year in books - part 1

I'm doing my best to read at least one book per month this year and have read some great books this quarter! As a way to document my "year in books" and to keep myself accountable, I will be sharing the books that I've read each quarter and what I thought about them. I've listed my brief thoughts about the books that I read during the past three months, without giving away any spoilers, in hopes that you may find a book that you'd like to read. I love sharing my thoughts about books so if you'd like to chat about a certain book or have a recommendation for next quarter please comment or email me! I love hearing from you!


I started Eleanor and Park in November of 2013 and couldn't seem to finish it until I picked it back up in January. I think it's because I was afraid of what was going to happen next. It's not your typical teenage love story which was what initially attracted me to book. Eleanor's story is so sad and I found myself not wanting to know what happened to her. When I finally got the courage to finish the book the ending was not what I had expected, thankfully, but still didn't do the book justice. Genre: Romance / Young Adult  Audience: young adult and up Perfect for: A rainy day Rating: 3/5 stars


I read the Husband's Secret in February. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it based on the described plot, a woman who think's she has it all is shattered by a secret her husband has been keeping from her. It sounded a bit mellow-dramatic to me. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this book. The characters were relatable and, although it may have been predictable at times, I enjoyed the storyline. Genre: Women's literature / Drama Audience: Women, mid-twenties and above Perfect for: beach/vacation read Rating: 3.5/5 stars


As you know, Where'd You Go Bernadette was on my list for March. In a word, this book was quirky. It was unlike anything that I've ever read and definitely has an interesting plot. The storyline wasn't predictable which was refreshing. My favorite aspect of the book was the characters. While it was Genre: Humor/Family Life  Audience: 18 and up Perfect for: anytime Rating: 4/5 stars

The second book that I read during March was, Reconstructing Amelia. I heard about this book through a buzzfeed article that featured books that were being made into movies this year. I love reading the novel that inspired a movie. I often play casting agent, and think about who I would cast as each character while I'm reading. This book was not a light and happy read but it definitely was a page turner. It's been compared to Gone Girl, which I think is a stretch, but it's still an thrilling and quick read. If you like Pretty Little Liars or Gossip Girl, this book is for you. Genre: Mystery / Whodunit Audience: Young adult and up Perfect for: weekend at home Rating: 3.5/5