I’m a total bookworm. Love to read. Though I don’t read quite as much as I used to thanks to blogging, I still managed to read 54 books last year. I admit that I read to be entertained. You don’t find many classics or “quality literature” in my to-be-read piles. And I try to delete books off my husband’s Kindle before he takes it to work with him in case someone were to look on it- lest he be embarrassed by some of the titles.
I enjoy a good romance, mystery, even a little supernatural(as long as it’s not too scary- yes, I’m a chicken), and I still read YA lit. If your taste is like mine, check out my list of keepers and stinkers:
Hunger Games Series: Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. This series goes on my top favs of all time list. I fought reading these books for quite a while because everybody told me that they were good and I’d love them. Usually, when “everyone” is raving about a book, I end up being majorly letdown. Maybe it’s all the hype that sets me up for the letdown. I don’t know. But, in this case, the books lived up to their hype. If you have not read them yet, put all three on your must-reads list.
Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin: Books told from two different points of view often annoy me. But, in this one, it was needed. A story of marriage, love, friendship, and motherhood. I remember tearing up a lot at this one.
Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky: The daughter of the principal of the local high school gets pregnant. It comes out that two of her friends are pregnant, also. A pregnancy pact. There are some great underlying themes here: friendship, family, and especially what makes a good/bad mother.
Didn’t I Feed You – Yesterday by Laura Bennett: This book was HILARIOUS. And it’s not just making my favs because it was written by Project Runway’s Laura Bennett, whom I got to email with as I was writing my review. You can check out that review HERE.
*I also read a few total trash/smut books this year because I found them as free Kindle books. But, I’m not going to add those here. You can check out my goodreads list, though, and figure it out. And yes, I have eaten my words about not wanting an ereader.
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanvich: I used to be a huge fan of the Stephanie Plum books. Because they are such fun. But, after this many, the storylines are getting old. Stephanie needs a new job. And freaking pick one already: Joe or Ranger. I vote Joe. Because I want Ranger.
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: I actually didn’t think this one was horrible- until towards the end and then it dragged on for me. Bore me with the end and I will only remember the book as boring. Also, I get disturbed by people who read Brown’s FICTION books as if they are non-fiction. FICTION, people, FICTION.
That Summer by Sarah Dessin: I’ve heard lots of good things about this YA author, but this book was just sort of blah for me.
I really don’t know what to do with these two books, so they go here. I LOVED Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie which was the sequel to Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception…which I thought was kind of eh. Both are by Maggie Stiefvater. I did also read Shiver and Linger by her this year and while they are quite good, I need to wait for the third/final book to come out in 2011 before deciding if they really belong on my keepers list.
I had a longer list of books that I read in 2009, so you can check out my list of Keepers and Stinkers for 2009 if you want more suggestions. I’m also on Goodreads: be my friend on there if you are, too. My widget is in my sidebar.
For 2011, I’m sticking with the goal of reading 52 books. Do you have any suggestions for me? Keepers or stinkers welcome!