1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
2. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
3. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
4. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
5. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
6. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
7. Sweet Tea and Southern Grace by Glenda Manus
8. Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson
Currently reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Numbers 2, 4, 5, 7, & 8 are all book club picks. Lately I’ve found I’ve had a hard time finding time to read beyond my book club obligations. Hopefully I’ll find more time this Fall and Winter so I can have a decent showing on my books read in 2014 list!
Cover of The Hunger Games
I haven’t updated this list since June and this summer I did a lot of reading. I’m including short reviews for each book. Here we go:
- Night by Elie Weisel. EVERYONE should read this book. Around 100 pages, but the hardest 100 pages to get through. So worth it though.
- Exposure by Brandilyn Collins. via Kindle for iPhone. With the exception of the main character’s lame first name (Kaycee, ugh)…it was good! Esp for a free Kindle book!
- 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs. Love her.
- Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson. Very cute book. Also a Kindle free read. There’s a sequel I can’t wait to read.
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson. Currently working on this one.
- Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot. Very cute book. Funny.
- Big Boned by Meg Cabot. See above.
- The Shack by William P. Young. Thought provoking
- Look Again by Lisa Scottoline. Tense. Good.
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Should be required reading. Fantastic.
- Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris… Love! It’s book 1 of the Sookie Stackhouse books.
- Living dead in Dallas. by Charlaine Harris. Hooked on this series
- Precious /Push by Sapphire. Surprisingly short. Full of foul language and behavior. Glad I read it but wouldn’t read again.
- Club Dead by Charlaine Harris. Still loving this series
- Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella. Fun read! Very girlie.
- Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris. This book is where you really notice the split from the tv series. I kinda wish the tv show would stay more true to the books.
- Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
- Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris. This one got REALLY corny! But I’m invested and I want to see what happens!
- The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. SO good. Haunting. Had no idea it was a Young Adult book until after I read it.
- Hunger games by Suzanne Collins. Amazing. Seriously. Devoured this and Catching Fire in one weekend.
- Catching fire by Suzanne Collins. Could not put down. Great characters, storyline. Can totally see as a movie. Can’t wait for book 3!
- Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler. Ok, but not nearly as funny as Are You There God, It’s Me, Chelsea. I only laughed out loud like once. She even said on her show that she was rushing to finish this book and you could totally tell.
- Maneater by Gigi Levangie Grazer. Listened to this one on the way out to the Outer Banks on CD. It was pretty good. Light stuff for a road trip.
- Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruisie. Listened to this on the way home from the Outer Banks on CD. Wish we had picked this one first to listen to instead of Maneater. Super cute and we were both disappointed when we arrived home before the story was over. Immediately checked the book out of the library and finished the story. Would be a really cute Rom Com movie.
- Altogether Dead by Charlaine Harris. I think this is the one that deals with Hurricane Katrina. I really liked how she dealt with it.
- Guernsey Literary & Potato Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Delightful! Just a lovely book. I’m so glad I read this. Loved the letters format, loved the depiction of WW2. Not as romanticized as other books I’ve read. Wished there was more book to read. As soon as I finished it I instantly missed the characters.
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- The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie Very cute. Could definitely be a movie.
- Wild Ride Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. Liked this a lot more than I thought I would. After the first chapter I almost stopped reading it but I’m sure glad I didn’t.
- Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen. Funny & clever.
- Undone by Karin Slaughter. Very good. Creepy. Sticks with you. Unfortunately once I was finished reading this I found out it’s the book that brings together 2 of Slaughter’s series. So now I’m going to go back and read all the books I skipped. Doh!
- Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris. Liked this one a lot. A little more somber. She didn’t do as much “Previously on Sookie’s life” as she’s done before and that made it much more enjoyable.
I have been using a fun app on my iPhone called Get Glue
. Every time you read a book or watch a movie or a show or listen to music you check in. This has been a fun way to keep tabs on my reading list. You earn badges that they actually mail you in sticker form! Fun! Unfortunately I couldn’t find all my check ins from when I was reading these books. That would have helped with this post. I suppose I’ll use Goodreads
more often so my mini reviews will be saved.
Since my last post in June
I’ve read all the books starting at #11. Keep in mind I had pneumonia and was sick for pretty much all of June so reading was about all I could do!
Next on my list is Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I’m on the wait list at the library for that one. I’m also reading Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
. So far it is very intriguing!
M3 asked me what would be my top 5 favorite must read books of 2009. In no particular order they are:
1. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Piccoult. Delved into really interesting family dynamics.
2. The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Not the most well written books I’ve ever read, but they do suck you in & make you fall in love with Edward. If only they had named the baby something else. Gag.
3. While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky. Another take on interesting family dynamics.
4. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie. Pure fun chick lit.
5. Hide by Lisa Gardner. The first book I read by Lisa Gardner. She sucks you right in and her books keep you on the edge of your seat while making you care for the characters.
- Black Notice, Patricia Cornwell
- True Believer, Nicholas Sparks
- A Walk to Remember, Nicholas Sparks
- All About Him, Denise Jackson
- The Lucky One, Nicholas Sparks
- Remember Me?, Sophie Kinsella
- Change of Heart, Jodi Picoult
- Last Precinct, Patricia Cornwell
- Vanishing Acts, Jodi Picoult
- Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards
- My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult
- Undomestic Goddess, Sophie Kinsella
- The Pact, Jodi Picoult
- Nineteen Minutes, Jodi Picoult
- The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron
- Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, Chelsea Handler
- Picture Perfect, Jodi Picoult
- Confessions of a Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella
- The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club, Laurie Notaro
- An Idiot Girls’ Christmas, Laurie Notaro
- Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
- Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, Sophie Kinsella
- Mr. Maybe, Jane Green
- Little White Lies, Gemma Townley
- New Moon, Stephenie Meyer
- Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer
- Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer
- Shopaholic Ties The Knot, Sophie Kinsella
- Shopaholic and Sister, Sophie Kinsella
- Shopaholic and Baby, Sophie Kinsella
- The Hopeless Romantic’s Handbook, Gemma Townley
- Knit Two, Kate Jacobs
- Hide, Lisa Gardner
- Immoral, Brian Freeman
- Salem Falls, Jodi Piccoult
- Naughty Neighbor, Janet Evanovich
- The Neighbor, Lisa Gardner
- Bet Me, Jennifer Crusie
- Say Goodbye, Lisa Gardner
- Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Marian Keyes
- The Other Daughter, Lisa Gardner
- Killing Hour, Lisa Gardner
- While My Sister Sleeps, Barbara Delinsky
The goal I set for myself at the beginning of 2009 was 30 so I did pretty well I think. I had some really slow spots throughout the year then some times when I’d read like a wild woman, staying up all night to finish books. In 2009 I got in to Jodi Piccoult and Lisa Gardner, as well as Sophie Kinsella. I’m home from the library with a big bag of books to start 2010, so we’ll see what this year brings. I’m going to go on record and set my goal at 50.
Books Read 2010
Watch this space for developments!
I’ve read some new books lately and added them to my Books Read in 2009 list bringing my total up to 36 so far for the year. I read this batch in the mountains the last couple times we’ve been going up & I finished one just last night here at home. For some reason when the leaves start to change I get back in the mood to read. I’m just not a good Summer reader. When it was time to go to the mountains the last time I panicked a little because I didn’t have a book to read and neither did CSP. So I went to the library to pick some up. I got there with 15 minutes before they closed & they started squawking on their intercom about them closing every 2 minutes while I was there. So I had to do a mad dash around the library for reading material. I went to new adult fiction & grabbed a couple then headed over to my favorite spot- Large Print Adult Fiction. I can read for hours and hours and not hurt my eyes. CSP says I’m denying old people their reading pleasure, but hey, it’s first come first serve baby. I’m not knocking grannies down or wrenching mystery novels out of shriveled little hands.
Lemme tell you about the latest reads. First of all I had started reading Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner, who I love. But the main character started talking about hiring a surrogate to have a child & I just couldn’t hang with that.
I did finish the following:
- Hide, Lisa Gardner — Fabulous! Suspenseful. Like watching a movie in my brain.
- Immoral, Brian Freeman — Also fabulous! Reminded me a little of Jennifer’s Body without all the blood and gore & hipster speak.
- Salem Falls, Jodi Piccoult —Loved this book right up until the last couple of chapters. I lost sleep staying up to read this book, excited for the big trial at the end (not a spoiler, it tells you that on the flap). It just seemed like the author got tired and wrapped it up quick as she could so she could take a nap. Felt jilted.
- Naughty Neighbor, Janet Evanovich —I’ve never read her until this book. I picked it because it had a cute cover & synopsis on the back. Fun book until just before the end and then I have to pronounce it the stupidest book I’ve ever read in my life. EVER.
Hopefully my requested books will start coming in soon. I was pleased with a couple of the happy accidents I stumbled upon in my streak through the library.
Any suggestions for me? I was impressed with y’all’s suggestions before, and some of them are in my library queue right now.
Apparently there is an actual (well, fictional) Captain Underpants! He stars in a series of children’s books. Thanks to Super Sleuth Susan for finding him. When she emailed me the lowdown on CU I about died laughing. I know what CSP is getting for Christmas! 😀