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

Average Rating: 3.2

5 star: 4 books (5%)
4 star: 21 books (28%)
3 star: 38 books (51%)
2 star: 10 books (13%)
1 star: 2 books (3%)


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

Book 75: Nowhere But Home

Book: Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer
Source: Borrowed ebook
Goal Progress: 75/50 books, 17/12
Rating: 3/5

I liked this much less the second time around and I think it might be time to break up with Liza Palmer. There’s just something really unlikable about her writing and I couldn’t get past it this time.

Book 74: Stop Over-Thinking Your Money

Book: Stop Over-Thinking Your Money by Preet Banerjee
Source: Owned
Goal Progress: 74/50 books, 17/12
Rating: 3/5

I’ve been slowly making my way through this book since it’s release in February. However, it was a really quick read when I actually picked it up. The most helpful aspects of the book are when he discusses  disaster proofing your life (life and disability insurance, wills, etc). Those aren’t mentioned as much on personal finance blogs and are things I should probably be more on top of. Most of what he discusses in the book I’ve read over and over again, but I suppose it’s a good reminder!

Books 70-73: Cara McKenna

Book: Hard Time, Unbound, After Hours, Her Best Laid Plans
Source: Borrowed ebooks
Goal Progress: 70, 71, 72, 73/50 books, 16/12
Rating: 4/5

Finally, romance books that I can enjoy. Despite now having read so many of her books, I love that they don’t feel like repeats of one another. I love that each character is different and I can distinctly remember who is who without them blending together. They aren’t too cheesy, and despite the sometimes strange story set up, the books end but being incredibly realistic. Given that the books generally take place in such a short time period, there aren’t any weddings or ridiculous proclamations of “I love you”, the endings while happy, definitely aren’t a concrete forever type ending and I love that.

Book 69: What Alice Forgot

Book: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Source: Borrowed ebook
Goal Progress: 69/50 books, 16/12
Rating: 3.5/5

Hmm, not a particularly memorable book since I don’t really remember what happened a month later. I do remember enjoying at the time. Liane Moriarty books are a pretty easy and enjoyable read on the whole. Maybe not quite a good of a book as I was expecting given all the hype over it. I find all her books have the same sort of tone to them, it’s hard to really like one more than the other despite their differing story lines.

Book 68: Looking for Alaska

Book: Looking for Alaska by John Green
Source: Gift
Goal Progress: 68/50 books, 16/12 (I lost track of my numbers somewhere…)
Rating: 3/5

I think I had too high expectations for this book. It’s something I probably would have loved as a pretentious 16 year old, but didn’t pack the same punch for me now. I didn’t like the countdown of days pre and post Alaska, I think it made everything too obvious and I was just reading to get to the event. I did enjoy the last part way more than the first though. And I liked his final essay.

Book 65: Before I Fall

Book: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Source: Borrowed ebook
Goal Progress: 65/50 books, 15/12
Rating: 4.5/5

This was really good. I loved seeing Sam grow through all the days she lived through and it was interesting to see how all the pieces of the day fell into place. I thought maybe Kent should have been a little more skeptical about her intentions on the last day, after all, he didn’t have 7 previous February 12’s of memories to see how much she changed. But I couldn’t stop thinking about this book for days after I finished it.