Sunday, January 4, 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?:
  • Pathways to the Common Core by Lucy Calkins & others - This gives such a thorough understanding of common core standards for English & language arts.

...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?:
  • 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.
...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?:

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

...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?: 
  • Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire - I love this whole series. 
  • Lola & the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins - Another great one by Stephanie Perkins.

...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.
  • 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?:
  • 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.

...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?: 
  • 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.

...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.

  • 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?:
  • 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.
...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.
  • 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?: 

...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?: 

  • 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.

...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.

  • 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?: 

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

...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.

  • 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?: 

...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.

  • 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?: 

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

...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.

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