4 Books I Completed Not too long ago

Welcome to my guide replace publish the place I share what books I completed not too long ago + my sincere ideas and star rankings of them.

My Studying Targets for 2021

For 2021, I set a purpose of studying 3 books per week —  1 fiction guide, 1 non-fiction guide, and 1 audiobook every week. I do know that is an audacious purpose, however studying is one thing I really like and it’s a means I be taught, problem my thoughts, enhance as a author and communicator, and am refreshed and inspired by means of inspiring tales.

I’ve a couple of cabinets stuffed with books (largely that I’ve gotten free), so I made a decision to decide on 52 books from off my shelf to learn this 12 months (see my listing of 52 books I plan to learn in 2021 right here). I’ll additionally learn different books that I discover/am despatched that pique my curiosity. Plus, I plan to undergo lots of audiobooks (I get mine free from the Libby app and simply began attempting out the Hoopla app).

Listed below are 4 books I completed not too long ago:

Candy Like Jasmine

I acquired to learn an early version of this memoir on discovering identification by Bonnie Grey. It traces her upbringing as a Chinese language woman in America and the struggles she went by means of to seek out love and belonging. Her story is each heartbreaking and heartwarming and irrespective of your ethnicity or childhood, I feel you’ll discover your self figuring out with components of Bonnie’s story. What I most appreciated was her honesty and vulnerability on this guide!

I additionally cherished how she artfully wove a lot about Chinese language tradition and traditions all through the chapters.

Verdict: 3 stars

Religion to Foster

This guide chronicles the story of T.J. and Jenn’s journey as foster dad and mom. Whereas they’ve a totally totally different foster care story than us (they’ve taken in lots of extra youngsters of all totally different ages and haven’t any organic youngsters of their very own on the time this guide was written), it nonetheless resonated deeply with me. A lot of what they’ve skilled is stuff that we’ve walked by means of or have associates who foster who’ve walked by means of it.

In actual fact, for a couple of days, I needed to set the guide apart as a result of studying about saying goodbye to a couple youngsters they’d of their dwelling for a very long time interval hit so near dwelling. I really like their views, the teachings they discovered, and the way candid they have been about what they struggled with.

If you’re a foster household, are contemplating fostering, or would identical to to have a greater peak into what fostering seems to be like, undoubtedly learn this guide.

My solely critiques could be that the story appeared to leap round some and I had bother maintaining observe generally and I additionally don’t like folks utilizing the phrase “least of those” when referring to youngsters in foster care (see the subtitle). For me, it simply feels prefer it makes it very a lot an us vs. them or a pity challenge or that we’re doing a lot to assist “these needy youngsters”. I do know it’s semantics, however I feel it issues how we discuss youngsters who’re in foster care and our perspective shapes the way in which that we love and stroll with.

Verdict: 3.5 stars

When Twilight Breaks

So I had excessive hopes for this guide. The premise appeared fascinating. I really like World Warfare II books. And I’d heard nice issues concerning the writer.

Nevertheless it ended up type of falling flat for me. It wasn’t horrible, however I simply felt like I used to be slogging by means of lots of it. I normally actually get sucked into novels and have bother placing them down. This one, I felt like I needed to preserve making myself choose it up in hopes that it could get extra fascinating.

Sure, I most likely ought to have simply deserted it early on, however as soon as I made it to the 40% mark (as a result of I saved assuming it could get extra fascinating!), I felt too invested to set it apart.

Possibly it was simply the timing of once I learn it (there was so much happening to distract me!) or perhaps it’s as a result of I’ve largely been listening to novels by way of audiobook not too long ago (I don’t have as a lot time as of late to get misplaced in a novel for hours if I’m studying it, however I’ve extra time to activate an audiobook!) or perhaps it was as a result of I’ve completed so many World Warfare II books this 12 months? Regardless of the case, I felt just like the guide was lacking one thing — perhaps depth, extra character growth, or one thing that might make me assume extra or influence me in a private means? General, it simply felt a little bit too “fluffy” for me.

Verdict: 2 stars

The President is Lacking

Jesse listened to this guide not too long ago and inspired me to hearken to it, as properly. It’s undoubtedly a departure from the entire World Warfare II fiction I’ve been listening to and I felt it was a enjoyable change.

I loved the story line general and located it to be the sort of audiobook I didn’t need to flip off as a result of I wanted to know what was going to occur subsequent. It was additionally very properly narrated with a number of voice actors.

As well as, I discovered the type of “inside scoop” on what it could be wish to be the president to be intriguing (since a former U.S. president was one of many co-authors, I felt that gave the feelings and emotions the primary character was experiencing extra credibility).

I did really feel just like the guide was about 2 hours too lengthy. I feel among the sections might have been condensed and the very finish of the guide was crammed with fairly a little bit of political rhetoric (packaged as a presidential tackle). I additionally want they hadn’t solved one of many large mysteries of the guide fairly so early within the guide (who the mole was).

That mentioned, should you like political drama and fiction audiobooks which are properly narrated, I feel you may take pleasure in this guide. (Do word: there’s some PG-13 language in it, so don’t hear in case you have little ears round!)

Verdict: 3.5 stars


A news media journalist always on the go, I've been published in major publications including VICE, The Atlantic, and TIME.

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