25 Books I've read (2013-2014) + Reviews

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I love books. Always have. The hard part of being an adult/going to college is you are so caught up in reading books for school/career, reading fiction or books for pleasure is hard to fit in. I turned to books on CD to get my reading fix. I drove 30 minutes each way to class my last semester for over 9 months and during that time read over 10 books. I kept track of these books on Goodreads, one of the sites where I found out about many of the books I ended up reading.  If you are interested, go to amazon or Goodreads to check out the description of each book.

Those who have an asterisk I read on CD in my car.

Me Before You

by Jojo Moyes*

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Me Before You
By Jojo Moyes

 

This book was great, and the part I liked about it was the fact that I had no idea how it was going to end. Basically the story is about a simple girl who finds herself hired to take over the caregiving of a quadriplegic. They end up changing each other's lives...7/10

Isla and the Happily Ever After

by Stephanie Perkins*

Isla and the Happily Ever After
By Stephanie Perkins

 

I read this book without realizing it was part of a series (book 3) but more of a spinoff than a direct sequel. I had read the first one years ago but had completely forgot the plot and characters. The book was ok but I really couldn't empathize with the protagonist at all.... 5/10

The Best of Me

by Nicholas Sparks*

The Best of Me
By Nicholas Sparks

 

I have read probably 5 or 6 Nicholas Sparks books but this was definitely not my favorite. It was an interesting concept, but I predicted the ending about 3/4 of the way through..and I still haven't seen the ending... 6/10

You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church And Rethinking Faith

by David Kinnaman

 

I read this book as a source for a forum that I did about Millennials in the Church. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to others interested in the topic...8/10

Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grownup

by Grace Helbig

 

One of my favorite comedians online, I got to see Grace and her friends perform on Halloween in Minneapolis. Her book was a quick but entertaining read 8/10

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

by John Green and David Levithan*

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
By John Green, David Levithan

 

Not my favorite John Green book, but a good one. I really enjoyed the back and forth writing, in the minds of two different boys named Will Grayson and how their lives intertwine after a random incident. It was a little two much for me, with the cliches of high school. Otherwise, an interesting read 7/10.

Dangerous Girls

by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls
By Abigail Haas

 

Dangerous Girls I got from the library because of high ratings in Goodreads. While the story was interesting murder mystery about high school kids, it echoed the Aruba case of Natalee Holloway, except more like Gossip Girl. You really didn't realize the truth until the last page and even then I almost missed it. Plus I read it in like 4 hours. I'd skip it. 6/10.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

by Mindy Kaling

 

I had never read a comedians biography before, but I will now after reading this. It was hysterical. I love Mindy and the way she describes her life....8.5/10

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

by Malcolm Gladwell*

 

Not as good as Outliers, Blink was full of interesting anecdotes that explained Gladwell's point, which was "thinking without thinking". I'd read Outliers over this one. 7/10

Outliers: The Story of Success*

Outliers: The Story of Success
By Malcolm Gladwell

 

I really enjoyed Outliers. It had some truly interesting stories about why 10,000 hours makes someone an expert on something. I especially liked the story of Bill Gates and his background. 8/10

The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business

by Charles Duhigg*

 

This book was written in a similar manner to Gladwell, so much so that I can't remember which parts were in this one and which were in Gladwell's books. Great non-fiction read. 8/10

Rose Under Fire

by Elizabeth Wein*

Rose Under Fire
By Elizabeth Wein

 

This book was a really ambitious one. It was a fictional tale about a female pilot who ends up in a holocaust work camp with other women and about how she survived and built bonds with women who had been operated on by savage doctors as part of medical experiments. Heartbreaking tale of survival. 7.5/10

Fangirl

by Rainbow Rowell*

Fangirl: A Novel
By Rainbow Rowell

 

This book just made me happy inside. I really liked everything about it, especially the love story inside. I'd recommend this book to all those who spend time online, especially those on Tumblr...9.5/10

Eleanor and Park

by Rainbow Rowell*

Eleanor & Park
By Rainbow Rowell

 

Rainbow Rowell is one of the newest stars in YA fiction, and this novel was announced as an upcoming film the day I finished it. The story is about two high schoolers who fall in love on the school bus while battling demons in their home lives. The story is a beautiful and realistic view on young love...9/10

United We Spy

by Ally Carter

 

The final book in the Gallagher series, one of my all-time favorites, ends years after the first book. The reason I wasn't that into this book was this series took years to write and I couldn't quite remember the details in between the years and gaps of time. Overall a great series but I wasn't blown away by the quite depressing ending....6/10

Thirteen Reasons Why

by Jay Asher*

Thirteen Reasons Why
By Jay Asher

 

I read this, as I read most, as I found out it was going to be made into a film. I read this book and really it was exactly like I thought. A teen who commits suicides sends tapes to a male teenager and he journeys through why she killed herself....7/10

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn*

Gone Girl
By Gillian Flynn

 

This book was so thrilling and I'm so glad I listened to this rather than reading it, as it had strong visuals. I have yet to see the film but when it comes to the cheap theatre, I will head there right away. Strongly recommended....9/10

On the Jellicoe Road

by Malina Marchesa*

Jellicoe Road
By Melina Marchetta

 

I hadn't heard of this book until I had read about it on Goodreads. This book had a magical quality to it that I find rare in books. It was SO hard to get into but I truly fell in love with the world that was created....9.5/10

Paper Towns

by John Green*

Paper Towns
By John Green

 

I have to admit, this may be my favorite John Green novel, tied with TFIOS. This book is what I expected the plot of Looking For Alaska was and I loved the clues that were left and the journey, especially since it truly was not predictable. SO excited for the film...8.5/10

The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak*

The Book Thief
By Markus Zusak

 

This book was incredible and so was the film. The story of a young german girl whose foster family hides a jew in their basement during the holocaust is haunting and terribly sad...I bawled while driving, which wasn't the best idea in the world....9/10

Looking for Alaska

by John Green

Looking for Alaska
By John Green

 

Looking for Alaska was a letdown to me. I had hyped it up but really the plot was strange, short and I never really connected with it....I preferred Paper Towns....6/10

The Fault in our Stars

by John Green

 

Obviously well-known, this book was a great read. The film adaptation was very true to the book and I will cry overtime...8.5/10

The Sea of Tranquility

by Katja Millay

 

I don't know what it was about this book, but something about it stirred something in me. The mystery, the love story, the healing in the end...I would recommend this to anyone and is probably the best book I've read in a few years...10/10

Inferno

by Dan Brown

 

In the Da Vinci Code series about Robert Langdon, this was my least favorite after Angels and Demons, with my favorites being The Lost Symbol and The Da Vinci Code. It was pushing a moral agenda I didn't agree with and didn't have the interesting facts and clues that the other ones did, I'd skip this one....7/10

Sarah’s Key

by Tatiana De Rosnay

Sarah's Key
By Tatiana de Rosnay

 

Fictional stories about the Holocaust seem to be very popular and I had heard a lot about this one. This story was written well and the time jumps between past and present were well done and easy to understand and connect with...8.5/10

Overall, the books I've read over the past few years are some of the best I've read in all of my life. Hopefully whoever reads this will pick up one and enjoy it as much as I did.

Any books you would recommend in the future?

Jenna