Welcome to my e-book replace submit the place I share what books I completed just lately + my sincere ideas and star scores of them.

My Reading Goals for 2021

For 2021, I set a purpose of studying 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 purpose, however studying is one thing I like and it’s a manner I be taught, problem my thoughts, enhance as a author and communicator, and am refreshed and inspired by means of inspiring tales.

I’ve just a few 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 yr (see my record 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 quite a lot of audiobooks (I get mine free from the Libby app).

Each week, I plan to provide 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 of hit them, however it is going to be enjoyable to strive!

A Word on My Star Ratings

The star scores I give the books I learn are based mostly on a 5-star score system. I not often will ever give a e-book a 1-star score (possibly 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 probably going to give up studying it. 🙂 In the identical vein, you’ll additionally discover that I’ll not often give a 5-star score as I reserve these for less than my very, very favourite books.

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

In the previous two weeks, I completed two books and listed here are my critiques…

One of my hopes for 2021 was to learn extra fiction, as a result of I normally discover it simpler to choose up non-fiction. Well, I’m completely happy to report that I really completed two extra fiction titles the final two weeks!

The War That Saved My Life

I had deliberate to learn this e-book aloud to Kierstyn (principally simply because I wished to learn it as a result of I’d heard so much about it), but it surely turned obtainable to hearken to on the Libby app, so I went forward and downloaded it.

I’m struggling to assessment this e-book as a result of I actually loved components of it and located it to be a fascinating story that I didn’t know precisely how it could finish. It made me wish to preserve listening!

At the identical time, although, I don’t know the way I really feel about it being a kids’s e-book. It delves into matters of abuse and abandonment, there’s quite a lot of bullying/abuse based mostly one of many character’s disabilities, and there are a variety of different matters that may very well be triggering to delicate children.

But I did love the foster care factor of it and the way it portrayed the necessity for folks 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

As Bright as Heaven

I don’t know what to consider this e-book, both. On the one hand, the story of Spanish Flu was fascinating in mild of the present pandemic. The creator talked about the way it killed 50 million folks worldwide and but it’s not one thing that lots of people are tremendous conversant in. In addition, I appreciated the rawness of how grief and trauma impacts folks… and the way the lack of life from the Spanish Flu affected folks for years and years to come back.

At the identical time, I felt like the center part of the e-book appeared type of to actually sputter and battle. I additionally thought there have been some facet plots that by no means appeared to develop sufficient and that the romances had been type of bizarre and I discovered myself actually questioning the creator’s resolution to incorporate one of many love tales within the e-book — particularly with the way it turned out. (Just 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 creator type of was saying that was the “happily ever after” street.)

Verdict: 3 stars

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