I made an entry like this last year, and I enjoyed writing it, so I figured why not do it again
In this post I will list all the book I read (for leisure) in 2013. I will also post my quick opinions on each book and my rating for each one.
Sabina Kane series (Jaye Wells) –I started the year off finishing this series. I read books 1 to 3 towards the end of 2012, and I finished books 4 and 5 in January. I didn’t really like book 4, but book 5 was alright. Initially I gave the series 3.5 out of 5 stars, but I think after finishing the last two books I’m taking it down to 3 out of 5 stars
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops (Jen Campbell) – A light and quick read (I finished it in one sitting). It’s a compilation of weird conversations people have in bookstores. 3.5 out of 5 stars
Single Girl’s To Do List (Lindsey Kelk) – I gave this 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, but I seriously can’t remember a single thing about this story. I read the summary and the characters don’t register at all! I guess that shows how unmemorable this is. So I’m changing my rating to 1 out of 5 stars
Girl On The Run (Jane Costello) – Another forgettable chick lit. 2 out of 5 stars
The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window (Kirsty Moseley) – The premise of the story sounded interesting, but this was so poorly written I gave up after the first few chapters. It’s like an amateur fanfic for tweens. 0 out of 5 stars.
Hearts in Darkness (Laura Kaye) – Two strangers gets stuck in an elevator and discover interesting things about each other. (I swear I didn’t mean for that to sound sexual.) It’s a very short novella that you can finish in one sitting. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
The Fault in Our Stars (John Green) – One of my favorite reads for 2013. I made a book review about it HERE. And I compiled some of my favorite quotes from the book HERE. I even shot a self portrait inspired by one of my favorite lines, which you can see HERE. They’re releasing a movie based on the book this year, and I can only hope that they do it justice. 4.7 out of 5 stars.
Natural Born Charmer (Susan Elizabeth Phillips) – The last book in the Chicago Stars series (I finished books 1 to 6 in 2012). It was alright. Didn’t enjoy it as much as the others. 3.4 out of 5 stars.
Fallen (Lauren Falter) – This is the first book in the Guardian Trilogy. I picked it up because it had high ratings and after reading the Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead, I wanted more books about angels. Unfortunately, this was such a disappointment that I didn’t even bother finishing it. 1 out of 5 stars.
Forbidden (Tabitha Suzuma) – I don’t know what I was thinking reading this book. I mean it’s well written and I enjoy forbidden love, but incest just isn’t my thing. I gave it a try because it had high ratings on Goodreads, and I actually finished it, but I just found it so disturbing. 2 out of 5 stars
Inescapable (Amy Bartol) – The first book in The Premonition series. After the major fail that was Fallen, I gave angel stories another try and picked this up. I saw that some of my friends read it and one of them gave it 5 stars, so I figured it must be good. Unfortunately this was a miss for me again. It wasn’t as bad a Fallen because I was able to finish the whole thing, but I didn’t even bother looking for the second book. 2 out of 5 stars
Beautiful Disaster (Jamie McGuire) – Someone PLEASE tell me why this is one of the highest rated books on Goodreads!! Because the entire time I was reading it I was rolling my eyes and gagging. People actually like this crap? I mean I’ve read some pretty bad books before, but I just don’t understand why this one is so popular. Travis Maddox clearly has some serious passive-aggressive tendencies, and girls actually find this attractive? Sure he’s “lean, cut, and covered in tattoos”, and he’s a great fighter, but c’mon! Girls, please tell me you have higher standards than this. 1 out of 5 stars.
The Sea of Tranquility (Katja Millay) – Thank goodness I found this book when I did, because I was ready to give up on Goodreads after getting one bad book recommendation after another. This restored my faith in the site. Katja Millay is amazing, and this is definitely my favorite book for 2013. I made a review of it HERE. I mentioned that the story started off reaaaally slowly, but once it got to the good part, it just took off. If you’re going to read this, please don’t give up during the first few chapters. I know it seems boring in the beginning, but I promise it gets better. I loved it so much I actually read it two more times before moving on to my next Goodreads recommendation. This is a definite 5 out of 5 stars for me
Vain (Amelie Fisher) – A beautiful, spoiled, rich girl gets an eye-opening lesson after being forced to do “volunteer” work in Uganda. 3 out of 5 stars
I Love You To Death (Natalie Ward) – This is the story of the girl who loved everyone to death. Literally. I don’t know if she just has terrible luck or what, but seriously? It’s like she decides she loves someone then BOOM! That person is dead. The writing was good, but I just didn’t enjoy the story that much. 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Flipped (Wendelin Van Draanen) – This one comes as a close second as my favorite book of 2013. This was actually recommended by a student (thanks Kyle). It’s beautifully written and the story is just adorable~ I watched the movie after reading the book and I loved it as well. A definite 5 out of 5 stars