Hardly Obsessed

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Book 14: The Fine Art of Pretending

Books: The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris
Source: Borrowed ebook from library
Goal Progress: 14/52 books , 0/12 books I already own
Rating: 3/5

Cute! I kind of lost interest in the middle during their big fight, especially since you knew exactly where the story was going to end up anyway, it just seemed unnecessary.

Book 13: Every Breath

Books: Every Breath by Ellie Marney
Source: Borrowed ebook from library
Goal Progress: 13/52 books , 0/12 books I already own
Rating: 3.5/5

Overall, I really did enjoy this. Mycroft and Watts were an interesting duo. I like seeing a  book that doesn’t judge one of the main characters for smoking. The writing was sometimes a little forced, another example of when first person present tense bothers me.

Book 12: Shadowland

Books: Shadowland by Meg Cabot (Mediator #1)
Source: Borrowed ebook from library
Goal Progress: 12/52 books , 0/12 books I already own
Rating: 3/5

I forgot how much I enjoy Meg Cabot books. Fun, quick read.

Books 10 – 11: Croak and Scorch

Books: Croak and Scorch by Gina Damico
Source: Borrowed ebooks from library
Goal Progress: 10-11/52 books , 0/12 books I already own
Rating: 3-4/5

These books started as a fun, enjoyable read and then got dark really quickly. And fortunately, the second book was just as exciting, if not more so, than the first!

Books 8-9: The Raven Cycle

Books: The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater
Source: Borrowed from library
Goal Progress: 8-9/52 books , 0/12 books I already own
Rating: 4/5

SO good. These books start off a little bit slow but by the end, I was totally engrossed and couldn’t get enough. I’ve already added these to my list of books to reread, I feel like I didn’t give them enough justice by reading in spurts on the train to work. It’s the writing in this books that gets me, everything feels so real and I can absolutely see everything unfolding in front of me. And I especially love that I LOVE all the characters.

Books 1 – 7: Cara McKenna/Meg Maguire

Books: Curio, Willing Victim, Lay it Down by Cara McKenna
The Wedding Fling, Driving Her Wild, Making Him Sweat, Taking Him Down by Meg Maguire
Source: Borrowed ebooks, bought to read
Goal Progress: 1- 7/52 books , 0/12 books I already own
Rating: 3/5

I don’t know what to do with myself now that I’ve finished all the Cara McKenna/Meg Maguire books I can get my hands on at the library, and I am banning myself from impulse buying ebooks. Move on, I guess. Most of these books were really enjoyable. The Wedding Fling was a little too romancy for me, but the Wilinski’s series was really entertaining. And I wasn’t really sold on Lay It Down (Desert Dogs #1), this review sums up my feelings on it.

2014 Reading Summary

Total Books Read in 2014: 75 `

Pages Read in 2014: 24,211


Young Adult – 23 (31%)`
Adult – 20 (27%)`
Romance/New Adult – 19 (25%)^
Non-Fiction  – 5 (7%)^
Reread – 8 (11%)^


Library – 45 (60%)`
Bought to Read – 13 (17%)^
Already Owned – 17 (23%)^

Favorite books read in 2014:

4 star reads:
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
The Spark by Kristine Barnett
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
The Ivy Years Series by Sarina Bowen
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Visions by Kelley Armstrong
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

# of books read each month:

January – 8^
February – 9^
March – 5^
April – 3`
May – 3`
June – 3`
July – 7`
August – 10 *
September – 10*
October – 6`
November – 2`
December – 9^

`=down from last year, ^ = up from last year, *=same


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