As you probably know (if you read my blog), Ckloy gave me an iPod last March, which I use mainly to read ebooks. (My favorite iPod app would definitely have to be Stanza.) I’ve always enjoyed reading but I don’t always have space in my purse for a book, so I love the fact that my iPod is so tiny that I don’t even need a purse sometimes, I can just keep it in my pocket. I never realized how much time is wasted waiting in line at the grocery, being stuck in traffic, arriving early at a meeting place when going out with a friend, etc. So now, instead of just standing/sitting around and staring in to space, I just read. Books have saved me from boredom numerous times. Because of this, I’ve gone through quite a number of them over the past year.
To keep track of the books I’ve read (most of them were book series), I decided to make a Goodreads account. I figured it’s also a good way to get recommendations based on the books I’ve read and liked. Anyway, I thought i’d share with you some of my reads from 2012, and my ratings for each one:
Hunger Games series (Suzanne Collins) – I normally don’t enjoy dystopian novels, but I loved this series and I even made a review for it HERE. The concept of the games and the TV show was just brilliant. 5 out out 5 stars. (I read this before Ckloy gave me my iPod so I have the physical copies of the books.)
Uglies series (Scott Westerfield) – This was the first series I read on my iPod. I found it while searching for book recommendations online. Supposedly it’s reminiscent of the Hunger Games, but I didn’t enjoy it as much. I read the first three books (Uglies, Pretties and Specials) but I skipped The Extras. I liked the concept behind the story though. I thought the idea of living as an “Ugly” until you turn 16 and getting a mandatory surgery after that to become “Pretty” was interesting It actually made me think about what’s happening in the world at the moment. These days, getting cosmetic surgery is becoming more and more socially acceptable. It’s not that hard to imagine a future where everyone will be expected to go under the knife to make themselves prettier. I give the series 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Vampire Academy series (Richelle Mead) – If you read my blog, you probably know how obsessed I was with this series. I’m not going to talk about it again in this entry, so you can read just go and read my review HERE if you’re interested. I gave it 4.9 out of 5 stars.
Georgina Kincaid series (Richelle Mead) – After reading Vampire Academy, I looked up Richelle Mead and found that she wrote two other series for adults (Vampire Academy was Young Adult) so I decided to try those as well. I’m glad I did because I I loved the Georgina Kincaid series. I gave it 4.8 out of 5 stars in my review (which you can read HERE)
Dark Swan series (Richelle Mead) – The last complete Richelle Mead series. I really enjoyed the story and the concept behind the book, but the protagonist irritated me so I only gave it 4 out of 5 stars. (Read my review HERE.).
The Immortals #1 : Evermore (Alyson Noel) – I tried reading this because it came up in my book recommendations but I abandoned it after about 3 chapters. It was a little too shallow for my liking. I couldn’t stand how insecure the main character was. This was Young Adult so perhaps I would have enjoyed it if I read it back when I was younger. 1 out of 5 stars.
Demonica series (Larissa Ione) – Another book series I picked up because it came highly recommended on Goodreads. It was alright I suppose. I prefer reading books with a female protagonist, but I enjoyed it anyway. I should probably warn you that this is definitely NOT Young Adult. The book titles alone should be a dead giveaway of how much sex the story contain (Pleasure Unbound, Desire Unchained, Passion Unleashed, etc). But this shouldn’t come as a surprise since the main characters are incubi/succubi. 3.5 out of 5 stars. Continue reading