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Favorite Books of 2014 January 4, 2015

I read 34 books this year, totaling over 11,000 pages.  That is by far the most pages I have ever read in a year.  I contribute this to finally finishing my masters and the ease with which I can sneak in a few pages on a book here or there on my Kindle or Kindle app on my phone.  I also got into reading a lot on the treadmill at the gym.

 

Writing the below list was rather difficult, as I felt I read a lot of good books this year, but not very many that jump out at me as being amazing.

 

The best 8 Books I Read in 2014:  (though not necessarily released in ’14)

1. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (as mentioned in my previous book post)

2. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

4. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

5. The Alloway Files by E.J. Roller (written by one of my oldest and dearest friends)

6. Daily Wisdom for Women: 2014 Devotional by Barbour Publishing (my favorite of the three daily devotionals I read)

7. The Theory of Opposites by Allison Winn Scotch

8. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

 

*Finally, a quick screenshot of the covers of each book I read.

   The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society     Little Bee     What to Expect the First Year (What to Expect)     The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)     Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
   Arsen: A Broken Love Story     The Best of Us     The Silent Wife     The Theory of Opposites     The Husband's Secret
   Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns (The Devil Wears Prada, #2)     Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail     The Last Anniversary     Praying God's Word Day by Day     Believing God Day By Day
   A Life in Men: A Novel     What Alice Forgot     The Language of Flowers     Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, #12)     Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)
   Wedding Night     Drinking and Dating: P.S. Social Media Is Ruining Romance     The Alloway Files     Big Little Lies     Serena
   The Girl You Left Behind     The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)     The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1)     One Lavender Ribbon     After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse (Sookie Stackhouse, #13.5)
   Holidays on Ice     Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)     Time of My Life     Mistletoe in Manhattan     Bittersweet
   Daily Wisdom for Women - January 2014: 2014 Devotional Collection
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Books to Read in 2015 January 2, 2015

This is my third year writing down my list of books to read for the new year.  Again though, I made a pretty short list, because my book club tends to dictate about half of what I read, as does the cost of other books I can catch on sale or happen to get from the library.  It’s still fun to have at least a few planned out though.

 

1) Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan — I just started reading this one yesterday.  I have had it on my list the last two years, so I’m finally reading it now.  About 20 pages in and I’m already very interested.  Can’t wait to see where it goes.  

Crazy Rich Asians

2/3) Three Wishes & The Hypnotists Love Story by Liane Moriarty — This past year I fell in love with Moriarty’s work, reading four out of her six books.  Big Little Lies was one of my favorite books of the year.  To be able to call myself a true fan, I most definitely plan to read the rest of her books.  If you haven’t read a book by her yet, I highly recommend starting one now!

Three Wishes     The Hypnotist's Love Story: A Novel

4) Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter — This one is making it on my list for the second year in a row.  Sheesh!  My BFF gave me this in the hospital when I had Avery and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it.  Hopefully this will be the year.

5) Yes Please by Amy Poehler — I loved Tina Fey’s book (this one is supposedly similar in nature) and I think Amy Poehler is hilarious.  I have also heard from several friends that it is really good, so I’m anxious to read this one too.

Yes Please

And honestly, that’s it.  I don’t have too many books this year that I feel I absolutely have to read….but I always have tons of books that I want to read!  So, here is a visual of some of the books I am interested to read, some are even on my Kindle already….but they  may or may not happen.

Forever, Interrupted     Outlander (Outlander, #1)     Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography     One Plus One     We Were Liars     This is Where I Leave You     The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

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How did I do with my list from last year?  I copied my “Books to Read in 2014” post from January below.  I read 4 out of 5 of the books on my main list, and read 1 more off of my secondary list.

Books to Read in 2014:

 

1) The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, aka J. K. Rowling — Read in March 2014.

2) The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty —  Read in Februray 2014.

3) & 4) Deadlocked & Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris — Read both in May 2014.

5) Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

And finally, here is a visual of other books I am interested to read…but no way am I going to put on my list, because they may or may not happen in 2014.

  

  Read in March 2014.

    

   

 

Favorite Books of 2013 January 1, 2014

Filed under: BOOKS, Books, books,My Favorite Things — LindseyJuly @ 7:51 AM
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The best 8 Books I Read in 2013:  (though not necessarily released in ’13)

1. Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple

2. The Last Letter From your Lover by Jojo Moyes

3. Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos 

4. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

5. On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves  

6. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

7. The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch

8. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

 

~My favorite book of 2013 was probably Where’d You Go Bernadette?.  I really enjoyed this one a lot!  It also has extra special meaning to me, because I finished it a mere 3 hours before I went into labor in the middle of the night with my precious Avery.  In that way, this book will always be linked to her in my mind, and will remind me of that amazing night.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

 

Books to Read in 2014 December 31, 2013

Here is my list of books to read for 2014.  It is extremely short, because 1) I don’t have nearly as much time to read as I used to, 2) There are always just too many books I would like to read, 3) The book club I am in dictates a lot of what I read–especially at the times when we seem to meet during consecutive months, and 4) I am pretty spontaneous about the type of book I happen to be in the mood for the moment I finish a book.

1) The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, aka J. K. Rowling — So far I have yet to read a Rowling book I did not like, including The Casual Vacancy, which had very mixed reviews.  This one on the other hand has great reviews and sounds very different from what I normally read.  I am anxious to find the time for this one!

2) The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty —  This one just looks intriguing to me, and I already have it downloaded on my Kindle.  Might be considered chick-lit, which as long as it’s not completely predictable is still my favorite genre.

3) & 4) Deadlocked & Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris — These are the last two books in this series…#12 and 13.  Though I have heard already that they are not great, I’ve read the first 11, so I feel obligated to finish the series!

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5) Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter — My bff gave me this in the hospital when I had Avery and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it.  Hopefully this will be the year.

And finally, here is a visual of other books I am interested to read…but no way am I going to put on my list, because they may or may not happen in 2014.

        

   

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I did this last year as well…with a lot more books!

I essentially copied my “Books to Read in 2013” post from January.  I read 5 out of 9 of the books on my main list, and read 2 more off of my secondary list.   They are crossed out with dates below.

Books to Read in 2013:

1) Allegiant by Veronica Roth — The third book in the Divergent trilogy is set to come out this fall. I can’t wait for this one!  (Finished 11/2013)

2) Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn — After reading Gone Girl, I’m dying to try out one of her other books, though I think this one is even more dark and twisted, which is not a typical read for me. Still want to give it a try.

3) Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson — I have owned this one for quite some time, but just haven’t gotten around to reading it. I hear it is absolutely hilarious! (Finished 3/2013)

4) Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, #12) by Charlaine Harris — There is only one more Sookie book after this one before the series finally ends. Each book is certainly not a masterpiece, but having read 11 of them already I am anxious to see how it will all turn out. I have this one waiting patiently on my bookshelf as well, so I just need to read it!

5) The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling — Though I know this book is nothing like Harry Potter, I don’t care, I still want to read it because I think Rowling is fantastic. It’s a must-read this year, since I didn’t get around to it last year. (Finished 3/2013)

6) The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2by Alan Bradley — I adored the first book in this series, and there are three more after this one, so I need to get with it and keep reading. These books are so unique and fun, plus I’m still amazed that the lead character is an eleven-year old girl and these books are written by a retired, older male.  (Finished 7/2013)

7) Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss — Woodiwiss is one of my Mom’s favorite authors and I have yet to read any of her novels. This is a long one, but I’ve heard one of the best. It’s on my Kindle ready to read.

8) The Chosen by Chaim Potok — I got this one at our Christmas book club party, it sounds interesting and seems to be a fast read.

9) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Alexie Sherman — Someone else got this one at book club, and I have been very interested to read it ever since. (Finished 2/2013)

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~The rest of these books are ones that sound very intriguing and that I may or may not get to this year, but hope to someday read:

Paris in Love by Eloisa James  (Finished 6/2013)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes) by Luisa Weiss

All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith

Little Men (Little Women #2) by Louisa May Alcott

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch (Finished 5/2013)

 

Books to Read in 2013 January 21, 2013

I have always loved to read, but found it to be nearly impossible while I was in college. When I finally graduated, it seemed I still didn’t find much time to read other than the summer and maybe also because I was out of the habit. My mother is an avid reader, having read 68 books last year alone…she would read so much that I was constantly getting books from her to keep me going. When she got a Kindle a few years ago, that all stopped, because she quit giving me books all the time, thus another lull in my reading. After my husband surprised me with my very own Kindle back in April and starting a book club with some of my closest friends about a year ago, I have finally gotten back into reading a lot…which I LOVE! I read about 25 books in 2012, which is a lot for me, though not necessarily for others (Mom, BFF – Mari). I’m hoping that when Baby Girl arrives I will still find time to fit it in my schedule though.

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And with that, here is a list of the books I would like to read in 2013:

1) Allegiant by Veronica Roth — The third book in the Divergent trilogy is set to come out this fall. I can’t wait for this one!  (Finished 11/2013)

2) Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn — After reading Gone Girl, I’m dying to try out one of her other books, though I think this one is even more dark and twisted, which is not a typical read for me. Still want to give it a try.

3) Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson — I have owned this one for quite some time, but just haven’t gotten around to reading it. I hear it is absolutely hilarious! (Finished 3/2013)

4) Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, #12) by Charlaine Harris — There is only one more Sookie book after this one before the series finally ends. Each book is certainly not a masterpiece, but having read 11 of them already I am anxious to see how it will all turn out. I have this one waiting patiently on my bookshelf as well, so I just need to read it!

5) The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling — Though I know this book is nothing like Harry Potter, I don’t care, I still want to read it because I think Rowling is fantastic. It’s a must-read this year, since I didn’t get around to it last year. (Finished 3/2013)

6) The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2) by Alan Bradley — I adored the first book in this series, and there are three more after this one, so I need to get with it and keep reading. These books are so unique and fun, plus I’m still amazed that the lead character is an eleven-year old girl and these books are written by a retired, older male.  (Finished 7/2013)

7) Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss — Woodiwiss is one of my Mom’s favorite authors and I have yet to read any of her novels. This is a long one, but I’ve heard one of the best. It’s on my Kindle ready to read.

8) The Chosen by Chaim Potok — I got this one at our Christmas book club party, it sounds interesting and seems to be a fast read.

9) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Alexie Sherman — Someone else got this one at book club, and I have been very interested to read it ever since. (Finished 2/2013)

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~The rest of these books are ones that sound very intriguing and that I may or may not get to this year, but hope to someday read:

Paris in Love by Eloisa James  (Finished 6/2013)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes) by Luisa Weiss

All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith

Little Men (Little Women #2) by Louisa May Alcott

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch (Finished 5/2013)

~I would love to hear if you have read any of these books, or if you can think of other excellent novels that I should add to my list!~

 

Favorite Books of 2012 January 1, 2013

Filed under: BOOKS, Books, books,My Favorite Things — LindseyJuly @ 3:05 PM
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The best 10 Books I Read in 2012:  (though not necessarily released in ’12)

~Not in rank order.  That was too difficult to decide on!~

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth

3. The Paris Wife by Paula McClain

4. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

5. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

7. The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons

8. Where We Belong by Emilly Giffin

9. The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

10. The Dirty Parts of the Bible by Sam Torode

-If I had to pick just one, my favorite might have been Divergent despite the fact that it is a YA novel.  It was just too good to put down.  Plus, as soon as you finish, you can then read the next book –Insurgent, which was also really good, some even say better.  After that, you get to wait until the fall for the third one.  My book club members and I are anxiously awaiting that one!!

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

 

 
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