“The best reason I have come up with for looking closely into Rwanda’s stories is that ignoring them makes me even more uncomfortable about existence and my place in it.”
-We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch
I read this book, and it changed things for me.  Anyone who has read this definitely message me so we can discuss it’s awesomeness/life.
Shake Hands With the Devil: the Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Romeo Dallaire
no easy read, but it changed things for me
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese: literally the BEST fiction book I have ever read.
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran— I LOVE THIS BOOK.
“That which sings and contemplates in you is still dwelling within the bounds of that first moment which scattered the stars into space. Who among you does not feel that his power to love is boundless?”
What Really Matters by Arthur Kleinman
"We tend to think of dangers and uncertainties as anomalies in the continuum of life, or irruptions of unpredictable forces into a largely predictable world.  I suggest the contrary: that dangers and uncertainties are an inescapable dimension of life.  In fact, as we shall come to understand, they make life matter.  They define what it means to be human.” -Arthur Kleinman
I need you to read this book. John Green describes how I feel about Coleman Barks’ translations of Rumi

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
"I would like to beg you… to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to cherish the questions themselves."
"[Conquering malaria] would take more than just time and money, more even than a sense of purpose and persistence.  It required a moral vision and imagination: a person or a team stubbornly dedicated to the idea that no child’s death should ever be ignored as "inevitable" or "senseless," and abundantly blessed with practical wisdom to tackle a problem that has baffled others."
“It’s a book about rapid cognition, about the kind of thinking that happens in a blink of an eye. When you meet someone for the first time, or walk into a house you are thinking of buying, or read the first few sentences of a book, your mind takes about two seconds to jump to a series of conclusions. Well, “Blink” is a book about those two seconds, because I think those instant conclusions that we reach are really powerful and really important and, occasionally, really good.” -Malcolm Gladwell
obviously had to read this one! a quick and hilarious read :)