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Mallory Kellogg, Chubbygirlreads

"The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you."

The Best & Worst of 2013

Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) - Jenny Lawson Unteachable - Leah Raeder Shanghai Girls: A Novel - Lisa See Undeniable  - Madeline Sheehan Halo - Alexandra Adornetto Evermore - Alyson Noel Crescendo  - Becca Fitzpatrick Bloodlines - Richelle Mead

This year was a year of excellent reads. And a year of very, very terrible ones. Let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we?

 

The Best!!!

 

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A hilarious (sometimes nerve-grating) look into the life of a fellow anxiety sufferer, full of crazy stories that are too strange to not be true. Definitely one of the best books I got to this year.

 

Unteachable: Raunchy, crude and angsty. But at the same time, compelling and full of emotion. It hooked me immediately with the death of her stuffed bunny and how it screwed her up. LOL And I spent the entire book playing conspiracy theorist.

 

Shanghai Girls: I wasn't so sure about this book at first. It sounded interesting enough, but generally I don't read pop fiction. My husband bought it for me, so I gave it a go. And I didn't want to put it down. Like, wow! I learned a lot about Chinese culture, the war with Japan and the persecution of Chinese immigrants. Can't wait to get to Dreams of Joy.

 

Undeniable: Another crude, raunchy book that had me from the beginning. I don't know a lot about biker clubs, but everyone of my trusted bookie friends said this was an amazing read. They were right! I think I fell in love with Deuce.

 

The Worst!!!

 

Halo: Where do I even begin with this mess? It was juvenile, poorly written, lacking in world building and just plain stupid. It's a mockery of Christian and Catholic beliefs, and it makes angels look like mindless idiots. I know the author was 16 when this was written, but youth is not excuse for unleashing stupid shit on the world. Insta-love, cliches, and overly possessive boyfriends top this crap pile. What a waste of time.

 

Evermore: Dafuq is this shit? It's like if Twilight was a hundred times worse and Bella was not only selfish but a hostile, snobby, self-absorbed bitch that seriously can't be grateful for a damn thing in her life. (And I hate Twilight, but it's like Shakespeare compared to this crap.) Ever lives in a beach house in Malibu with her own Miata and a wet bar in her room, but she thinks her like is miserable and not worth living. Cry me a river. Plus, she's bipolar, rude and judgmental. She should be shot.

 

Crescendo: Honestly, I don't know why I liked Hush, Hush. I guess it's just a guilty of pleasure. But this book was terrible. It was exactly the same story as the first. Someone keeps trying to kill Nora, and she never asks anyone for help. She escapes repeatedly and never thinks to tell her fallen angel boyfriend. She's so dumb and distrustful I want to strangle her. Plus Patch is a big jackass. It's hard to love someone that just leaves you to die.

 

Bloodlines:(Here's where I might lose a few friends. hahaha) Vampire Academy is mildly entertaining to me, so I picked this up from another wife on base one day. And it pretty much sucked. I found Sydney to be such a racist dumbass I could hardly stomach her. I don't like two-faced bitches. I have enough of them in my life without adding imaginary ones, too. I had the plot figured out about halfway in, but it took her to the very end to understand what the Hell was really going on. Like, c'mon! You're supposed to be super smart! And you can't even understand a guy is asking you out! WTF? Not to mention, I was only told this took place in the same universe as the first series, not that it was a direct sequel! It was full of spoilers! Like what happens to Dimitri! I almost screamed. Spoiler warnings would be nice.

 

I'm excited (and a little scared) to see what 2014 holds. Hold on for the ride, bitches.