I LOVE to read.  And I love to read good writers – you know – those people who are in love with telling great stories, creating characters I want to be best friends with, and inventing new worlds that I can inhabit for a few days.  Once I curl up with a good book, I can literally get lost in it.

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t pouring over books – starting with the Berenstein Bears and then on to the Boxcar Children, the Babysitters Club, and Sweet Valley High.  As a child, I would always get in trouble for staying up late and reading a book by the faint glow emitted from the lowest setting of my bedside lamp.

I try to be a well rounded reader…mixing old with new, young adult with books way out of my league, nonfiction and fiction.  So now you know about my love affair with books.  As such, I occasionally post book reviews on the blog.  You can also find me on goodreads if you want to share your love of books!  Please share your suggestions with me!

Rating System

★★★★★ = Amazing!
★★★★ =  A great read
★★★ = It’s good
★★ = Just ok
★ = Not for me


January 2015 (Reviews HERE)

  • My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Various Authors ★★★
  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell ★★★
  • Chicken Butt by Erica S. Perl *Children’s* ★★★★
  • Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard ★★★
  • Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern ★★★★★
  • Just Desserts by Mary Daheim ★★
  • When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison ★★★★ 

February 2015 (Reviews HERE)

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ★★★
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion ★★★★★
  • Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #7) ★★★★
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton (The Borrowers #1) ★★★★★
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (Cormoran Strike #2) ★★★★
  • The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak *Children’s* ★★★★
  • The Little Prince by Antoine deSaint-Exupery *Children’s* ★★★

March 2015 (Review HERE)

  • The No More Excuses Diet by Maria Kang ★★★

April 2015 (Reviews HERE)

  • Thrive by Arianna Huffington ★★
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell ★★★½
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell ★★★★

May 2015 (Reviews HERE)

  • Tracks by Robyn Davidson ★★★★
  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker ★★★
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield ★★★★★
  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh ★★★★
  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson ★★

June 2015 (Reviews HERE)

  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai ★★★
  • The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova ★★  

July 2015 (Reviews HERE)

  • Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon ★★★
  • The Martian by Andy Weir  ★★★★★
  • Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth  ★★★★
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline ★★★★
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins ★★★★

August 2015 (Reviews HERE)

  • Bossypants by Tina Fey ★★★

September 2015 (Currently Reading)

  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart ★★★
  • Where’d Ya Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple ★★★
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan ★★★★
  • Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling ★★★★★
  • Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #8) ★★★★
  • Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

October 2015 (Up Next!)

  • Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3)
  • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • Once a Runner by John L. Parker, Jr.
  • Dead Wake by Erik Larson
  • Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer

2015 To Be Read List!

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  • North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person


Year in Review: 2014

2014 Books


February 2014 (Reviews HERE)

  • Lucy Tries Luge by Lisa Bowes ★★★★
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ★★★★★

April 2014 (Reviews HERE)

  • Absolute Power by David Baldacci ★★★
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) ★★★★
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green ★★★★★
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn ★★★
  • Farsighted by Emlyn Chand (Farsighted #1) ★★
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell ★★★★
  • Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet by Heather Poole ★★★

May 2014 (Reviews HERE)

  • The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson ★★★★
  • The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1) ★★★★

June 2014 (Reviews HERE)

  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver ★★★
  • The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2) ★★★★

July 2014 (Reviews HERE)

  • The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan ★★★★
  • The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa ★★★★★
  • The Long Run by Matthew Long ★★★★

August 2014 (Reviews HERE)

  • Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #5) ★★★★
  • Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg ★★★
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell ★★★★★

October 2014 (Reviews HERE)

  • The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg ★★★

November 2014 (Reviews HERE)

  • Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #6) ★★★★
  • A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout ★★★★★
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch ★★★
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan ★★★★

December 2014 (Reviews HERE)

  • Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan ★★★
  • The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes ★★★★★
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand ★★★★
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery ★★★★★
  • Paper Towns by John Green ★★★


Year in Review: 2013


January 2013 (Reviews HERE)

  • The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd ***
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs ****
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin ****
  • Wanted by Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars #8) ****
  • First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson, Book 1) ****
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray ***

February 2013 (Reviews HERE)

  • Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson, Book 2) ****
  • Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl *****
  • Reached by Ally Condie (Matched #3) ****
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson, Book 3) ****
  • Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio ****
  • Stiletto Safari by Kate Metz ****

March 2013 (Reviews HERE)

  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) ***
  • Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson, Book 4) ****
  • This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store by A.K. Turner ****
  • Always Know What To Say – Easy Ways To Approach And Talk To Anyone by Peter W. Murphy *
  • Paris in Love by Eloisa James ***

April 2013 (Reviews HERE)

  • Sever by Lauren DeStefano (Chemical Gardens #3) ****
  • Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews ***
  • Requiem by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #3) ****

May 2013 (Reviews HERE)

  • Born to Run by Christopher McDougall *****
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling ***
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot ****

June 2013 (Reviews HERE)

  • Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres ****
  • The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha ***
  • Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #12) ****

July 2013 (Reviews HERE)

  • Witch Weigh by Caroline Mickelson ***
  • Game, Set, Match by Nana Malone ***
  • Keep Me Ghosted by Karen Cantwell (Sophie Rhodes #1) ****
  • Champagne and Lemon Drops by Jean Oram (Blueberry Springs #1) ***
  • Thirty-Two Going on Spinster by Becky Monson **

August 2013 (Reviews HERE)

  • If the Shoe Fits: A Contemporary Fairy Tale by Sandra Bricker ***
  • Twisted by Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars #9) ****

September 2013 (Reviews HERE)

  • Ruthless by Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars #10) ****
  • Stunning by Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars #11) ****
  • Whiskey Rebellion by Liliana Hart (Addison Holmes Mystery #1) ****

October 2013 (Reviews HERE)

  • Diary of a Public Radio Slave by Kerri Wood Thomson **
  • Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger ***
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (Cormoran Strike Series #1) ****

November 2013 

  • Inferno by Dan Brown (Robert Langdon #4) ***
  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Divergent #3) ****

December 2013

  • Burned by Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars #12) ****


Year in Review: 2012


January 2012 (Reviews HERE)

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson ****
  • The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar ****
  • Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #10) ****
  • Skinny Dip by Carl Hanssen ***

February 2012 (Reviews HERE)

  • Unbelievable by Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars #4) ****
  • Wither by Lauren DeStefano (The Chemical Garden #1) ****
  • Heart of the Matter of Emily Giffin ***
  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa  (Iron Fey #1) ****

March 2012 (Reviews HERE)

  • The Art of Disappearing by Ivy Pochoda ***
  • Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris ( Sookie Stackhouse #11) ****
  • The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa (Iron Fey #2) ****
  • Wicked by Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars #5) ****

April 2012 (Reviews HERE)

  • The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa (Iron Fey #3) ****
  • Matched by Ally Condie (Matched #1) ****
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver ****

May 2012 (Reviews HERE)

  • Crossed by Ally Condie (Matched #2) ****
  • The Maze Runner  by James Dashner(Maze Runner #1) ****
  • Fever by Lauren DeStefano (The Chemical Garden #2) ***
  • Still Missing by Chevy Stevens **** (Review HERE)

June 2012 (Reviews HERE)

  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness ***
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth *****
  • The Iron Knight  by Julie Kagawa (Iron Fey #4) ****
  • Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs *** (Review HERE)

July 2012 (Reviews HERE)

  • Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans by Dan Baum *****
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver  (Delirium #2) ****
  • Insurgent  by Veronica Roth (Divergent #2) *****
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed **** (Review HERE)

August 2012 (Reviews HERE)

  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick *****
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick ****
  • The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen ****

September 2012

October 2012 (Reviews HERE)

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn ****
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher **** (Review HERE)

November 2012 (Reviews HERE)

  • Desert Flower by Waris Dirie ****
  • The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen ***
  • Killer by Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars #6) ****

December 2012 (Reviews HERE)

  • Heartless by Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars #7) ****


Year in Review: 2011

  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Review HERE)  ***
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave (Review HERE)  ****
  • The Shack by William P. Young *
  • Mistral’s Kiss by Laurell K. Hamilton  ****
  • Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (Review HERE)  ****
  • The Giver byLouis Lowry  ****
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe  **
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling  ***
  • The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman (Review HERE)  ****
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen ***
  • Irish Cures, Mystic Charms & Superstitions by Lady Wilde  **
  • Killing Floor by Lee Child  ***
  • Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn by Kris Radish  ***
  • Club Dead by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #3)  ****
  • She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb  ***
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson **
  • Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #4)  ****
  • Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #5) ***
  • Incendiary by Chris Cleave  ***
  • Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #6)  ****
  • A Lick of Frost by Laurell K. Hamilton  ****
  • Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler  ****
  • I Totally Meant to Do That by Jane Borden  ***
  • Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (The Giver #2)  ****
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells ***
  • All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #7) ****
  • Messenger by Lois Lowry (The Giver #3)  ****
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett  ****
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See  ****
  • From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #8) ****
  • Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars #1) ****
  • Flawless by Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars #2) ****
  • Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #9) ****
  • Elephants for Water by Sara Gruen (Review HERE) ****
  • City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #3) ***
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro ***
  • Room by Emma Donoghue (Review HERE) *****
  • Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks ****
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan ***
  • Perfect by Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars #3) ****
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak  (Review HERE) *****
  • Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella ***

The Years in Review: 2008 – 2010

My Top Reads:

  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

My Other Reads:

  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  • A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff
  • Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella
  • Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
  • Something Blue by Emily Giffin
  • Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
  • The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • In the Woods by Tana French
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Term Limits by Vince Flynn
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  • A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • A Caress of Twilight (Meredith Gentry #2) by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Seduced by Moonlight (Meredith Gentry #3) by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • The Next Thing On My List by Jill Smolinksi
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho
  • The Guy Not Taken by Jennifer Weiner
  • Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
  • My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
  • My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler
  • Brida by Paulo Coelho
  • Ford County by John Grisham
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
  • Southern Series (Savannah Blues, Savannah Breeze, Blue Christmas) by Mary Kay Andrews
  • The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
  • Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
  • Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris
  • Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2) by Charlaine Harris

7 thoughts on “Read

  1. I have the exact same goal for 2011!!! To read 1 new book a month! How funny! Oh my gosh, The Other Boleyn Girl was absolutely amazing! Have you heard of “Wolf Hall”? It’s based on the same story but from a different perspective. My parents both loved it and it’s on my nightstand for reading!

  2. I love this idea. I have a “Dusty Pages” tab on my blog where I list what I have read, and am reading, but not really my thoughts. I need to update it more often.

    I am currently involved in three book clubs, so they always provide new reading material.

    My top 3 books:

    1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    I read Sarah’s Key last summer and loved it (if you can love a book like that..) I then read Those Who Save Us, also about WWII and it was amazing also. I would definitely recommend it.

    (found you on FTLOB)

  3. I also have “The Book Thief” on my to-read list! I can’t wait to read it! Right now I’m reading “Shanghai Girls” and it is AWESOME! Next up is “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “The Art of Racing in the Rain”, and “The Help” (even though I already read it, I feel like it’s a really good summer read. 🙂

  4. Have you read Ken Follett’s “The Pillars of the Earth”? If not, I HIGHLY recommend it! I couldn’t put it down and couldn’t wait to get home from work just to read it! 🙂

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