An Uncomplicated Life by Paul Daugherty

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Format read: Paperback

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 6 out of 10

Plot: This book was a Goodreads Giveaway.  Shortly after the birth of his daughter Jillian, Paul and his wife learned that she had Down Syndrome.  After the initial sadness, the couple decided to do everything in their power to give her as normal a life as possible.  They fought for her to be educated in mainstream class and to be treated as a normal child.  This memoir is the story of a family that gave their all to show the world that their daughter is just like everyone else, just with an extra chromosome.

Opinion: I thought the story was inspiring.  It’s great to see the opportunities that Jillian has been given that so many children in her position were not given, and hopefully the efforts that her parents made will provide children in the future with the same opportunities.  One problem I had with the book is that the author kept repeating the same phrases over and over.   For example, it seemed like every other page the author used the phrase “build a better Jillian”.  I found myself getting frustrated at the repetitive language, but other than that, it was a great book.

Next book: Islamic Awakening: Between Rejection and Extremism by Yusuf al Qaradawi


The Wind Through The Keyhole by Stephen King

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Format read: Paperback

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 7 out of 10

Plot: When Roland and his friends get trapped by a storm, he uses this time to tell two stories: one from his childhood and one a fairy tale his mother once read to him.

Opinion: I thought the book started out slow, but in the last 100 pages, I couldn’t put the book down.  This book was written after the rest of the story and can be read at the end of the series, after the fourth book, or without reading the other books.  I read it after the fourth book which is when the story takes place.

Next book: An Uncomplicated Life by Paul Daugherty

February Wrap-Up

This past month was a much better reading month for me than January was.  I read three books and started one book but didn’t finish it.  My favorite was Persepolis 2, which I thought was a very good graphic memoir.  My least favorite book was The Prophet of Peace, which I couldn’t even finish.  I hope to read as many books in March, but I don’t have a break until April, so I will have to see how that plays out.  These are the books I read this month along with the rating I gave them:

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (6 out of 10 stars)
  2. The Prophet of Peace: Teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan (2 out of 10 stars; didn’t finish)
  3. Persepolis Volume 2 by Marjane Satrapi (7 out of 10 stars)
  4. Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis (5 out of 10 stars)