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Welcome to my guide replace publish the place I share what books I completed lately + my sincere ideas and star rankings of them.
My Reading Goals 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 like and it’s a approach I study, problem my thoughts, enhance as a author and communicator, and am refreshed and inspired via inspiring tales.
I’ve a couple of cabinets stuffed with books (principally 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 checklist 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 Libby app).
Each 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 objectives. I’m undecided if I’ll be capable of hit them, however it is going to be enjoyable to attempt!
A Word on My Star Ratings
The star rankings I give the books I learn are primarily based on a 5-star score system. I hardly ever will ever give a guide a 1-star score (perhaps by no means?), as a result of my philosophy is that if a guide is barely worthy of 1 star, I’m greater than probably going to stop studying it. In the identical vein, you’ll additionally discover that I’ll hardly ever give a 5-star score as I reserve these for under my very, very favourite books.
Want to see all the books I’ve learn to date this 12 months? Check out my Good Reads web page.
In the previous, I completed three books and listed here are my critiques…
Secrets of a Charmed Life
This is a fascinating and fantastically written story of two sisters who’re separated for years as a result of Luftwaffe bombings on London throughout World War II. It is a narrative of how our selections can have life-long penalties, how secrets and techniques can affect us and others round us, and the way chasing after our goals with out first counting the prices concerned will be devastating.
It is an attractive and heartrending story. There have been components that felt somewhat far-fetched, however I appreciated the rawness and realness of the characters in lots of locations. I additionally liked that there was a number of character growth in components within the story and it saved me guessing as to how it could finish.
I gave it a 4 star score as a result of I’d have liked somewhat extra depth in locations and a few of what the writer was wanting you to drag from the story wasn’t as apparent to me till I listened to the Q&A with the writer on the finish. That helped the guide come extra alive to me and I’d extremely advocate listening to/studying that after you end the guide.
One of my favourite quotes from the guide: “A happy life is not made up of what you have dreamed of, chased after, and achieved, but rather whom you poured your life into, who poured their life into yours, and the difference you’ve made in the lives of others.”
Verdict: 4 stars
Made Like Martha: Good News for the Woman Who Gets Things Done
This guide was written for ladies who’re doers and movers and shakers… the Type A, Get Things Done Woman. The girl who hardly ever slows down, who often has too many balls she is juggling, and a too lengthy to do checklist. This guide is a message of studying to reframe our perspective, change our focus, whereas additionally embracing the way in which we’re wired.
One of my favourite quotes within the guide is: “Worry is believing God won’t get it right. That sounds extreme, but isn’t that what I communicate when I allow worry to overshadow the promises and power of God? I abandon confidence in the Faithful One as I seek comfort from my familiar companion — Worry.”
She goes on to say, “May our ‘what if’ worry be changed to ‘even if’ worship as we remember Who is with us. Even if our what-if happens, the good news does not change. Jesus is enough, even in the dark, even in the battle…”
I gave this a 3-star verdict as a result of I felt like the primary three chapters have been nice… after which it felt like the remainder of the guide grew to become fairly repetitive. It additionally didn’t really feel like there was a robust story arc for the guide and every chapter didn’t actually construct upon each other. That mentioned, I felt like there was a number of priceless information in it
Verdict: 3 stars
The Things We Cannot Say
This guide wasn’t in any respect what I anticipated and I virtually didn’t maintain listening after the primary few chapters as a result of it threw me off… however I’m so glad that I did as a result of it ended up being such an attractive story.
I liked attending to stroll within the sneakers of a mother who has a toddler on the autism spectrum and to really feel extra empathy for what she is experiencing and strolling via. The guide additionally made me consider how everyone seems to be carrying heavy burdens and the way many individuals are most likely strolling round with secrets and techniques and burdens and struggles that we don’t know something about.
Verdict: 4 stars