I didn’t really make resolutions for 2014, but in the back of my mind, I vowed to do more reading… and I’ve been keeping that promise, plowing through a book every couple of weeks.
Here’s what I’ve been reading since the beginning of the year. I always pin the books I’ve read, with recommendations to my BOOKS I READ: 2014 Pinterest board (here is my 2012 list and my 2013 list) and I keep a very active BOOKS TO READ Pinterest board as well.
Beautiful Ruins: A Novel by Jess Walter
This was the first book I read this year and I have to admit that the cover caught my eye. I rarely read what a book is actually about before I start it. I love the mystery of not knowing (this is so not like me, in life, FYI). I did like this book. It was thick and hopped between different countries and cultures and eras, which kept my interest.
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
This has been my favorite so far this year, which was a surprise to me considering I couldn’t even finish Meg Wolitzer’s other book. This one took me back to being a teenager, despite the fact that these teens experienced life in a different decade than I did — I suppose that there are some things and experiences that are just intrinsic to being a teenager, right?
The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
I just finished reading the last book a couple of days ago and now I’m dying to see the movie (want to be my date? i promise not to hog the popcorn). I thought this was a fun series to read and it caught my interest. Obviously it’s in the Young Adult category, although I thought it was a bit more mature than Twilight or The Hunger Games. The first book was definitely my fave and they went a bit downhill from there, in my opinion. The last two books felt like the were trying to hard and I almost wish I would have read the first book and called it a day. Did anyone else feel the same?
Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
If you were a fan of the first book, I would say that it’s a must-read. It went in a different direction than I was expecting and I’m really hoping that they make it into a movie. Mostly because this is the only Anne Hathaway that I can stomach. Perfect for beach reading or I-don’t-really-want-to-think-much reading.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
I’d been hearing about this book for a while and knew that it was wildly popular, but I was skeptical. I hate getting so excited about a book that everyone is swooning about, then being disappointed when it’s not so great. However, I really loved this. The story was light, relateable and relevant.