Thursday, December 30, 2010

Book Challenge

I love to read.

In June 2010, I bet myself that I could finish 25 books before the end of 2010.

Guess who met that goal!!??!!


I've posted about each book (if you want to check through the archives) but if not- I'll rate them by using the star method altogether in this one post.

***** Excellent
**** Good
*** Decent but nothing to write home about
** Eh
* Don't put yourself through the torture

June 3, 2010 Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin Rating: ***

June 15, 2010 Every Last One by Anna Quindlen Rating: ****

June 27, 2010 Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky Rating: **

July 1, 2010 But Inside I'm Screaming by Elizabeth Flock Rating: ****

July 8, 2010 Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok Rating: ***1/2

July 13, 2010 America's Cheapest Family by Steve Economedes Rating: ****

July 19, 2010 Promises to Keep by Jane Green Rating: ***

July 26, 2010 Testimony by Anita Shreve Rating: ****

August 2, 2010 Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella Rating: ****

August 8, 2010 The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf Rating: *****

August 19, 2010 WinterGirls by Laurie Halse Anderson Rating: ****

August 29, 2010 The Castaways by Elin Hildebrand Rating: *****

September 7, 2010 The One that I Want by Allison Winn Scotch Rating: ***

September 14, 2010 Uncharted Territori by Tori Spelling Rating: ***

September 30, 2010 The Skinnygirl Dish by Bethenny Frankel Rating: ***

September 30, 2010 Skinny Italian by Teresa Guidice Rating: ***

September 30, 2010 Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner Rating: ***

October 19, 2010 The Island by Elin Hildebrand Rating: *****

October 25, 2010 Still Missing by Chevy Stevens Rating: *****

November 15, 2010 Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher Rating: **

November 15, 2010 After You by Julie Buxbaum Rating: *****

December 3, 2010 The Opposite of You by Sarah Pekkanen Rating: *****

December 13, 2010 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Rating: *****

December 19, 2010 Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins Rating: *****

December 28, 2010 Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins Rating: *****

Okay, I'm open to new suggestions. I want to read at least 40-50 books by 2012. What should I add to my list? Dish, please!!


Anonymous said...

Visit and read her memoirs. They are hilarious. the books are listed on her webpage with the earliest being at the bottom (Bitter is the New Black).

Anonymous said...

Have you read American Wife or Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld? Those were my fave reads of this year. I also second Jen Lancaster's books.

Anonymous said...

I'm planning to read 50 in 2011. I'm currently reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer. It's not about vampires though. If you haven't read it, it's similar to The Hunger Games. It's not a trilogy, but it is about a post-apocolyptic world. I wish I didn't have to work because it's hard to put down. There's also a trilogy from Cassandra Clare that I want to read. It's called the Mortal Instruments series. I've also heard good things about The Maze Runner which has 2 books that follow. There's the Dragon Girl series. I've read 1 and plan to read the other 2 soon. There's a book called The Help that's supposed to be fantastic. I have almost 30 books downloaded on my Nook that I plan to read. Wish me luck.

Jennifer said...

I read The Weight of Silence this year too & I LOVEDDDDDDDDD IT!!!!! Straight Up & Dirty by Stephanie Klein is pretty good.

Sonya said...

Looking back from this year I enjoyed Same Kind of Different as Me, The Help, and Redeeming Love. Redeeming Love is my FAVORITE book ever! I would also recommend the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray. It's young adult but I really liked it. I'm also a fan of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

Anonymous said...

Ashley, I read and loved some of the same books from your list. Here are some suggestions that I have recently read and liked: Room (Donoghue), Prep, books by Laura Lipman - a Baltimore writer, if you like psychological thriller types of books (I'd Know You Anywhere, What the Dead Know). Barefoot by Elin Hildebrand was also really good - great summer reading! I have also read books by Tana French and liked them - ex., The Likeness. I also liked the Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Wells.

Erica said...

I've read a lot of those same books this year. Reading "After You" right now. This year, I need to do a better job of cataloguing the books I've read. I like your system...

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