books, Literary Commentary

book review || The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

I started off really liking this book, and to be fair by the end I still feel that there were some great messages. What intrigued me the most was the start, which refreshingly challenges our obsession with how two people "fall in love" rather than "stay in love". Then the story takes off, alternating between… Continue reading book review || The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

books, ideas & perspectives

QUESTION: would you join a book club?

EDITED 05-17-21: Our Facebook book club now exists! You can join it here: Join the book club: Original Post: Would you join a Facebook book club? Let me know… because I really, really want to start one for us! Some of my favourite moments from this past year have been chatting about a book… Continue reading QUESTION: would you join a book club?

books, Literary Commentary, Philosophy

ideas || When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

As thought-provoking as this book was, I am GLAD to be done reading, discussing, and thinking about it. "When Breath Becomes Air" was written by Paul Kalanithi after he was diagnosed with cancer at 36. He was in his last year of neurosurgery residency (read: he had his whole career ahead of him) at the time. The book is interesting in many ways. First, he's both the doctor and the patient, and he shares that perspective. Second, his writing is unique in that he was a huge literature lover and just all-around a very well-read person! Third, it puts the onus of answering some of the book's big questions on you: the reader. The odds of getting cancer in a lifetime are something around 1 in 3 right now. So it reads like a simple, universal story: this is his story, but it’s just as much your story, my story, everyone’s story. Really heavy stuff. I recommend it, but be mentally ready when you read it!

books, snapshot

ideas || 5 books i read this summer | july – september 2020

I got back into reading a lot more this summer, and from July to September I read these 5 (technically 7) books! Really enjoyed filming short reviews and summaries immediately after each one, so I decided to compile them and make this into a recurring series. As is classic Mistral Spirit style, I'm focusing on… Continue reading ideas || 5 books i read this summer | july – september 2020

academia, books, lifestyle

lifestyle || how to read non-fiction (faster)

Let me be honest for a second. I find it hard to read non-fiction. Even though I love learning new things, non-fiction loses my attention quickly! It can be challenging to get out of your comfort zone and read about something completely new. Here are some strategies I'm currently using to get the most out… Continue reading lifestyle || how to read non-fiction (faster)