Book Reviews

Here are a list of some of the books I've read over the years, whether for school or just enjoyment. (Note: This is not a complete list.) I've placed a rating behind each of the books:
 A+ = My All-Time Favorites!
A = Highly Recommend!
B = Read if you have time.
C = Don't bother.

Remember that the rating is only my opinion. Some of you may have different taste than me & may love the books that I didn't like so much.

Thanks to Krysten at After I Do for this wonderful idea!
"After Silence" by Nancy Venable Raines (A)
"All-American Girl" by Meg Cabot (C)
"All the Days of Her Life" by Lurlene McDaniel (B)
"All the Days of My Life (So Far)" by Allison Sweeney (A)
"Ambiguous Adventures" by Cheikh Hamidou Kane (C)
"America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life" by Benoit Denizet-Lewis (C)
"Angus, Thongs, & Full-Frontal Snogging" by Louise Rennison (B)
"Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope" by Jenna Bush (A)
"Ask Me Why I Hurt: The Kids Nobody Wants & the Doctor Who Heals Them" by Randy Christensen (A+)
"Away Laughing on a Fast Camel" by Louise Rennison (B)

"Baby E.R.: The Heroic Doctors & Nurses who Perform Medicine's Tiniest Miracles" by Edward Humes (A+)
"Behind Happy Faces: Taking Charge of Your Mental Health - A Guide for Young Adults" by Ross Szabo (A)
"A Bend in the Road" by Nicholas Sparks (A+)
"The Best of Me" by Nicholas Sparks (A)
"Blood Done Sign My Name" by Timothy Tyson (B)
"Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness" by Susannah Cahalan (A+)

"Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger (B)
"Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins (A+)
"A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive" by Dave Pelzer (A)
"Columbine" by Dave Cullen (A)
"Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science" by Atul Gawande (B)
"Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose" by Paris Hilton (C)

"The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown (A)
"Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants" by Louise Rennison (B)
"Dear John" by Nicholas Sparks (A)
"The Death & Life of Charlie St. Cloud" by Ben Sherwood (A)
"Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel" by Rebecca Wells (A)
"Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You" by Dolly Parton (A)
"Drinking & Tweeting and Other Brandi Blunders" by Brandi Glanville (A+) 

"Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, & Indonesia" by Elizabeth Gilbert (A)
"Emergency Room" by Caroline Cooney (A)

"Farmworker's Daughter: Growing Up Mexican in America" by Rose Castillo Guilbault (A)
"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green (A+)
"Fifty Shades Darker" by E.L. James (A) 
"Fifty Shades Freed" by E.L. James (A
"Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James (B) 
"The Five People You Meet in Heaven" by Mitch Albom (A)
"For One More Day" by Mitch Albom (A)
"Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood" by Ann Brashares (A)
"Fragile Beginnings: Discoveries & Triumphs in the Newborn ICU" by Adam Wolfberg, MD (B)
"The Freedom of a Christian" by Martin Luther (C)
"From This Moment On" by Shania Twain (B) 
"The Future of Us" by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler (A+)

"Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie" by O.E. Rolvaag (C)
"The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski" by Samantha Geimer (B)
"Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood" by Ann Brashares (A)
"The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, & Murder" by Charles Graeber (A+)
"Grace, Gold, & Glory: My Leap of Faith" by Gabrielle Douglas (A)
"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald (A)

"He Never Liked Cake by Janna Leyde (A+)
"Her: A Memoir" by Christa Parravani (B)
"Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady & Finding My True Voice" by Maureen McCormick (A)
"The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien (C)
"Hot Lights, Cold Steel: Life, Death, & Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon's First Years" by Dr. Michael J. Collins (A)
"The Hour I First Believed" by Wally Lamb (A)
"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins (A+)

"I Just Want You to Know: Letters to My Kids on Love, Faith, & Family" by Kate Gosselin (B)
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot (A+) 
"Insecure at Last: Losing It in Our Security-Obsessed World" by Eve Ensler (A)
"Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)" by Mindy Kaling (A+)

"Jane Doe No More" by M. William Phelps & Donna Palomba (Currently Reading)
"The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan (B)

 "9226 Kercheval: The Storefront That Did Not Burn" by Nancy Milio (C)
"Kardashian Konfidential" by Kourtney, Kim, & Khloe Kardashian (A)
"The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, & Saving the Planet" by Alicia Silverstone (A)
"Knocked Out By My Nunga-Nungas" by Louise Rennison (B)
"Kris Jenner...And All Things Kardashian" by Kris Jenner (B)

"The Last Song" by Nicholas Sparks (A+)
"The Legacy: Making Wishes Come True" by Lurlene McDaniel (A)
"A Lesson Before Dying" by Ernest J. Gaines (C)
"Let Him Live" by Lurlene McDaniel (A)
"Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity" by Kerry Cohen (C)
"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding (B)
"The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family" by Dave Pelzer (A)
"The Lucky One" by Nicholas Sparks (A+)

"Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence" by Ross Mathews (A+)
"Miles to Go" by Miley Cyrus (A)
"A Million Little Pieces" by James Frey (A)
"Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins (A+)
"Multiple Blessings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins & Sextuplets" by Jon & Kate Gosselin (A)
"My Own Medicine: A Doctor's Life as a Patient" by Geoffrey Kurland, M.D. (A+) 
"My Story" by Elizabeth Smart (B)

"The Natural" by Bernard Malamud (C)
"Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder" by Kent Nerburn (B)
"Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (A)
"Nickel & Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America" by Barbara Ehrenreich (A)
"Norwegians in Minnesota" by Jon Gjerde, Carlton Qualey, & Bill Holm (C)
"The Notebook" by Nicholas Sparks (A)

"The Odyssey" by Homer (C)
"Off Balance: A Memoir" by Dominique Moceanu (A+)
"On Christian Liberty" by Martin Luther (C)
"On the Bright Side, I'm Not the Girlfriend of a Sex God" by Louise Rennison (B)
"Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year" by Anne Lamott (B)

"Paige By Paige: A Year of Trading Spaces" by Paige Davis (B)
"Pill Head: The Secret Life of a Painkiller Addict" by Joshua Lyon (B)
"Please Don't Die" by Lurlene McDaniel (A)
"The Pregnancy Project: a memoir" by Gaby Rodriguez (A) 
"The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women" by Jessica Valenti (A+)
"The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren (B)
"The Pursuit of Perfection: The Promise and Perils of Medical Enhancement" by Sheila and David Rothman (C)

"Reach for Tomorrow" by Lurlene McDaniel (A)
"Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel" by Kimberly McCreight (A+)
"The Return of Martin Guerre" by Natalie Davis (C)
"Room: A Novel" by Emma Donoghue (A+) 
"Rx" by Tracy Lynn (B)

"Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks (A+)
"The Scarlet Letter" by Nathanial Hawthorne (C)
"A Season for Goodbye" by Lurlene McDaniel (B)
"The Second Summer of the Sisterhood" by Ann Brashares (A)
"Shattered: Reclaiming a Life Torn Apart by Violence" by Debra Puglisi-Sharp & Marjorie Preston (A)
"She Died Too Young" by Lurlene McDaniel (B)
"She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall" by Misty Bernall (A)
"A Shore Thing: A Novel" by Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi (B)
"Sir Gawain & the Green Knight" by J.R.R. Tolkien (C)
"Sisterhood Everlasting" by Ann Brashares (A)
"Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" by Ann Brashares (A)
"Sisters" by Danielle Steel (A+)
"Sixteen & Dying" by Lurlene McDaniel (B)
"Sliding Into Home" by Kendra Wilkinson (A)
"Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood" by Koren Zailckas (A)
"Someone Dies, Someone Lives" by Lurlene McDaniel (A)
"Someone Like You" by Sarah Dessen (A)
"Something Blue" by Emilly Giffin (A)
"Something Borrowed" by Emily Giffin (A)
"Something for the Pain: One Doctor's Account of Life & Death in the E.R." by Paul Austin (A+)

"Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods & Madness Inside Room 56" by Rafe Esquith (C)
"That Summer" by Sarah Dessen (A)
"Thin" by Lauren Greenfield (A)
"Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe (C)
"Through the Glass" by Shannon Moroney (A)
"The Truth About Diamonds" by Nicole Richie (A)
"Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom (A)

"UnSweetined: A Memoir" by Jodie Sweetin (A)

"Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir" by Amanda Knox (A+)
"A Walk to Remember" by Nicholas Sparks (A)
"Walk Two Moons" by Sharon Creech (A)
"Wall of Silence: The Untold Story of the Medical Mistakes that Kill and Injure Millions of Americans" by Rosemary Gibson & Janardan Prasad Singh (A)
"Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High" by Melba Patillo Beals (A)
"The Wedding" by Nicholas Sparks (A)
"What If...All the Boys Wanted You?: A Choose Your Destiny Novel" by Liz Ruckdeschel (A)
"What If...Everyone Knew Your Name?: A Choose Your Destiny Novel" by Liz Ruckdeschel (A)
"What If...Everyone Was Doing It?: A Choose Your Destiny Novel" by Liz Ruckdeschel (A)
"What If...You Broke All the Rules?: A Choose Your Destiny Novel" by Liz Ruckdeschel (A)
"Winning Balance" by Shawn Johnson (A+)