Emails for cult thought leaders.
Want to learn how to craft emails that inspire action and engagement WITHOUT the “tried and true” (cough: patriarchal) norms we’ve all been taught?
I’m doing it, and I can show you how to do it, too.
(But sometimes, I also like to write about the books I’m reading, or the creative process, or the entrepreneurial experience, or why I hate Steve Jobs, or how I met my BFF. I’ll send you emails like that, too.)
*Just kidding. It’s only an email list.
Books. Cats. Rants. Drawrings.
(and every couple months or so, an unexplained absence 🤷🏻)