Monday, January 27, 2014

14 in '14 Update

As some of you may remember, at the end of December, I set a goal to read 14 specific books in 2014. I plan to read more than just those 14, but I highlighted those books as ones that I wanted to make it a point to read  during this year. 

Without further ado, here are the ones I've read so far...

The Graveyard Book

Ironically enough, I finished this book before 2014 even started. I began reading the book on the 28th of December and just blew through it so that it was done by the 30th. I really enjoyed it and I think I'm becoming a fan of Neil Gaiman. So far, I've read this and The Ocean at the End of the Lane and I've loved both books.

The Husband's Secret

This book was excellent. I normally do not like adult fiction and prefer young adult; however I could not put this book down. I loved how the author interwove three different women's stories into one and wrapped everything up at the end. It was a satisfying read. 

I listened to this book on CD instead of reading it because I love listening to audio books on my commute to work, and because reviews said it was better to listen to Libba Bray read her own book. There were parts where I hated this book and almost shut the CD off and then there were times where I loved it and thought it was a great listen. I gave it three out of five stars on Goodreads. I probably wouldn't recommend it to many people, but I also wouldn't tell people to not read it either. 

The Girl Who Circumnativgated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

This was kind of a disappointment. I think I was so excited about the premise of the book that I went into it with high expectations. It won awards, and even Neil Gaiman sang its praises. I put this book down so many times throughout the month, I finished three other books between starting and finishing this one. The ending of the book really got me into the story (sadly, a little too late) and made me wish that it wasn't ending, which was surprising considering I was literally counting the pages left in the book that I had left to read. I would recommend this book to people who like books like Harry Potter, but I would definitely add a disclaimer that it may not be as great as it appears. 

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  1. Someone gave me Beauty Queens as part of a gift for my 30th birthday, and it's been sitting on my shelf for, yipes, almost 2.5 years to the day! Maybe I should give it a shot, it's not like I work or anything!

    I cannot remember if we talked about this, but read Silver Linings Playbook. It's a super quick read!!

    DO IT!

  2. Thanks for recapping these stories. I work at the library but it still seems like I cannot get my hands on enough good books to read. One of my co-worked suggested Beauty Queens because she loved it so much. But as my manager always says "not every book is for everybody." Thanks for sharing :)

    1. You are absolutely welcome, please let me know if you read any of these and what your thoughts were, I always love to talk books!!

  3. The only one of these I've read was The Husband's Secret which I also thought was excellent! Definitely couldn't put it down.

  4. I love posts about book reviews! My "to read" list is getting ridiculously long :) Adding some of these to it!

  5. This caught my eye right after I posted the other comment. I almost suggested Neil Gaiman, my favorite of his is "Neverwhere" I'm going to check out some of your other picks that I have not heard of :)


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