Read the pain away

It’s been twenty-three days since I had to look in the mirror and say to myself, “Donald Trump is our president-elect,” and hearing it, reading it, and thinking it hasn’t gotten much easier. I’ve been throwing myself even further into activism activities, whether it’s with the NYDA (the NY chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance), donating to organizations like these, reading everything I can and avoiding fake news, volunteering with NY Cares, or keeping an eye and ear out for moments of injustice anywhere.

My AMAZING perk from the HPA’s Wizard Rock the Vote fundraiser.

The state of the world can be overwhelming so I, like always, have been turning to books for guidance, inspiration, escape, entertainment, empowerment, and education. Some of my favorite books to read when the world feels like too much are ones about young people harnessing their creative power to make a difference, save the world, or save themselves. Books like Ellen Wittlinger’s Hard Love, Kirstin Cronn-Mills’ Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, Jonas Jonasson’s The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, Trenton Lee Stewart’s The Mysterious Benedict Society, and, always, Harry Potter. I also loved this piece by Ashley Bowen-Murphy over at BookRiot about the books BookRiot contributors read when “they need to remember fighting the good fight is worth it”.

It’s why I wrote It Will Set You Free; just the idea of a girl who wanted to be creative, to make a difference, to know herself a little more. I’d love to hear about your favorite books about using creativity to make a difference.

Keep reading, stay strong, and “never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it” (HRC).


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