A website I love and use almost every day is Goodreads.com. It is a place where you can keep track of books you have read, books you want to read, quotes you like, and receive book recommendations. You can connect with friends and see their virtual bookshelves, too! Normally I am an avid reader, but this past year has been jam packed with two jobs, trying to exercise, wedding planning, and writing this blog, so my reading has seriously been slacking. I am constantly adding books to my “to read” shelf and I guess that makes me feel like I’m actually reading and being productive. Kind of similar to how pinning things on Pinterest can make a person feel crafty and like a gourmet chef when you haven’t left your computer chair.
My Books of 2012:
Bossypants by Tina Fey
My Goodreads Rating: 5 stars
Overall: Awesome book, it is one of my absolute favorites! Her writing style, sense of humor, and stories about her personal life and career track are completely captivating. I wish I could find more memoirs as wonderful as this one. I’ll probably be reading it again in 2013!
These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars
Overall: I really enjoyed this book, it was a dark mystery thriller! I am really picky when it comes to mystery books, but this one did it for me. It is a quick and easy read with interesting plot twists! Worth checking out.
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
My Goodreads Rating: 3 stars
Overall: The review I wrote on goodreads said “I liked this book a lot but felt the last 50 pages dragged on. It felt like a blah ending for a book that had been very exciting and interesting. It did however open my eyes to the tragedy that took place in Paris in 1942. I liked how the story shifted between the 40′s and present day. Overall a good and moving story!!”
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
My Goodreads Rating: 1 star
Overall: I really like Mindy Kaling’s character on The Office and I heard this book being compared to Tina Fey’s Bossypants, so I figured I’d give this a try. Here is my Goodreads review: “Hmm I’m starting to think something is wrong with me. I keep reading raving reviews about this book and I just don’t get it!! Another Goodreads member reviewed this book perfectly in one sentence: it feels like you are reading a 10-year old’s diary. I LOVE the show The Office and really appreciate Mindy Kaling’s character, so I thought I would definitely like her memoir. That wasn’t the case. It felt like she was trying to be witty in every single sentence, and was failing miserably.”
White Girl Problems by Babe Walker
My Goodreads Rating: 1 star
Overall: Ugh, another atrocious book. The horribly awkward story of how I purchased the book was all for nothing! I had a lot of feelings about this one so I wrote a long review on the site:
“What a disappointing book. I know, I shouldn’t have expected TOO MUCH with a title like “White Girl Problems” but not only was this book unfunny, it actually made me angry! White Girl Problems is labeled as a memoir, however 20 pages in I thought “there is no way this is true.” Come to find out, it is not a memoir at all. The book was written by two men and their gal pal. The “author” Babe Walker is not a real person.
The actual writing itself is extremely annoying and shallow. Part of the fun in reading memoirs (even made up memoirs) is finding areas in which you can relate to the author. Even if you cannot relate to the exact situation the author is describing, you can normally relate to the feelings that are produced because of the situation. With White Girl Problems, I just became disgusted and thanked God that I couldn’t relate to any of it. This is not a book about “white girl problems” (whatever those may be), it is a book about a spoiled, self-absorbed, materialistic, socialite. Even knowing that, the stories are nowhere near believable. And this is coming from someone whose imagination is in overdrive most days!
Clearly some people have found humor in this book, but in good conscience I cannot recommend this book to anybody. Instead, read a memoir that is actually a memoir, written by a real author!”
My Goodreads Rating: 1 (this may have been a little harsh, it may be a 2)
Overall: I have never been a huge Evanovich fan, but figured I’d give this book a try. It was a fun one to have while I was at the beach and wanted something mindless to read, so I was happy to have it then! Once I returned home, I had no real desire to keep reading it.
The Drowning World (The Aquantis Series) by Brenda Peterson
My Goodreads Rating: In progress! I am currently reading this book and am loving it. My aunt is actually the author, pretty awesome!
Overall: Here is what the about section on Goodreads says: Two different people from two very different worlds. Can a mermaid and a human boy find love? Can they survive in his world and hers?
A regal and highly trained young mermaid, Marina, is on her first spy mission to Skyeworld in 2020. She comes ashore on Siesta Key, Florida where she meets feisty Lukas, a proud Cuban refugee. Marina will have to choose between the advanced civilization of Aquantis, where she has been chosen as a High Priestess, and her love for Lukas and his dangerously polluted SkyeWorld.
Loving What Is by Byron Katie
My Goodreads Rating: 5 stars
Overall: Do I really need to talk about how much I love, adore, and cherish this book? I read it over 2 years ago and have not put it down since. I’m always rereading it and finding new perspective and ways to find freedom and happiness. Just put “Byron Katie” in the search bar on my blog and you’ll see what she has done for me!
Those are the books of 2012! I currently have 104 books on my “to read” shelf, here are some of my goals for 2013:
Bobblehead Dad: 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew by Jim Higley
Mental by Eddie Sarfaty
The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God and Other Short Stories by Etgar Keret
Red Letters: Living a Faith That Bleeds by Tom Davis
Memoirs of a Violent Sleeper by Matt Micheli (is it a surprise that I want/need to read this?)
Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith by Thompson, Aukofer, and Dawkins
Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman
What is the What by Dave Eggers
Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible by Steven Furtick
Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales From an Allergic Life by Sandra Beasley (I’m SO MAD that I didn’t think of this book title for my maybe-going-to-happen-future-memoir. This allergic girl sounds just like me! This is another must read!)
12 books for 2013, that is my goal. I’m hoping to achieve it, and hopefully move even more books from my “to read” to “read” virtual shelf! I also have a “Favorites” shelf on my Goodreads account, books I have read in my lifetime that I adore. That is a blog post in itself and will be coming soon!
What’s on your “to read” list for 2013? Did you read any good ones this past year?