This is the second episode of the Reading Interview Series, where I chat with bookworms, avid readers and learners, to unpack their reading habits and philosophy.



In this episode I chat with Amy Ratsara. She is an attorney in the state of Michigan, who is a good friend. We love to talk about books and podcasts we like. One of the main reasons I want to interview her is her background in history and law, and we talk a lot about reading history in this conversation. For those of you who are thinking about or currently attending law school, she has some great tips on reading case laws and preparing for class. Hope you’ll enjoy this episode. As usual, all the books and links mentioned in the interview can be found below.


Connect with Amy on Twitter and Instagram: @amyratsara



Mentioned Books, Authors, Podcasts, and Links
[easyazon_link identifier=”0394800168″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Green Eggs and Ham[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0920668372″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Love You Forever[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0064403688″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Jacob Have I Loved[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1420953362″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Merchant of Venice[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0141439564″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Great Expectations[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0142401129″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0060935464″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1503219704″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0743222253″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Living History by Hillary Clinton[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0786868430″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Madam Secretary by Madeleine Albright[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0060652926″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0374529752″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0800732065″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Path of Loneliness by Elisabeth Elliot[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1973826879″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne[/easyazon_link]
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[easyazon_link identifier=”0399588175″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Born a Crime by Trevor Noah[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0440422965″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Skipping Christmas by John Grisham[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0735221650″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Hidden Christmas by Timothy Keller[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”081298496X” locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1595552464″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1607747308″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1101946156″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0816319227″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Desire of Ages by Ellen White[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1503943399″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1594631875″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1250079322″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football by John Bacon[/easyazon_link]
American girl books
[easyazon_link identifier=”0143034758″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow[/easyazon_link]
Minute Markers:
Childhood reading [1:08]
How her reading changed as she grew older [4:16]
Discovering her love of history [12:00]
Why history is important and inexhaustible [15:41]
How she picks books and resources now [21:00]
Good audiobooks she listened to recently [23:27]
Continual learning in law [26:26]
Reading tips for law students, how to annotate passages [30:15]
Applying the reading tips for general reading [36:31]
How to learn the historiography of a topic [37:25]
Debates on how history is popularized [40:20]
Bias in biographies [43:43]
Methods to select books to buy/borrow/purge [46:48]
What she’s reading right now [51:37]
Resources for people who want to start learning about American History [53:55]
How 2017 impacted her reading habits [57:15]
How to keep learning [1:00:39]




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