June 18, 2013

Books Read in 2013, Part I

I've been watching a lot less tv. This makes more time for reading. And, boy oh boy, do I love to read! So far, I've read ten books this year. I was on a roll, but haven't had as much time in recent weeks. Once I'm done working and shuffling the kids back and forth in the evenings, I'm too tired to concentrate on characters and storylines.

Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner
I've read and loved all of Weiner's books. This one is probably my least favorite though. A politician's wife gets cheated on when she thinks her marriage is great. She has two daughters who are going through different struggles of their own. The story itself wasn't bad, but I didn't feel a strong attachment to any of the characters.

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
I have also read and loved all of Sophie Kinsella's books. She writes the super cute Shopaholic series. Unfortunately, I didn't love this one. It's about a young woman struggling to find her place in the world when her great aunt dies. She suddenly starts seeing and talking to her ghost. The story had its funny moments, but mostly I just wanted it to end.

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
I heard this was a better and tamer version of Fifty Shades of Grey. It's definitely tamer, but it's not good. It's actually quite stupid. The two main characters are likeable. I found myself rooting for them to finally get together. But the supporting cast was so one-dimensional, the author shouldn't have even bothered including them.

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
I really enjoyed this book. The story centers around a woman who was once in an abusive relationship. As soon as she begins healing and making progress, her ex is released from prison. Craziness ensues. I feel like I should warn you though. This one's pretty graphic and not for the faint of heart.

It Takes Balls: Dating Single Moms and Other Confessions from an Unprepared Single Dad by Josh Wolf
Josh wins for longest book title. If you aren't familiar with Josh Wolf, he's a comedian and regular on Chelsea Lately. He's super funny and super cute. I jumped at the chance to read his book when it came out. If you aren't offended by school boy humor and want to read about single parenting from a guy's point of view, this is the book for you. I read this one in a day and laughed out loud repeatedly. I'll definitely read it again for shits and giggles.

Family Pictures by Jane Green
Jane Green is my absolute favorite chick lit author. I've read two of her books this year. I have one more to go, and I'll finally be caught up with everything she's written. This is the story of two families who are torn apart when a shocking secret is revealed. I can't say much else without giving it away. What I most love about Jane is that she writes stories I can relate to. This one is no different.

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
Everyone who loved and hated Gone Girl suggested this one as being similar. A woman is abducted and held captive for a year. This is another one that's a little hard to read at times. I finished it in a day though and really enjoyed it.

Lullaby by Amanda Hocking
Amanda Hocking is a young adult author I love. This is the second book in her Watersong series which focuses on a group of girls who are sirens. Think mermaids on steroids. Her books are quick, easy reads. They won't win the Pulitzer Price for Fiction, but they're entertaining nonetheless. If you love cheesy young adult novels, I recommend this series as well as her Trylle and My Blood Approves series.

Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
This is the fifth book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I really enjoyed the first few, but this one was rather boring. I really want to finish all of these, but I'm not as interested because of the show. True Blood is crazy good and steers away from the books. Typically, I hate it when they do that. In this case, I'm happy to be surprised every week.

Promises to Keep, Jane Green
This story is heartbreakingly beautiful as a close-knit family deals with cancer. I cried during and cried even more when I read Jane's epilogue. If you can handle the tears, it's a great read.

If you'd like to keep up with what I'm reading and my reviews, you can follow me on Goodreads.

So, tell me, what have you been reading and loving lately?


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Recent reads: Reconstructing Amelia (liked it), Schroder (liked the writing and the book, but wrapped a little too messy for me).

I'm starting Pillars of the Earth tonight.

Allena said...

Right now, I'm reading The Outlander for our book club. It is LONG but I'm almost done and have really enjoyed it. It's a really long series apparently and I want to keep going.

Shelley said...

I used to read all the time before I had Emily. I miss it! Need to find some books to read!

Anonymous said...

"Still Missing" sounds good.

Unknown said...

The Elizabeth Haynes book is really really good isn't it, horrifying but I couldn't put it down....one of those books that stays with you. Very realistic too.

"The Wicked Girls" is sort of similar to the story above in some ways, a really good read. "Before I Go To Sleep" is another really cleverly written book too...I've given mine to friends otherwise I'd send you my copies

I've read quite a few of Jennifer Weiner's books too, I really like her writing.

I love seeing other people's books choice....love that you're reading quite a few British authors too!

Have you read "Gone Girl"?

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

I've been wanting to get Josh's book. I fell off the Chelsea Handler Love Fest train a while back. She started to get under my skin and I feel like I can only tolerate her co-hosts (Sara, Jen, Josh)... I need to read Sara's book too. hmm maybe i"ll snag them for my trip in a few weeks. I love reading celeb-ish bio books.

Annie said...

LOVE book reviews...some of these definitely seem worth reading :)

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Christy {SparklesandSpinach} said...

Jane Green & Sophie Kinsella are two of my fav Authors! I haven't read any of the books here yet! They are on my ever-growing to-read list ;)

Jen @ That's What She Read said...

I have read alot of these as well! Still Missing STILL sticks with me and it's been a long time since I've read it, what an emotional book!

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for this reading list! I just downloaded Still Gone to my Kindle and can't wait to read it!

Whitney Alison said...

I had to favorite this post so I can go back and check some of these out at the library. I need to read more!

Kori said...

I loved Still Missing and always love Charlaine Harris..are you on Goodreads? Thanks for coming by today honey! Kori xoxo

Kathrin@shopschoolsleep said...

I love Sophia Kinsella and sad you didn't like this one tot much. I love and pretty much have read all of Sookie Stackhouse series

Anonymous said...

Aww I was planning on reading, Twenties Girl. Was it really that bad? Thanks for sharing your reads!

Christine - Tutorial Addict :) said...

I feel the same way about True Blood vs. the Sookie books. I've read them all, a few times lol, and 5 WAS pretty boring :-/ But 6 was better, and 7 was great, IMHO of course! I enjoyed all of the Sookie books, but 5 was probably at/close to the bottom of the list. So just push through so you can get on to some better ones!

Heather T. said...

I love Jen Weiner, Sophie Kinsella, and Jane Green. Have to read Jane's new one - good to hear you enjoyed it. My fave Sophie book is "Can You Keep A Secret" - so freaking adorable.

If you like all those ladies, def try Emily Giffin if you haven't already. Lots of my blogger friends have been talking about "Still Missing" - I loved "Gone Girl" so maybe I'll check it out.

Heather T. said...

I love Jen Weiner, Sophie Kinsella, and Jane Green. Have to read Jane's new one - good to hear you enjoyed it. My fave Sophie book is "Can You Keep A Secret" - so freaking adorable.

If you like all those ladies, def try Emily Giffin if you haven't already. Lots of my blogger friends have been talking about "Still Missing" - I loved "Gone Girl" so maybe I'll check it out.

Christina said...

I need to catch up on some Jane Green books. I loved Josh's book so much too! I'm reading Ross Matthew's book right now, then I think I've read all of Chelsea Lately's crew.