Monthly Reads | January 2020

New segment alert! I absolutely love reading but too lazy to dedicate review posts for every single book I read. Also, maybe because I’m jaded from school book reports but for the life of me, I also can’t write reviews on books, lol. I figured, a monthly round up is the way to go with a few sentences regarding the book!

All links directs to Goodreads.

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Rating: 2/5. What initially drew me to this was I thought this was a memoir of some sort but it wasn’t. I found the book to be sort of confusing, and I didn’t like the way it was written (basically, it’s just one huge paragraph, one after another, and no proper dialogue formatting or any other breaks). I mustered through til the end where it really picked up because it has a few graphic scenes but otherwise, the entire story is confusing, boring, and dragging. The characters were very flat.

The Financial Diet by Chelsea Fagan

Rating: 2/5. I follow the Financial Diet on Instagram and it’s a great little feed that offers financial tips, advice, reads, discussions, etc. for the everyday millennial. I’m not big on money books but I thought I’d give it a shot since I enjoy the Instagram page a lot. Overall, when they say “beginner”, they really mean it. Everything in the book is basically recycled facts from their feed, filled with pretty graphics. The tips they offer in the books are extremely basic (think every money saving post you’ve ever read online). I don’t know, maybe I was just expecting more from the book that I can’t get from the Instagram feed.

Permanent Record by Edward Snowden

Rating: 5/5. Wow. This was just a page turner for me, and so, so interesting. It offered insider’s look at working in the CIA, and yes, it is super different than how the movies portrayed it as. He breaks down technological terms and methods to layman’s terms so you’re not confused by his job and the government’s technology. You get to follow Snowden’s internal struggles from the start to the end of his discovery and how he lives his life now, and most importantly, why he felt the need to blow the whistle. It was such a fantastic read, and even if you never followed the Snowden news when it first broke out (I didn’t), it’s worth the read!

I didn’t read as much as I hoped in January and it really shows! I’m hoping I can prioritize reading more this year, especially since I failed my 80 books goal last year (I ended the year with 71). I’m trying to reach 80 books again! To read more book reviews, click here!

Have you read any of these books? Got one in mind I should try? Let me know! And, if we’re not friends on Goodreads yet… what are you waiting for?

2 thoughts on “Monthly Reads | January 2020

  1. I’d love to read Snowden’s book!! I watched the movie and absolutely loved all the story! I actually had no idea there was a book haha! Thanks for sharing! I have no idea how you managed to read so many books in a year hahah 😂


  2. Yay! Excited that you’re starting this new series. I’ve always seen you finishing books rapidly on Goodreads & was curious about your thoughts on them all.

    I don’t like books without proper chapters either. The first book probably would’ve been a DNF from me!


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