So one of my goals after gazillions of dollars worth of therapy is to read less. I think it’s a healthy goal. I know it might seem counter intuitive to say this while the rest of the world is resolving to read more, but for me reading had become a weird thing I was doing to meet a quota. I was reading books I hated just so I could add them to a list. And worse, I was using it as a retreat from my family. I’d go into my little bedroom cave and ignore everyone while my husband did bedtime and wrangled two high strung children and then watched tv by himself.
My life needs to not be a retreat, and it needs to not be lived just so I can put on my blog that I read so! many! books! aren’t I AMAZING? My life needs to be something I love. This is the year I do less things I think I am supposed to do so I can do more things I love. Reading will always be a huge part of my life but it needs to be not a box I am trying to check off for imaginary life points, and not an everyday retreat from the real world.
So I don’t know if I will continue on listing out what I read every month. I don’t even know if I will continue writing here. I didn’t WANT to write this post but I felt like I wanted to finish out my year of books, so I did it, but I am not going to spend a lot of time in 2014 making myself write blog posts I don’t want to write. I do have a lot of thoughts but they seem really personal. I am holding things close to the vest, it seems. I am changing, I think, for the better, but it’s a gritty, strange, unknown process. Who knows what will emerge in the end. Anyway.
This is what I read in November and December. It’s barely anything, go me.
128. The Husband’s Secret
I have no idea why I read this, since I didn’t like What Alice Forgot. Spoiler Alert: I didn’t like this either.
129. The Secret Keeper
I tried so hard to like this because Janssen loved it but it just didn’t do it for me.
130. Cupcake Decorating Lab
131. Warm Bodies
Oh wow. I SUPER SUPER SUPER HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATED this book. The rage, it is still strong.
Full disclosure, one of my Super Friends, Jennie, sent me the galley of this book, but regardless of that, I really really really really liked it. I loved the main character and it was such a fresh read after all the derivative YAF crap I have read this year and even if my friend did not work for the publisher, I promise you, I would have liked it. In fact I was rather stressed that I would not like it because then WHAT WOULD I SAY but no worries. It’s good, and I loved the twist at the end which I did not see coming although probably you are smarter than I am so I make no promises. If it had a weak spot it would be the love interest who I thought was slightly a drip, but still. Totally recommend if you like Fantasy YAF. AND if you leave me a comment on this post telling me your favorite book you’ve read in the past two months you can win a copy of your very own, providing you live in Canada or the United States. Yeah!
133. Songs of Willow Frost
This was just SO boring.
134. This Song Will Save Your Life
I liked this, but I did not love it. It was a quick entertaining read, but it had a lot of plot holes. The title was the best part of the whole book.
135. Something Like Normal
I really enjoyed this book, actually. It’s not perfection or anything but it’s a perfectly serviceable YAF romance. I loved the girl interest so that helped. It reminded me for some strange reason of Magic Mike, which I was a big fan of.
136. Where the Stars Still Shine
After I read Something Like Normal I finally found Trish Doller’s new book at my library. Spoiler Alert, it’s this book. Anyway, this was also slightly on the idiotic side, even for YAF, but it was saved for me by the romance, which I loved, actually a lot like her first book. She writes that sassy girl/cocky boy thing really really well. I could see how it’s not for everyone but it pushed all my “super hot bad boy likes me” buttons. Also, I read it in a night. It’s no best book of the year but it worked. I look forward to whatever else she writes.
So! If you want to win a copy of The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant, and you live in the US or Canada, just leave me a comment on this post by Friday January 3rd telling me your favorite book of the year. My 2013 Best Books of the Year post should go up next week, as well, provided I don’t lose my mind between now and then after being trapped in the house with these two ankle biters for six days. Funsies!
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