Book 3: Punk 57

Book: Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas
Rating: 0/5

What did I just read? This was SO bad. And I don’t know what people liked about it! Was it the part where he sneaked into her room and held a pair of scissors to her throat? I’m pretty sure that this had a different summary before because reading it now, I’m not sure why I would have picked this up in the first place… I guess I have no one to blame but myself.

Edit: I realized that I think my biggest problem with this book is that it’s too based in reality. Paper Princess was awful, but at least you knew it wasn’t really taking itself too seriously so I could excuse the unrealistic sex aspects of it. But this book seemed like it was trying to send a message and was rooted pretty heavily in real life experiences and then it threw in an completely unrealistic romance and it felt too far out of left field for me.

Good reviews here and here.

Book 2: The Raven King

Book: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: 5/5

I think I actually liked this more the second time! My nerves weren’t quite as shot so I was able to appreciate was an excellent final book this was. And I really liked the ending this time.

Excellent thoughts here.


Book 1: Us

Book: Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Rating: 1.5/5

I actually had really low expectations for this book and I only bought it because it was $0.99 and it STILL ended up being disappointing. These authors obviously aren’t avid hockey watchers, a lot of it just sounded off and some it was factually incorrect – you can’t tie an NHL game!  All the characters felt so immature and one-dimensional. I don’t know why they were all so whiny! Grow up, you’re adults, you can spend 8 days apart. And why does everyone need a pet name?! You don’t have to call each other “babe” it sounds so forced. And I still absolutely hate them referring to each other as “my boyfriend” or “my fiance” or whatever. Makes me cringe every time.  This book was so pointless and felt very reminiscent of The Understatement of the Year. Excellent thoughts here.


2016 Reading Summary

Remember when I said I was going to focus on quality over quantity last year? That didn’t exactly happen BUT I did read significantly more books that I enjoyed. Probably for a couple of reasons, I re-read a bunch of books that I already knew I would like and I stopped forcing my way through bad books, if I wasn’t digging I stopped reading it.

Total Books Read in 2016: 70

Pages Read in 2016: 23,515

Average rating: 3.5

5 star: 11 books (16%)
4 star: 26 books (37%)
3 star: 23 books (33%)
2 star: 7 books (10%)
1 star: 3 books (4%)


Young Adult – 18 (26%)
Adult – 11 (16%)
Romance/New Adult – 19 (27%)
Non-Fiction  – 4 (6%)
Reread – 18 (26%)


Library – 36 (51%)
Bought to Read – 13 (19%)
Already Owned – 21 (30%)

Ebooks: 32 (46%)
Physical: 38 (54%)

Favorite books read in 2016:

Moneyball – Michael Lewis
The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater
The Martian – Andy Weir
The Fixer – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Rainbow Rowell (Landline and Carry On)
Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
This Adventure Ends – Emma Mills

Honourable Mentions:

Girl Against the Universe – Paula Stokes
The Naturals Series – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Magnolia – Kristi Cook
The Hating Game – Sally Thorne

# of books read each month:

January – 8
February – 7
March – 5
April – 7
May – 5
June – 8
July – 5
August – 4
September – 3
October – 6
November – 6
December – 6

Book 70: Attachments

Book: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Goal: 70
Rating: 4/5

I think I liked this more than I did last time, but it still doesn’t give me the same warm feelings as the other Rainbow Rowell books gave me. I really liked Beth and Jennifer and didn’t all that much care for Lincoln, I basically suffered through the Lincoln parts to get to Beth and Jennifer.