#readingrainbow - My Book Reviews



As a kid, I used to spend hours in the mirror practicing my pitch for Reading Rainbow. As an adult, I've taken to blogging what I read to do the trick (Although, I'm still waiting for my call, Levar). Links to the recaps of everything I've read since January 2013 are here, or you can check out the reading rainbow tag on my posts. Look at twenty eighteen reads to see what's happening in my current reading cycle. You can also connect with me via my Goodreads profile and see my ever growing list of someday reads!

2017 Reads
2016 Reads - Part IPart II
2015 Reads
2014 Reads
2013 Reads




2017 Reads
(1 - 3)
1. Otherwise Known As Shelia The Great - Judy Blume (Reread)
2. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret - Judy Blume (Reread)
3. It's Not the End of the World - Judy Blume (Reread)

(4 - 5/18 - 22)
(6 - 7/8 - 9/10 - 17/23)
4. My Not So Perfect Life - Sophie Kinsella
5. With A Little Luck - Caprice Crane
6. Kristy's Great Idea - Ann M. Martin (Reread)
7. Kristy's Great Idea - Raina Telgemeier (Graphic Novel)
8. George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution - Brian Kilmeade
9. Anastasia Krupnik - Lois Lowry
10. Samantha Learns a Lesson - Susan S. Adler (Reread)
11. Felicity Saves the Day - Valerie Tripp (Reread)
12. Meet Molly - Valerie Tripp (Reread)
13. Kirsten's Surprise - Janet Beeler Shaw (Reread)
14. Kaya's Hero - Janet Beeler Shaw
15. Caroline's Battle - Kathleen Ernst
16. Marie-Grace and the Orphans - Sarah Masters Buckey
17. Troubles for Cecile - Denise Lewis Patrick
18. The Paris Wife - Paula McLain
19. Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization - Dave Logan
20. Midwives - Chris Bohjalian
21. Girls in the Moon - Janet McNally
22. Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World - Kelly French
23. Allergic To My Family - Liza Ketchum Morrow (Reread)

(24/26/36)
(25/27 - 29/32 - 35)
(30 - 31)
24. It's Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool, Too) - Nona McInerny Purmort

25. Eight Hundred Grapes - Laura Dave
26. As Red As Blood - Salla Simukka
27. The Grown-Up - Gillian Flynn
28. Still Life with Bread Crumbs - Anna Quindlen
29. Gone Without A Trace - Mary Torjussen
30. The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker (Reread)
31. Little Town on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder (Reread)
32. Tell the Wolves I'm Home - Carol Rifka Brunt
33. Start Right Where You Are - Sam Bennett
34. Books for Living - Will Schwalbe (Audiobook)
35. The Sun Is Also A Star - Nicola Yoon
36. Hillbilly Elegy - J.D. Vance

(38/40/42/47/51)
(37/39/41/43 - 46/48 - 50)
37. The Hypnotist's Love Story - Liane Moriarity
38. Lucky Bastard - Joe Buck (Audiobook)
39. Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay (Reread)
40. There's No Good Card for This - Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell
41. You Are Here: An Owner's Manual for Dangerous Minds - Jenny Lawson
42. We Are Okay - Nina LaCour
43. Love, Ish - Karen Rivers
44. Hamilton: The Revolution - Lin-Manuel Miranda (Audiobook)
45. She Wanted It All - Kathryn Casey
46. Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard - Jennie Allen
47. The Princess Saves Herself In This One - Amanda Lovelace
48. Catstronauts - Mission Moon - Drew Brockington
49. Catstronauts - Race to Mars - Drew Brockington
50. Exit West - Mohsin Pasid
51. Wonder - R.J. Palacio
52. The Arm: Inside The Most Valuable Commodity in Sports - Jeff Passan
53. Girls In Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood - Ann Brashares (Reread)

(54)
54. The Roanoke Girls - Amy Engel
55. House of Dies Drear - Virginia Hamilton (Reread)

(56 - 59)
56. A Grown Up Kind of Pretty - Joshilyn Jackson
57. Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee
58. BeDADitudes - Gregory Popcak
59. The Power of Meaning - Emily Esfahani Smith
60. Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt (Reread)

(61)
61. Hoop Dreams - Ben Joravsky

(62 - 67)
62. Grace Not Perfection - Emily Ley
63. Home Is Where My People Are - Sophie Hudson
64. Just Fly Away - Andrew McCarthy
65. The Card Catalog - Library of Congress
66. Sync or Swim - Gary Chapman
67. The Carrie Diaries - Candace Bushnell

(68 - 70)
68. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy - Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
69. Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, A Student, A Life-Changing Friendship - Michelle Kuo
70. Watch Me Disappear - Janelle Brown

(71 - 72)
71. The Phenomenon - Rick Ankiel
72. This Is Your Brain On Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivarly, and What We Can Learn From the T-Shirt Cannon - L. Jon Wertheim and Sam Sommers

(73 - 75)
73. What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarity
74. Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity - Kim Scott
75. 'Round Midnight - Laura McBride

(76 - 83)
76. The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
77. In The Woods - Tana French
78. Still Missing - Chevy Stevens
79. Mortified - David Nadelberg
80. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House - Alyssa Mastromonaco
81. Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly (Audiobook)
82. The Good Stuff - Joe Posnanski
83. Insight: Why We're Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed At Work and In Life - Tasha Eurich

(84 - 88)
84. The Disaster Artist - Greg Sestero (Audiobook)
85. Emma in the Night - Wendy Walker
86. Get Your S--- Together - Sarah Knight
87. Approval Junkie - Faith Salie
88. Counting by 7s - Holly Goldberg Sloan

(89 - 96)
89. Fool Me Once - Harlan Coben
90. Where We Belong - Emily Giffin
91. Luckiest GIrl Alive - Jessica Knoll
92. Good As Gone - Amy Gentry
93. The Nobodies Album - Carolyn Parkhurst
94. Miller's Valley - Anna Quindlen
95. The Shape of Ideas - Grant Snider
96. A Man Called Ove - Frederik Backman

(97 - 104)
97. The Light We Lost - Jill Santopolo
98. The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks
99. Red Teaming - Bryce G Hoffman
100. Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction - Jonathan Sheff
101. Bumped - Megan McCafferty
102. Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult
103. What Made Maddy Run - Kate Fagan
104. Enjoy: A New Approach to Stress & Burnout Prevention - Nicole Seichter

(105 - 108)
105. Finish - Jon Acuff
106. Snow Angels - Steward O'Nan
107. The Drowning Girls - Paula Treick DeBoard
108. Hello Sunshine - Laura Dave

(109 - 112)
109. Friend Request - Laura Marshall
110. After You - Jojo Moyes
111. The Animators - Kayla Rae Whitaker
112. Fierce Kingdom - Gin Phillips

(113 - 116)
113. True Gentlemen - John Hechinger
114. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair - Nina Sankovitch
115. The Power of Moments - Chip and Dan Heath
116. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F--- - Mark Manson

(117 - 120)
117. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
118. How to Think - Alan Jacobs
119. Sisters First - Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager
120. A Short History of the Girl Next Door - Jared Reck

(121 - 124)
121. Redeeming Love - Francine Rivers
122. The Perfect Girl - Gilly Macmillan
123. You Do You: How to Be Who You Are and Use What You've Got to Get What You Want - Sarah Knight
124. A Simplified Life - Emily Ley

(125 - 130)
125. Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
126. The Wonder- Emma Donaghue (Audiobook)
127. The Iowa Baseball Confederacy - WP Kinsella
128. Bitter Harvest- Ann Rule
129. The Liars Club - Mary Karr
130. The Church of the Small Things - Melanie Shankle 



2016 Reads
(1 - 4)
1. Fables: Rose Red (#15)
2. Fables: Super Team (#16)
3. Fables: Inherit the Wind (#18)
4. Fables: Cubs in Toyland (#19)

(5 - 8)
5. Fables: Snow White (#19)
6. Fables: Camelot (#20)
7. Fables: Happily Ever After (#21)
8. Fables: Farewell (#22)

(9 - 12)
9. Big Little Lies
10. Black Chalk
11. Show Your Work
12. Steal Like An Artist

(13 - 16)
13. The Maid's Version
14. Summer Friends
15. Sway
16. Show & Tell

(17 - 20)
17. Click
18. The 19th Wife
19. Furiously Happy (Audiobook)
20. The Husband's Secret

21. The Worrier's Guide to Life
22. When I Was Elena
23. The Thirteenth Tale
24. Fools Rush In

(25 - 28)
25. Just Married: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage
26. Me Before You
27. Friday Night Lights
28. Queen of Bright & Shiny Things

(29 - 32)
29. #GIRLBOSS (Audiobook)
30. The Vacationers
31. Blackballed: The Black & White Politics of Race on America's College Campuses
32. All Fall Down

(33 - 36)
33. Local Knowledge
34. Good to Great
35. Day After Night
36. Love That Boy

(37 - 40)
37. Quitter
38. It's A Wonderful Lie: 26 Truths About Life In Your Twenties
39. The Crown
40. Start

(41 - 44)
41. Six Years
42. The Borrower
43. The Weight of Blood
44. Escape

(45 - 48)
45. Strengths-Based Parenting
46. First Comes Love

47. Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less
48. The Truth Hurts

(49 - 52)
49. The Moonflower Vine
50. Sisterland
51. Sprint
52. Not That Kind of Girl


(53 - 56)
53. Wedding Night
54. One Hundred Demons

55. Tina' Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary
56. Shoplifter


(57 - 60)
57. Y The Last Man: Unmanned
58. The Saga of the Bloody Benders
59. Fairest - Wide Awake
60. Little Fish


(61 - 64)
61. Golden State
62. Y The Last Man: Cycles
63. Fairest: Hidden Kingdom
64. Arab of the Future


(65 - 68)
65. Y The Last Man: One Small Step
66. Y The Last Man: Safeword
67. Fairest: The Return of the Maharaja
68. Fairest: Of Men and Mice


(69 - 72)
69. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
70. Y The Last Man: Ring of Truth
71. Fairest: Clamor for Glamour
72. Fairest: In All the Land


(73 - 76)
73. The Last Good Girl
74. Goat
75. Colubmine
76. We Are Called To Rise

(77 - 80)
77. Finding Audrey
78. Catalyst
79. Orphan Train
80. The Last Star

(81 - 84)
81. Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs
82. The Bees
83. All the Missing Girls
84. Eligible

(85 - 88)
85. What I Now Know: Letters to My Younger Self
86. Truly Madly Guilty
87. Super Better
88. A Dog's Purpose

(89 - 92)
89. On Grief & Grieving
90. Getting Naked
91. Silos, Politics & Turf Wars
92. The Undomestic Goddess

(93 - 96)
93. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
94. Snow White: A Graphic Novel
95. Brady, Brady, Brady
96. Death by Meeting

(97 - 100)
97. Present Over Perfect
98. Leading Imperfectly
99. Family Pictures
100. Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen

(101 - 104)
101. Still Alice
102. Someday, Someday, Maybe
103. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F**k
104. The Underground Railroad

(105 - 108)
105. The Invention of Wings
106. Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction
107. Girls Like Me
108. The Boston Girl

(109 - 112)
109. We Gon' Be Alright
110. Double Play: Faith and Family First
111. With Malice
112. Forever

(113 - 116)
113. The Next Best Thing
114. The Bookseller

115. The Boy Who Fell From the Sky
116. The Secret Keeper

(117 - 120)
117. O Great One!
118. Emory's Gift
119. Hamilton: The Revolution
120. American Girl: Ultimate Visual Guide

(121-124)
121. Feminist Fight Club
122. Talking As Fast As I Can
123. A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
124. Blogging for Creatives

2015 Reads
(1 - 4)
1. The Selection Stories: The Prince and the Guard
2. The Wilder Life
3. Secrets of an Organized Mom
4. Paper Towns (Audiobook)

(5 - 8)
5. Graveyard Book
6. Run
7. Ape House
8. Choose Your Own Autobiography (Audiobook)

(9 - 12)
9. The Weird Sisters
10. Read My Pins
11. Street Gang (Audiobook)
12. Seating Arrangements

(13 - 16)
13. Hatchet (Audiobook)
14. Engaging Students Through Social Media
15. Food: A Love Story (Audiobook)
16. Audition

(17 - 20)
17. Number the Stars (Audiobook)
18. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
19. The House I Loved
20. Growing Up Dead in Texas

(21 - 24)
21. Infinite Sea
22. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (Audiobook)
23. Sway
24. Better Than Before

(25 - 28)
25. Midnight for Charlie Bone (Audiobook)
26. Hidden Gifts of the Introverted Child
27. Everything I Never Told You
28. I Was Here (Audiobook)

(29 - 32)
29. Antelope in My Living Room
30. Post Secret World
31. The Other Wes Moore (Audiobook)
32. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

(33 - 36)
33. The Alchemist
34. Dreams of Joy
35. The Great Beanie Baby Bubble
36. The Confession (Audiobook)

(37 - 40)
37. University Boulevard
38. Why I’m Like This
39. Never Say Never (Audiobook)
40. Silence, Series and the Season of Sung Woo

(41 - 44)
41. Spinster
42. No One Else Can Have You
43. All the Bright Places (Audiobook)
44. You Know When the Men Are Gone (Audiobook)

(45 - 48)
45. Man of My Dreams
46. My One and Only
47. Landline (Audiobook)
48. The Elegance of the Hedgehog

49. The Cheater
50. Juliet, Naked
51. A Love That Multiplies
52. The Opposite of Me

(53 - 56)
53. Red Queen (Audiobook)
54. Vivian Apple at the End of the World
55. Nobody’s Cuter Than You
56. Sparkly Green Earrings

(57 - 60)
57. Sundays at Tiffany’s
58. Cheated
59. Song Remains the Same
60. Where They Found Her (Audiobook)

(61 - 64)
61. Girl on the Train
62. The Truth About Alice (Audiobook)
63. Think Like a Freak
64. For the Right Reasons

(65 - 68)
65. Mistakes I Made At Work
66. Free to Fall
67. Missoula
68. Four Hour Work Week

(69 - 72)
69. Night Road
70. Every Day I Fight (Audiobook)
71. Never Eat Alone
72. People I Want to Punch in the Throat

(73 - 76)
73. The Heir
74. Do Over
75. In the Unlikely Event
76. More Than A Season

(77 - 80)
77. Pedro (Audiobook)
78. Pink Crucifix
79. Pretty Baby
80. Modern Romance

(81 - 84)
81. Starting from Happy
82. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
83. We Sinners
84. Still Throwing Heat

(85 - 88)
85. The Returned (Audiobook)
86. Why Not Me?
87. Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle
88. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Audiobook)

(89 - 92)
89. The Martian
90. Power of Patience
91. The True Meaning of Smekday (Audiobook)
92. Armada (Audiobook)

(93 - 96)
93. Ultimate Warrior: Life Lived Forever
94. Dumplin’
95. Race for Relevance
96. Girl In Translation

(97 - 100)
97. Goodbye Stranger
98. Ms. Marvel: No Normal
99. Ms. Marvel: Generation Why
100. Ms. Marvel: Crushed

(101 - 104)
101. Remote
102. Everything We Ever Wanted
103. Caught
104. Year of Yes

(105 - 108)
105. Stargirl
106. Fables: Legends in Exile (#1)
107. Decisive
108. Fables: Animal Farm (#2)

(109 - 112)
109. Fables: Storybook Love (#3)
110. Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers (#4)
111. Fables: The Mean Seasons (#5)
112. Fables: Homelands (#6)

(113 - 116)
113. Fables: Arabian Nights (and Days) (#7)
114. Fables: Wolves (#8)
115. Sons of Empire (#9)
116. The Good Prince (#10)

(117 - 120)
117. Fables: War and Pieces (#11)
118. Fables: The Dark Ages (#12)
119. Fables: The Great Fables Crossover (#13)
120. Fables: Witches (#14)

2014 Reads
(1 - 4)
1. Mockingjay
2. The Journal of Best Practices
3. Labor Day
4. Guyland

(5 - 8)
5. Fangirl
6. Allegiant
7. Endless Love
8. A Practical Wedding

(9 - 12)
9. Hyperbole and a Half
10. Orange is the New Black
11. American Idol: The Untold Story
12. Twisted

(13 - 16)
13. Caddie Woodlawn
14. Colony Girl
15. Sing Me Home
16. Reconstructing Amelia

(17 - 20)
17. Plan B
18. Tuesdays with Morrie
19. Joe College
20. Amy and Isabelle

(21- 24)
21. One More Thing
22. Admission
23. Total Money Makeover
24. Long Lost

(25 - 28)
25. Girls in Trouble
26. The Engagements
27. Confessions of a Hater
28. Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time

(29 - 32)
29. Glitter and Glue
30. This Beautiful Life
31. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend (**BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR. READ THIS BOOK NOW**)
32. The Best Wedding Reception… Ever

(33 - 36)
33. The War for Late Night
34. Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette
35. QR Codes Kill Kittens: How to Alienate Customers, Dishearten Employees and Drive Your Business into the Ground
36. Buy Shoes on Wednesday and Tweet at 4:30

(37 - 40)
37. Cartwheel
38. Style Me Pretty Weddings
39. Bride’s Book of Lists
40. Offbeat Bride
(41 - 44)
41. Dorothy Must Die
42. The Spectacular Now
43. The Book Thief
44. It’s All Too Much

(45 - 48)
45. Redefining Girly
46. 13 Reasons Why (Audiobook)
47. Junior Genius Guide to US Presidents
48. The Future of Us (Audiobook)

(49 - 52)
49. The Marriage Plot
50. Crazy Busy
51. Beers, Brats and Baseball: St. Louis Germans
52. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) (Audiobook)

(53 - 56)
53. If I Stay (Audiobook)
54. Reality Bites Back
55. Where She Went (Audiobook)
56. Balancing It All

(57 - 60)
57. Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date
58. Jason Priestly: A Memoir
59. The I’s Have It: Reflections on Introversion in Student Affairs
60. The Center of Everything (Audiobook)

(61 - 64)
61. The One
62. Love Life
63. Before I Fall (Audiobook)
64. Masterminds & Wingmen

(65 - 68)
65. Shelter
66. The Confidence Code
67. Girls in White Dresses (Audiobook)
68. China Dolls

(69 - 72)
69. Dogs of Babel
70. Ready Player One (Audiobook)
71. Daring Greatly
72. Room

(73 - 76)
73. One Plus One (Audiobook)
74. Dad is Fat (Audiobook)
75. Growing Up Duggar
76. Impulse (Audiobook)

(77 - 80)
77. We Were Liars (Audiobook)
78. Art of Scouting
79. The Baseball Code: Beanballs, Sign Stealing & Bench-Clearing Brawls (Audiobook)
80. Melissa Explains It All: Tales from my Abnormally, Normal Life (Audiobook)

(81 - 84)
81. The Best of Me (THIS BOOK IS TERRIBLE. NEVER READ THIS BOOK.)
82. California
83. You Can, You Will: Eight Undeniable Qualities of a Winner (Audiobook)
84. Yes Please

(85 - 86)
85. The Light Between Oceans
86. Mistaken Identity


(1-4)
1. Lone Wolf
2. The Lost Hours
3. Happier at Home
4. I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag

(5 - 8)
5. Resilience
6. Everything Is Wrong With Me
7. The Red Tent
8. How to Lose Your A** and Regain Your Life

(9 - 12)
9. The Shame of Me
10. Faith
11. Remembering Jody
12. Everything Changes

(13 - 16)
13. Black and Blue
14. The Selection
15. Friends Like Us
16. Quiet

(17 - 20)
17. How the States Got Their Shapes
18. Dark Places
19. Swim Back to Me
20. The Scarecrow

(21 - 24)
21. Lean In
22. Where’d You Go Bernadette
23. The Starboard Sea
24. The Romantics

(25 - 28)
25. Like Family
26. The Elite
27. Gone Girl
28. Men and Dogs

(29 - 32)
29. Never Let Me Go
30. The Fifth Wave
31. One Last Thing Before I Go
32. Taking Chances

(33 - 36)
33. Long Drive Home
34. So Much Pretty
35. Mockingbird
36. Swimming

(37 - 40)
37. New Kids on the Block - Five Brothers and a Million Sisters
38. The Storyteller
39. World War Z
40. A Secret Kept

(41 - 44)
41. Love the One You’re With
42. Sharp Objects
43. The Summer Before
44. Fly Away

(45 - 48)
45. Then Came You
46. Divergent
47. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
48. Eleanor and Park

(49 - 52)
49. The Whole World
50. How to Talk to a Widower
51. Nov 22, 1963
52. Vanishing Acts

(53 - 56)
53. Slimed
54. The Gap Year
55. The Program
56. Looking for Alaska

(57 - 60)
57. The Age of Miracles
58. Attachments

59. Night Circus
60. Unsweetined

(61- 64)
61. Blame
62. Insurgent
63. Little Children
64. Little House in the Big Woods


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