Number 12 on my list of 30 things to do before turning 30 was to read 30 books. I finally accomplished this and wanted to list the rest of the books I've read and let you know if they are worth reading.
#18: Edenbrook by Julianne Donaldson. I read this book a few weeks ago and could not put it down. It is definitely in my Top 5 of books I've ever read. Such a simple, but beautifully written love story that reminds me a lot of Pride and Prejudice - same time period and a story about falling in love.
#19: Enders Game by Orson Scott Card. I read this while I was at camp this summer. A few people had recommended it so I thought I'd give it a try. I have not ready very much sci-fi but this one was actually pretty good. It's an easy read and has an interesting story.
#20: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This is my second time reading this series and I think I loved it even more that second time through. Such a great series and I'd recommend it to anyone!
#21: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Same as the review above. Great series! Must read.
#22: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collin. This is the last in the Hunger Games series. I'll admit the first time I read it I didn't really like this one, but the second time I read it I really liked it a lot and got way more into it.
#23: Divergent by Veronica Roth. This is the first book of a newer series. It actually reminded me a lot of Hunger Games. While it wasn't as good has Hunger Games, I still thought it was a great story and I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
#24: Night by Elie Wiesel. A true account from someone that survived a concentration camp. It's a sad story, but an important for everyone to understand how awful those concentration camps were. Must read for sure.
#25: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. A true story about an incredible man that has dedicated his life as a doctor to curing the world. He's brilliant and has given so much of his life to helping find cures and treatments for infectious diseases. Really good book.
#26: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Another new favorite!! I devoured this book and did not want to put it down. Its an amazing true story of a WWII pilot that was taken as a prisoner of war in Japan. His story is absolutely amazing and I was horrified and so impressed by what this man endured through the war. His story is so inspiring! PLEASE READ!
#27: The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice. My friend from Northern Ireland gave me this book to read while I was at camp. It was so good! It's a fun little love story that takes place in England and I really enjoyed it.
#28: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I had never read this book before and figured that since there is now a movie coming out about it I might as well read it. I would say that it was a good book but I didn't think it was particularly amazing.
#29. The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon. This is another book my friend at camp gave me to read. And again, I loved it! It takes place in the 1850's during the Crimean War and the story is awesome. I couldn't put it down.
#30: Code Talkers by Joseph Bruchach. A friend recommended this to me. Its a story about Navajo Indians that were recruited to take part in WWII and were an integral part in communications throughout the war for the USA. Really good book!!