How to Be a BETTER You — Jan 2022 TBR Reviews: Pearl in the Sand, Ender’s Game, Better Than Before, Better Than Normal

What’s inside this TBR Wrap Up Article:

  1. List of books read this month
  2. Brief reviews of selected books

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January 2022 Book List & Prompts:

January 2022 tic-tac-toe prompts

Key

  1. Prompt: Penalty Book + New author
    Better Than Normal by Dale Archer (NF)A psychologist explains how well-known mental illnesses are just excesses of normal mental states, and how they have positive sides, if used right.
    How I did: Skimmed, unfinished.
  2. Prompt: Penalty Book + Book title doesn’t contain the letter “u”
    Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin (NF)A writer examines how to modify various habits to improve life quality.
    How I did: Finished
  3. Prompt: Penalty Book
    Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar (F)A retelling of the famous Salmone and Rahab story from the Bible — how a former prostitute becomes the wife of a prince of Israel and a foremother of Jesus.
    How I did: Finished
  4. Prompt: Penalty Book
    More Than a Carpenter by Josh and Sean McDowell (NF)Father and son Josh and Sean explore reasons for Christianity.
    How I did: Finished
  5. Prompt: Penalty Book
    Teach Your Gift by Danny Iny (NF)Business coach explains why and how to turn your skills into online courses.
    How I did: Finished
  6. Prompt: Recently published
    Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin (NF)A graphic novel about a young boy who illegally immigrates from Southern Africa to Europe.
    How I did: Finished

Selected Book Reviews

Books on the board!

Personal Ratings & Review

  1. Content: the ideas in this book are interesting, edifying, and worth learning. (Out of ★★★★★ stars)
  2. Craftsmanship: the work is polished, skillful, and well-written. (Out of ★★★★★ stars)

Better Than Normal by Dale Archer (NF)

  1. ★★★
  2. ★★

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin (NF)

  1. ★★★
  2. ★★★★

Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar (F)

  1. ★★★
  2. ★★★

More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell (NF)

  1. ★★★★
  2. ★★★★

Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin (F)

  1. ★★★
  2. ★★

Teach Your Gift by Danny Iny (NF)

  1. ★★★★
  2. ★★★

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