Book 8: First Grave on the Right

Book: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Source:  borrowed from Library
Goal Progress: 8/50 books, 1/12 from my shelf
Rating: 2.5/5

I read 60% of this book in December and only finished it because it was finally due back to the library after multiple renewals. This book started off really enjoyable but then I found Charley’s voice to be too grating. It was non stop one liners. She couldn’t focus for more than 2 seconds on what was going on, she always had to insert some kind of smart ass remark. It was endearing at first but it eventually started to take away from the book.  I’m also not really sure there was a much of a central plot. It seemed like there were a bunch of mini stories all going on at once. I’m still interested to read the second book to see if the writing is more palatable.

Book 7: Very Bad Things

Book: Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Source: purchased ebook
Goal Progress: 7/50 books, 1/12 from my shelf
Rating: 2/5

This book had some promise and then it became ridiculous and then I didn’t care about it anymore.

I didn’t enjoy the character quotes under the chapter headings. I didn’t enjoy Nora’s ranting about her soul mate. I didn’t enjoy the text message interaction (he texted, I replied etc). I didn’t enjoy that there was way too much drama going on.

I did enjoy Sebastian. I did enjoy all the teasing that went on between Nora and Leo. And I did enjoy that the book ended sooner than I thought it would because there was 15% of previews at the end of the ebook.

Book 6: The Husband’s Secret

Book: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Source: borrowed ebook
Goal Progress: 6/50 books, 1/12 from my shelf
Rating: 4/5

After a slow start this book became really interesting and I loved all the different perspectives and different ways the characters looked at and reacted to different situations. Funny to think of all the things that can affect how your life turns out.

Book 5: On Dublin Street

Book: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
Source: borrowed ebook
Goal Progress: 5/50 books, 1/12 from my shelf
Rating: 2/5

I started off enjoying this book despite a few reservations (her writing “job”, bad editing, terrible sex scenes,  use of the phrase “Jesus C”) but when their arrangement wasn’t quite so friends-with-benefits and more even-though-this-is-totally-casual-I-still-own-you, I lost all interest in the book. Braden got too creepy/controlling. He dictated how to wear her hair and spent his evenings watching her tend bar before escorting her into a cab to make sure her creepy co-worker didn’t make any moves on her. Not cool.

Book 4: The Book Thief

Book: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Source: Already owned
Goal Progress: 4/50 books, 1/12 from my shelf
Rating: 3/5

Hmmm… I’m not really sure what I thought about this. It wasn’t bad but I certainly didn’t love it like other people have. Maybe it’s one of those books I would have enjoyed more had I read it when I was a pretentious teenager? Nuanced books like this just aren’t my thing anymore. Though, maybe if there wasn’t so much hype over this book, I would have liked it more.

I had a hard time believing that death would have so much to say about Liesel’s life. It’s one thing for death to pop in and out and show us snip-its of what was going on with her life but it was all very detailed, too detailed for my taste. I thought that the bold text could have been used better. I liked when it was Death inserting an extra fact that we wouldn’t have otherwise known, like Himmel = Heaven but I didn’t enjoy it when Death would make a comment on something and then go onto explain in further detail the same thing he had already stated. It was all too much. Also there was too much telling of what happened in the future which took away a lot of the mystery of what would come and I wasn’t exactly compelled to read on.

I really enjoyed parts of the book but overall it fell flat.

2013 Reading Summary

Total Books Read in 2013: 88

Average Rating: 3.3

5 star: 8 books (9%)
4 star: 26 books (30%)
3 star: 37 books (42%)
2 star: 14 books (16%)
1 star: 3 books (3%)

Type:

Young Adult – 47 (53%)
New Adult – 9 (10%)
Adult – 30 (34%)
Non-Fiction  – 1 (1%)
Reread – 1 (1%)

Source:

Library – 72 (82%)
Bought to Read – 8 (9%)
Already Owned – 8 (9%)

Favourite books read in 2013:

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Nadia Stafford Series by Kelley Armstrong (I loved them all)
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

# of books read each month:

January – 2
February – 5
March – 3
April – 6
May – 8
June – 7
July – 11
August – 10
September – 10
October – 7
November – 11
December – 8

Book 3: Wild Awake

Book: Wild Awake by Hilary T Smith
Source: borrowed ebook
Goal Progress: 3/50 books, 0/12 from my shelf
Rating: 3.5/5

I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was real and honest and didn’t just gloss over typical teen issues or turn it into something more mellow dramatic than it needed to be. As a bonus, this book was set in Vancouver which means I could actually visualize where this book was taking place.