Books I Read in My 28th Year

Every year I try to read the same number of books as my age. Every year it becomes more difficult. I've never actually completed this Mission: Impossible, but I keep trying! Here's what I read this year and a quick review (ratings are on a scale of 3 )
  1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
    Good. This book made me laugh but left me wanting more.
  2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    Excellent! Loved this book!
  3. The Fever by Meg Abbot
    OK. I think this book was put together too quickly.
  4. Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella
    While reading this book, I came to the realization that I've outgrown the Shopaholic series.
  5. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
    UGH. No.
  6. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
    AMAZING!! This book was one of, if not, THE best book I read this year. I read it quickly before seeing the movie. Per usual, the book outperformed the movie by leaps and bounds.
  7. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    This was a cute and refreshing love story. Brunch with @vaezitj to discuss was even better!
  8. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowel
    Loved this quick YA read. It was fun to read and even better to discuss with the book club.
  9. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
    I think I will read this once a year. Sheryl is insightful and inspiring. I walked into work with a vengeance after reading Lean In.
  10. The Circle by David Eggers
    Eggers' observations about the future and the power of companies like Google and Facebook are fascinating. The female protagonist was stereotypical and her character was woefully underdeveloped. I still enjoyed the story but wished for a more realistic lead.
  11. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
    This book is a triumph. When you learn it was her debut you realize the awe that is Zadie Smith. This book explores the relationships between three families and is filled with keen observations and stunning revelations. This book does not disappoint.
  12. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
    A re-read. It was very fun to re-read this book, which I loved as a child, again as an adult.
  13. The Giver by Lois Lowry
    Another great re-read.
  14. The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
    I hadn't heard of this book until this summer when, seemingly overnight, it was everywhere. I loved this book. It's not for everyone, although @heathercote , I think you would enjoy. It's refreshing to read a book about a woman coming of age. Not a book ostensibly about a woman coming of age but actually about a woman falling in love and living happily ever after, ya know, once she finds her Prince Charming.
  15. How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
    Gosh, this book was fun. The only thing more fun than reading this book was discussing it with the book club.
  16. Vacationers by Emma Staub
    Didn't love it. But I recently read Emma's beauty routine on Cup Of Jo, which made me eager to read another Staub book in the future.
  17. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
    Didn't think I'd love this book, but I did!! Very fun, good beach read.
  18. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
    Meh. It was OK.
  19. Girls In White Dresses by Jennifer Close
    Loved this one. It was different than most books about women. They had genuine friendships and supported each other in ways that are often not showcased on TV, in movies or in books.
  20. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    Too long. The page length could be justified if more happened.
  21. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    This was on my to-read shelf since high school. I don't know if my younger self was mature enough to read or understand this. Glad I read this, wish there were more Sylvia Plath books.
  22. Why Not Me? by @mindy
    Yes, yes, YES! This book is great. Getting into the mind of Mindy is always a treat.
  23. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
    Again, this felt like a book that was conceived and written in a rush.
  24. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
    Excellent debut novel. Aziz's comedy made statistics not just readable but enjoyable and laugh out loud hysterical.
  25. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
    Good.