update: my 2014 reading list

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I can't believe March is less than a week away...2014 is going by fast and seems to be picking up speed. No complaints though!

I thought now would be a good time to give an update on my 2014 reading list. Back in January, I shared a list of books I plan to read this year (many of you offered book suggestions on that post - thanks!). I haven't added in those suggestions yet because I want to be sure I keep my book goal within reach. 

Anyway, here's the list!

BOOKAUTHORSTATUS
DivergentVeronica RothRead!
InsurgentVeronica RothRequested
AllegiantVeronica Roth
In The BloodLisa Unger
Before We MetLucie Whitehouse
Mercy SnowTiffany BakerCurrently Reading
The Museum of Extraordinary ThingsAlice Hoffman
The Book ThiefMarkus ZusakChecked Out
The Last CamelliaSarah JioRequested
Morning GlorySarah Jio
The Union Street BakeryMary Ellen Taylor
The Fault In Our StarsJohn GreenChecked Out
The DinnerHerman KochRead!
The Perks of Being a WallflowerStephen Chbosky
Gone GirlGillian FlynnRead!
The StorytellerJodi PicoultDid Not Finish
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?Mindy Kaling
The Husband's SecretLiane Moriarty
Me Before YouJojo Moyes
Where'd You Go, Bernadette?Maria SempleRequested
Eleanor & ParkRainbow RowellRequested
FangirlRainbow RowellRequested

(Requested means I'm on the waiting list for a book at the library.)

A few things to note:

Divergent: loved it. Not a surprise though since I loved The Hunger Games series, and this is very similar. I feel like I wasn't quite sold on the relationship between the two main characters, so I'm hoping that goes a bit deeper in the second book. 

The Dinner: super fast read...I read this in just two days. It was the type of book that I just couldn't put down. If you haven't read it, I obviously won't spill any details but will give a very brief overview. Two couples meet for dinner to discuss their children and their involvement in a horrific crime. I wish the author would have made more of an effort to discuss morals and ethics...I personally felt like big issues were just skimmed over. Still a great read though!

Gone Girl:  ahhhhhmazing. Loved loved loved it. I was so torn throughout the entire book about who I was actually rooting for! I just couldn't make up my mind. I must absolutely see the movie once it comes out. I heard they changed the ending for the movie...I cannot imagine what it will be like!

The Storyteller:  ok...this probably won't be a popular opinion. Keeping things honest though, I just couldn't get into it. I read half of it and felt like it was dragging on and on. I had never read a Jodi Picoult novel before but always heard great things...so I'm kind of disappointed! To me, The Storyteller was hard to follow (there were SO many different story lines...all intertwined but it just seemed like too much). I also felt like things took forever to be explained/described, and I found myself getting bored easily. It covers an extremely sensitive topic (The Holocaust/World War II), and my opinion of the book in no way resembles my thoughts on the actual events. Please know that! I just wasn't a fan of the writing style and how the story was told. 

I'm currently reading Mercy Snow -- just started it today. It grabbed my attention from page one, so I'm really excited about it. I stopped at the library today to pick up two books that were on-hold for me:  The Book Thief and The Fault In Our Stars. Maybe now that the Winter Olympics are over, I'll be able to get more reading done!

What are you currently reading?

5 comments:

  1. Ohhhh Eleanor & Park is SO GOOD!

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  2. Ohhhh Eleanor & Park is SO GOOD!

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  3. Fangirl is also on my short list. Yay for Nebraska authors! :)

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  4. I read Divergent and loved it, but for some reason wasn't crazy about the 2nd book. I couldn't even finish it. You'll have to let me know what you thought. And oh my gosh! I *loved* the Storyteller! But I'm a huge fan of Jodi Picoult, and have read all of her books. And I'm obsessed with books that have to do with the Holocaust. So that book was made for me.

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  5. I'm currently in the middle of Me Before You. It's so good!!

    When I Found You is another great read. :)

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