Total bookworm: that’s me. Even if a lot of my book-reading has been replaced by blog-reading in the past few years. I still love a good book. And I read for pleasure, to be entertained. So, I like a lot of fluff. Romances and young adult lit.
I’ve shared my Keepers and Stinkers list from 2009 and 2010, so I’m going to keep up this tradition. Books are placed on my list based on what I happened to read that year, not necessarily due to their publication date. And yes, we all have different taste- this list is of course only my personal opinion and may have been affected by whether or not I had pms while I was reading a book.
All-time faves: The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: This was a reread for me, but I feel the need to include it. If you haven’t read these yet, they need to be on your must-read list for this year. Preferably before the first movie comes out in March. Such a unique, albeit disturbing, premise. Some of the best books I’ve read, ever.
Most intruiging: Hourglass by Myra McEntire: Another unique premise. Emerson is able to see people from the past and finds out that she is actually seeing into the past and can time-travel. This one is a mystery, romance, and paranormal all wrapped into one. This is the first in a trilogy and I cannot wait for the others to come out.
Brings out my inner Greek Mythology-loving geek: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini: The idea that mythology is real and there are people today who are descendants of the gods: warring families driven by the Fates to kill each other. I’m a total geek for Greek Mythology, so I loved this modern-day take on it. This is another first in a trilogy that I will be anxiously awaiting the remaining books.
Best guilty-pleasure: Private Series by Kate Brian: This was my guilty pleasure of the year. I’m a fan of the show Pretty Little Liars and this series reminds me a lot of that. Even if it does take a bizarre turn in book #13. The Privilege series is the follow up and gives ties all of the books together with the punch ending that they deserve.
Oooh, a follow-up to books I loved: Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was one of my favorite YA series. This book takes the girls into adulthood so we find out what came of the four. I was slightly irritated with one of the storylines, wanting to yell at the characters and tell them what I thought was obvious… but it was still a good read.
Best for Twi-hards: Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead: If you are a fan of vampire lit like The Twilight Series, I highly recommend that you read these. I liked them better than Twilight, since I thought the stories had more depth to them as well as a stronger female lead. *ducks and hides from Twilight fans*
Author I’ll read more of: Night Road and Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah: Lots of emotion in these books.
Author I always love: Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips: Her books are always fun.
Books that lived up to the hype: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and Room by Emma Donoghue: I tend to be extremely skeptical when I hear that “everyone” loves a book. But, these two truly are worth the read. The Help by Kathryn Stockett also lives up to this hype, but I read it in 2009, so it’s on an old list of mine.
Author I used to love: The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks: I used to be a HUGE Nicholas Sparks fan. HUGE. I waited in line for 3 hours with a teeny baby in order to meet him at one of his book signings. But, his more recent books seem so predictable. And you just know they are all going to end in tragedy. Mr. Sparks, I’m over you.
Nothing like the Pretty Little Liars tv show: The Visibles by Sara Shephard: Boring and depressing. Don’t bother. Okay, I realize this isn’t in the PLL series, but I expected more from the author somehow.
An awful follow-up to books I loved as a child: Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal: It’s like the worst book like that I like read like in the past year.
I’m always looking for books to add to my to-be-read list as well as ones I should stay away from. What are your book suggestions?
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