#50booksin2014: Sixteen through Twenty

I spent the better part of my high school & college years reading novels for tests or essays, but rarely for pleasure. I missed out on so many good books and decided that my post-grad life would be full of reading books of my choosing. While on the Race last year I did a bit of that, but not enough. This year I’ve decided to read 50 books before ringing in the 2015 year with a bang. I’ll post my personal reviews after every five I’ve completed.


Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

 Something Borrowed


This was a light read from the shelves of my dear friend, Ashley. I’ve never read any of Giffin’s books, but enjoyed this one. Halfway through I realized I’d seen the movie, but it did not disappoint. There are several shocking moments and several where I ended up in complete laughter. Perfect summer read, to be sure.



Something Blue by Emiliy Giffin

Something Blue

Sequel to #16, this one took a turn I wasn’t expecting. I wasn’t as impressed with it as with the first, but still enjoyed Giffin’s writing style and how she handled a single pregnant woman in a world of married people. Can I pick up and move to London, too?!



‘Tis by Frank McCourt


I’ve been chewing on this – the last of three by McCourt – since finding it tucked away in a little bookstore in Jaco last July. A sophomore in college, I cried big sloppy tears when McCourt died, even going as far as to email my English teacher from high school that introduced me to Angela’s Ashes as a summer read years before. ‘Tis lived up to the legacy of McCourt down to the very last sentence. His life was beautifully written in these three memoirs and I’m sad I never had the opportunity to meet him. His influence is endless, whether in his legacy as a teacher or as an author. He is my favorite, there is no doubt.



Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

It happened, after a million years of being out of the loop on every Harry Potter joke in the world, I’m not anymore. While this wasn’t my favorite, I was so eager to actually get in on all the goodness it held that I was enraptured. I finished this in record time, mere days, and loved every minute. It didn’t help that I’d watched A Very Potter Musical on YouTube before beginning this.



Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Gilderoy Lockhart is in no way my favorite DADA professor and I’m not a terribly huge fan of snakes, but I felt like this plot had much more depth than the first novel. I’m a fan of writing, so I suppose I have a soft spot for the very fact that ol’ Voldy made this horcrux of a journal.


Any book suggestions you may have would be greatly appreciated! I would love to know what you’re reading and what you recommend.

The First Five
Six through Ten
Eleven through Fifteen

4 thoughts on “#50booksin2014: Sixteen through Twenty

  1. Barbara Harrell says:

    Good to hear from you and that you are still hanging in to meet you reading goal. Sure would like to see you. When you coming home. You know I’m staying in Perry most of the time now. Will be glad to get thru selling Hickoryhead. I’m enjoying up here as I new I would just need to finish up with everything and get settled in my own little place. I love you lots. Stay true to your self and the Lord Jesus and you will progress.


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