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Collection: What is Brandi Reading?

I love to read.

That is no surprise. I set a goal of 80-100 new books to read each year and I will let you know which ones I loved and which ones made me use toothpicks to keep my eyelids open.

Some of the books will be available in the Daisy Chain Book Co. inventory, and the link to them is listed below. I will list the books I am reading in this collection and you can check by anytime and maybe discover a new title that you hadn't considered before. And don't worry, I won't steer you wrong, if I didn't like a book, I will tell you! I give them a Brandi rating out of 5*.

Let's READ!

Books Read in 2019:

1. The Home For Unwanted Girls **** powerful story, scary part of Canadian history

2. A Life in Parts *** fun & informative, made me like Bryan Cranston more

3. Marilla of Green Gables ***** SO good! I loved reading about Marilla as a young girl

4. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle *** fun & inventive, will make a great film 

5. Garlic & Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise **** fun read, I had never considered the challenges of a famous food critic before

6. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay **** listened to Eddie Redmayne read this and it was wonderfully entertaining

7. The Lonely Hearts Hotel *** beautiful story, but a little more crass than I typically prefer

8. The Wife Between Us ** interesting twist, but more blah than I had hoped

9. Mercy *** in typical Jodi Picoult fashion, an engaging and thought-provoking story

10. Lily and the Octopus *** unexpected, emotional & entertaining for dog-lovers

11. The Clockwork Princess **** a wonderful end to the trilogy, I had ALL the feels

12. The Woman in the Window **** I love a story with a twist. Worth the read!

13. I'd Rather Be Reading ***** Anne Bogel & I are kindred spirits, this read is fabulous.

14. The Birth House *** this was an eye-opening glimpse into motherhood in Eastern Canada's history - well told.

15. Landline *** I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. What a fun & intriguing idea for a story!

16. Parnassus on Wheels ***** Loved, loved, loved this! A traveling bookshop? They had me at page 1. 

17. The Scribe of Siena *** if Outlander went to Italy - this would be the result. I loved the descriptions of foods and locations... 

18. One Hundred Years of Solitude *** it may have won the Nobel Prize, but I was just glad to get through it. Suspend your desire to know what's going on and you will enjoy this one.

19. Vision in White ** typical Nora Roberts, a little predictable and a little romance with the backdrop of wedding planners thrown in. 1st in a series.

20. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn ***** I love Francie. I want to hang out with her. An old-fashioned story that is timeless. 

21. Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. ***** As always, Furtick nails the teaching in a way that is relevant & easy to understand.

22. 1st to Die *** a fast, easy read that sets the tone for an exciting mystery series 

23. Daring Greatly ***** Brene Brown is a WIN, for motivation and intelligence, nothing beats her work

24. The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts *** fun, light read that takes place in a bookshop, so that was my favourite part ;-)

25. The Shadow of the Wind **** Beautifully written, lost me a little towards the end, but such an imaginative story

26. Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination **** Well done, an inspired story about the original Imagineer

27. The Remains of the Day ***** Loved this! So classy, emotional and written with a beautiful respect for language. Awesome!

28. I'll See You in Paris *** a light, fun historical read with a satisfying ending

29. Harmony *** a unique, unexpected story that did not go in the direction I had anticipated...

30. Stolen Beauty *** WW2, art history, romance and intrigue... I liked learning about Adele Bloch-Bauer and her relationship with Gustav Klimt

31. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore *** Not what I thought it would be, but kept me intrigued right to the end

32. I'll Be Your Blue Sky **** delightful, charming, romantic and memorable. Another one by de los Santos that you will enjoy!

33. A Great and Terrible Beauty ** I heard great things about this YA series, but  the first one left me... Blah.

34. Everybody's Son **** a refreshing story about love and fitting in with the family you were born into and the family who chose you

35. The Clockmaker's Daughter *** there was a lot going on but once I got everyone figured out, the story wrapped up nicely. Wasn't worth all the hype I had heard about it.

36. A House in the Sky ***** WOW. A local tragedy written by a brave and honest writer. Unforgettable.

37. How I Became a Nun ** Had to read this for a class, it was interesting, but not compelling.

38. Nine Women, One Dress **** A fun story, lighthearted and one that I liked more than I thought I would!

39. The Dry *** An Australian mystery that was widely recommended to me - I enjoyed it, but was a little predictable.

40. A Complicated Kindness ** Toews is much appreciated and I had hoped to love this one, but alas, I did not.

41. The Lost Hero *** The 1st book in the Heroes of Olympus series - I can see why the kids love it.

42. Kane & Abel ***** Jeffrey Archer, where have you been all my life? This book was so easy to get lost in, a generational story of history and revenge. SO good.

43. Thrive **** Huffington nails it when she challenges us to put our lives in perspective, rest and succeed in business without sacrificing our health and/or relationships along the way

44. Captain of the Sleepers ** Had to read for a Latin American Novel class, did not love it. Bored.

45. Shanghai Girls **** a beautiful story about "Beautiful Girls", sisters from China who stay together through tragedy and triumph. Raw & emotional.

46. Emma in the Night ** Nope. I had hoped for more.

47. Gone Girl **** both terrifying and inspired - Flynn writes with an intensity that pulled me right in. A little too crass for me in parts, but so good!

48. Inkheart *** a Young Reader selection that inspired many other Fantasy novels. Funke writes with such an appreciation for books, almost like a love story about books and stories. A little too long.

49. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine ***** loved, loved, loved this. I wanted to know everything Eleanor was thinking. Such a fun read!

50. Beartown ***** YES. Backman is a Master. A satisfying novel about hard things. Read it.

51. The Camino Way *** I love reading about people who walk across Spain on the Camino... This one partners the journey with lessons about business.

52. It **** I thought it would be scary, but it was a brilliant story about friendships that endure tragedy. Surprisingly not "the scariest Stephen King book ever".

53. In Pieces **** Sally Field's biography was beautiful. I have always admired her, and getting a sneak peek at her life taught me a lot about why she's so respected and adored in the history of entertainment.

54. Wonder Woman: Warbringer **** everything Bardugo writes is worth reading, and this book was no exception. Such a fun YA story to dive into.

55. I Am Legend *** Richard Matheson is such a diverse storyteller, and this is so much more than a vampire survival story. I thought about it for days afterward.

56. George Lucas: A Life ***** Brian Jay Jones is a fantastic biographer. I loved this book. 

 

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Books Read in 2018:

1. Little Beach Street Bakery **** sweet and entertaining

2. Fahrenheit 451 ***** haunting and memorable

3. 11/22/63 ***** remarkable storytelling, I may have cried at the end.

4. It Was Me All Along *** honest and interesting, but not compelling

5. A Year By The Sea **** revealing and engaging, I liked her self-reflection

6. Moloka'i **** leprosy in Hawaii made for interesting reading

7. To Capture What We Cannot Keep **** I liked the cover better than the story

8. The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane *** light and breezy

9. Let's All Be Brave *** made me want to move to Scotland

10. The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Jumped Out The Window and Disappeared *** great idea and witty enough, but this was a toothpick book for me

11. Born a Crime ***** YES. Fantastic, loved it.

12. Cuckoo's Calling *** not my fave, didn't pull me in

13. Child Finder *** haunting and predictable

14. The Widow *** another story about a missing child? Just ok.

15. After Anna *** yup, another missing child. Good twist.

16. Caraval ***** YES. This was such fun and totally grabbed me.

17. The Bookshop on the Corner **** a lady who runs a bookmobile? Yup! enjoyable and light

18. The Measure of My Powers *** fast read, fun recipes

19. Uninvited ***** YES. made me cry more than once. Raw and beautiful.

20. The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year ** not my fave. Expected more.

21. Ready Player One ***** YES. Loved every moment of this one!!

22. Entreleadership **** No one says it like Dave Ramsey. Brilliant.

23. Love Does ***** fun and inspiring. Pass it on.

24. Words in Deep Blue **** delightful, charming, romance - in a bookstore

25. Britt-Marie Was Here ***** such a unique book, loved it

26. The Dip **** Seth Godin is a genius. This was fun, simple and smart.

27. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Women *** a little too cha-cha for me

28. Every Body Matters ***** no fault in the teaching here, challenging & true

29. Lending a Paw ** a mystery in a bookmobile with a cat. Nope.

30. The Alchemist **** I expected more, but it was endearing

31. The Golden Compass *** imaginative and creative, but doesn't make me want to read the rest of the trilogy

32. The Art of Racing in the Rain ***** YES. Tears, laughter and a sweet dog.

33. 7 Principles For Making Marriage Work ***** a MUST for every marriage

34. Tess of the D'Urbervilles **** thought-provoking and tragic

35. Pride & Prejudice ***** YES. I find no flaws in this beautiful book.

36. The Book of M ***** YES. Dystopian, romance and memories.

37. The Dead Zone **** creative story, a little dark for me, but compelling

38. Wuthering Heights ***** I hope I never meet a Heathcliff

39. The Happiness Pursuit **** smart and insightful

40. The Gun Seller *** I think I like Hugh Laurie's acting better, but this was ok

41. Frankenstein *** ahead of its time, well written

42. Summer at the Lake **** guilty pleasure, delightful 

43. Titus Andronicus *** brutal, bloody and smart

44. Love Life ** Rob Lowe telling stories. it was so-so

45. Wildflower ** Drew Barrymore telling stories. It was also so-so

46. Girl, Wash Your Face ***** This book is a WIN. 

47. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society ***** Loved it. Brilliant.

48. Very Good Lives **** A speech made into a book. I prefer to hear it.

49. Henry IV, Part One ***** no one does it like Shakespeare. So smart.

50. The Clockwork Angel **** out of my normal genre, fun & satisfying

51. Legendary *** sequel to Caraval, too much inner monologue for me

52. Beautiful Ruins ***** totally enjoyed this, and the audiobook is BRILLIANT

53. A Room of One's Own *** a bit long-winded but beautifully written 

54. Launch Your Dream ***** a simple format, inspiring and easy to apply

55. The Big Moo **** I think I prefer Seth Godin on his own, but this was ok

56. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky *** entertaining, interesting story

57. The Hangman's Daughter **** graphic and entertaining, i enjoyed this 

58. Daring & Disruptive: Unleashing the Entrepreneur *** some parts were good, but too repetitive for me

59. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work ***** can't argue with this logic, smart and applicable. For every couple.

60. Chrysanthemum ***** FLAWLESS. All time fave. The audio by Meryl Streep is NOT to be missed.

61. Uncommon Type **** Tom Hanks can write. Is there anything he CAN'T do? Fun, well told stories by the voice of an old friend.

62. Rules of Civility **** I loved the tone of the writing in this, it was a great read

63. The Opposite of Loneliness **** beautifully written by an author gone too soon.

64. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft ***** Stephen King nailed it. Awesome.

65. Becoming Myself *** very similar to Stasi's last book, it was ok

66. Storm Front ** a wizard who catches paranormal villains - not for me.

67. Never Let Me Go **** haunting, unforgettable. 

68. The Art of Non-Conformity **** inspiring, motivational and awesome

69. The Graveyard Book ***** brilliant re-telling of the Jungle Book. Inspired.

70. Jane Eyre ***** so many wonderful layers in this story, it's a classic for good reason

71. And Furthermore **** Judi Dench's autobiography, adorable.

72. The Yellow Envelope **** made me want to travel and taste new foods!

73. A Simple Favor **** totally had me hooked. Can't wait to see the film!

74. Honeymoon ***** thrilling, fun - reminds me of the Sidney Sheldon books I used to read as a teen

75. The Nightingale ***** such a fantastic book. Just awesome. Sigh.

76. The Alice Network **** I liked this a lot and I kept imagining what kind of film this would make.

77. It Ends With Us *** an emotional read, maybe a tad too risqué for me

78. The Husband's Secret **** I like how Moriarty writes, and though I thought it was too wordy in parts, I quite enjoyed it.

79. The Thirteenth Tale **** The writing was beautiful. A quick read, nicely paced mystery.

80. The Bird Box ***** I love an intriguing story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and leaves you with questions... very inventive story.

81. The Dandelion Years *** enjoyable, light-hearted, and a tad predictable

 

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