Year In Reading

My cousin (a fellow book enthusiast and writer) had once informed me of her goal to read 100 books in one year. At the time she had not reached her goal, but she was able to accomplish over 60 books in one year. Kudos to my cousin for the effort and wonderful blog idea!

In 2012, I had decided to start small. Some might say that 25 books was a manageable number for their first year. However, I can read 25 books in my sleep (literally, I do not sleep on some nights), and I had decided that 50 books was a nice round number. I had not taken into account my busy lifestyle as a mother, writer, and secondary job enthusiast.

I was unaware of those circumstances that would hinder my efforts in reaching my goal. Thus, I have been unsuccessful. However, I am not one to give up so easily, and I am determined to continue this quest to read more books each year.

The joy I receive from reading allows me to share my views of a book with other’s who have read it. I also enjoy encouraging those who have not read it to pick it up for a new adventure. I will try not to be too harsh in my criticism (I am a writer, after all, and I know how it feels to be judged too harshly). However, in case I do, my sincerest apology to the author.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy my selection. I am an avid reader and seem to have limitless boundaries as far as reading is concerned (even the toothpaste tube is within my reach). Hopefully, there will be something for everyone.

Click on the links below to read the book reviews. 



1. In the Woods by Tana French

2. Ballad of Pinewood Lake by Jory Sherman

3. Save Me by Lisa Scottoline

4. The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson

5. Dirty by Megan Hart



1. The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson

2. Tempting Fate by Jane Green

3. The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand

4. Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald

5. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

6. If I Stay by Gayle Forman


1. The Space Between Sisters by Mary McNear

2. What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman

3. From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz

I was lost in the infancy and toddler years reading endless children’s books to my precious miracle. I think I may have read over 100 books in just children’s books, alone. Somehow, I managed to read the following books that are geared toward adults:

1. Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan

2. What to Expect the Toddler Years

3. Toddler 411 by Ari Brown and Denise Fields


1. Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult’s

2. What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff

3. Mayo Clinic Guide to Healthy Pregnancy

4. The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

5. Sleepytime Tales: Little Golden Books Collection

6. What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff


1. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

2. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

3. The Oath by Frank Peretti

4. Too Young To Die by Lurlene McDaniel

5. Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah

6. Good To Great by Jim Collins

7. Bend, Not Break by Ping Fu


1. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

2. One Door Away From Heaven by Dean Koontz

3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

4. The Seance by Joan Lowery Nixon


Goal: to read 50 books in one year

1. Heartsinger by Karlijn Stoffels

2. The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

3. Piece of Work by Laura Zigman

4. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson

5. Don’t Breathe A Word by Jennifer McMahon

6. Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand

7. Bufflehead Sisters by Patricia J. DeLois

8. For Her Pleasure by Maya Banks

9. The Island by Elin Hilderbrand

10. No, David! by David Shannon

11. Under the Dome by Stephen King

12. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice

13. Imagine Me A Pirate! by Mark Marshall

14. Dog in the Fog by Sue Graves & Jan Smith

15. Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

16. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram

17. Animal Songs by Fisher Price’s Little People

18. Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman

19. In A People House by Theo. LeSieg and Roy McKie

20. Just Like Dad by Gina and Mercer Mayer

21. There’s A Wocket In My Pocket by Dr. Seuss

22. The Jolly Barnyard by Little Golden Book

23. So Big! by Sesame Street Beginnings


Goal: to read 50 books in one year

1. I Just Want My Pants Back by David J. Rosen

2. A Day in the Life of America

3. The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

4. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun

5. The Things We Do For Love by Kristin Hannah

6. Rabbit Heart by Colleen Hitchcock

7. Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

8. Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah

9. A Painted House by John Grisham

10. Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon

11. Encounter With Hell by Alexis McQuillan

12. Bubbles, Bubbles by Sesame Beginnings

13. Survivor by Robert Steele Gray

14. The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright