I love books! There’s something exciting about being transported to a new place, possibly during a different time era and meeting new characters that gives me such a thrill! I’ve lost count of the number of books I’ve read over the years, but for 2014 (and maybe future years if this is a success), I’m going to do my best to record and rate every book I read on a 1 – 5 star scale. So here we go!

1. “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner — I would have to give this book a 3 star rating. For 2/3 of the book I was terribly bored and wanted to pluck my eyes out, only pure curiosity to see what would happen in that atrocious maze kept me reading. The last 50 or so pages were thrilling, I couldn’t read fast enough, if only the rest of the book were that way. Hopefully, the next books in the series (there are 4 total as of time writing this review) will be a bit more stimulating in the beginning.

2. “The Scorch Trials” by James Dashner — I would give this book 4 stars. While it angered me that some of the characters I liked in the first book turned into individuals I never in a million years would have recognized, it was a more interesting, yet gruesome read. I feel like I knew what to expect from the writing style more and didn’t get tripped up so much on the different jargon the author created for this “world” and characters. There were also a few plot twists and turns that caught me completely off guard, and I personally love to be left guessing and wondering where the story would go next, and that’s just how the last few chapters ended this book.

3. “The Death Cure” by James Dashner — I give this book 3 stars. I feel like the characters are getting whiny and the plot is starting to get on my nerves. I just want the series to be over. One more book to go, thank goodness.

4. “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon — This book is 5 stars!! If you like the Scottish Highlands, time travel, romance, suspense, and a story that gets your heart racing, I recommend this series! The writing is fantastic and I was easily transported into the story. I fell in love with the characters and felt their emotions jump off the page. This is a book I just couldn’t read fast enough and I am eager to continue the story!

5. “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green — 5 stars, 5 bright yellow, super shiny stars. I have no words to express how beautiful and emotional and all-encompassing that story was for me. It was a story I highly recommend anyone to read, and just in case, have some tissues on hand. The writing was fabulous, there are lines that just jump off the page they are so beautifully written. Everyone needs to experience a true love like the one this book is about. It’s not a book about a girl with cancer, it’s so much more than that, and describing it as such takes away from the true messages presented here – loving, knowing, understanding yourself and your purpose, how you touch the lives of others and how they touch you, the beauty and innocence of true, never-ending love.

2016 Reading Challenge

I found this challenge floating around Facebook, and decided to give it my best shot! So here we go!

1. A book published this yearHarry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John TIffany and Jack Thorne (Finished on August 22, 2016)

2. A book you can finish in a dayThe One by Kiera Cass (Finished reading Saturday, June 4, 2016. Tooke 6 hours to read)

3. A book you’ve been meaning to read –

4. A book recommended to you by your local librarian or book seller

5. A book you should have read in school –

6. A book chose for you by your parent, spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFFThe Selection by Kiera Cass (Finished reading on Monday, May 30, 2016)

The Elite by Kiera Cass (Finished reading Thursday, June 2, 2016)

The Heir by Kiera Cass (Finsished on Wednesday, June 8, 2016)

The Crown by Kiera Cass (Finished on Saturday, June 11, 2016)

7. A book published before you were born –

8. A book that was banned at some point –

9. A book you previously abandoned –

10. A book you own but have never read – Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade (Finished reading on Saturday, January 2, 2016)

11. A book that intimidates you –

12. A book you’ve read at least onceShadow Music by Julie Garwood (Finished reading on Sunday, February 28, 2016)

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