Welcome to my e-book replace submit the place I share what books I completed just lately + my sincere ideas and star rankings of them.
My Studying Targets for 2021
For 2021, I set a goal of reading 3 books per week — 1 fiction e-book, 1 non-fiction e-book, and 1 audiobook every week. I do know that is an audacious objective, however studying is one thing I really like and it’s a method I study, problem my thoughts, enhance as a author and communicator, and am refreshed and inspired by way of inspiring tales.
I’ve just a few cabinets filled with books (mostly that I’ve gotten free), so I made a decision to decide on 52 books from off my shelf to learn this yr (see my list of 52 books I plan to read in 2021 here). I’ll additionally learn different books that I discover/am despatched that pique my curiosity. Plus, I plan to undergo quite a lot of audiobooks (I get mine free from the Libby app).
Every week, I plan to present an replace on what I learn/listened to + my sincere critiques. We’ll see how I do with my studying targets. I’m undecided if I’ll be capable to hit them, however it is going to be enjoyable to strive!
A Phrase on My Star Rankings
The star rankings I give the books I learn are based mostly on a 5-star ranking system. I hardly ever will ever give a e-book a 1-star ranking (perhaps by no means?), as a result of my philosophy is that if a e-book is just worthy of 1 star, I’m greater than doubtless going to give up studying it. In the identical vein, you’ll additionally discover that I’ll hardly ever give a 5-star ranking as I reserve these for under my very, very favourite books.
Wish to see the entire books I’ve learn to date this yr? Check out my Good Reads page.
Prior to now two weeks, I completed two books and listed below are my critiques…
One among my hopes for 2021 was to learn extra fiction, as a result of I often discover it simpler to select up non-fiction. Effectively, I’m completely satisfied to report that I really completed two extra fiction titles the final two weeks!
I had deliberate to read this book aloud to Kierstyn (largely simply because I wished to learn it as a result of I’d heard quite a bit about it), but it surely turned out there to take heed to on the Libby app, so I went forward and downloaded it.
I’m struggling to overview this e-book as a result of I actually loved components of it and located it to be an interesting story that I didn’t know precisely how it could finish. It made me wish to hold listening!
On the similar time, although, I don’t know the way I really feel about it being a kids’s e-book. It delves into subjects of abuse and abandonment, there may be quite a lot of bullying/abuse based mostly one of many character’s disabilities, and there are a variety of different subjects that might be triggering to delicate youngsters.
However I did love the foster care aspect of it and the way it portrayed the necessity for individuals to come back alongside and present compassion and care and kindness. I assumed it additionally fantastically illustrated how deeply grief and loss can have an effect on us.
Verdict: 3 stars
I don’t know what to consider this e-book, both. On the one hand, the story of Spanish Flu was fascinating in gentle of the present pandemic. The writer talked about the way it killed 50 million individuals worldwide and but it’s not one thing that lots of people are tremendous acquainted with. As well as, I appreciated the rawness of how grief and trauma impacts individuals… and the way the lack of life from the Spanish Flu affected individuals for years and years to come back.
On the similar time, I felt like the center part of the e-book appeared form of to actually sputter and wrestle. I additionally thought there have been some aspect plots that by no means appeared to develop sufficient and that the romances have been form of bizarre and I discovered myself actually questioning the writer’s choice to incorporate one of many love tales within the e-book — particularly with the way it turned out. (Simply since you love somebody doesn’t at all times imply that it’s the proper factor to marry them… however I felt just like the writer form of was saying that was the “fortunately ever after” street.)
Verdict: 3 stars
What have you ever been studying? I’d love to listen to!