Monday, January 13, 2014


(So fancy, right? I went all out crazy with the Microsoft Paint)
I read over 40 books this past year. I consider that a pretty sweet accomplishment considering I work full-time, have two kids, and was a single parent for the year. Some of the books I'd already read and re-read them again, but that still counts!
Here are 5 books I read in 2013 that I loved:
#5: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
I honestly can't remember the last time I've read a book and laughed out loud more than three times. With this book, and pretty much the first five of this series, I was laughing all the time. After that the story line got a little...repetitive and predictable. I did love this book.

#4: The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Absolutely fabulous, yet sometimes brutal story. Beautifully written and perceptive. A good mystery with heartwrenching twists. Told from the perspective of a 13-year-old Native American boy on a reservation in North Dakota. Feels like a 13-year-old and then switches over into a child who is much wiser beyond his years.

#3: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon 
Another story that was beautifully written and attention to detail that brings the characters to life. An intriguing and wrenching story and mystery. So many twists and turns and an ending I was not expecting. There are two more in the series and they are definitely on my list.
#2: The River Midnight by Lilian Nattel
The first 60 pages of this book I struggled with. I was trying to figure out the mood, the tone, and the direction we were going on this reading journey. On that 61st page, something clicked and I just couldn't put it down. This book tells the story of multiple people at different days and times in their lives and yet connecting them all at the end in a wonderful way. The main part of the story focuses on four women, all friends, and their actions, interations, or secrets on specific days.
#1: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Don't hate. It took me a full year, but I re-read this whole series again and am still in love with it. I remember reading the first three books when I was in 8th grade. I still laugh at the same parts and am always finding something new in the storyline. If a story can still captivate me after 15 years, I'd say its pretty dang good. 

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