January 23, 2014

Books Read in 2013, Part II

In blogland, it is totally acceptable to use the entire month of January to recap things we did last year. Right? Right. So, I figure it's not too late to tell you about the rest of the books I read in 2013. I blogged about the first ten here. Let's get to the other thirteen.

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
Tidal by Amanda Hocking
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
Elegy by Amanda Hocking
Fae by C.J. Abedi
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Inferno by Robert Langdon
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
I wanted to love this since it's written by the lovely Lauren Graham. {Gilmore Girls, Parenthood} The beginning of the book was ok. The end of the book was ok. The middle really dragged. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. When it ended, I was all -- meh.

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith AKA J.K. Rowling
When I read the initial reviews for this book, I didn't know J.K. Rowling was the author. I downloaded it, but couldn't start it right away. By the time I picked it up, I knew the Queen of Harry Potter had written it. It started off slow, but picked up after the first few chapers. It was a decent murder mystery.

Fae by C.J. Abedi
I read this book because Guiliana Rancic said it was good. She didn't lie. It's a YA novel about faeries and teenage love. I really enjoyed it. It's the first of three, but the other two aren't out yet. Don't you hate that?

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
In case you're unfamiliar with Gillian Flynn, she's the author of Gone Girl. What can I say about her? She can write one messed up story. This one's about a child killer. She only has three novels out. I've got the third on my Kindle and hope to start it soon. She's quickly becoming one of my favorites.

The Lost Symbol + Inferno by Dan Brown
These are the third and fourth books in the Robert Langdon series. {If you've seen the movies, Robert Langdn is played by Tom Hanks.} I have read all of Dan Brown's books. In my opinion, if you like one, you'll like them all. These were no different than the rest and exactly what I expected. The man can definitely write a page turning mystery.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Several bloggers had raved about this one, so I decided I'd give it a try. I couldn't put it down and cried when it ended. It's a story of two teens who fall in love despite their differences. It's a short and easy read that stays with you when you're done.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I feel like I should just copy the review from above. This is also a quick and easy read about two teens who fall in love. The only difference is that these teens have cancer. This was a beautiful and heartbreaking story. The movie is set to come out this summer.

The other books will be reviewed at a later date since they're each part of a series I loved.

Tell me. What should I add to my reading list in 2014?


TLF said...

Books I read in 2013= 0.
Wait, maybe I did read book 2 of Fifty Shades. But I can't remember if that was 2013 or 2012. LOL

Carly said...

I just read Someday, Someday, Maybe and agree it was just okay! I liked a lot of it but I found a lot of to dialogue to drag on and I found myself wanting to skim over it. I'm reading the Cuckoo's Calling now!

SammaSpot said...

I'm so glad you mentioned Sharp Objects. I LOVED Gone Girl for all its sick and twistedness and could not stop reading it so I've been curious about her other 2 novels. I think I will move this one from my Amazon wish list to a purchase list as soon as I finish (and start) the newest John Grisham Sycamore Row. I love me some Dan Brown too so I think I can fearlessly follow your advice. :0)

AiringMyLaundry said...

You read a lot of books that I did. I'm looking forward to The Fault in our Stars movie.

Rachel said...

I read Attachments by Rainbow Powell and it was really good. I work in IT so the whole IT nerd thing, I got...except I don't fit into the whole nerdy IT role (or maybe I do).

Kelly said...

Another great list - I will have to check some of these out, thanks for the recommendations!

xx Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

Karen M. Peterson said...

I haven't read ANY of these books, and now I want to read almost all of them.

Christina said...

I need to read Sharp Objects. I did read Dark Places and it's also totally screwed up and going to be made into a movie, so get on it! I have The Cookoo's Calling on my list. I just read Where'd You Go Bernadette? and really liked it! I also can't wait for Rainbow's new book, Landline!