recent TBR additions

Recent TBR Additions (22th of October, 2018)

A feature in which I share new books I added to my TBR.

I have to say, my TBR is rampant and I have so many books that I haven’t told you about. And they are all awesome and I want to read ALL.THE.BOOKS. Fortunately, there’s no limit on how many books I can tell you about (even though there’s one for how many I can read) so I am excited to share some good literature with you all. Let’s go.

1. What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha

What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American CityWhy I added it: As you all know, I am not American, so the news cycle never really reported about the Flint water crisis, and it was never on my radar. Until I saw a bunch of my blogging friends tweet about it, which is how I became interested in the topic. This book focuses on the Flint water crisis and it’s written by a pediatrician who worked in the city’s public hospital. This book focuses on her and the town’s fight to prove that the water was poisoned and also the backlash they had to endure from the government. I think this is going to be incredibly insightful, so I am looking forward to picking it up!

2. A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti 

A Heart in a Body in the WorldWhy I added it: This is a YA Contemporary, but I think this is a bit of a heavier one. This follows Annabelle as she runs from her hometown and tries to deal with grief and PTSD in wake of a traumatic event that happened to her. She also becomes a reluctant activist and people start following her journey. This book sounds like it’s gonna be heartbreaking and really powerful and I am up for that. I also think it handles a bunch of big topics, like trauma and guilt and also how women are perceived and objectified by men. I am looking forward to this one.

3. Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal PeopleWhy I added it: This was longlisted for the Man Booker award this year and that put it on my radar. But it was Rachel’s review that really convinced me to add it to my TBR. Rachel describes it as a subversive take on the will they/won’t they premise that far surpasses said premise. This book is about two people who meet in uni, and we follow their relationship throughout the years. They come from the same town, but they had completely different lives and backgrounds. This is described as being really political but also as a book about love, which are both things I really enjoy, so I am really looking forward to reading this.

4. The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing by Merve Emre

The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality TestingWhy I added it: As you may or may not know, I am a psychologist. And I am really intrigued by the popularity of the Myers-Briggs personality test – since it’s never included in the formal education. And in terms of psychological merit – it’s a really bad test. It’s not reliable and it doesn’t really have a grounding in science. So when I heard that it’s used in workplace selection in America and that people use it widely I was baffled. And that’s exactly what this book explores – how a personality inventory became so popular and how it achieved it’s cult-like status and brought us the multimillion industry of psychological testing. This one is one I’ll probably read real soon.

5. Louis & Louise by Julie Cohen

Louis & LouiseWhy I added it: I was really intrigued by this book’s premise. It’s told in two stories – in one Louis Dawn Adler is born a male and in the other Louise Dawn Adler is born a female. They have the same parents, the same friends, but their lives are so very different. I think the premise is interesting and hopefully, this book explores gender and gender roles and norms in a really delicate and insightful way. I look forward to checking this one out.


And those are some new books I added to my TBR recently! As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on these and to hear about some new books you discovered recently!


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7 thoughts on “Recent TBR Additions (22th of October, 2018)

  1. Ooh I hope you enjoy Normal People!! And that book about the Myers-Briggs test sounds fascinating. I can attest that it is HUGE in America. I remember my high school having us take that test at one point. I’ve never set much store in it personally because I don’t feel like any of the letter combinations accurately describe me, but that’s interesting to hear it doesn’t have much of a scientific foundation; I hadn’t known that!

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    1. That’s so weird – the only time I ever saw Myers-Briggs was on the Internet and I just figured it was one of those fun internet quiz things, I had no idea it was so big there. And I read so many articles and I have never seen anyone mention it in like actual research so I am really intrigued. Yeah it always fails validation in research, it’s so weird.

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    1. I can’t believe it either – especially as a psychologist. And I really haven’t seen it anywhere in recent research literature, so I can’t believe it’s still used to this day. I don’t think anyone uses it in Europe actually!

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      1. It wasn’t taken seriously in my psychology program in college (I only did a minor) and along with the Jungian theories on which it was based we were more directed to ignore those areas. But especially in companies and businesses it’s still used! People have even lost out on jobs for not fitting one profile or another. The mind reels.

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  2. I’ll definitely be picking up a copy of the book about Myers-Briggs testing! I’ve always found it to be odd that we put so much stock in it, and feel it encourages labelling people etc. I’ve never been a fan myself!

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