Thursday, September 11, 2014

Reading is my favorite

At the beginning of the year, I set myself a reading goal of 45 books.  Well, when I finished the 40th book early in the summer, I decided maybe it was time to add to my goal.  I upped the ante to 70 books and I just finished book number 51.  It seems like I'll make it just fine ... although I see myself spending a lot of November and December writing, so I really only have six weeks to read the majority of those 19 books.  But I'm not worried.

You can see what I've read so far this year by checking out my reading challenge on GoodReads, but I thought I'd take some time to highlight my favorites.

I've also read "FanGirl" and "Eleanor and Park." I adored both of them, but I think "Attachments" is my favorite by far.  I related to almost every character and the plot was both believable and a little break from reality.  It was perfect.

 I picked this one up on a whim at the library.  It started out slow but then I really got into it.  The book still haunts me at times as I wonder what I would have done in the position of the father and/or son in the book.

These books are sexy, sweet, and usually have some mystery mixed in. There are eight books in total, and I have fallen in love with all the people in the fictional town of Harper's Crossing (which is based on a town not so far from me, by the way).  I'm ready to move there. It's impossible for me to pick a favorite within the series.  I love them all.  Bonus info: Of the 51 books this year, 12 have been Melanie Shawn books.  Clearly, I have a problem, but it's a good one.

This probably wasn't the best choice to read during lunch hour at work. I kept laughing at my desk and I'm sure people thought I was losing it.  But it was hilarious and a very easy and fun read.

Here's another author who's created a town I love.  Also, this book is about a female brewer who falls in love with a chocolatier.  How is that not a win?  I've also gone through book two of this series and am anxiously awaiting the rest of the series (which is being delayed a bit).

I've already raved about my love for this author and this series.  You can go here and here if you want to check out what I had to say about this book and it's predecessors.  Simply put, I wish Matt and Justin were real.

As a veteran online dater, I enjoyed reading about her dating disasters and the tactics she deployed to improve her dating pool.  Spoiler alert - She ended up finding success when she figured out how to honestly portray who she was and what she was looking for.


Obviously, I don't read a lot of books that would be considered "high brow" or "serious," but I'm OK with that. I read to be entertained and to escape life.  I also tend to be drawn to characters, settings, and relationships more than plots.

What have you read this year that you loved?


  1. I haven't read anything else by Rainbow Rowell but I loved Attachments! Hyperbole and a Half has been on my list for a li=long time, I need to read it.

  2. Attachments is my favorite book of Rainbow Rowell's. I 've read all of her books too.

    There are some good books on this list. Way to work towards your goal!

  3. I need to step it up on reading. I haven't finished a book in months. Which is ridiculous.

    I really want to read Allie's book. I wish she'd blog more!

  4. I love Rainbow Rowell, but her latest, Landline, was kind of a dissapointment. I have all the Flat Outs on my Kindle, I just need to remember they are there instead of going through library books!

  5. Thanks for interviewing Tamara about running, it helped me find your blog! :)
    I'm in a book club with just me and one other person (I know, lame). We always go to the store together and buy discount books that we don't know anything about. Last summer we randomly picked Attachments, and I loved it! Plus, I only paid 1.99 for my copy.

    I'm excited to try some of the other books that you listed. Thanks!


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