Number Of Books You Read: 103
Number of Audiobooks: 12
Number of Re-Reads: 4
What a beautiful and honest book. I picked this up on a whim at the library, and I’m so glad I did.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
This was a hard read, mostly because Rosie was completely terrible in the book, and I was so frustrated with her and her characterization. Everything is explained via psychology, but I still spent most of the book angry with her. For starters, the whole premise of the book is that Rosie is pregnant and shuts Don out because she doesn’t think he’ll make a good father because he acts the way he always does. HOWEVER, (view spoiler). Are you kidding me?
Two stars because I liked the friendship stuff with the guys and seeing some of the situations Don gets himself into. Also, the book was pretty easy to read (except when I was blinded by fury, obviously). I also liked the ending, which I thought was going to go one way but then went the other (though it worked out predictably enough).
Disappointing overall, but not terrible enough to warrant one star.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
2.5 stars, rounding down
Really quick read with engaging characters, but, MAN, was that ending a cop out and also there are so many plot holes–oh, look, a truck just drove right through one.
Well, that was intense in the feelings department. What a sad and lovely book. It reminded me a lot of The Untelling.
Yessssssssssss. This book is great. It reminds me a lot of Rapunzel’s Revenge except with a brown girl which kicks it up, like, 1000 notches. A+++. Fine holiday fun.
5b. Best Sequel of 2015?
Right book at the right time. I enjoyed reading this so much. I would read another book about these characters, especially Kitty. LOVE KITTY.
THAT ENDING. I was planning to give this four stars and then that happened. So.
5c. Best Series Ender of 2015?
I love this series.
It’s age-appropriate and matter of fact but also wise beyond its years–just like good children’s literature should be.
6. Favorite new
author audiobook narrator you discovered in 2015?
3.5 stars, rounding up because of Bronson Pinchot. Seriously.
The audio of this is A++++. Bronson Pinchot is everything. I give it a 5.
The story itself is a 2.5, so you know, rounding up.
I tried this in print and couldn’t get into it. Pinchot sold me on the audio right away. Even still, I found that the middle of this book dragged a bit, and I wanted the story to hurry up and be over already. It also suffers from being a little too clever for its own good, which is a shame.
That said, I would highly recommend Pinchot as a narrator for everything, ever.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
This book would have to be the worst book ever written for me not to like it. It’s about the power of literature and teacher(s)/teaching to change lives, which is MY LIFE, so.
I really like that Bates (for the most part) privileges Newton’s voice over her own. It reminded me of The Freedom Writers (movie, not book since I haven’t read the book) that way.
I read this as part of the big library read, which I didn’t even know was a thing until I went to Overdrive to pick a book. More info here: http://biglibraryread.com/
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The best part of this series is that everyone is so competent. Even Winter. They’re also constantly in danger, which is good since the stakes are so high. NO ONE IS SAFE. (That is not a spoiler.)
So, yeah, I dug it.
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Life-changer. Will review on the blog.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Levana is nucking futs. Like, homegirl is a true psychopath.
Will review on the blog.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
I read this story because Walter Dean Myers said it gave him permission to write stories about his own life and the people in his neighborhood.
All I can say about it is WOW. Just…wow. Baldwin is amazing and that ending. Oh man.
So yeah, I get why it was transformative for Myers and also I need to reread it and savor it. Amazing.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
Life-changer. Will review on the blog.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2015 to FINALLY read?
Cute, cute, cute, cute, cute. Neville Longbottom is totally the Mildred of Harry Potter, so I’m pretty sure this is where Rowling got the idea. PRETTY SURE.
I read this because of the movie. So I feel I should point out that the movie is actually darker.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
From As If!: The Oral History of Clueless… by Jen Chaney
Donald Faison: That was my go-to when I wanted to be with a girl. I’d say, “Come over and let’s watch Clueless.” Absolutely. Clueless was the ultimate wingman. They love the movie. They didn’t give a shit about me being in the movie, they just loved the movie, period. I didn’t start getting girlfriends until Clueless came out. It worked well for me. It’s true. It’s because I kept it real. That’s exactly right. Because I was keepin’ it real.
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?