what I’m reading this year




On My Nightstand: Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

On My Kindle: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde


  1. Jeneration X by Jen Lancaster | Finished 1/14 | One of her better collections of essays IMO. Lots of funny stories. Her books always feel like chatting with your BFF.
  2. Don’t You Forget About Me by Liz Tipping |Finished 1/31| Slightly getting by on the British locale and the love interest. I rooted for the main character but was continuously frustrated with her.
  3. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins |Finished 2/11|I loved Anna and the French Kiss and the writing style in this one continues to make the story compulsively readable but the main characters choices throughout the book drove me batty. I had to kind of check my opinions at the door with this one.
  4. The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill | Finished 2/16 |A short sweet graphic novel about a young girl who learns to care for tea dragons. A quick one-sitting read. I’ll be passing this one onto my nine year old next.
  5. Mother Daughter Book Camp by Heather Vogel Frederick | Finished 2/18 | Hard to believe the book club is heading to college! This was a fun farewell story. I’ll miss this series.
  6. Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography by Daniel Handler | Finished 2/23 | This was cute. More of a scrapbook than a story. Fun for people who finished the book and the Netflix series and you need a Snicket fix. But it definitely does not stand on its own.
  7. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett | Finished 3/1 | You’ve Got Mail meets Sleepless in Seattle for YA. I really enjoyed this. The characters had a lot of depth, the story felt unique but just the right amount of predictable. Couldn’t put it down.
  8. Island of the Aunts by Eva Ibbotson | Finished 3/9 | Fantastical, I loved reading about all the different creatures on the island.
  9. Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center | Finished 3/19 | I loved this. Bingeable and delicious but also real and with plenty of depth and character growth. I’ll definitely be checking out her other books.
  10. Renegades by Marissa Meyer | Finished 4/30 | A promising start to a new series by the author of the Lunar Chronicles. I really fell in love with this one. A very cool premise with a great cast of characters. I want to read book two ASAP.
  11. I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn | Finished 5/7 | A long distance BFF friendship story told through texts and emails over the course of one year of college. Not my favorite read, but oddly fascinating in a fly on the wall kind of way.
  12. I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski | Finished 5/12 | This one was pretty much getting by on my love for wanderlust travel stories. The characters were a little naïve for my liking, a lot of drama that could have been avoided if anyone ever talked to people about their feelings ever. But there’s a ship to ship and lots of traveling so not a total loss.
  13.  Mr. Darcy Forever by Victoria Connelly | Finished 6/6 | I finished this one in spite of myself to find out what happened. I didn’t really enjoy how the book jumps from past tense to present tense though I understand why the author chose to do so. I found some of the characters absurd and spent a lot of time wondering if the main characters might actually be idiots not to see through the Wickham type that tears them apart. Of course it all works out in the end and the Jane Austen references were fun, but I’m disappointed in this one.
  14. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier | Finished 6/7 | This was a little sad, a little magical and a very sweet. I read it in two sittings. My 9 year old really enjoyed it, too.

Books Read in: 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

8 thoughts on “what I’m reading this year

  1. Kailyn Kausen says:

    Wow, that Dark Matter book looks extremely interesting, concept wise. The cover has been catching my eye, but this is the first time I’ve actually read anything about it. Sounds like something weird and creative – exactly what I’d want to spend time reading!


  2. Gidget says:

    Hi! Just stumbled across your blog from this month’s “what’s on your nightstand” post! I think I’ll be back, too. Looks like we have a bit in common (oh, and I’m married to an engineer, too!).


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