Books I’ve Read This Year

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I did it! I hit my reading goal.

I never thought it would be this much fun to challenge myself to read and read and read. I’m so glad I did because I have just fallen in love with reading all over again. All the worlds I’ve visited this year has been a very welcome distraction to all the chaos and boredom that has been happening interchangeably in my world. I would like to do a review of each one but there are 60 so this would be a really long post so I will just list them and let you decided for yourself which ones sound appealing to you.

Here we go!

  1. Wuthering Heights-Emily Bronte: It’s a love story between two people that shouldn’t be together but they just can’t stop it. Everyone in this book is terrible and there is so much drama but I freaking loved it. 5/5
  2. The Scarlet Letter-Nathaniel Hawthorne: A woman is branded an adulterer for getting pregnant out of wedlock and is forced to show everyone what she is by wearing the letter A on her clothes. The man is never blamed and it’s pretty boring. 2/5
  3. The Danish Girl-David Ebershoff: A story of transgender struggle and one woman’s courage to be who she truly is on the outside as well as the inside. It also talks about the never ending support of someone who really loves you and how that can go a long way in you living your best life. 4/5
  4. The Exorcist-William Peter Blatty: A young girl gets possessed, her mother goes as far as she needs to do help her only daughter, even if no one believes her. Also one of the freakiest books I’ve ever read. 5/5
  5. The Book Of Speculation-Erika Swyler: A man finds out a family secret that has been killing the women in his family for generations. Can he stop it before his sister succumbs to the same fate? 3/5
  6. The Shining-Stephen King: A family is hired to keep a hotel heated while it’s closed down for the winter in the Colorado Rockies. Little do they know it’s haunted by it’s brutal past and things start to get weird when the dad starts listening to the voices in his head. Stuck in the hotel with no way out can they survive the long, cold months together? 5/5
  7. Interview with the Vampire- Ann Rice Vampires are among us and one of them has a lot to say. Louis tells his life story, which is pretty interesting at times but sometimes it can be a little tedious. 3/5
  8. Mrs. Fletcher- Tom Perrotta: This book was hilarious. A middle aged, single mom is about to send her only son off to college and she’ll have to figure out how to be her own woman again. She takes a class, starts going out again and experimenting in some new sexual experiences.  I really liked this one, if you want a good laugh I recommend it. 5/5
  9. Hidden Figures- Margot Lee Shetterly 4/5
  10. The Poisonwood Bible-Barbara Kingsolver: A family of missionaries go off to Africa to spread God’s word. When the fanatical father decides he doesn’t want to leave his family is forced to survive in a world so unknown, where the wrong move could mean death.
  11. The Silent Sister-Diane Chamberlain: 3/5
  12. Cold Mountain-Charles Frazier: The best book in the whole world. A wounded soldier escapes the war just to get back home to Cold Mountain and the love of his life, Ada. Meanwhile, Ada is patiently waiting for him to come home while learning to take care of her recently deceased father’s farm with the help of Ruby. This book is beautiful. It is my favorite. 5/5
  13. Behind Closed Doors-B.A. Paris: Not every marriage is as it seems. They may be a beautiful, perfect couple to their friends, but when no one is looking bad things happen. 4/5
  14. The Demonologist-Gerald Brittle: This is a book chronically the experiences of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a couple who specializes in expelling demonic entities from homes. 4/5
  15. Before We Were Yours-Lisa Wingate: This book is about a family of 5 siblings who are kidnapped from their parents and sold to rich couples who can’t have children of their own. It follows the very real Georgia Tann child trafficking organization that haunted our nation and affected over 5,000 lives for 26 years. 4/5
  16. Broken-Karin Fossum: A writer is woken in the middle of the night by one of her own characters. He pleads with her to write his story, that he’s running out of time and needs his story to be told. Little does he know that his story involves a heroin addict who will come into his life like a violent storm and change things forever. 4/5
  17. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck-Mark Manson: If you’re tired of caring so much about things that you can’t control then this is the book for you. 4/5
  18. The Dead Roam the Earth-Alasdair Wickman: A few weird coincidences, a lot of speculation. This book of conspiracy stories and weird happenings covers it all. 3/5
  19. The Gunslinger-Stephen King: The first in the Dark Tower series. Follow the last gunslinger in his quest for the Dark Tower to fulfill the destiny he was born into. 5/5
  20. The Turn of the Screw-Henry James: A ghost story. It’s quite boring. 1/5
  21. Sharp Objects-Gillian Flynn: A journalist has to return to her hometown to investigate two murders of two young girls. As toxic as this environment is she gets sucked in and uncovers something very disturbing and very familiar.
  22. Throne of Glass-Sarah J. Maas: 4/5
  23. Ghost Among Us-Leslie Rule: A book of real hauntings with photos and lists of places to visit if you want to see for yourself. 3/5
  24. Six of Crows-Leigh Bardugo: Game of Thrones meets The Mortal Instruments in this book. It was really entertaining. A group of criminals are about to pull off the biggest heist of their careers. The stakes are high but the reward is so worth it. Can they pull it off? 5/5
  25. The Weight of Water-Anita Shreve: A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational ax murder of two women in 1873 as an editorial tie-in with a brutal modern double murder. (Can you guess which one?) She discovers a cache of papers that appear to give an account of the murders by an eyewitness. The plot weaves between the narrative of the eyewitness and Jean’s private struggle with jealousies and suspicions as her marriage teeters. 3/5 
  26. The Yard-Alex Grecian: It’s an old fashioned whodunit. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would be proud. Some police officers are being murdered and Scotland Yard has to figure out who the killer is. 4/5
  27. The Hound of the Baskervilles-Arthur Conan Doyle: The death, quite suddenly, of Sir Charles Baskerville in mysterious circumstances is the trigger for one of the most extraordinary cases ever to challenge the brilliant analytical mind of Sherlock Holmes. As rumours of a legendary hound said to haunt the Baskerville family circulate, Holmes and Watson are asked to ensure the protection of Sir Charles’ only heir, Sir Henry – who has travelled all the way from America to reside at Baskerville Hall in Devon. And it is there, in an isolated mansion surrounded by mile after mile of wild moor, that Holmes and Watson come face to face with a terrifying evil that reaches out from centuries past . . .  3/5
  28. Tone Deaf-Olivia Rivers: A love story between a rock star and a deaf girl. She escapes her life to go on the road with him and her life is changed. Not my favorite. 2/5
  29. The Paper Magician-Charlie N. Holmberg: A cross between Full Metal Alchemist and Harry Potter is the best way I can describe this one. I really liked it. 4/5
  30. Captured-Neil Cross: 3/5
  31. Ophelia-Lisa M. Klein 5/5
  32. The Revenant-Michael Punke 4/5
  33. Faceless Killers-Henning Mankell 3/5
  34. Foundation-Ann Aguirre 4/5
  35. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow-Washington Irving 5/5
  36. The Demon in the Wood-Leigh Bardugo 4/5
  37. The Witch of Duva-Leigh Bardugo 4/5
  38. Endurance-Ann Aguirre 4/5
  39. The Grownup-Gillian Flynn 5/5
  40. Restoration-Ann Aguirre 4/5
  41. The Virgin Cure- Ami McKay 4/5
  42. Dangerous Women-George R. R. Martin: A collection of short stories. 5/5
  43. Dead of Winter-Lee Weeks 4/5
  44. Trigger Warning-Neil Gaiman: A collection of short stories. 4/5
  45. The Glass Magician-Charlie N. Holmberg: The second book to the Paper Magician trilogy. 4/5
  46. Shadow and Bone-Leigh Bardugo: This is the first book in the Grishaverse series. It’s a little hard to explain but it’s really good. Check it out. 4/5
  47. Kindred-Octavia E. Butler: The first science fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother. 5/5
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale-Margaret Atwood 4/5
  49. House of Stairs-William Sleator 4/5
  50. The Kite Runner-Khaled Hosseini 5/5
  51. The Master Magician-Charlie N Holmberg: The last book in the Paper Magician trilogy. 4/5
  52. Red Dragon-Thomas Harris 5/5
  53. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories-H. P. Lovecraft 4/5
  54. Red Clocks-Leni Zumas 4/5
  55. Hex-Thomas Olde Heuvelt 3/5
  56. The Haunting of Hill House-Shirley Jackson 3/5
  57. The Shack-William Paul Young 5/5
  58. Storm Front-Jim Butcher 4/5
  59. The Drawing of Three-Stephen King 4/5
  60. The Wolves of Winter-Tyrell Johnson 4/5

It’s been a good year for books, here’s hoping next year will be even better!

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Mackenzie says:

    Cadie!! This is such a phenomenal roundup!! oh my gosh- thank you for sharing your ratings. I started Wuthering heights, but felt it was slow at the beginning so I didn’t get into it. After reading this I am definitely going to give it another go! I also loved Behind Closed Doors. I couldn’t put it down. Happy New Year!

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  2. Hunida says:

    You did so well, Cadie! Congratulations on reaching your goal. I hope to make it to 60 books this year since I couldn’t last year lol. Definitely found a few books to add to my TBR. Awesome list! 🙂

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    1. My original goal was 75 but I knew about halfway through the year it wouldn’t happened so I lowered it to 60. Lol

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      1. Hunida says:

        Hahaha! I didn’t realize I wouldn’t hit 60 until like December finally got here. I was like “oh dang!”

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