Books I Have Enjoyed So Far This Year

This post contains on spoilers, FYI.

For Christmas our home received a Kindle Fire. At some point I downloaded the Goodreads app, remembering some conversations from Google+. Through the Goodreads website there are a lot of crazy things you can do attached to reading a book. Take a quiz, start a quiz, enter for a book giveaway, and set a goal. Yea I set a goal for a number of books to read this year. It seemed like the thing to do at the time.

I actually tried to be very thoughtful when setting this goal. I took a class Feb-May and I still plan to take another come Aug or Sept whenever they start. I thought that a goal of 12 books for the year was on point. One per month and all. Planning of reading none during the class months and extra during the other months.

Before I started that crazy English class I took I read this;


I thought that Enders was going to be out already, but the date has been pushed back several times. So I am still waiting.

I really enjoyed this book and that made it a super quick read. I read it in January and here in July I am still interested in reading the sequel. This is also the type of story that I can just jump back into once I pick it up. The characters are believable and jump of the page, if you know what I mean.

What Amazon has to say about this book,

In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party–her body will commit murder, if her mind can’t stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first–the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again. Callie’s neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It’s a fairy-tale new life . . . until she uncovers the Body Bank’s horrible plan. . . .”


I enjoyed June’s Books On First book, Tanglewood Plantation. I am not certain but I may have enjoyed this book more after reading Outlander. Both of these books have some time travel per say. Outlander has a lot of sex scenes in it, and a lot of Scottish accent. That made the reading slower for me. Picking up Tanglewood Plantation immediately after was easy. It went quick, and was a nice transition book for me.

I am currently halfway through Safe Haven. If you participate in Books On First then you know that is this months book. (If not, go check it out. You can win an Amazon Gift Card in the amount of the Kindle Ed of the book, and there is a new winner each week.) I also have two more books from the library on the counter, the same length as Safe Haven. Clearly I won’t be finishing them in time. After the stack of books on my counter I do plan to read the sequel to Tanglewood Plantation. I just have to get there.

Amazon’s claims about Tanglewood Plantation;

Chicagoan, Summer Woodfield, is in for the surprise of her life when she inherits the family estate in Georgia. Not only is the antebellum plantation a dilapidated relic, but comes complete with a haunting cast of characters–characters long dead! Convinced by the estate lawyer to fulfill the requirements of her inheritance, she reluctantly sets up house in the haunted mansion. An investigative trip into the attic leads to the discovery of mid-19th century love letters written by the son of the overseer to Evaline, a mulatto slave on the plantation. Summer is drawn to the mystery of Evaline, and taunted by a thumbprint purposely placed on one of the letters by its author. When she touches the thumbprint, she is whisked back in time to the Civil War, not as the mistress of the manor, but as a slave–a servant to her own ancestors! Trapped in a time warp, she experiences the horror of the Civil War as a slave, while the secret of her inheritance is exposed, awakening a forbidden love story lost in the annals of time.

In that stack of books on the counter I have the sequel to Shoe Addicts Anonymous. This was cute and fun to read. Nothing heavy like some of the other books that I have read this year (thanks crazy English professor). I think every now and then I need a book like this to clear my reading pallet. You know kind of like smelling coffee beans in between candle scents?

I added this book to my “to read” shelf a while ago drawn in simply because someone somewhere said it was good and I like shoes. Yep, that really is how I chose to read it. Also the local library had it. It turns out that worked for me.

I am a bit disappointed because the book ended with lots of room for a sequel, and yet from the snip-it that I read in the next book, it doesn’t pick up where Shoe Addicts Anonymous left off. It’s a new group of peeps. We’ll see how I feel about it after reading and I’ll report back to ya.

Amazons blerb about it;

“Four different women. One common shoe size. And a shared lust for fabulous footwear.

Helene Zaharis’s politician husband keeps her on a tight leash and cancels her credit cards as a way of controlling her. Lorna Rafferty is up to her eyeballs in debt and can’t stop her addiction to eBay. Sandra Vanderslice, battling agoraphobia, pays her shoe bills by working as a phone-sex operator. And Jocelyn Bowen is a nanny for the family from hell (who barely knows a sole from a heel but who will do anything to get out of the house.)

On Tuesday nights, these women meet to trade shoes and, in the process, form friendships that will help them each triumph over their problems—from secret pasts to blackmail, bankruptcy, and dating. Funny, emotional, and powerful, Shoe Addicts Anonymous is a perfect read for any woman who has ever struggled to find the perfect fit.”

Now each time I log into Goodreads it suggests I increase my goal of books to read. Today I actually looked at it and saw why.

Since I set this goal with Goodreads I have, according to them, completed 11 of 12 books. For the record I did not start this on January first. I completed a few other books before using the app. And while I’m making side notes one of the books on the list is a trilogy that Goodreads is counting as one book. You know, three books in one. Yea.

Now I agree I should change it, just not sure what to.

So suggest up a new total number for me. I was thinking of just adding one more book for each month left after this month. That would make my new total 17. When I was taking that English class I barely read.

What have you read and enjoyed this year? What should my new reading goal be? What is your reading goal, or do you even have one?

Gwen
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9 Responses to 'Books I Have Enjoyed So Far This Year'

  1. andi says:

    interesting…. 😀

  2. mail4rosey says:

    I didn’t know GoodReads was handy like that, I’ll have to check into it.

    I have an extensive reading list I may never get done. 🙂 It’ll be fun trying… 😉

  3. This was perfect timing for me, I’m looking for some new books but didn’t know where to start. I heard Safe Haven was great.

  4. these look like great books.

  5. Momma Lew says:

    I really enjoyed Safe Haven!

  6. erica says:

    Oh wow.. Starters sounds like my kind of book. I will definitely need to check that out.

  7. Anonymous says:

    There really s nothing like a good book. I loved both Safe Haven and Tanglewood Plantation.

  8. Lisa says:

    I see a few books I need to make time to read! I think I would like Tanglewood plantation. I belong to Good Reads as well, but didn’t know all those things were available there! I haven’t had or taken the time to explore all that!

  9. TabbyAnn says:

    this is a great list. I have seen the movie safe haven but haven’t read the book. I need to do that!

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