4 books I recently completed

Welcome to my book update post, where I will share my recently completed books + my honest thoughts and star ratings on them.

My reading goals for 2021

In 2021, I set a goal of reading 3 books per week — One fiction book, one non-fiction book and one audiobook every week. I know this is a bold goal, but reading is something I like. It is a way for me to learn, challenge my mind, improve the abilities of writers and communicators, and gain spirit and encouragement through inspiring stories.

I have several bookshelves full of books (Mainly I gained freedom), so I decided to select 52 books from my bookshelf to read this year (see Here is a list of 52 books I plan to read in 2021). I will also read other books that I found/sent that sparked my interest. In addition, I plan to read a lot of audio books (I get my free from the Libby app And just started to try out the Hoopla app).

Here are the four books I recently completed:

As sweet as jasmine

I have to read an early version of Bonnie Gray’s memoir about finding identity. It traces her growing up experience as a Chinese girl in the United States and her struggle to find love and a sense of belonging. Her story is both heartbreaking and touching, and regardless of your race or childhood, I think you will find yourself identifying with some parts of Bonnie’s story. What I admire most is her honesty and fragility in this book!

I also like her clever way of telling Chinese culture and traditions throughout the chapter.

Rating: 3 stars

Faith cultivation

This book chronicles the journey of TJ and Jenn as adoptive parents. Although their fostering story is completely different from ours (they adopted more children of different ages and did not have their own children at the time of writing), it still resonated deeply with me. Many of the things they have experienced have been experienced by us, or some friends have experienced them.

In fact, for a few days, I had to put this book aside because I read about the few children they had to say goodbye to them for a long time at home, very close to home. I like their perspectives, the lessons they have learned, and their honesty about the difficulties they have encountered.

If you are a foster family, are considering foster care, or just want to better understand what foster care is like, please be sure to read this book.

My only criticism is that the story seems to be a little jumpy, sometimes it’s hard for me to keep up, and I don’t like people using the word “least of these” when referring to foster children (see subtitle). To me, it feels like a confrontation between us and them, or a poor project, or we are doing a lot of things to help “these children in need”. I know this is semantics, but I think the important thing is how we talk about foster children. Our perspective shapes the way we love and get along.

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