My quest to read at least 100 books before I turn 30. Here is the list along with my ratings out of 10 stars.
1. Chasing Harry Winston- 4/10 YAWN. So boring. I kept reading in hopes that it would get better.
2. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner- 7/10 Entertaining, quick read. If you liked Twilight you will like this novella.
3. Death of a Trophy Wife- 8/10 I love the Jaine Austen Mystery Series. It was a fun, mindless mystery with lots of humor.
4. Dear John- 8/10 This is the second book by Nicholas Sparks that I have read. I was in the mood to read a clean romantic book and this fit the bill. I liked that the end was not what I predicted and was a little bit more realistic than the usual love novel ending.
5. Brianna, My Brother, and the Blog- 2/10 A complete train wreck. Ya know what I mean? You don't want to look, but you can't help yourself, you keep looking. That's how I felt about this book. I'm a fan of Jack Weyland (also happened to be the Cute Boy's physics teacher), but this book ruined him for me. Sad times.
6. Killer Cruise- 8/10 Another fun mindless read. I'm never disappointed with any book that is in the Jaine Austen Mystery Series.
7. The Hunger Games- 10/10 Brilliant! It has action, romance, and suspense. I couldn't put it down because I had to know what would happen next. I can't wait to read the second book in the series. Loved it!
8. Catching Fire- 10/10 I did not expect the ending. I was completely blown away and can't wait until Mockingjay. It was a little slower than the Hunger Games but just as good.
9. The History of Love-9/10 It was captivating. A story about two different people that came together with one thing in common. I loved the ending. It really was a beautiful book to read.
10. Mockingjay-9.5/10 It was really hard for me to get into it at first and then bam, I felt like I was running a marathon. I really loved the twist and turns, but at the end, I didn't feel completely satisfied. Still a brilliant read.
11. Can You Keep a Secret?- 9/10 I read this book in one day. It's a complete chick lit and I loved the indulgence of it. I also have to confess that I knew I would like it before hand since I've liked every book that I have read by Sophie Kinsella.
12. Stuck in the Middle- 5/10 It was a free Kindle download so I added it to my collection. It was kind of like a Jack Weyland book but instead of Mormonism being the underline theme it was the Southern Bible Belt that made an appearance. I read it within a couple of days and the story itself was entertaining. The one thing that I disliked the most was the constant shift in the narrator.
13. Millie's Fling - 9/10 Three words: British.Chick.Lit. I am a huge sucker for British chick lit. This was also a free Kindle download and I loved it! It was the perfect care free book to read over a weekend. I couldn't put it down. Now I must work harder to convince CB to transfer to the London office. Dreamy.
14. Life from Scratch- 9/10 Another free Kindle download. Exactly what I wanted to read while I was vacationing in Hawaii. It's written by a food blogger and the book is about blogging, food, and relationships. Can not wait for the sequel.
15. The Nanny Diaries- 7/10 I had mixed feelings about the ending. Another chick lit with some background of what a nanny deals with. Thank goodness I never thought about being a nanny. What a nightmare.
16. Always the Baker, Never the Bride- 5/10 Chick Lit. It was a fun read but had tons of grammar mistakes that made me cringe.
17. The Last Juror-8/10 I've had a copy of this book on my shelf since 2004 and I just now picked it up to read it. It's a legal thriller based in the South. A nice change from my chick lit phase.
18. Nightime is My Time- 7/10 My mom gave me this book back in 2005. I read it over the weekend and it was a page turner. My only problem with it is that it had way to many subplots that were never really explained. The ending seemed too rushed to me.
19. William and Kate: A Royal Love Story 8/10 Ok I am clearly obsessed with these two royals. It was a good read, not sure how much of it was true though.
20. Sweet Baklava 3/10 A free Kindle download, and I cringed less with the fact that I didn't have to pay for it. It was full of grammar mistakes and I found the main character super annoying. Everything dragged on for so long and then toward the end it was super rushed to wrap it up in a nice little package. I had a hard time finishing it.
21. Matchmaker 2.0 8/10 Short and sweet. It took me a couple of hours to finish it. Great story line and kept me entertained. Love the idea of Kindle singles.
22. Something Borrowed 10/10 Loved it! I could not put it down and stayed up until 3 in the morning to finish it. I saw the movie on it's opening night and fell in love with the story line. As always, the book is much better than the movie!
23. Something Blue 10/10 The sequel to Something Borrowed and I actually liked it better! It focuses more on Darcey and picks up where Something Borrowed ended. I hated Darcey in Something Borrowed, but I loved her in Something Blue. She evolved to become a completely different character. I really should start reading something else besides chick lit!
24. Tuesdays with Morrie 10/10 Such a moving and inspirational book. It made me want to become a better person and enjoy all moments in life. I tend to stress out over dumb insignificant matters and this book taught me that I shouldn't worry about those things.
25. As Always, Dave 3/10 I decided to give Jack Weyland another try and I am so disappointed that I wasted $10 on this book. It was super long and slow and seemed like it wasn't going any where. I hated the main character, Dave. Weyalnd made him be painfully clueless. Towards the end, the book took a completely different turn and began to speed up in pace, almost too fast. There were a lot of lose ends that needed to be tidied up.
26. Faithful Place 10/10 It's been awhile since I read a book that was captivating and left me hanging with unanswered questions. The book is a murder mystery based in Ireland. It's more than a mystery, it unfolds family drama, past regrets, and the customs and life in a tiny Irish town. I have become a huge fan of Tana French, can't wait to read more from her.
27. Bossy Pants 9/10 Hilarious. Tina Fay is witty, funny and respectable. I admire how she took charge of her dreams and how she balances work and family life. While reading the book, I felt inspired to make changes to my own life and not allow little things from stopping me from progressing. After all, Tina Fay was once a receptionist.
28. Overcoming Binge Eating 10/10 Holy #%&^ did this book change the way about how I see food. As I was reading it, I kept saying "YES! I do that." "OMG, I really am doing this to myself?" It's an actual medical book that makes sense. I was skeptical about reading it at first, and thought I would be bored, but I couldn't put it down. With the help of this book and therapy, I feel that I can be done with the struggles that I have put myself through for the last 7+ years.
29. A Fool Again 6/10 I read this in one setting on my way to NYC. It's a love story set sometime in the early 1900's in London. There were some scandales parts that I did not expect to be there.
30. Sparks Fly 5/10 A free Kindle chick lit download. It was fairly short and had the typical chic lit plot. It was pretty rushed and all over the place.
31. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet 10/10 It has been a long time since I have read a book that I was sad for it to end. I fell madly in love with Henry and Keiko's love story. It's based in Seattle during the 40's and 80's. A young Chinese boy (Henry) friends a young Japaneses girl (Keiko) during the time when Japanese were considered the enemies and the relationship would ruin his own family bonds. I had no idea of the extent hardship that American Japanese went through during WWII. The book not only introduced me to the history of Seattle's International District (where I worked and walked the streets for over a year) but gave me an insight of traditions and the development of identities. Loved it, a true gem. I'm so glad that my book club choose to read it, I will be giving this book to many.
32. One For the Money 7/10 I hated it at first. It took me over a month to get past chapter 5 and once I did, the pace picked up. It's a mindless read and I look forward to reading more from the series.
33. Does My Head Look Big In This? 8/10 I read this book for one of my book clubs and I related so much to it. Amal, is a Muslim Palestinian Aussie that decides to wear the hijab at the beginning of her junior year. She struggles with her identity and balancing her faith in a secular world. Although I have never worn the hijab, I can relate to the process of distancing and embracing one's identity. I found some of the characters annoying, but other than that it was a great read.
34. Little Bee 8/10 I read this for book club. It was really an eye opener. I had mixed feelings about the ending though.
35. The Uglies 7/10 I have heard a ton of great things about this book. It's a fast read but I wasn't that attached or felt a connection to the characters. I will probably finish the series just to see what will happen.
36. The Maze Runner 9/10
37. Book of Mormon Girl 8/10
38. Food Rules: An Eater's Manual 10/10
39. The Lucky One 7/10
40. Bridesmaid Lotto 6/10
41. The Night Circus 10/10
42. Skipped Parts 8/10
43. Ex- Boyfriend Handbook 7/10
44. Pampered to Death 7/10
45. Gone Girl 10/10
46. Catcher in the Rye 10/10
47. Miranda's Big Mistake 8/10
48. Dating Mr. December 6/10
49. The List 9/10
50. 13 Little Blue Envelopes 8/10
51. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight 9/10
52. Crazy Little Thing 8/10
53. When it Happens 5/10
54. Love a la Carte 4/10
55. Putting Boys on the Ledge 7/10
56. Summer Lovin' 6/10
57.The Last Little Blue Envelope 8/10
58. Just a Little Crush 4/10
59. Forever 4/10
60. Meant to Be 8/10
61. Matched 9/10
62. Crossed 7/10
63. Anna and the French Kiss 10/10
64. Size 12 is not Fat 7/10
65. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist 7/10 I was madly in love with the movie. The book...I dunno it just didn't captivate me as much. It mainly bothered me that F*** was used so much. Like every other sentence.
66. Dash and Lily's Book of Dares 9/10
67. My Life Next Door 8/10
68. Pushing the Limits 7/10
69. Lola and the Boy Next Door 8/10
70. The Paris Wife 10/10
71. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour 8/10
72. Are We There Yet? 6/10
73. I've Got Your Number 8/10
74. Let it Snow 7/10
75. The Fault in Our Stars 10/10 Completely dazzling! I can not stop thinking about it. I laughed, I cried, and I was so sad that it ended. One of the best books I have read this year.
76. The Finish 7/10
77. Paper Towns 9/10
78. This is What Happy Looks Like 8/10
79. Reached 8/10
80. Where'd You Go, Bernadette 10/10
81. Beautiful Ruins 8/10
82. The Help 10/10
83. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 10/10
84. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Book Store 8/10
85. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 10/10
86. Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone 9/10
87. Royal Wisdom 7/10
88. Fifty Shades of Grey 4/10- All of the books I wanted to read were not available at the library...this was. I found myself extremely angry the majority of the time I was reading it. I could not bear to read certain scenes. There were a lot of pages skipped. I was sorta intrigued by the story line and I am curious about the other two books. But heaven help me if I read "jeez" or "oh my" one more time. I'm still trying to figure out why woman are so obsessed with this book.
89. Fifty Shades Darker 6/10
90. Fifty Shades Freed 6/10
91. Bared to You 6/10
92. Flat-Out Love 10/10
93. Flat-Out Matt 10/10
94. Easy 10/10
95. Reflected in You 3/10
95. Looking for Alaska 6/10
96. Slammed 10/10
97. Point of Retreat 9/10
98. Hopeless 8/10
99. The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden 7/10
100. This Girl 8/10
My quest to read at least 100 books before I turn 30. Here is the list along with my ratings out of 10 stars.