Books I Read, Goals

Books I Read in May My Thoughts, Ratings & Recommendations

May’s reading took place mainly during recovery from a surgery I had early in the month. Since we were matched with our expectant mama in the middle of the month, I didn’t have much time to devote to reading the second half of May… but I still got two books under my belt!

I actually got a fiction book in this month, which I want to try to do more of in the coming months! One of my Strengthsfinder top five strengths is ‘Input,’ which means I have a craving to know more… hence the majority of books I find myself reading are often nonfiction. But fiction is life-giving to my soul and is definitely something I want to incorporate more of.

Waking Up White by Debby Irving

This was a very interesting read and kept me wanting to come back for more. The chapters are short and mainly in story format of tales from the author’s life. You’ll find yourself relating to the author, cringing, and laughing all in the same chapter. I feel like I learned a lot about my beliefs and biases by reading this book, and would recommend it for anyone wanting to take a deeper look at their stereotypes or race in general. My only beef with the book was the lack of application (she includes a chapter at the end with a few ideas), and the fact that it wasn’t written from a Christian perspective.

Rating & Recommendation: 8/10, especially if you’re just jumping into the topic of race

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

This novel was an unexpected page-turner. The characters are complex and interesting, and the topics of adoption and race were prevalent (specifically transracial adoption!). I had no idea what it was about going in, so that was a nice surprise and fit in well with a lot of the reading I’ve been doing lately. I don’t want to share too much and spoil it, but there’s a bit of mystery, a bit of drama, a bit of law and art and teenage relationships… it’s really got a bit of everything! Some language and questionable content, but nothing R-rated. Definitely worth a read!

Rating & Recommendation: 8/10

So there you have it! My May reads… both great books that got me through some travel and surgery recovery. Both thought-provoking and entertaining. Both worth checking out!

Love, Team Douglas

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