In this post I have compiled all the books I read in 2014. This took a while to put together because I’m terrible at summarizing and rating books.
Roomies (Sara Zarr, Tara Altebrando) – A story about two girls who was assigned to be roomates in college and how they got to know each other through email. I couldn’t relate to them that much since I never had the dorm experience, but it was still a nice read. 3.5 out of 5 stars
If You Find Me (Emily Murdoch) – About two girls who grew up in the woods after their mother hid them there. Their father eventually found them and brought them back to civilization where they struggled to adapt to regular society. 3 out of 5 stars
Some Girls Are (Courtney Summers) – Highschool life and drama. A popular girl loses her popularity and had to turn to the people she used to bully for comfort. 3 out of 5 stars
Falling for the Ghost of You (Nicole Christie) – Generic story of a playboy and an innocent girl who try to fight the odds. 2.8 out of 5 stars
Split (Swati Avasthi) – A story about domestic violence and how two brothers manage to escape their abusive father. 4.3 out of 5 stars
Cruel Beauty (Rosamund Hodge) – Goodreads describes it as “Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast” so I had high hopes for this. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped. I skipped a lot of parts that confused me. 2.6 out of 5 stars.
Better off Friends (Elizabeth Eulberg) – Macallan and Levi became friends instantly when Levi transferred to her school. Everyone knows they should be together, but they’re too scared to ruin their friendship. A light and fluffy read. I enjoyed this a lot. 4.5 out of 5 stars
My Favorite Mistake (Chelsea M. Cameron) – This had a high rating on Goodreads but it was just another generic college romance story. 2 out of 5 stars
Wonder (R.J. Palacio) – This is one of my favorite books for 2014. It took me a while to get through it because it’s not the typical love stories I like to read, but once I got into it I couldn’t put it down. It’s about a little boy with a disfigured face, and how he touches the lives of people around him. It was such a heartwarming story and it made me cry more times than I could count. I wrote a short review which you can read HERE. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Making Faces (Amy Harmon) – This is a story about a girl who was in love with the town’s resident pretty boy, but things changed when he left and returned with a different face than what people remembered. I abandoned this book halfway through – not because it was horrible, but simply because I didn’t enjoy it that much and I didn’t want to waste my time on it. I give it 2 out of 5 stars.
Me Before You (Jojo Moyes) – Lou Clark gets a job taking care of Will Traynor, a cynical paraplegic who lost his desire to live. It took me a while to get through the first part of this book because it dealt with some heavy issues, but once I reached the halfway point I just couldn’t put it down. Like Wonder, this book made me shed so many tears. I had to lock myself in my room to finish the last few chapters in peace, and by the time I came out my eyes were puffy and swollen. I give this 4.7 out of 5 stars.
We Were Liars (E. Lockhart) – This book was pretty popular on Goodreads and I see it a lot in the Bestsellers section of National Bookstore. I wasn’t as impressed with it though. I was bored for the majority of the story and only started to enjoy it towards the end. There was too much mystery and I felt confused for the most part. Although I gotta say, the last part of the book was pretty interesting. 3.5 out of 5 stars
Playing for Keeps (R.L. Mathewson ) – The ratings for this book on Goodreads is incredibly high, so I was shocked to discover that this book read like a poorly written fanfic. It was funny, fluffy and (in some parts) ridiculous. I couldn’t believe that the characters in the story were adults because they behaved like children most of the time. 1.5 out of 5 stars.
Like Gravity (Julie Johnson) – I remember reading this book, but I couldn’t remember what it was about until I read the reviews from other people. I guess that’s a clear sign of how unmemorable this was. Considering how much I love NA romance, this didn’t do it for me at all. 1.5 out of 5 stars.
There is No Light in Darkness (Claire Contreras) – Another book that I remember reading but can’t recall the story unless I read other people’s reviews. But I do remember that this ended on a cliffhanger and I didn’t even bother looking up the next book in the series because I didn’t really care about the story that much. 1.4 out of 5 stars.
Almost Home (Joan Bauer) – I normally really enjoy pre-teen stories because they’re light and fun to read, but this one dealt with some serious issues. I think the main reason I picked this book up was because of the cute dog on the cover. It’s not something I enjoyed, but I do admire Sugar for her strength and wisdom. 3 out of 5 stars
Divergent Series (Veronica Roth) – I think most people have seen the movie by now and are familiar with the story. I LOVED the first book (and the movie adaptation). The idea of the 4 factions and the choosing ceremony was awesome. I’ve been wondering what faction I’ll be in and I’m guessing it would either be Erudite or Amity. I give the first book a definite 5 out of 5 stars. But the 2nd and 3rd book wasn’t that great. I give both 3 out of 5 stars.