2.18.2013

{what i'm reading}

So, if you're on Goodreads, you might know that you can set reading goals for yourself for the year. Up until last year, I've never really been the biggest reader in the world, unlike my mother who reads on average five books a week (not even joking). I did read a lot last year, but I wasn't keeping track then. I did give myself a goal of 52 books this year, so one book per week, and I'm happy to report that I'm actually a little ahead of schedule!
Now, I feel the need to remind you that I don't always have the best taste in books. I like to read books that will let me escape my own head for a while, and that includes (I'll admit it), a lot of new adult fiction. Some of these books are amazing, but some aren't the best. 

To be honest, I feel like there is some competition between authors to see who can come up with the most terrible thing a character can go through in their life. Usually it's abuse or the death of a family member, and I'm not always the biggest fan of this (which is strange, since I keep picking up these books). 

One of the better ones in this category, and one of the best young/new adult books that I've read recently is the Coincidence of Callie & Kayden. I also really liked On Dublin Street, which I read this year as well, and has that really hot billionaire love interest, but with an Irish accent. Does it get hotter than that?

I really didn't like Ten Tiny Breaths. There's not much more to say about that one.

Other new/young adult fiction novels that I've read this year that were decent (but not good enough to devote an actual paragraph to):


These all had that same tortured soul meets the only person who can save them theme. Most of the time, they were good books, but they're all so similar that I get the plots mixed up looking back and don't really remember the details very well. 

I'm currently reading the Mortal Instruments series, which I can't get enough of. Thank goodness there are six books in this series, because seriously? I can't handle the "relationship" between Jace and Clary (which, if you've read the books, you know what I'm talking about). I couldn't stop myself, and did look up what's actually there, so I'm really looking forward to getting through the third book and moving on from that little twist (I'm in the middle of the City of Glass right now). I really do like the world the author has created, though I'm not always a fan of the main character. I started reading it since it's being made into a movie, and now I can't wait for it to come out!

I really do need to move on from my obsession with young adult fiction, or I at least need a break for a little while, and I think I may read the Paris Wife next. I started reading it in Barnes and Noble the other day, and I really liked the first few chapters! Looking forward to that one!

Do you have any recommendations for me? Have you read any of these?

Oh, and I went and saw Safe Haven today with Robert! I read the book last year, and really liked both the movie and the book. Have you seen it? What did you think?

22 comments:

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

The Mortal Instruments is one of my favorite series! (I was actually sick recently and reread them.... I'm on book 4.... they're so good even a second time!!) You should read her other series, too, called "The Infernal Devices". I think I prefer that series over The Mortal Instruments, and the last book of that comes out in a month!! (They take place at the Institute in Victorian London.... You see a lot of the main characters ancestry from TMI... Like Lightwood, Fairchild, Herondale, etc.... It's exciting in a nerdy kind of way!)

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

I am reading Mortal instruments right now as well, it is great! I can't stop myself at night! I have to force myself to go to sleep. I am so happy it is a series!

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

Young adult fiction can be fantastic and amazing! ... If you do it right. Have you tried John Green? Or if you enjoy fantasy Kristin Cashore (Graceling) & Maria V. Snyder (Poison Study) are authors that I can't get enough of! If you enjoy any bit of dystopian sci fi, Scott Westerfeld & Suzanne Collins are good authors to start with. (I'm currently studying to be a middle school Language Arts teacher, so YA novels are almost an obsession.) =]

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

I signed up just last week, and I've already gotten some great suggestions. You'll love the Paris Wife...it was one of my favorite books recently!

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

I loved the Paris Wife! It's especially good if you've never cared for Ernest Hemingway and his infuriating style of writing (which is me). For a good "escape" book, I would recommend City of Magic. Can't remember who wrote it, but I devoured it in one day. It was described on the back as a "paranormal rom com," which grabbed my attention right away.

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

I can finally comment on my iPad!!! Yay!

The Paris Wife sounds good... Keep me posted?! I am in love with the entire Something Borrowed series by Emily Giffin. Can't get enough! Looking forward to having much more time after the wedding and on our honeymoon to get back to reading!!

Xo

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

YES. City of Magic was absolutely incredible! I read it over Christmas break and I am already considering re-reading it. I had already wanted to visit Prague, but this book moved it from the middle of my travel list to the very top.

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

If you like the young adult fiction books then you certainly need to check out Divergent. It's a three part series and is being compared to the Hunger Games trilogy, but it's a LOT better than the Hunger Games (and I loved those books). It's a great read. The girl who wrote it, Veronica Roth, is only 24 years old and starting writing the first book while she was still in college. I would describe it as a mix between George Orwell's 1984 and the Hunger Games.

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

I absolutely LOVE Divergent! That was my favorite series that I read last year! I can't wait for the last book and the movie to come out too. Have you read Delirium? I really liked that one as well!

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

I've read a few of the Something Borrowed books, and I really liked them! It's not exactly my favorite style, but I think I might try to read a few more of them. I'll definitely let you know how the Paris Wife is! xoxo

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

Ha, I like Ernest Hemingway, but I know that he is such a controversial character. Maybe that's why I do love him? And I'll definitely recommend City of Magic, so thanks for the suggestion!

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

That's really good to know! Putting it on my list now! xoxo

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

It really can be! I've heard of John Green, but I haven't read his books yet. I typically like something with a somewhat happy ending, and I just can't decide if the Fault in Our Stars has one :) I'll definitely check out those other authors as well (and I absolutely agree with Suzanne Collins...I love the Hunger Games!). xoxo

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

Right?! I didn't know that I was going to become so attached to that series!

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

I saw that there was another series in the same...world, I guess? Thanks for the recommendation!

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

Really? I'm excited to start it!

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

I am so excited to have found your list! I am an avid reader in that I like to drift off into the book and not come out. I am writing these down and checking out Good Reads. I haven't heard of it! Thanks so much :)

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

Oh good! Definitely let me know what you think if you read any of these!

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

I really enjoyed The Paris Wife! I'll definitely have to check out the Mortal Instruments series, I feel like I would like those.


I have been in a reading funk since last September, when I tried to read A Casual Vacancy and failed. But, the latest book in Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series just came out, so I finally started reading again. I think you would probably like that series. I like them because they're quick and easy reads you can get lost in, the supernatural elements are fun and different from others I've read, and the main character is sassy and smart.

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

How awful is it that I just haven't been reading much lately because 1) I'm busy but 2) I really like YA books the most and I don't want to be judged... Yep.

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

Ooo!!! I just picked up The Paris Wife from the library! Can't wait! I've only read City of Bones in the Mortal Instruments series so far, but the rest are definitely on the list... So much to read, so little time!

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

I loved The Paris Wife. While traveling, I just read The American Wife and Silver Linings Playbook and would definitely recommend both.