Book Title: The Orchard
Author: Theresa Weir
Narration: Ellen Archer
Setting: Iowa (I think)
Source: Audiobook (Library)
Main Characters: 3/5
Secondary Characters: 3/5
The Feels: 3.7/5
Theme or Tone: 4/5
Flow (Writing Style): 4/5
Backdrop (World Building): 4/5
Book Cover: 4/5
Ending: 5/5 Cliffhanger: Nope
Steam Factor 0-5: 1
Total: 3.5/5 - GRADE = B-
I don't read much non fiction…I only decided to read this because of a reading challenge, it was also a short listen and the library had it on audio, so it was winner in that aspect…because it didn't suck.
Overall, there are some aspects to this story that could have been done differently to make the story more interesting, like some unfinished thoughts and glossed over parts of her life, that could have been explored more. It's also told in a really somber voice that I never fully connected to, at least not until the very end, and seriously, something about the ending just clicked with me. I believe it was the situation with her mother-in-law-from-hell that she had going on, I can relate, after all. I even teared up, a little.
⇝Will I read more from this author?⇜ I don't know, most likely not. I even own a book by her on my kindle…it was freebie.
I had no real interest in reading this book. After the 2016 election, I got depressed, and I had no intention of reliving it. However, seeing the vitriol and sexism that has been directed at Mrs. Clinton just because she wrote a book about what she lived (same as Bernie) made me get this book the day it came out.
This book is hard to listen to at times especially when it speaks about gun violence and the families of those who have lost loved ones to gun-wielding assholes.
I first heard about Scaachi Koul's One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter several months ago on BookTube (I will continue to sing its praises) and added it to my TRL as I felt the need to read more Canadian authors. This book is a collection of essays about Scaachi's life growing up as a child of Indian immigrants in Canada. There's a focus on body positivity, feminism, and the endemic racism she and other people of color face in that country. She discusses her family and how she is the direct product of two disparate parenting philosophies. (Each chapter begins with an email conversation between herself and her father. He's quite possibly the funniest man on planet earth.) She's deeply afraid of going outside of her comfort zone and yet she's in a relationship with a man who seems to do nothing but push her to do just that. (I thought I had travel anxiety until I read about her experiences flying.) It's a look into a family as different and yet somehow the same as mine or yours. There's always going to be some neuroses in any family. It's about self-discovery, self-love, and ultimately self-acceptance. It was a lot of fun but judging from the fact that I had to refresh my memory by looking up the blurb it isn't the most memorable book I've had the pleasure of reading this year. So I'm gonna give it a 6/10.
A/N: I really need to start making detailed notes about the books I've read immediately after reading them because my backlog of book reviews is getting more and more lengthy. Stay tuned for a special post on Tuesday by the way. ;-)
What's Up Next: Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
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This is a great book from the perspective that it is the first SEAL book I have read where the author talks about PTSD and how he deals with it and firstly by not dealing with it.
Mark Donald is humble and the part of the book where he is awarded the Medal of Valor and the lesson he learns from the ceremony, the guilt he feels, and one of his many mentors about the medal is great! (I'm not giving it away for those of you who want to read it).
The Battle of Khand Pass and the QRF chapters are the only chapters that contain page turning, edge of your seat, adrenaline rush battle scenes or descriptions which is not much of the book and makes it very different than many other SEAL books in this respect.
This book is rather a story of Mark's childhood and the struggles he faced as a Mexican American living in New Mexico being raised by ostensibly a single mom due to his father's own demons with PTSD.
The book goes on to detail how Mark first joined the Marines then moved to the Navy and started BUD/S training and became a SEAL then a corpsmen, then a PA and had to do double duty after 9/11.
This is a great book that I highly recommend and one of the most humble and respectful of SEAL books I have read.