2017 Books Read

2 Jan

Books Read in 2017 in Chronological Order

  1. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
  2. Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran
  3. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  4. Ms. Marvel, Vol 6: Civil War II by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa and Adrian Alphona
  5. Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  6. The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd
  7. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
  8. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  9. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  10. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  11. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
  12. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  13. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol 2: Squirrel You Know It’s True by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
  14. The Last Stars by Rick Yancey
  15. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol 3: I Kissed a Squirrel and I liked it by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
  16. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
  17. Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner
  18. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors by Mika Yoshitake et. al.
  19. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
  20. Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  21. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol 5: Like I’m the Only Squirrel in the World by Ryan North, Erica Henderson and Will Murray
  22. A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
  23. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  24. All Fall Down by Ally Carter
  25. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
  26. A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
  27. Dangerous by Shannon Hale
  28. Panic by Lauren Oliver
  29. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
  30. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  31. Spill Zone 1 by Scott Westerfeld et. al.
  32. Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
  33. Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen
  34. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  35. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
  36. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
  37. See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles
  38. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
  39. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  40. Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain
  41. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  42. The Pearl Thief by E. Wein
  43. Sondheim: The Man Who Changed Musical Theater by Susan Goldman Rubin
  44. Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
  45. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
  46. Icelandic Folk and Fairy Tales by Jon Arnason et. al.
  47. Still Life With a Tornado by A. S. King
  48. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  49. Atlantia by Ally Condie
  50. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sanhya Menon
  51. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
  52. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  53. The Card Catalog by Library of Congress
  54. Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
  55. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  56. Prodigy by Marie Lu
  57. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  58. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  59. The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
  60. The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
  61. Life Before Legend by Marie Lu
  62. The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker
  63. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 6: Who Run the World? Squirrels
  64. The Collectors by Philip Pullman
  65. La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
  66. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  67. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
  68. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
  69. Champion by Marie Lu
  70. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  71. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  72. Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund
  73. Errant by Diana Peterfreund
  74. Fat Angie by E. E. Charlton-Trujillo
  75. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 7: Damage Per Second by G. Willow Wilson
  76. Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle
  77. Origin by Jessica Khoury
  78. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
  79. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  80. Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
  81. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  82. The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
  83. The Circle by Dave Eggers
  84. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  85. Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell

2017 Movies Seen

2 Jan

2017 Movies Watched in chronological order

  1. Moana
  2. Clue
  3. La La Land
  4. X-Men: Apocalypse
  5. Begin Again
  6. Jackie Brown
  7. Hell or High Water
  8. Star Trek Into Darkness
  9. Logan
  10. Arrival
  11. Manchester by the Sea
  12. Hacksaw Ridge
  13. Independence Day: Resurgence
  14. Moonlight
  15. Hidden Figures
  16. Demolition Man
  17. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  18. Fences
  19. Wonder Woman
  20. Lion
  21. Dunkirk
  22. The Big Sick
  23. The Dark Tower
  24. Finding Dory
  25. Beauty and the Beast
  26. Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle
  27. Thor: Ragnarok
  28. Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi
  29. Get Out
  30. Baby Driver

2016 Movies Seen

1 Jan
  1. Star Wars, Episode 1: A New Hope
  2. Pitch Perfect 2
  3. Vacation
  4. Woman in Gold
  5. Mission Impossible 5: Rogue Nation
  6. Terminator Genisys
  7. The Man from UNCLE
  8. Run All Night
  9. Entourage
  10. Trainwreck
  11. Bridge of Spies
  12. Inside Out
  13. Room
  14. The Big Short
  15. Brooklyn
  16. Straight Outta Compton
  17. Captain America: Civil War
  18. Spotlight
  19. The Intern
  20. The BFG
  21. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
  22. Allegiant
  23. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
  24. Joy
  25. The Lobster
  26. Finding Nemo
  27. Ghostbusters
  28. Florence Foster Jenkins
  29. Spy
  30. The Revenant
  31. Doctor Strange
  32. Zoolander 2
  33. Edge of Seventeen
  34. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  35. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Books read in 2016

1 Jan
  1. Saga, Volume 5 by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  2. A Hard Day’s Night by Elizabeth Eulberg
  3. Two of Us by Elizabeth Eulberg
  4. From Me to You by Elizabeth Eulberg
  5. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  6. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
  7. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson
  8. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
  9. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  10. The Sandman: Overture by Neil Gaiman
  11. The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
  12. Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
  13. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  14. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  15. A Fine Dessert by Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackall
  16. Another Day by David Levithan
  17. Six Earlier Days by David Levithan
  18. The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
  19. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
  20. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  21. The Martian by Andy Weir
  22. White Fang by Jack London
  23. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  24. The Spring Before I Met You by Sarah Rees Brennan
  25. The Summer Before I Met You by Sarah Rees Brennan
  26. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
  27. The Night After I Lost You by Sarah Rees Brennan
  28. Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan
  29. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  30. Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
  31. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  32. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin
  33. Threatened by Eliot Schrefer
  34. Missoula by Jon Krakauer
  35. Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
  36. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  37. The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith
  38. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  39. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  40. Legend by Marie Lu
  41. M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman
  42. Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
  43. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  44. Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
  45. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  46. Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) by Amy Spalding
  47. Austenland by Shannon Hale
  48. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  49. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  50. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  51. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  52. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  53. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
  54. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
  55. Saga, Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
  56. The Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
  57. The View From the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman
  58. Ms. Marvel, Vol 5 by G. Willow Wilson
  59. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  60. A Night of No Return by Sarah Morgan
  61. Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O’Keefe
  62. Trowchester Blues by Alex Beecroft
  63. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  64. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
  65. Trade Me by Courtney Milan
  66. Dark Lover by J. R. Ward
  67. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
  68. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
  69. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  70. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
  71. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  72. This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  73. First & Then by Emma Mills
  74. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
  75. Step Aside Pops by Kate Beaton
  76. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
  77. The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
  78. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  79. George by Alex Gino
  80. Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
  81. This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
  82. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  83. Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Seige of Leningrad by M. T. Anderson
  84. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  85. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  86. Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes
  87. Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash
  88. Hyde and Shriek by David Lubar
  89. Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
  90. Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
  91. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
  92. How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
  93. Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson


Movies Watched in 2015

1 Jan

2015 Movie List in order watched:

1. Hot Fuzz

2. Galaxy Quest

3. Identity Thief

4. In the Loop

5. The Imitation Game

6. Gone Girl

7. Kingsman: The Secret Service

8. The Duff

9. The Interview

10. Birdman

11. If I Stay

12. Lucy

13. The Giver

14. Edge of Tomorrow

15. Boyhood

16. Annie (2014)

17. How to Deal

18. Big Hero 6

19. Avengers 2: Age of Ultron

20. The Maze Runner

21. Rosewater

22. The Judge

23. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

24. Interstellar

25. The Tale of Despereaux

26. Jurassic World

27. The Theory of Everything

28. Ant-Man

29. Jupiter Ascending

30. American Sniper

31. Mr. Holmes

32. Paper Towns

33. Ex Machina

34. Romeo and Juliet

35. West Side Story

36. Gnomeo and Juliet

37. 10 Things I Hate About You

38. Mad Max: Fury Road

39. Chappie

40. The Last Five Years

41. The Martian

42. Scotland, PA

43. Titus

44. Insurgent

45. Shakespeare in Love

46. Spectre

47. Mockingjay Part 2

48. Home Alone

49. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

50. The Hateful Eight

Books Read in 2015

1 Jan

2015 – Read in Chronological Order

1. 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

2. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman

3. The Golden Key by Philip Pullman

4. Inferno by Dan Brown

5. Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

6. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

7. Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor

8. All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon

9. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

10. The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

11. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

12. Olivia by Ian Falconer

13. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

14. The 100 by Kass Morgan

15. The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountain by Neil Gaiman

16. Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard

17. Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

18. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

19. Hawkeye Vol 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction

20. The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens

21. Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems

22. Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner

23. Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry

24. Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

25. Brand-New Baby Blues by Kathi Appelt

26. Hawkeye, Vol 3: L A Woman by Matt Fraction

27. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

28. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

29. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

30. Without You by Sarah Weeks

31. Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mark Burnett

32. Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul

33. Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick

34. Hawkeye, Vol. 2: Little Hits by Matt Fraction

35. Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis

36. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson

37. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

38. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

39. The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock

40. Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales

41. Writing With Pictures by Uri Shulevitch

42. The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus by Jennifer Fisher Bryant and Melissa Sweet

43. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

44. Snowpiercer: The Escape by Jacques Lob

45. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

46. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

47. Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

48. The Sculptor by McCloud

49. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

50. Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

51. The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman

52. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

53. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

54. The Death Cure by James Dashner

55. Vicious by V. E. Schwab

56. Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

57. The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry

58. Instructions by Neil Gaiman

59. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

60. The Kill Order by James Dashner

61. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

62. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

63. Ms. Marvel, Vol 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson

64. Blizzard by John Rocco

65. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

66. Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty

67. My Teacher is  Monster! (No, I Am Not) by Peter Brown

68. Firebird by Misty Copeland

69. Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

70. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

71. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip and Erin Stead

72. Flotsam by David Wiesner

73. The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Wilems

74. Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson

75. City of God by E. L. Doctorow

76. More Than This by Patrick Ness

77. Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

78. Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper

79. Machine of Death by Ryan North et. al.

80. Little Roja Riding Hood by Susan Middleton Elya and Susan Guevara

81. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

82. Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

83. You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant

84. This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

85. Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light

86. Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

87. The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

88. Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell

89. A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

90. Little Melba and her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown and Frank Morrison

91. Waiting is not Easy! by Mo Willems

92. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

93. Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

94. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

95. The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

96. El Deafo by Cece Bell

97. The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher

98. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

99. Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes

100. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

101. The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan

102. How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks

103. The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher P. Curtis

104. Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

105. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

106. Winger by Andrew Smith

107. The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

108. Louisa May’s Battle by Kathleen Krull

109. Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

110. Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain by Russell Freedman

111. Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy

112. Firefly July selected by Paul B. Janeczko

113. The Tapir Scientist by Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop

114. The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins

115. Harlem Hellfighters by J. Patrick Lewis and Gary Kelley

116. You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman and Michael Emberley

117: Stardines Swim High Across the Sky: And Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky

118. Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart by Mary Ann Hoberman

119. Rapunzel by Sarah Gibb

120. Follow Follow by Marilyn Singer

121. Chasing Cheetahs by Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop

122. Eye to Eye by Steve Jenkins

123. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

124. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

125. Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

126. The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

127. Prophecy by Ellen Oh

128. Sweet Tooth: Vol 1 Out of the Deep Woods by Jeff Lemire

129. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya van Wagenen

130. Who Done It? by Jon Scieszka

131. Rules by Cynthia Lord

132. How to Talk to an Autistic Kid by Daniel Stefanski

133. Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

134. Autism and Me: Sibling Stories by Ouisie Shapiro and Steven Vote

135. How to Speak Dolphin by Ginny Rorby

136. How to Be Human by Florida Frenz

137. Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business– and Won! by Emily Arnold McCully

138. Villette by Charlotte Bronte

139. Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

140.Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

141. Hold Me Close: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan

142. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

143. Tommy Can’t Stop by Tim Federle

144. My Pen by Chistopher Myers

145. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

146. Stubby the War Dog by Ann Bausum

147. Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker by Tony DiTerlizzi

148. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B. J. Novak

149. Nora’s Ark by Eileen Spinelli

150. Mister Bud Wears the Cone by Carter Goodrich

151. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

152. The Eleventh Metal by Brandon Sanderson

153. Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

154. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

155. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

156. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A. S. King

157. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

158. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

159. Armada by Ernest Cline

160. Sold by Patricia McCormick

161. Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

162. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

163. Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose

164. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

165. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

166. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

167. Tyrell by Coe Booth

168. The Living by Matt de la Pena

169. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard

170. Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

171. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

172. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

173. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

174. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

175. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

176. Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare

177. Beloved by Toni Morrison

178. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

179. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

180. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson

181. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

182. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson

183. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

184. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

185. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

186. On Writing by Steven King

Pop Sugar 2015 Reading Challenge

21 Dec
  1. A book with more than 500 pages – Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
    • I’m not entirely sure why so many people rave about this book?
  2. A classic romance – Villette by Charlotte Bronte
    • My first read of a book by Charlotte Bronte. I found the story of Lucy to be interesting, but the book to be overly long in getting to the point.
  3. A book that became a movie – Snowpiercer by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette
    • This was actually a graphic novel. I actually loved the movie. The book was very different in a lot of ways. I may have liked the movie more for once in my life.
  4. A book published this year – Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
    • MJ does not disappoint with the 3rd book in her series of ghosts and ghost hunting in London!
  5. A book with a number in the title – The 100 by Kass Morgan
    • This book as an ARC I picked up a while ago, but never got around to. Full disclosure — I’ve never seen the TV show either. All in all it was interesting in terms of world building, but felt like it was half of a story.
  6. A book written by someone under 30 – Vicious by V. E. Schwab
    • I love Victoria Schwab’s writing! This book took a lot of twists and turns following Victor and Eli trying to give themselves superhero powers. In the end you are left questioning who is the villain and who is the hero.
  7. A book with nonhuman characters – The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
    • The nonhumans in this book were the alien invaders who came to take over earth!
  8. A funny book – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
    • I’d call this more of a dark comedy than a straight up humor book, but it did have a lot of funny parts.
  9. A book by a female author – The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
    • Amanda Palmer writes about how it is okay to ask when you need something and takes the stigma away.
  10. A mystery or thriller – The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher
    • I saw Lucy Christopher speak at a book store and was hooked on her pitch of a mysterious book set in woods in Wales. I’m a sucker for Wales.
  11. A book with a one-word title – Inferno by Dan Brown
    • I do love Dante, I’m just kind of okay with Dan Brown. I always want something more out of his books.
  12. A book of short stories – Who Done It? by Jon Scieszka et. al.
    • Some of these stories were super short. Also, some where better than other. The overall bonus is that book proceeds go to charity.
  13. A book set in a different country – Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
    • This book about an orphan searching for her mother is set in England and London.
  14. A nonfiction book – Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul
    • This book was read for a class — full disclosure — but I did find it full of helpful advice when it comes to writing picture books.
  15. A popular author’s first book – American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
    • I enjoyed this look at stereotypes and Chinese immigrants to the US based heavily on Yang’s life. I was left slightly confused at the end, but I think I’m okay with that.
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet – Trigger Warnings by Neil Gaiman
    • I adore Neil Gaiman so this was an easy book to choose.
  17.  A book a friend recommended – The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
    • This book was recommended to me by Griffin. I very much enjoyed it! When I have time I want to continue on with the series.
  18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book – All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    • The beginning of this book was extremely slow for me, but towards the middle I got very drawn into the story and the characters. I always want to read books about WWII.
  19. A book based on a true story – Popular by Maya van Wagenen
    • Maya writes the story of following a popularity guide written decades earlier in an attempt to understand what it means to be popular. This story is her diary of her experiences and is both funny and heartfelt.
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list – Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
    • I wasn’t sure quite how to decide what book was at the bottom of my list, so I just picked one I had been meaning to read for a while, but just kept putting off.
  21. A book your mom loves – One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
    • I started buying these books for my mom a while ago. I decided I would finally take a chance. Overall I found it an enjoyable fast-paced read.
  22. A book that scares you – Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
    • I don’t necessarily know if it scares me, but it is a horror-type book about zombies? So, close enough.
  23. A book more than 100 years old – Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Cranford is all about the town of Cranford and all of the things that happen there. It reminds me of a lot of other books from that time period.
  24. A book based entirely on its cover – The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
    • The cover has a picture of an origami Yoda, so I feel like this one fits the bill. In the book an origami Yoda finger puppet gives some middle schoolers advice. If that doesn’t spark your interest I don’t know what will.
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t – The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
    • I was the kid who read every book I was ever assigned…. So, I picked this because it seems like a lot of other people read it in school, it was just never assigned to me.
  26. A memoir – Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
    • It feels like 2015 was the year of the memoir for me. This is one of many I read this year! I found it mostly enjoyable. For this I listened to the audiobook so I could hear Poehler narrate it.
  27. A book you can finish in a day – Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
    • I think I was so interested in finishing the trilogy that I rushed to finish this book in one day JUST to see what would happen. I highly recommend this trilogy to all. The concept is brilliant!
  28. A book with antonyms in the title – Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A. S. King
    • A. S. King is another favorite. This book was full of her odd happenings and her wit. Glory had her ups and downs starting with deciding to drink a petrified bat. An added bonus was learning a lot about photography in the midst of the story.
  29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit – Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
    • I have never made it to LA or Hollywood and have always wanted to go. This book is set there and is a murdery type book.
  30. A book that came out the year you were born – Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally
    • This book has been sitting on my shelf for a while, so when I searched books published in 1982 and found it on the list I knew it was the one I would read. Nonfiction and compelling, I am always fascinated by these types of survival stories. Schindler was an interesting man.
  31. A book with bad reviews – Armada by Ernest Cline
    • I judged bad reviews by having less than 3.5 stars on goodreads and this one came up. In many ways I understand why the reviews weren’t great, but I also think it’s very hard to follow up something as great as Ready Player One. I’m not going to spoil it, but I almost feel like the ending of the book should have been the beginning of the story.
  32. A trilogy – Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi
    • I read the whole trilogy this year. Mostly they were quick reads. There were things I liked and things I didn’t. I’d give it mixed reviews overall.
  33. A book from your childhood – Miss Nelson is Missing! by Harry Allard
    • This is a picture book I read as a child. I pulled it for a class and re-read it. I still love the basic story of a teacher fooling her class by dressing up as a mean teacher. Definitely still enjoyable!
  34. A book with a love triangle – The Living by Matt de la Pena
    • This book has a bit of a love triangle between Shy, Carmen and Cassie with the backdrop of a cruise ship disaster and the outbreak of the mysterious Romero disease. Parts of it felt unbelievable, but it addreses serious racial and class issues.
  35. A book set in the future – More Than This by Patrick Ness
    • Seth wakes up in what appears to be a dystopian future where a mysterious man is chasing him down. Is he awake or is he dreaming? It’s hard to tell sometimes what is truth and what is a lie.
  36. A book set in high school – Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
    • This book is the desegregation of schools from the perspectives of a white and a black student. These two girls also start to develop feelings for each other which make things even more complicated. Overall this picture of a time period makes you feel like you are living in the story.
  37. A book with a color in the title – Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
    • Wein writes another book about war and airplanes with a completely new set of characters and circumstances.
  38. A book that made you cry – Sold by Patricia McCormick
    • There really aren’t any books that make me cry (other than Code Name Verity), but this was probably the saddest book I read this year.
  39. A book with magic – Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
    • Definitely full of magic and full of cotillion and full of awesome.
  40. A graphic novel – Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction
    • Pizza dog. ‘Nuff said.
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before – The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
    • This was my first Sara Zarr book and I greatly enjoyed it. I learned a lot more about piano!
  42. A book you own but have never read – 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
    • It’s not my favorite Andrew Smith book, but I got a signed copy last time he came through town so I grabbed it from the shelf!
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown – Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
    • This book was set in the Philadelphia suburbs with a lot happening in Philadelphia so that is why I chose it. I had seen the movie before so I knew the basic plot, but there were some important differences.
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language – The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
    • This book was originally written in German.
  45. A book set during Christmas – Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
    • I did a quick search and found this book as one set during Christmas. I was not a huge fan. It felt like Patterson took two different completely unrelated stories and just stuck them together because they happened on the same day. It was not so great.
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials – One More Thing by B. J. Novak
    • We don’t have the same middle initial, but this was as close as I could get! It is a book of funny short stories.
  47. A play – Hold Me Closer by David Levithan
    • Technically this is the novelization of a fake musical, but I’m calling that to be close enough. I found it highly entertaining.
  48. A banned book – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    • Absolutely should not be banned.
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show – Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas
    • This is an extension of the Veronica Mars TV show — movie! I think that exclamation point might oversell it a bit.
  50. A book you started by never finished – Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman
    • I was reading this a bit at a time since it was a collection of fairy tales, so I just buckled down and finished it. Pullman gives some background on them and it was super interesting to read all of the original veresions.