Two novels I completed within the final two weeks…

Welcome to my ebook replace put up the place I share what books I completed lately + my trustworthy ideas and star rankings of them.

My Studying Targets for 2021

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

I’ve just a few 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 yr (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 a number of audiobooks (I get mine free from the Lib app).

Every week, I plan to offer an replace on what I learn/listened to + my trustworthy evaluations. We’ll see how I do with my studying objectives. I’m unsure if I’ll have the ability to hit them, however it will likely be enjoyable to strive!

A Phrase on My Star Scores

The star rankings I give the books I learn are based mostly on a 5-star ranking system. I not often will ever give a ebook a 1-star ranking (possibly no means?), as a result of my philosophy is that if a ebook is simply worthy of 1 star, I’m greater than possible going to give up studying it. 🙂 In the identical vein, you’ll additionally discover that I’ll not often give a 5-star ranking as I reserve these for less than my very, very favourite books.

Need to see the entire books I’ve learn thus far this yr? Try my Good Reads web page.


Up to now two weeks, I completed two books and listed below are my evaluations…

One in all my hopes for 2021 was to learn extra fiction, as a result of I often discover it simpler to select up non-fiction. Properly, I’m joyful to report that I really completed two extra fiction titles the final two weeks!

The Struggle That Saved My Life

I had deliberate to learn this ebook aloud to Kierstyn (largely simply because I needed to learn it as a result of I’d heard lots about it), however it turned obtainable to take heed to on the Lib app, so I went forward and downloaded it.

I’m struggling to overview this ebook as a result of I actually loved elements of it and located it to be an enticing story that I didn’t know precisely how it could finish. It made me need to maintain listening!

On the similar time, although, I don’t know the way I really feel about it being a youngsters’s ebook. It delves into matters of abuse and abandonment, there may be a number of bullying/abuse based mostly one of many character’s disabilities, and there are a selection of different matters that may very well be triggering to delicate children.

However I did love the foster care component of it and the way it portrayed the necessity for individuals to come back alongside and present compassion and care and kindness. I believed it additionally superbly illustrated how deeply grief and loss can have an effect on us.

Verdict: three stars

As Vibrant as Heaven

I don’t know what to consider this ebook, both. On the one hand, the story of Spanish Flu was fascinating in mild 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 aware of. 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 ebook appeared sort of to actually sputter and battle. I additionally thought there have been some aspect plots that no means appeared to develop sufficient and that the romances have been sort of bizarre and I discovered myself actually questioning the writer’s choice to incorporate one of many love tales within the ebook — particularly with the way it turned out. (Simply since you love somebody doesn’t all the time imply that it’s the appropriate factor to marry them… however I felt just like the writer sort of was saying that was the “fortunately ever after” street.)

Verdict: three stars

What have you ever been studying? I’d love to listen to!

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