I didn’t quite make it to 52 books the first year I attempted this challenge, but I think 2015 will be the year I make it happen. Stay tuned.
1. Flawless (Sara Shepard)
Pretty Little Liars is one of my guilty pleasure shows, so I thought I would give the books a try. I enjoyed the book, but probably would have been more into it if I hadn’t already watched the show.
2. Cheyenne Amber (Catherine Anderson)
I’m a big Catherine Anderson fan. This one another great book by her.
3. Second Chance Brides (Vickie McDonough)
This was just okay. I didn’t really get into it.
4. Sunkissed (Catherine Anderson)
This was an interesting read. Thumbs up.
5. Me & Mr. Darcy (Alexandra Potter)
It was a cute story, but I didn’t fall in love with it.
6. White Mountain Brides (Susan Page Davis)
For the most part, I liked this book.
7. Without a Trace (Catherine Anderson)
I really got into this one. It was hard to put down.
8. Reasonable Doubt (Catherine Anderson)
Pretty good read. Fast-paced and held my interest.
9. The Forgotten Garden (Kate Morton)
Magical. As soon as I opened this book, I felt like I was transported to another time. This story felt as real to me as if I was part of the story. It kept me guessing the entire time. No predictable plot here which was refreshing. The Forgotten Garden is in my top 5 favorite books of all time. This is a book that I would read again and again.
10. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
This book was scary and fascinating. I couldn’t put it down – finished it in less than 24 hours. This was different than anything I have ever read before – the plot, the voice, everything. I can only compare it to The Giver as it had the futuristic, chilling alter society in common. The writing style pulled me in – I felt like I was in the main character’s head. If you want a book that is going to make you think about life differently, read this.
11. The Dress Lodger (Sheri Holman)
The description on the back cover drew me in, but the book itself…meh. I didn’t feel invested in any of the characters. Throughout the book, there is some awkward “Dear Reader” narration which I didn’t care for. It was just too…gimmicky. When I finished the book, I felt relieved that it was over and I could move on to something more interesting.
12. Asylum (Patrick McGrath)
I liked this book. It held my interest until the very end. It’s not the type of book you pick up again and again, but it was a good one time read.
13. Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
This was a haunting story and it was hard to put down. The author’s writing style was unlike any I had seen before and it really made it feel as if you were in the main character’s head. Definitely a controversial subject, but this was a well written book.