The Science of Skinny
The Book Thief
If I Forget You
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl
All The Birds in the Sky
Maybe in Another Life
A Season with the Witch
This book was AWESOME. I appropriately read it in October when it first came out. It made me yearn to live in Salem, more so than I already do but it also let me live vicariously through the author, which was nice. He describes everything in such detail that I could easily picture where he was in the city. I learned so much about the city! The book is like part travel guide and part history, but on steroids. It's awesome, and the author's humor and wit is great too. If you love Salem or witches or Halloween or all of the above, you'll love this book. He talks about Hocus Pocus, which is always a plus in my book.
I read this because I saw a preview for the movie that comes out this month, noticed that it was based on a book, and it seemed really interesting. I was right. This book was beautiful, powerful, and heartbreaking. It made me cry. It definitely went deeper than I thought it was going to. I can't wait to see the movie. The story and writing is just AMAZING.
Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
This is definitely near the top of my favorites list for books I read this year. I enjoyed it SO MUCH. I was a little iffy, as I always am with nonfiction. Even if it's something I'm interested in, sometimes I just can't get into it if it's written too dryly. This book was not. I couldn't stop reading it! It made me both laugh and cry. I thought I was a space nerd before this book, but now I'm even more so. It was so interesting. Mike Massimino talks about how he came to be a NASA astronaut, the struggles he endured, and what it was like to blast off in a rocket and be up on the Hubble. It was so fascinating and insightful. Not only that, but his perseverance and passion is really inspiring. I loved this book so much!!
Scrappy Little Nobody
I wouldn't say I'm a huge Anna Kendrick fan. I like her and enjoyed the movies I've seen that she is in. She always seemed like a cool person. When I read reviews of her book, it seemed like she was super funny. I love to read funny books, especially if they are memoirs or written by comedians. I wouldn't say Anna is a comedian in her acting career, but she was definitely funny. She had a lot of good stories to share, but what really struck me after finishing the whole book was how down to earth and real she is. She just wants to get home and be comfortable like everyone else after a night out wearing a fancy ass dress and high heels. I really enjoyed her writing and her wit! It also made me want to hang out with her.
I am still reading more books, so maybe I will go over my goal this year if I can finish the book I'm currently reading by Sunday. I am not sure if I should try to outdo myself next year since I feel like I just barely made it with 50 this year. Honestly, if I didn't read the entire Scott Pilgrim series, I probably wouldn't have made it. I think I will try for another 50 next year!
If you have any book recommendations or have read any of these books and loved them too, let me know!