Sunday, January 11, 2015

On Dublin Street

On Dublin Street
by: Samantha Young

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you like love stories.
Category: New Adult

From Amazon: Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.
 
Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.
 
But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.

Things I liked: 
I have learned that I like the stories where it's a rich guy. This had that, but she's a rich girl, too so it's not a rich/poor thing. Those guys just always know what they want. I loved Braden.

I thought the love story here was good. It developed over time and it didn't feel unrealistic at all. 

This was a totally do-able love story for me. Some can just be too much steaminess, but this one wasn't too much. Unlike the cover may suggest...

I also enjoyed the relationship between Joss & Ellie. That was also a great element to it.

Things I didn't:
I love love stories, but I hate the covers to most of these books. It embarrasses me to read them in public. The only reason I didn't get this one on my Kindle was because it was at my library. If it's free, I'm going to go for free.

Overall: If you like love stories, you'll probably like this.

Finished on: January 11, 2015
Book 4 for 2015

After I Do

After I Do
by: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: Adult

From Amazon: When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.

Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?

Things I liked: 
 Gosh, I liked pretty much everything about this book. I've had to really think for a while before even writing this to determine what it was I wanted to talk about! I think the first thing I liked was the honesty. There were so many things that happened where I was thinking, "Oh my gosh I've had that fight!!" While they have definitely taken things to a degree that I have never experienced, I'm sure someone has been there. I had definitely been there for enough that I don't know that I've ever related to a book to that degree.

I loved the emails in the books. You'll know when you read it, but just the honesty again there was so great.

I loved the way they didn't wrap it up in some perfect, beautiful way. It was real. I don't feel like I'm giving away anything there. I just will say that I felt the entire book was raw, but also had so many take-aways. As weird as it sounds, I feel like I actually learned some stuff that I can apply to my relationship. I just don't even feel like I'm putting good words to this. It was so good.

Things I didn't: 
I obviously don't condone taking a 1 year break from your marriage, but that being said, it's fiction people! I could get on board for the purposes of taking away wisdom for my own marriage.

Overall: If you are married, have ever been married, ever want to be married, read it.

Finished on: January 6, 2015
Book 3 for 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Kiro's Emily

Kiro's Emily
by: Abbi Glines

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you've read all the others in the Rosemary Beach series.
Category: New Adult

From Amazon: The year is 1992, and no one on the rock music scene is hotter than Kiro Manning, the lead singer of Slacker Demon. With a multi-platinum record, total ownership of the Billboard charts, sold-out concerts, and sinful amounts of money, Kiro can have anything—and anyone—he wants.

So when a dark-haired, conservative beauty rebuffs him at a concert after-party, his first thought is, “Who the hell does she think she is?” His second thought: “How do I make her mine?” Kiro has always loved a good challenge, but not every girl wants to get involved with a rock god. Especially this girl.

He let her go that night, but he never forgot her. And when they met again, he vowed not to give up again so easily. As the world worshipped Kiro, he came to worship the girl, who became everything he never knew he needed. The only girl he would ever love. His Emily.

Things I liked:
It is a novella, so it was a really quick read!

I love love loved reading Kiro's story about Emily! Reading about their relationship in Take a Chance and One More Chance was really great because you see a side of Kiro that you haven't seen before. So then reading this where you really learn about him & Emily is a great perspective.

Things I didn't: 
Because it's Kiro & Dean & the rest of Slacker Demon, there's more language than the other books.

Overall: A great, quick addition to the Rosemary Beach series.

Finished on: January 1, 2015
Book 2 for 2015

You Were Mine

You Were Mine
by: Abbi Glines

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you like Abbi Glines & have read the rest of the Rosemary Beach series.
Category: New Adult

From Amazon:  Gossip is the ultimate currency in Rosemary Beach, but Bethy and Tripp have managed to keep one big secret to themselves. Eight years ago, Tripp Newark was dating a rich girl he didn’t like and was on his way to Yale—and a future he didn’t want. The only way he could escape his predictable life would be to give up the money and power that came with his family’s name. And that’s exactly what he planned to do. At the end of the summer, he was going to ride off on his Harley and never look back.

That was before he met Beth Lowry.

It was only supposed to be a summer fling. She was a sixteen-year-old trailer-park girl who served drinks to his friends at Kerrington Country Club. They didn’t run in the same social circles. No one even knew they were friends, let alone lovers. Yet, for one summer, Bethy became his entire world. But he couldn’t give up on his plan. He needed to leave Rosemary Beach, but he vowed he would come back for her. Problem was, by the time he came back—years later than promised—it was too late. His cousin, Jace, had already claimed the woman he loved…

Things I liked: 
I did really like Bethy & Tripp's story. After following several of the stories through the Rosemary Beach series, theirs was one of my favorites.

I love a second chance love story. I love when they come back for each other. And I loved how hard Tripp fought for it.

I enjoy the way she wraps all the stories & characters we've already met and read a lot about into each other's stories. I like that I feel like I get to still follow along with the other couples in some ways.

Things I didn't:
At this point, I'm liking pretty much everything about the Rosemary Beach stories because so much of the groundwork has been laid in the previous books, so it's just continuing. So there really isn't anything I don't like. They are very steamy, though.

Overall: If you like new adult, read Rosemary Beach overall and read this one when you get to it! 

Finished on January 1, 2015
Book 1 for 2015

2014 Final Reading Rundown

This is gonna be a little intense, but I have to keep it somewhere.

January - 6 books
Favorite book: Envy & Splendor by Anna Godbersen - These are from the Luxe series. They're like Gossip Girl, but set in 1899. I loved that.
Other books & should you read?:
Yes
  • Pathways to the Common Core by Lucy Calkins & others - This gives such a thorough understanding of common core standards for English & language arts.

Maybe...
...If you like New Adult
  • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover - This was my first Colleen Hoover book. I wasn't sure how I felt about it at the time, but the story has stuck with me throughout the year. I definitely liked it.
...If you like ChickLit
  • Nadia Knows Best by Jill Mansell - Just not the greatest chicklit book. It was okay, though.
...If you like Mystery or Art History
  • The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro - I guess I just expected to like this more than I did.


February - 5 books
Favorite book: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion - Such a great narrator & great story!
Other books & should you read?:
Yes
  • Love & Logic Magic for Early Childhood by Jim & Charles Fay - This gave me a lot of insight into how to parent a strong-willed child with consistency & patience.
Maybe...
...If you like young adult
  • Avalon High by Meg Cabot - Retelling of King Arthur sort-of. I liked it a lot. 
  • What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen - Just a cute young adult love story.
...If you like middle grade
  • The One & Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate - Totally adorable book with an animal narrator. I read this for my 4th graders!

March - 4 books
Favorite book: Anna & the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - This book is so much better than the title makes it sound!! It also makes me want to go to Paris.
Other books & should you read?:
Yes

  • Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage - This is an excellent murder mystery that is totally appropriate for middle grade! My 4th graders love it.

Maybe...
...If you like young adult
  • Paper Towns by John Green - This is another book that stuck with me more than I thought it would. I liked it more the more I thought about it.
...If you like middle grade
  • Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm - Historical fiction book for young adult.


April - 10 books
Favorite book: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - Seriously amazingly written. John Green at his best.
Other books & should you read?: 
Yes
  • Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire - I love this whole series. 
  • Lola & the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins - Another great one by Stephanie Perkins.

Maybe...
...If you like love stories
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell - Cute & unique approach to a love story. 
  • The Distance Between Us by Kasie West - Another cute young adult love story. Rich guy, poor girl. 
  • Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry - Bad guy/good girl story. My first experience with Katie McGarry. I loved it.
...If you don't need a happy story
  • The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey - I just thought this was kinda sad and I kept thinking it'd get better, but it didn't. 
  • Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler - It's all about the ending of a relationship and I definitely think they should've ended, so it's just hard reading a whole book where I really am not rooting for the main relationship.
...If you like young adult
  • Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr - Just a good coming of age story. Learning about who we are and what we've done and overcoming our past.
 No
  • The Perfect Game by Jenn Sterling - There are just way more books that are way better than this one. Not worth the time.


May - 11 books
Favorite book: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - I can't even say enough about this one. Everyone should read it.
Other books & should you read?:
Yes
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple - Hilarious & unique. 
  • The One by Kiera Cass - The entire series is wonderful. 
  • Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray - Modern retelling of Hamlet. I loved it, but Hamlet does not have a happy ending. But that's not Michelle Ray's fault.

Maybe...
...If you like new adult
  • My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron - This one reminded me a lot of Beautiful Disaster. Another couple that are forced to live together. Lots of tension there. 
  • Fallen Crest High by Tijan - I am embarrassed that I read this whole series. I have no idea why I like them so much. Wait, yes I do - the Kade brothers. But I had a friend try to read it and she said it reads like a high schoolers short story, so I could just be crazy with this one.
...If you like young adult
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys - Historical fiction about New Orleans. 
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green - Not my favorite John Green book, but I liked the characters. 
  • Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg - Modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice. Not the best, but it was definitely cute. 
  • Are You Experienced? by Jordan Sonnenblick - I liked the idea of this one and the relationship between the guy and his dad. I've always been interested in Woodstock. 
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - I just didn't love this one as much as the other Rainbow Rowell books I've read.

June -  16 books
Favorite book: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay - my favorite book of the year. Young adult love story.
Other books & should you read?: 
Yes
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater -Paranormal series. Really good.
  • Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover - My second favorite book of the year. This book made me really get on board with Colleen Hoover.

Maybe...
...If you like young adult love stories

  • Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles - I don't know why I like these books so much. All of the Fuentes brothers are just enjoyable for me.
  • Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles - Same as above. 
  • Dare You To by Katie McGarry - This is another in the same series by her. I enjoyed all of them. 
  • Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles - I read this because I read the Perfect Chemistry series by her. I liked this one about as much. I like that the main character is a girl who is more of a tomboy. She plays football.
...If you like new adult love stories
  • Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines - I didn't really like this the first time I read it, but if you look ahead in my year, I ended up finishing the whole series & I liked it. 
  • Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover - Read this if you read Hopeless by her. 
  • Fallen Crest Family by Tijan - I read this whole series. Again, I don't know why. 
  • Thoughtless by SC Stephens - I just didn't love this one because of the cheating aspect of it, but I may go back next year and read the rest of the series because they won't be about cheating. 
  • Fallen Crest Public by Tijan - Book 3 in this series.
...If you like love stories in general
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter - I just really expected more from this one. 
  • Back to You by Priscilla Glenn - This one was good. A second-chance love story.
...If you like John Green
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green - Another good one by John Green.

No
  • Dangerous by Suzannah Daniels - There was nothing memorable about this book.

July - 21 books
Favorite book: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire - This entire series is so good.
Other books & should you read?:
Yes
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater - I didn't like this one as much as Raven Boys, but I will read the whole series. 
  • Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins - This is about angels & demons and I wasn't sure about it, but I ended up LOVING it. Young adult. 
  • The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski - This was a great start to a series!! I loved the whole thing. 
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell - Yes. Just yes. Read it. 
  • Open Road Summer by Emery Lord - This was adorable. Young adult love story. 
  • Making Faces by Amy Harmon - I thought this one would be too sad, but it was really so good.
Maybe...
...If you like young adult
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith - This was just cute. 
  • Crash by Nicole Williams - Bad guy/good girl story. 
  • Four by Veronica Roth - Read this if you really really loved Divergent, but it's not necessary. 
  • A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller - Historical fiction about a girl in the women's rights movement in London. It was good. 
  • Crash Into You by Katie McGarry - Another in this series. I like them all.
...If you like new adult

  • Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey - This has some pretty steamy scenes, but I loved the story & I thought the narrator was hilarious!!! 
  • Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover - This is the guy's perspective of Hopeless. 
  • The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden, The Redemption of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen - These are good and pretty steamy, but they also have just some really tough storylines. Parts of it were hard to read, but I liked them overall.
No
  • Not Until Tonight by Jessica Sankiewicz - It's short and just not worth the time. 
  • Collide by Gail McHugh - I just didn't connect to this one. Didn't even really read the entire thing. 
  • Breathe by Abbi Glines - I ended up liking the Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines, but I really hated this book, which is the first in the Sea Breeze series. I thought they jumped into stuff with no real basis for the relationship. I just didn't think the relationship was developed enough. I didn't like it at all.


August - 6 books
Favorite book: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover - I LOVE COLLEEN HOOVER. (That's what I said when I finished this one.)
Other books & should you read?: 

Maybe...
...If you like new adult love stories
  • Come Back to Me by Mila Gray - Military guy in this one. 
  • The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski - This one has a road trip element with a stranger. I liked it. 
  • Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken - I do not remember what this one is about. I literally do not remember reading it, so I said maybe just going by the rating I gave it on Goodreads. 
  • Behind His Lens by R.S. Grey - The cover of this one made me a little worried, but it's RS Grey and I loved Scoring Wilder so much that I wanted to try another. I liked this one, but not as much as Scoring Wilder. 
  • With This Heart by R.S. Grey - I don't really remember this one, but I know I didn't like it as much as Lens or Wilder.

September - 9 books
Favorite book: Slammed by Colleen Hoover - This is more of a young adult book by Hoover. Not as steamy as the others, but just as great!!
Other books & should you read?: 
Yes

  • Isla & the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins - I will read every book she puts out from here on. She's fabulous. 
  • Room for You, Room for More, Room for Just a Little Bit More by Beth Ehemann - This one had a woman & her 2 daughters & she meets a professional hockey player. I enjoyed all of it.

Maybe...
...If you like new adult
  • Choose Us by Caylie Marcoe - Guy/girl best friends. The guy goes into a Bachelor type show and she goes undercover as one of the girls. I liked it.
...If you like young adult
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart - I don't know if this one lived up to the hype around it, but it was definitely good.

No
  • Crossing the Line by Megan Hart - This was just a major no for me. I read it because there was an excerpt in a Cosmo magazine. I shouldn't have read it. Waste of time. 
  • Bender by Stacy Borel - Eh, I just read so many better ones this year.

October - 11 books
Favorite book: Remember When series by T. Torrest - This is about a movie star & the girl he dated in high school. It goes through the high school stuff and all the way up through him as a major movie star. It's good.
Other books & should you read?: 
Yes

  • Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover - Read Slammed, then read this one.

Maybe...
...If you like new adult
  • Charade by Nyrae Dawn - This is another one I do not remember, so I'm just going by my Goodreads rating. 
  • Fallen Fourth Down by Tijan - Yes I read all of these in this series. No, I don't know why. 
  • Six of Hearts by L.H. Cosway - This one is about a magician. It's interesting. 
  • My Clarity by M. Clarke - I don't remember what this one was about either. LOL. 
  • Down to You & Up to Me by M. Leighton - This one was interesting...I kinda saw the twist coming, but kinda not.

No
  • The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken -I don't remember it and I didn't rate it well, so it must not have been that good.

November - 8 books
Favorite book: Breakable by Tammara Webber - Guy's perspective of Easy by Tammara Webber.
Other books & should you read?: 

Maybe...
...If you like new adult
  • The Destiny of Violet & Luke, The Probability of Violet & Luke, The Certainty of Violet & Luke by Jessica Sorensen - This is about 2 of the supporting characters from the Callie & Kayden books by Sorensen. They're very similar. Tough storylines, very steamy. 
  • The Duet by R.S. Grey - This was probably my second favorite RS Grey book. 
  • Lost & Found by Nicole Williams - This one was pretty good. I didn't immediately pick up the next ones in the series, though. I probably will this next year. 
  • Never Too Far by Abbi Glines - I kept thinking about Fallen Too Far, so I read this one. I liked it a lot more.

No
  • A Starstruck Kiss by Lauren Blakely - Novella. Not worth the time.

December - 17 books
Favorite book: Don't Let Go by Sharla Lovelace - This is an excellent second chance love story.
Other books & should you read?: 
Yes

  • Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover -This is a novella about the supporting characters from Maybe Someday. Loved it.

Maybe...
...If you like young adult
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi -This is a young adult dystopian. Beautifully written. 
  • Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle - Girl becomes famous in her first movie, love triangle with 2 of the main characters. I liked it. I want to read more. Hopefully they'll put out more in the series.
...If you like new adult
  • Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines - This continues Blaire & Rush's story from the Rosemary Beach series. I can read all of these so fast. 
  • Twisted Perfection & Simple Perfection - This is Della & Woods' story from the Rosemary Beach series. 
  • No Limits by Lori Foster - MMA fighter & a girl from his past. It's good. 
  • Losing It by Cora Carmack - This book is not nearly as bad as the cover & title make it out to be. I read it because I kept seeing people talking about the author. It was okay, but I probably won't read any more in the series. 
  • Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder - This one was pretty good. It's about a girl whose boyfriend dies & she ends up with the boyfriend's older brother. After some time.  
  • Take a Chance by Abbi Glines - This starts Grant & Harlow's story from the Rosemary Beach series.  
  • Fixed Trilogy by Laurelin Paige - Okay, these...I read these because they're in the top ebooks of the year and I kept seeing people mention them on blogs. I liked them. I actually finished all 3 in 2 days, but they are pretty steamy. Not 50 Shades territory or anything, but they're the top of my spectrum. So keep that in mind if you're looking into them. 
  • Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan - I liked this story a lot. It was really interesting. The main character is mute after an accident and that was just an interesting element to the story. I liked it a lot, but it was one of the highest rating books I've seen on Amazon & Goodreads & I don't know that it was my highest rated personally. 
  • One More Chance by Abbi Glines - Another Grant & Harlow story from Rosemary Beach. 
  • Tangled by Emma Chase -This was okay...I liked the story and I liked that the narrator is a guy & it's the beginning of the story as opposed to a guy telling their side in the 2nd book of the series. Not my absolute favorite, but it was okay. Pretty funny.

End of 2014 Reading Survey

First of all, I must say that this was the first year that I really jumped headfirst into reading. I have always been an avid reader, but I have never pushed reading as much as I did this year. I set a goal of reading 50 books in 2014 and I had met that goal in June. Something about setting the goal really pushed me. At the same time, I got to a point where the reading surpassed the reviewing on my blog. I just wanted to read more and more and I didn't want to stop between books to review them or write about them. The problem with that is that now it's the end of the year and I am looking back over my list of books I read this year and I can't remember a bunch of them. I literally have no memory of reading them. The ones that stick out to me are the ones I know were good. So in 2015, my goal is to read 100 books, but to actually write something about each of them. I want to remember settings and characters as well as things I did or didn't like about the books. I don't need a big detailed review for each one, but I do want to be able to go back and remember the stories. So that being said, I was able to include the books I really remember in this survey!! This survey is hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner.

2014 Reading Stats

1. Number of books you read: 124

2. Number of re-reads: 0 (I am just not a big re-reader)

3. Genre you read the most from: Contemporary Romance (Young Adult or New Adult)


Best in Books

1. Best book you read in 2014: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more, but didn't?: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I just have loved all of her other books and this one just didn't appeal to me for some reason. Another one I thought I would like more was Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

3. Most surprising (in a good way) book of 2014: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I just did not have high hopes for this considering the title. I was very pleasantly surprised.

4. Book you "pushed" the most people to read in 2014: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

5. Best series you started in 2014: The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski
5a. Best sequel of 2014: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
5b. Best series ender of 2014: The One by Kiera Cass, although apparently now she has decided to continue the series, although with an alternate storyline I think.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014: John Green or Colleen Hoover. Both of these were definitely not new to everyone else, but I hadn't read any of their books until this year.

7. Best book from a genre you don't typically read: Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray. This is a retelling, which I hadn't read a lot of before, but I learned that I really liked it!!

8. Most action-packed, thrilling, unputdownable book in 2014: I honestly don't usually read action-packed books. I can't even think of one that I read that would be considered thrilling. I should probably remedy this next year. I'll read something thrilling.

9. Book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to re-read next year: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire. I don't usually re-read books very often, but I want to re-read this one knowing what I know now from the end of it.

10. Favorite Cover of a book you read in 2014: The Winner's Curse or Beautiful Oblivion

11. Most memorable character in 2014: Don Tillman (The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion). I just loved how quirky he is and him as a narrator was just so enjoyable for me. It was definitely out of the ordinary. I also loved all the characters in John Green or Stephanie Perkins novels. Both of them write such interesting, unusual characters. I love that they tend to be awkward or strange, definitely unique and just really easy to relate to. Their characters are so authentic. I enjoyed that a lot.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This took me a little while to get used to, honestly, but by the end I was in love with the way this book is written. I teach 4th grade and next time I am teaching metaphors, I am going to pick some examples from this book. It's just dripping with them.

13. Most thought-provoking book in 2014: Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Wow, I mean seriously, this book had me really thinking about marriage and time together and how people change. It was a really great read for me.

14. Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I was afraid it would just emotionally tear me apart. And it did to a certain degree, but in the best possible way, and not in the way I thought it would.

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2014: "You don't know when you're twenty-three. You don't know what it means to crawl into someone else's life and stay there. You can't see all the ways you're going to get tangled, how you're going to bond skin to skin. How the idea of separating will feel in five years, in ten - in fifteen. When Georgie thought about divorce now, she imagined lying side by side with Neal on two operating tables while a team of doctors tried to unthread their vascular systems.
She didn't know at twenty-three." - Landline by Rainbow Rowell

16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2014: Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens (Longest with 510 pages); Not Until Tonight by Jessica Sankiewicz (Shortest with 61 pages)

17. Book that shocked you the most: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart; The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

18. OTP of the year: Like I could only pick one...
Don & Rosie (The Rosie Project); Anna & St. Claire (Anna & the French Kiss); Eleanor & Park (Eleanor & Park); America & Maxon (The One); Anna & Kai (Sweet Evil); Sydney & Ridge (Maybe Someday); Kinsley & Liam (Scoring Wilder)

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year: Georgie & Heather (sisters in Landline); Josh & Drew (friends in The Sea of Tranquility); Rich & his dad (Are You Experienced?); Colin & Hassan (friends in An Abundance of Katherines)

20. Favorite book you read in 2014 from an author you've read previously: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I had read The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by her before and I liked this one almost as much.

21. Best book you read in 2014 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay - Recommended by Jennifer

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014: Okay this one is embarrassing and please nobody read these books, but my newest fictional crush(es) are Mason & Logan Kade from the Fallen Crest series.

23. Best 2014 debut you read: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year: All Stephanie Perkins books. She seriously makes the setting like another character in her books. They are just so beautifully written and just take so much from the setting. I want to visit any place she ever includes in her books.

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read: Scoring Wilder by RS Grey. &  Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Both of those had me laughing out loud, which I never do when I read. I'm a very internal reader.

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2014: The One by Kiera Cass, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Landline by Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

27. Hidden gem of the year: Anything Katie McGarry. This year I read Pushing the Limits, Dare You To & Crash Into You. Every time I am so surprised by how much I like her books.

28. Book that crushed your soul: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

29. Most unique book you read in 2014: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler. I've just never read a book that is laid out quite like that. I enjoyed the pictures that went along with the story, too, although it wasn't my favorite book overall. I did think the layout was unique.

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn't necessarily mean you didn't like it): I guess I would have to say Simple Perfection by Abbi Glines. I was just really mad at Woods and the way he treated Della through a lot of it. It was just annoying. I almost stopped reading it. I'm ultimately glad I didn't, though.


Looking Ahead

1. One book you didn't get to in 2014 but will be your number 1 priority in 2014: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness, After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2015 (non-debut): Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire

3. 2015 debut you are most anticipating: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

4. Series Ending/A Sequel you are most anticipating in 2015: The Heir by Kiera Cass

5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2015: Actually write about each book I read so I remember them all!