Read in 2015

In chronological order, here is a list of books, novellas, and short stories that I finished reading in 2015.

1. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
2. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
3. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
4. Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
5. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
6. Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
7. Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway
8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
9. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
10. I Was Here by Gayle Forman
11. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
12. The Meaning of Shit: A Scatalogicon by Summersdale
13. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
14. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
15. Bridge of Snow by Marie Rutkoski
16. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
17. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
18. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
19. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
20. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
21. Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
22. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
23. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson
24. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
25. Manga Classics: Emma by Jane Austen, Stacy King, Crystal Chan, Po Tse
26. Manga Classics: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Stacy King, Crystal Chan, Nokman Poon
27. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
28. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
29. How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
30. Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
31. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson     (re-read)
32. A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner     (re-read)
33. The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant
34. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
35. The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara
36. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
37. 100 Successful College Application Essays Compiled and Edited by Members of the Staff of The Harvard Independent
38. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
39. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley     (re-read)
40. The Martian by Andy Weir
41. Benediction by F. Scott Fitzgerald
42. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
43. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

January Reading Wrap-Up

One of my reading goals for 2015 (which I still haven’t written a post on) is to read five books each month. Not an average of five books a month, not 60 books this year, but five books every month. In the month of January, I read a total of six books. In the past, January has been one of my biggest reading months of the year; I usually clock in with 10+ books. But I got off to a slow start and didn’t begin reading my first book this month until January 15th. C’est la vie. Here are the books I finished this month, followed by a brief recount of my thoughts.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Synopsis | I loved this book. It was one of my most anticipated books of 2014, but sadly I didn’t get to it until this year. It reminded me a bit of the Throne of Glass series in terms of the way it made me feel. I finished it the same day I started it. It’s a fantasy novel and I think it’d be great for people looking to get into the genre. I had very high expectations for this novel and it amazingly surpassed them. This was a great start to the series and I can’t wait for the sequel to release in July. | My Goodreads Review 5/5 stars

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Synopsis | This is the third book in the Throne of Glass fantasy series. If you saw my Top 15 post, you know that this was the number one book from my shelves that I wanted to get to in 2015. I did, and my mind is BLOWN. This book was outstanding, just like the other books in the series and I was so, so happy with it. I literally cannot wait for the fourth installment. The Throne of Glass series is one of my all time favorites and I highly recommend picking up these books. | My Goodreads Review 5/5 stars

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
Synopsis | This is the third book in the historical fiction/fantasy trilogy, His Fair Assassin. I was slightly disappointed because I expected so much from this book- the first two installments are two of my favorite books. I didn’t think this one was as good as those, but I still enjoyed it; it was by no means a bad book. This trilogy is about the French duchy of Brittany in the 15th century and each book follows a different female protagonist, each an assassin and handmaiden/daughter of Death. I definitely recommend it and the fantasy elements are minimal and realistic to the times. | My Goodreads Review 4/5 stars

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
Synopsis | This is the third book in the paranormal, mythology-based Everneath trilogy. The premise is loosely based on the Greek myth of Persephone, but it’s far different than other young adult retellings I’ve read. I usually despise paranormal romance books for many reasons (I need write a rant post sometime), but I found this trilogy very enjoyable. It was a fun, easy read that made me laugh and that I didn’t have to take very seriously. It’s quick and teenager-ish and I embraced its typical paranormal romance qualities, although it stood out to me because it in some ways defied the normal cookie cutter format of the genre. I think anyone who loves paranormal romance will get a kick out of this trilogy and maybe even some people like me who dislike the genre. | My Goodreads Review 5/5 stars

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Synopsis | This is the second book in the paranormal/supernatural Mara Dyer trilogy. After reading the first book, despite really liking it, it took me over a year to pick this one up because these books are such heavy reads for me. It’s dark, creepy, eerily reminiscent of a horror story. Technically, it’s a paranormal romance series, so naturally I have my issues with it. But I do really like the series, and I liked this book- it’s completely different than anything I’ve ever read. I haven’t purchased the third book yet. I for sure want to read it but after completing this installment, I felt exhausted and drained. Who knows, maybe it’ll be another year before I finally finish off this trilogy. | My Goodreads Review 4/5 stars

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
Synopsis | This is a standalone contemporary novel. It follows a main character named Anika who is half Romanian who lives in Nebraska with her mom, two siblings, stepdad, and two step-siblings. She has a witty and humorous voice, drily detailing her life as a 10th grade student. She deals with popularity, racism, nativist sentiments, petty theft, love, and friendship. While I didn’t give this book as high a rating as I usually give, I did enjoy it. I thought it was realistic, truly unfiltered. I do recommend it because I think it contains important messages and it is well-written and fun to read. | My Goodreads Review 3.5/5 stars

Overall, I really enjoyed the books I read this month. I started reading fantasy again (now I’m on a kick), read a few paranormal books, and even managed to squeeze in an entertaining contemporary. I also began Cress by Marissa Meyer, but put it down because I wasn’t in the mood for it. And throughout the month, I’ve slowly been working my way through Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan. I finished four of the books on my Top 15 TBR list for 2015. And I surpassed my goal of five books during the month. I have no idea what I’m going to read in February, but I’m excited for a new month of reading!