Every week I read a new book. I rate them by how much I love them. Here’s a list of what I’ve read so far.
(Updated every Tuesday)
Week 1: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
♥♥♥½ – Liked it; will read it more critically next time
Week 2: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
♥♥♥ – Still as tragically beautiful as I remember.
Week 3: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
♥♥♥♥ – Painful and honest, but hopeful; loved it.
Week 4: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
♥ – The only reason I finished this story is because I was determined to not let it defeat me.
Week 10: Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
♥♥♥♥ – Anytime a book can make me laugh out loud, it’s a damn good book.
Week 10.1: Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
♥♥♥½ – In my mind, Morelli is Bradley Cooper and Ranger is Vin Diesel.
Week 10.2: The Giver by Lois Lowry
♥♥♥♥ – Sad and beautiful; inspiring; makes me question things, makes me think.
Week 11: Persuasion by Jane Austen (Cleansing my palate after S&S.)
♥♥½ – Not as good as Pride & Prejudice; infinitely better than Sense & Sensibility.
Week 12: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
♥♥♥♥♥ – This book (along with TFiOS) will be a benchmark against which all other books are judged.
Week 13: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
♥♥♥♥ – Saw the movie (with Richard Armitage); loved it. Read the book; loved it more.
Week 16: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
This book gets no hearts. I couldn’t finish it. It is so terrible and boring, I’m sad I wasted my time.
Week 17: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
♥♥♥♥½ – I giggled and I sobbed, sometimes on the same page. I am thankful that people like Jenny exist.
Week 19: On A Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
♥♥♥½ – Really enjoyed this intro to the Incarnations of Immortality series.
Week 20: Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
♥♥♥ – A nice, quick read. A bit predictable, but charming nonetheless.
Week 21: The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Week 25: Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
♥♥♥ – I live vicariously through Stephanie Plum.
Week 26: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
♥♥♥½ – Quick and fun. Really enjoyed it and look forward to the rest of the series.
Week 28: Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison
♥♥♥½ – One of the best books in the series so far.
Week 28.1: Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
♥♥♥♥ – Amazing story, amazing world, amazing characters. I can’t wait to dig into the rest of the series.
Week 28.2: The Sea of Monsters By Rick Roirdan
♥♥♥½ – I enjoy watching these characters grow, and can’t wait to see where they go next.
Week 29: Pale Demon by Kim Harrison
♥♥♥½ – The first time I’ve cried since Kisten. And not for the reasons I thought I would.
Week 30: A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison
♥♥♥½ – I’m terrified I know where this series is going, and I don’t want to be right.
Week 31: Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey
♥♥♥ – A bit disappointed in how tidy things were resolved, but still a good story.
Week 32: Ever After by Kim Harrisom
♥♥♥♥ – This series is going to be the death of me.
Week 32.1: A Study In Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
♥♥♥½ – I’m excited to finally get to know these characters.
(I’ve become a bit lax with updates, so here are the books I’ve read, without ratings, in the last few weeks.)
The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman