Reading List

Books Read in 2015

Embryo by JA Schneider: 2.5 stars

Fat Chance by Nick Spalding: 3 stars

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica: 3.5 stars

Life From Scratch by Melissa Ford: 3.5 stars

Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray: 3 stars

The Last Town by Blake Crouse: 5 stars

Pear-shaped by Stella Newman: 5 stars

33, Going on Girlfriend by Becky Monson: 4 stars

The Watcher by Jo Richardson: 2 stars

Wayward by Blake Crouse: 5 stars

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard: 3 stars

Pines by Blake Crouse: 4 stars

Falling into Place by Amy Zhang: 3 stars

Tease by Amanda Maciel: 5 stars

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion: 4 stars

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: 4 stars

Die Again by Tess Gerritsen: 5 stars

From Cradle to Grave by Patricia Macdonald: 4 stars

Take a load off, Mona Jamborski by Joanna Franklin Bell: 3.5 stars

Sisters by Patricia Macdonald: 4 stars

In the Blink of an eye by Wendy Corsi Staub: 3 stars

Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper: 5 stars

30 First Dates by Stacey Wiedower: 1 star, skimmed 2nd half

Maude by Donna Mabry: 5 stars

Shopaholic to the stars by Sophie Kinsella: 3.5 stars

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty: 5 stars

The Last Victim by Karen Robards: 4 stars

The Perfect Stranger by Wendy Corsi Staub: 3 stars

Don't Cry Now by Joy Fielding: 4 stars

We Were Liars by E Lockhart: 3 stars

Nightwatcher by Wendy Corsi Staub: 4 stars

Still Alice by Lisa Genova: 5 stars

Books Read in 2014

1) Mad about the boy by Helen Fielding: 4 stars
2) Diary of a Wimpy kid: dog days: 3.5 stars
3) Diary of a wimpy kid: the last straw by Jeff Kinney: 4 stars
4) Mission Canyon by Meg Gardiner: 3 stars
5) Diary of a wimpy kid: the long haul by Jeff Kinney: 5 stars
6) Diary of a wimpy kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney: 4 stars
7) All the way home by Wendy Corsi Staub: 5 stars
8) Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney: 5 stars
9) The good sister by Wendy Corsi Straub: 3.5 stars
10) Small steps by Louis Sachar: 5 stars
11) 32 going on spinster by Becky Monson: 4 stars
12) The Midwifes apprentice by Karen Cushman: 4 stars
13) When you reach me by Rebecca Stead: 4 stars
14) She loves me not by Wendy Corsi Staub: 4 stars
15) Holes by Louis Sachar: 5 stars
16) Fade to Black by Wendy Corsi Staub: 4 stars
17) The Cardturner by Louis Sachar: 4 stars
18) Hunting Down Amanda by Andrew Klavan: 4 stars
19) Ready player one by Ernest Cline: 4 stars
20) Crazy dangerous by Andrew Klavan: 4 stars
21) 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher: 3 stars
22) Delirium by Lauren Oliver: 3 stars
23) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon: 4 stars
24) Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes: 5 stars
25) Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green: 4 stars
26) Looking for Alaska by John Green: 3.5 stars
27) The Giver by Lois Lowry: 5 stars
28) Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: 5 stars
29) The Last Juror by John Grisham: 3 stars
30) The Fault in our Stars by John Green: 5 stars
31) Miracle Cure by Michael Palmer: 3 stars
32) The Rainmaker by John Grisham: 5 stars
33) The Sisterhood by Michael Palmer: 3.5 stars
34) Presumed Guilty by Tess Gerritsen: 2 stars
35) Monkey Shines by Michael Stewart: 3 stars
36) Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen: 4 stars
37) The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen: 4 stars
38) The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen: 5 stars
39) First to Die by James Patterson: 3 stars
40) Vanish by Tess Gerritsen: 4 stars
41) Body Double by Tess Gerritsen: 5 stars
42) The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen: 5 stars
43) The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty: 5 stars
44) The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen: 5 stars
45) I Love You, Beth Cooper: 3 stars
46) The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen: 5 stars
47) Rules of Civility by Amor Towles: 3 stars
48) The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty: 3 stars
49) Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen: 5 stars
50) The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen: 5 stars

Books Read in 2013

1) The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton: 4 stars
2) The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen: 4 stars
3) Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman: 4 stars
4) Executive Privilege by Philip Margolin: 4 stars
5) The Last Innocent Man by Philip Margolin: 4 stars
6) The Silent Wife by ASA Harrison: 3.5 stars
7) State of Wonder by Ann Patchett: 3 stars
8) And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman: 4 stars
9) Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty: 4 stars
10) Kiss Her Goodbye by Wendy Corsi Straub: 4 stars
11) The Racketeer by John Grisham: 5 stars
12) Don't Scream by Wendy Corsi Straub: 5 stars
13) Dearly Beloved by Wendy Corsi Straub: 4 stars
14) What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty: 5 stars
15) Twilight by Stephanie Meyers: 3.5 stars
16) The Proteus Cure by F. Paul Wilson and Tracy Carbone: 4 stars
17) Wonder by RJ Palacio: 5 stars
18) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: 3 stars
19) The Eighth Day by John Case: 3 stars
20) The Cuckoo's Calling by JK Rowling: 2 stars
21) Monster by Walter Dean Myers: 4 stars
22) Luna by Julie Anne Peters: 5 stars
23) Hate List by Jennifer Brown: 4 stars
24) Inferno by Dan Brown: 5 stars
25) Live to Tell by Wendy Corsi Straub: 5 stars
26) Matilda by Roald Dahl: 5 stars (don't usually count books I read to my daughter but I'd never read this before and I really loved it)
27) Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella: 5 stars
28) Intervention by Robin Cook: 5 stars
29) Left Neglected by Lisa Genova: 4.5 stars
30) Death by Chocolate by Sally Berneathy: 3 stars
31) Dark Places by Gillian Flynn: 4 stars
32) Testimony by Anita Shreve: 4 stars
33) Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon: 3.5 stars
34) Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple: 5 stars
35) Yours Truly by Kristy Greenwood: 4 stars
36) Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn: 3.5 stars
37) Everything Beautiful by Simone Howell: 4 stars
38) American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld: 3 stars (first half was good, second half terribly tedious)
39) Life of Pi by Yann Martel: 2 stars
40) House Rules by Jodi Piccoult: 4 stars
41) Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot: 2 stars (so stupid)
42) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: 5 stars!
43) Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot: 4 stars
44) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: 4 stars
45) Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: 5 stars

Best book of 2013: Gone Girl

Worst book of 2013: The Cuckoo's Calling

Books Read in 2012

1) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins: 2 stars (what was this?? It felt like she wrote it in an hour and nobody bothered to read it over to make sure it was okay.)
2) Election by Tom Perotta: 5 stars
3) Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec: 1 star (couldn't even finish it)
4) Stop the Wedding! by Stephanie Bond: 1 star (what was I thinking reading this???)
5) Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince: 4 stars
6) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: 4 stars
7) China Lake by Meg Gardiner: 3 stars
8) I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella: 4 stars (liked it, didn't love it)
9) Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix: 5 stars
10) Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris: 2 star (Not a fan of short stories)
11) Defending Jacob by William Landay: 5 stars (AMAZING!)
12) Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire: 5 stars
13) Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban: 5 stars
14) Where We Belong by Emily Giffin: 5 stars
15) Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets: 5 stars
16) Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen: 2 stars (why do people like this book????)
17) Practice Cake by Dalya Moon: 4 stars
18) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: 4 stars
19) Wallflower in Bloom by Claire Cook: 3.5 stars (I liked this book and I wanted to give it 4 stars, but it was just so cheesy... but it was better than other books I gave 3 stars to)
20) Dating Big Bird by Laura Zigman: 3 stars
21) How To Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O'Neal: 3 stars
22) Love, Unlisted by Stephanie Haddad: 4 stars
23) The Paris Wife by Paula MacLain: 4 stars
24) Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin: 5 stars
25) Misery Loves Cabernet by Kim Gruenenfelder: 3 stars
26) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides: 3 stars (liked the second half, much too wordy)
27) There's Cake in My Future by Kim Gruenenfelder: 4 stars
28) A Total Waste of Make-up by Kim Gruenenfelder: 4 stars (cliched but still very fun to read)
29) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot: 3 stars (lack of plot)
30) Staying at Daisy's by Jill Mansell: 3 stars
31) There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell by Laurie Notaro: 3 stars
32) Sundays at Tiffanys by James Patterson: 3 stars (really cheesy)
33) My Life in Pink & Green by Lisa Greenwald: 3 stars (Despite the fact that an adult gave this book to me, it's actually a book written for 12 year old girls.)

Best book of 2012: Defending Jacob

Worst book of 2012: Stop the Wedding!

Books Read in 2011

1) Spooky Little Girl by Laurie Notaro: 4 stars
2) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: 5 stars
3) Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keyes: 4 stars
4) Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster: 4 stars
5) Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell: 3 stars (interesting but not much cohesive plot)
6) Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay: 3 stars (too sad)
7) Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes: 4 stars
8) Miranda’s Big Mistake by Jill Mansell: 3 stars
9) Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman: 3 stars
10) Infernal Affairs by Jane Heller: 3 stars
11) Trust Me on This by Jennifer Crusie: 2 stars
12) A Summer Affair by Elin Hildebrand: 3 stars
13) I Don’t Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson: 3 stars
14) This One is Mine by Maria Semple: 4 stars
15) An offer you can't refuse by Jill Mansell: 4 stars
16) Mini-shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella: 3 stars
17) Millie's fling by Jill Mansell: 3 stars
18) Perfect Timing by Jill Mansell: 4 stars
19) Bergdorf Blondes by Plum Sykes: 3 stars
20) Everyone else's girl by Megan Crane: 3 stars
21) Slightly single by Wendy Markham: 4 stars
22) Slightly settled by Wendy Markham: 3 stars
23) Slightly engaged by Wendy Markham: 1 star --> Book was literally 300 pages of "OMG, he's going to ask me to marry him!" followed by "Oh, I guess he's not."
24) To have and to hold by Jane Green: 4 stars
25) Best enemies by Jane Heller: 4 stars
26) The gargoyle by Andrew Davidson: 5 stars
27) The Help by Kathryn Stockett: 5 stars
28) Some Nerve by Jane Heller: 4 stars
29) How to be good by Nick Hornsby: 5 stars
30) Name Dropping by Jane Heller: 3 stars
31) Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen: 3 stars
32) Angels by Marian Keyes: 3 stars
33) If Andy Warhol had a Girlfriend by Alison Pace: 3 stars
34) Watermelon by Marian Keyes: 3 stars
35) See Jane Date by Melissa Senate: 3 stars
36) Just Friends by Robyn Sisman: 2 stars
37) Frenemies by Megan Crane: 3 stars
38) Animal Husbandry by Laura Zigman: 1 star --> The most annoyingly obvious premise ever: woman gets dumped, then comes up with this GROUNDBREAKING theory about males in nature... men like to mate with a lot of different women! OMG! This is so groundbreaking that somehow she gets a magazine column out of it.
39) Forget About It by Caprice Crane: 4 stars
40) Mike, Mike & Me by Wendy Markham: 3 stars
41) The Bachelorette Party by Karen Lutz: 3 stars
42) The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie: 3 stars
43) Busy Woman Seeks Wife by Annie Sanders: 2 stars

Best book of 2011: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Worst book of 2011: Animal Husbandry by Laura Zigman

Books Read in 2010

1) Sophie Kinsella: Twenties Girl -- 5 stars
2) Sophie Kinsella: Undomestic Goddess -- 5 stars
3) Sophie Kinsella: Shopaholic and Sister -- 5 stars
4) Sophie Kinsella: Shopaholic and Baby -- 5 stars
5) Meg Cabot: Queen of Babble -- 4 stars
6) Meg Cabot: Queen of Babble in the Big City -- 3 stars
7) Meg Cabot: Queen of Babble Gets Hitched -- 4 stars
8) Nick Hornby: High Fidelity -- 5 stars
9) Nick Hornby: About a Boy -- 5 stars
10) Nick Hornby: Juliet, Naked -- 4 stars
11) Emily Giffin: Love the One You're With -- 4 stars
12) Jennifer Weiner: In Her Shoes -- 3 stars (I'm sorry, I just can't like this woman's writing)
13) Two People: The Nanny Diaries -- 3 stars
14) Erich Segal: The Class -- 3 stars
15) Jane Green: The Other Woman -- 5 stars
16) Jane Green: Bookends -- 4 stars
17) Jane Green: Straight Talking -- 4 stars
18) Jane Green: Swapping Lives -- 1 star
19) Jane Green: Mr. Maybe -- 5 stars
20) Jane Green: Jemima J -- 5 stars
21) Madeleine Wickham: The Gatecrasher -- 3 stars
22) Gail Parent: David Meyer is a Mother -- 3 stars
23) Jane Fallon: Getting Rid of Matthew -- 5 stars
24) Helen Fielding: Bridget Jones's Diary -- 5 stars

Best book of 2010: Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Worst book of 2010: Swapping Lives by Jane Green

Books Read in 2009

1) Audrey Niffenegger: The Time Travelers Wife -- 4 stars, minus one star for sadness
2) Emily Giffin: Something Borrowed -- 4 stars
3) Emily Giffin: Something Blue -- 5 stars
4) Emily Giffin: Baby Proof -- 5 stars
5) Sophie Kinsella: Confessions of a Shopaholic -- 5 stars
6) Sophie Kinsella: Shopaholic Takes Manhattan -- 4 stars
7) Sophie Kinsella: Shopaholic Ties the Knot -- 4 stars
8) Sophie Kinsella: Can You Keep A Secret? -- 5 stars
9) Sophie Kinsella: Remember Me? -- 5 stars
10) Lauren Weisberger: Everyone Worth Knowing -- 4 stars
11) Jane Green: Babyville -- 3 stars
12) Curtis Sittenfeld: Prep -- 4 stars
13) Curtis Sittenfeld: The Man of My Dreams -- 4 stars
14) Janet Evanovich: One For the Money -- 3 stars
15) Janet Evanovich: Two For the Dough -- 2 stars
16) Jennifer Weiner: Good in Bed -- 2 stars
17) Madeleine Wickham: Sleeping Arrangements -- 2 stars
18) Helen Fielding: Bridget Jones, The Edge of Reason -- 4 stars

Best book of 2009: Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella

Worst book of 2009: Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

1 star: Book so bad it made me angry
2 star: Book not good, but not anger-inducing
3 star: Enjoyed reading book, but nothing special
4 star: Really enjoyed reading book
5 star: Loved book, thought about it long after finishing


  1. If you guys liked Matilda then The BFG by Roald Dahl is a must read. Danny the Champion of the world is good, and the Charlie and the chocolate factory/great glass elevator are awesome (the illustrations especially), although about boys instead of girls. Also all the Little House on the Prairie books.

  2. How can you not like Pride & Prejudice??

    1. Because it has the exact same plot as every single chick lit novel there is, except it's much, much harder to read.

  3. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series - Read as an adult, and I keep going back to them. Perhaps predictable at times, but the way they're written is exceptional.

    Anything by Madeleine L'Engle - Known best by A Wrinkle in Time, but every book I've read by her has been phenomenal (and the adult books are written at the same level as the kids', so try them out, too).

  4. The Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer are wonderful, but are best in audiobook format. The reader (Nathaniel Parker) is incredible. He really brings every character to life. I keep them on my phone to listen to in the car on the way to and from the hospital when the mood strikes.

  5. The Smile by Donna Jo Napoli
    Did you already list The Giver and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry?
    Shabanu and Haveli by Suzanne Fisher Staples