Books Read in 2015

Rooms by Lauren Oliver (4 stars)
El Deafo by Cece Bell (4 stars)
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer (3 stars)
This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer (4 stars)
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (5 stars)
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson (5 stars)
Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight (5 stars)
This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash (4 stars)
At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen (4 stars)
Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson (3 stars)
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (4 stars)
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver (3 stars)
My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh (3 stars)
The Daylight Marriage by Heidi Pitlor (3 stars)
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan (3 stars)
Bossypants by Tina Fey (4 stars)
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (4 stars)
Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica (5 stars)
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (4 stars)
The Living by Matt de la Pena (4 stars)
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (4 stars)
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (5 stars)
The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne (5 stars)
Flight by Sherman Alexie (4 stars)
The Son by Philipp Meyer (5 stars)
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson (5 stars)
Day Four by Sarah Lotz (2 stars)
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin (4 stars)
The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson (4 stars)
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee (4 stars)

Books Read in 2014

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Random Riggs (4 stars)
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash (4 stars)
Serena by Ron Rash (5 stars)
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (4 stars)
On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves (4 stars)
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (4 stars)
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (4 stars)
Panic by Lauren Oliver (4 stars)
Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler (5 stars)
The Selection by Kiera Cass (4 stars)
The Elite by Kiera Cass (4 stars)
The One by Kiera Cass (4 stars)
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (4 stars)
The Giver by Lois Lowry (4 stars)
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (4 stars)
Sold by Patricia McCormick (5 stars)
Wild by Cheryl Strayed (5 stars)
The Fever by Megan Abbott (2 stars)
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” by Lena Dunham (3 stars)
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (4 stars)
Unwind by Neal Shusterman (4 stars)
Wolfsbane by Amanda McCrohan (4 stars)

Literary Junkies

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1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it!
I just finished Panic by Lauren Oliver. I really liked it! Here’s the Goodreads synopsis: Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do. Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought. Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for. For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.


2. Divergent, Hunger Games, or Twilight… Which do you prefer and why?
I like them all but I think Hunger Games was the most well-written and the movies have been great! I liked the Twilight books but only two out of the five movies. I didn’t love the Divergent books, but I loved the ending and I loved the movie!

3. TV series based on books… They start out very close to the book to draw in the fans but then will start to separate themselves by changing things and adding characters. What are you thoughts on this?
I wonder what TV show the person who wrote this question was thinking about?? Game of Thrones is so far very similar to the books and it’s in season four! The only other show that I can think of that I watch and is based on books is True Blood. The book and show are very different but I don’t mind because then you don’t know wha tis going to happen!

4. You’ve just been recruited to help a movie studio bring your favorite book to the big screen. What’s the movie and who are you choosing to play the main characters?
I would love to see The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie as the next YA-novel-turned-film. Not sure who I would cast though!


5. Going back to the above question, do you keep it word-for-word the same or do you use this chance to change little things you thought would make the book better?
I think the best way to turn a book into a movie is to let the author write the screenplay and direct the film, like The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

6. After you finish a physical copy of a book do you keep it for a reread, put it on a shelf to collect dust, donate it to Goodwill, or do you just not purchase physical copies of books?
I only purchase books that I am getting signed by authors or travel guidebooks. Obviously I keep my signed copies! Travel books I will pass along to friends or donate to the library if I don’t think I’ll need them again.

Top Ten Tuesday

toptentuesdayTop 10 Most Unique Books I’ve Read

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and A Corner of White for their weird parallel worlds…



Between the Lines and What Alice Forgot for their unusual plots (a book character comes to life/a woman suffers from amnesia and doesn’t recognize the horrible person she’s become)…



These books had interesting narration… Counting by 7s (a 12-year-old genius), If I Stay (a girl in a coma deciding whether or not she wants to die), and World War Z (lots of narrators all over the world).




The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck for their unique format (half novel/half illustrations)…



Gone Girl, because it is the only time a book has shocked me!