I’m reading 150 books in a year! Books I’ve read in Dec

So I decided in December of 2014 that I wanted to do a year long reading challenge. I’ve given myself one year to read 150 books. It sounded easy at first but it is quite difficult to find good books to read. Nonetheless I have found a few very good ones and some horrible ones in my experience so far…

1st things 1st books can become expensive so I decided to join amazon’s unlimited program. I pay $9.99 a month and get to read a bunch of books for free. Majority of these books are from there. I’ve decided to share my experiences on here month by month and let you all know which ones I’ve enjoyed the most and which ones I hated 🙂

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*These are ordered from my least favorite to my favorite, month by month*

In December 2014 I read…

6. World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee


In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go…”

I thought …

– Thank God that’s over!! I am almost sure I will NOT be reading the next book. I’m still trying to convince myself why I even decided to read the sequel after I didn’t really like the first one to begin with.

5. The Last Town #1: Rise of the Dead by Stephen Knight


“The dead have risen, and all across the United States, cities are becoming hunting grounds. New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles…all are falling victim to hordes of carnivorous corpses who want only one thing: to devour the living.

Single Tree, California is a small resort town in Inyo County. Between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, it’s easy to overlook. And that’s exactly what the citizens of Single Tree want, for the stenches and those fleeing them to ignore the town long enough for it to be transformed into a desert fortress at the foot of Mount Whitney…”

I thought …

Too short and too much lingo I didn’t understand. Similar to his other book about the laughing crazies. I enjoy his plots but he uses way too much military lingo for me so I was lost most of this book.

4. The Last Town #2: Preparing for the Dead by Stephen Knight


“The dead have risen, and all across the United States, cities are becoming hunting grounds. New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles…all are falling victim to hordes of carnivorous corpses who want only one thing: to devour the living.

As the rest of the country flails about, trying not to be submerged beneath the tidal waves of the dead, the people of Single Tree, California are faced with a choice: either isolate the town from the rest of the country, or meet a grisly demise. Led by billionaire Vietnam veteran Barry Corbett, the townspeople must grapple with the horrifying choices they must make in order to survive…”

I thought …

– Much better than the 1st book! Still kind of short, I finished it in a day. But at least this one made me want to continue the series. Which I probably won’t seeing as though I’ve found a much better Zombie series to follow.

3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer?…”

I thought …

– Okay so I only read this book because I saw the movie and I kind of liked it. I figured I would love the book, which I did! Until the end (it ended the same way as the movie) and I HATED IT! But nonetheless it was a great plot twist that I didn’t see coming.


2. The Quaker Cafe by Brenda Bevan Remmes


When Liz Hoole, a free-spirited liberal from the Midwest, marries into a conservative Quaker family, she knows that raising children in compliance with Quaker values will be challenging. Twenty-five years later, she still feels like she’s falling short of expectations. Fortunately, her faith and her friends in the small, rural North Carolina town of Cedar Branch keep her strong.

After her best friend’s politically powerful father dies, Liz stumbles upon secrets from the past that threaten to unravel the current harmony in Cedar Branch, a town with a history of racial tension. As she researches more and eavesdrops on gossip at the Quaker Café, where everyone meets each morning, Liz soon discovers the truth about an injustice that she cannot reveal to anyone – not even her husband.”

I thought …

– This was nice pleasant book with just a touch of drama. I love the racial tension and how the characters in the book were able to deal with it.


1. Secrets of Heavenly (Heavenly Plantation #1) by Teresa Robison


Olivia’s marriage to an African-American man was unacceptable to her mother Emma, Southern-bred descendant of prominent South Carolina slaveholders. Olivia assumed that bigotry was the product of her mother’s loyalty to long-dead relatives, an allegiance to maintain the family’s white blood line. After Emma’s death though, Olivia finds a letter and an old journal among her belongings. Soon she discovers the secret that prompted Emma to irrationally blame an entire race — a secret that had nothing to do with family history, although it strongly paralleled another tragic event from the past. 1846, Marianne Witherell’s journal: Before Lincoln and the American Civil War, slavery is at its peak in South Carolina. A young slave girl named Willa suddenly arrives at Heavenly Plantation with her mother Heddie, destined to serve the wealthy plantation family as house servants…”

I thought …

-This was like a soap opera tied into a slave story. I enjoyed the drama and the characters different personalities. I will definitely read the next one


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