50 Book Recommendations


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2013 was a good year for books! It was my resolution last year to read more, and I’m happy to share that the goal was reached. The goal was to read 50 books and I read 50 books. Hurrah!!!

2013 Reading Challenge. Also book recommendations.
Doing the happy bookworm dance!

This 2014 I’ll still have a reading goal. This time it’ll be 75 books within 2014! I’m already on my first book and am excited about the 74 I have yet to read. If you’ve got book recommendations for me, feel free to leave a comment below or via the contact form.

Here’s a list of the 50 books I read in 2013, along with their ratings. Any book with 4 and 5 stars are strongly recommended! I’m leaving in the 1-3 starred books because I may not have super liked them, but you may find them interesting. :)

Book Recommendations

Read in January:
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare – 3 of 5 stars
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz – 4 of 5 stars
Always the Baker, Never the Bride (Emma Rae Creations #1) by Sandra D. Bricker – 3 of 5 stars
The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones – 5 of 5 stars

Read in February:
My Life in France by Julia Child, Alex Prud’Homme – 5 of 5 stars
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick – 5 of 5 stars
3 Day Potty Training by Lora Jessen – 5 of 5 stars

Read in March:
* Wasn’t able to finish any books this month! Must do better in following months. *

Read in April:
Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead… But Gutsy Girls Do: Nine Secrets Every Working Woman Must Know by Kate White – 4 of 5 stars
Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern – 5 of 5 stars
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – 2 of 5 stars
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling – 4 of 5 stars
I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections by Nora Ephron – 2 of 5 stars
Everyday by David Levithan – 4 of 5 stars
Six Earlier Days by David Levithan – 2 of 5 stars

Read in May:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – 5 of 5 stars (Can I give this 10 out of 5 because I read it twice?)
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler – 2 of 5 stars
Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres- 2 of 5 stars
A Work in Progress by Brad Cotton – 4 of 5 stars

Read in June:
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen – 4 of 5 stars
The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan- 4 of 5 stars
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen – 5 of 5 stars

Read in July:
Talking to Girls About Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield – 5 of 5 stars
Just One Day by Gayle Foreman – 4 stars
If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Foreman – 5 of 5 stars
Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Foreman – 5 of 5 stars
Sisters in Sanity by Gayle Foreman – 4 of 5 stars
Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess- 1 of 5 stars

Read in August:
The Future of Us by Jay Asher – 3 of 5 stars
Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3) by Maggie Stiefvater – 5 of 5 stars
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – 5 of 5 stars

Read in September:
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp – 3 of 5 stars
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – 5 of 5 stars (I read this three times!)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – 5 of 5 stars
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – 4 of 5 stars

Read in October:
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle – 4 of 5 stars
All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria- 4 of 5 stars
Just One Year by Gayle Forman – 4 of 5 stars

Read in November
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – 4 of 5 stars
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green – 3 of 5 stars
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson – 4 of 5 stars

Read in December
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – 4 of 5 stars
The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2) by Maggi Stiefvater – 4 of 5 stars
One Day by David Nicholls – 4 of 5 stars
A Knight in Central Park by Theresa Ragan – 3 of 5 stars
Heart of a Knight by Barbara Samuel – 3 of 5 stars
The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman – 4 of 5 stars
Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman – 3 of 5 stars
Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen – 3 of 5 stars
Simplify Your Life With Kids : 100 Ways to make Family Life Easier and More Fun by Elaine St. James – 5 of 5 stars
You Look Awfully Like the Queen: Wit and Wisdom from the House of Windsor by Thomas Blaikie – 3 of 5 stars

What a wonderful year for reading! I hope you enjoy my book recommendations. Come leave your book recommendations in the comments too! My goal this year is 75 books and I’d love to start building that to-be-read list. πŸ˜‰

15 Comments on 50 Book Recommendations

  1. Kathy Ngo
    January 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm (10 years ago)

    Super inggit! I wanted to do this as well but failed. This year, I aimed for 12 na lang. ONe book a month since I also have other things to focus on such as finally printing the photos I have from 2008. Haha :)
    Kathy Ngo´s last blog post ..4/365 photoblog: Alcohol

    • Toni
      February 6, 2014 at 6:02 am (10 years ago)

      Kaya yan! A chapter a day. :)

  2. Aggie
    January 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm (10 years ago)


    • Toni
      February 6, 2014 at 6:02 am (10 years ago)

      This year 75! So many good books to read. πŸ˜€ Any recos?

  3. Iana
    January 5, 2014 at 1:38 am (10 years ago)

    Wow 50 books. I hope i can do that too this year but i will have to start with a few books first. hahah ayokong biglain lol.

    Goodluck on your 75 book reads this 2014 :)
    Iana´s last blog post ..CommunePH

  4. Ma. Teresa Grech Quiatchon Racal
    January 5, 2014 at 1:55 pm (10 years ago)

    wow!!! 50 books? good for you… last year, I wasn’t able to keep track of how many books I read. Does a trilogy counts? hehehe! I was able to see 12 books that I have in your list and 4 of those, I have done reading, the 8, let’s just say that parang it bored me the first 2 to 3 chapters that I skipped it and went to read other books muna. Try reading, AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED by Khaled Hosseini. I have this fear of reading books which I thought uses big words and others, but when I read this book And The Mountains Echoed, my fear of reading such books and written by such authors, faded away. kaya ko naman pala silang basahin. hehehe! Thanks for posting these books that you read… :)
    Ma. Teresa Grech Quiatchon Racal´s last blog post ..Thank You And Goodbye 2013

    • Toni
      February 6, 2014 at 6:03 am (10 years ago)

      Thanks for the reco! Yes, 50! This year, 75 naman ang goal. Kaya yan! πŸ˜€ Try mo rin!

  5. Em Dy
    January 5, 2014 at 10:00 pm (10 years ago)

    Try The Selection series, Toni, and Ali McNamara’s From Notting Hill with Love, Actually.

    • Toni
      January 30, 2014 at 8:57 pm (10 years ago)

      Thanks Em!

  6. A Gracious Life
    January 7, 2014 at 2:54 pm (10 years ago)

    You’ve inspired me to take on 50 books to read. And then I realized, “wait! There’s only 48 weeks in a year!” And the first one is almost over! Let’s make it 25..or 30. ☺️☺️ That’s real congratulations to you! What’s a John Green book like? I’m forever curious but quite apprehensive to pick him up..

    • Toni
      January 30, 2014 at 6:35 pm (10 years ago)

      The only John Green book I’ve liked so far is “The Fault In Our Stars”. It’s young adult. Easy reading. :) It’s a book that’ll send you to tears though so be prepared! But it’s a GREAT read.

    • Toni
      February 6, 2014 at 5:59 am (10 years ago)

      Good point, Junnie! Most of my e-books are foreign authors. Any recommendations for local or Phil-born authors?

  7. Sheryl
    February 3, 2014 at 10:23 am (10 years ago)

    Yay! I’m always looking for book recommendations. Thanks for also providing the Goodreads links! :)

    I super highly recommend Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. (But be prepared to cry buckets)
    Also: Sorta Like a Rock Start by Matthew Quick; The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult,

    • Toni
      February 6, 2014 at 5:57 am (10 years ago)

      Yay! Thanks for recos, Sheryl!


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