Wow, it has almost been a whole year since I did my first post on my Most Read Authors (according to GoodReads). Last year’s results were quite shocking for me since I just didn’t realize the amount of books I’ve read by certain authors.
I’ve obviously read a lot more books in the last year, so I’ll be curious to see how the numbers have or have not changed.
Last Year’s Most Read Authors:
- Meg Cabot – 28
- Julia Quinn – 12
- Charlaine Harris – 10
- Philip Reeve & J.K. Rowling – 8
- Diana Gabaldon – 7
- Megan McCafferty – 5
- Libba Bray, Anna Godsbersen, David Levithan – 4
Most Read Authors of 2012 So Far
1. Meg Cabot – 29: I think it will be a long time before someone takes the number one spot from Meg Cabot. I basically spent my entire teen years reading her books. And of course, I can now say my “entire teen years” because I am no longer, unfortunately, a teenager since I turned 20. But that’s off-topic.
2. Julia Quinn – 15: I fell in love with historical romance through Julia Quinn. I’m still making my way through all her books so it might take a while, but I think Julia Quinn has the best shot of dethroning Meg Cabot as my most read author.
3. Charlaine Harris – 11: Since I really did not like the latest Sookie Stackhouse book, I’m a little bit embarassed to have read them all. Alas, I can’t hide that fact and so, Charlaine Harris has made my list.
4. Philip Reeve – 9: I honestly hold all other science fiction – especially steampunk! – books up against Philip Reeve’s novels. If you have not heard of him, look up his Mortal Engine series. They are so hard to find in the US, but they are worth searching for.
5. J.K. Rowling – 8: Harry Potter + Beedle the Bard. I guess i did not include Quidditch Through the Ages nor Fantastic Beasts on GoodReads.
6. Richelle Mead & Diana Gabaldon – 7: Well, I read the entire Vampire Academy series last year, so this isn’t too surprising. I do plan on reading more Gabaldon in 2012, but I also do plan on continuing Richelle Mead’s spin-off series so we’ll have to see if we break this tie next year!
7. Anna Godbersen, David Levithan, Megan McCafferty & Rick Riordan – 6: I will always read a book by David Levithan. I know there are still some older books that I haven’t gotten to yet. I guess I’ll read more Anna Godbersen when the next Bright Young Things book comes out, but it’s not really high on my priority. On the other hand, Rick Riordan’s books have been put on hold until he completes another series. I’d rather just read all of his books straight through! Rick Riordan is the only new author to make the list this year. Sorry, Libba Bray! You’ve been booted.
Summary: For the bright young things of 1929, the beautiful days seem endless, filled with romance and heartbreak, adventure and intrigue, friendship and rivalry.
After a month in New York, Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur are small-town girls no longer. They spend their afternoons with Astrid Donal at the Greys’ lush Long Island estate and their nights in Manhattan’s bustling metropolis. But Letty’s not content to be a mere socialite. She is ready at last to chase her Broadway dreams—no matter the cost.
Cordelia is still reeling from the death of her father at the hands of Thom Hale, the man she thought she loved. Now she is set to honor Darius Grey’s legacy . . . and take her revenge.
Promised to Cordelia’s half brother, Astrid is caught up in a world of dazzling jewels and glittering nights—and the sparkle is blinding. Charlie Grey is a gangster playing a dangerous game; and for Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty, the stakes could be deadly.
- A little disappointing since not much has happened
- Calm before the storm; not as exciting as the previous book
- Letty’s story intrigues me the most out of the three, and she would probably be the character I will be most looking forward to in the next book
BEAUTIFUL DAYS will take you back in time to the exciting era of the flappers and the Prohibition era. Sequel to Bright Young Things, BEAUTIFUL DAYS picks up in the summer after the death of Cordelia’s father.
Godbersen is such a descriptive writer and the words paint a vivid image in my head. I love the descriptions of the various settings, outfits, and even the mannerisms of the girls. Godbersen has the ability to send me back in time from the comfort of my favorite reading nook. It was so much fun to read about this time period. I can just imagine the magnificent silk dresses that Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty got to wear. New York City seems like a whole different world and it was fascinating to read about it. Godbersen’s writing was really the reason why I got through this book.
After the first few chapters, the exhilarating feeling of being sucked into this time period eventually wore off. As much as I loved Godbersen’s writing, the plot just didn’t do it for me. I felt like it was one of those books where nothing really happened. I couldn’t help but compare BEAUTIFUL DAYS to the Luxe series. Where’s the drama? The action? The scandal? The plot wasn’t engaging and I just found myself growing restless. I’m hoping that BEAUTIFUL DAYS is just the calm before the storm and that the action picks up in the following book.
For the most part, I do love the characters of this series, but I just can’t seem to like Astrid. Astrid, unfortunately, still strikes me as fake. Just the way she acts seems insincere. I also wish that Charlie would give the girls some credit. While it’s very chivalrous of him to always come to the rescue, I feel like so much drama could have been avoided if he just told the girls flat out what’s going on with the bootlegging business. A simple conversation explaining why they’re in danger could have prevented a lot of hissy fits. But of course, he had to result to commanding them around. In BEAUTIFUL DAYS, I looked forward to Letty’s parts the most. I love the direction that her character is heading to and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for her in the next book.
Despite the fact that this one didn’t live up to my expectations, BEAUTIFUL DAYS was still a really good book. I recommend this book to those who enjoyed Bright Young Things, and highly recommend the series in general to those who love the Luxe series and historical fiction.
About the Author
Anna Godbersen was born in Berkeley, California, and educated at Barnard College. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
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Top of the Shelf / Currently Reading
What’s next on my to-read list for the upcoming week. I’m currently reading Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout and I’m really enjoying it so far!
I couldn’t resist. I got both of these for a total of under ten dollars while I was on vacation!
Thanks to Krista of Cubicle Blindness and Ivy of Ivy Reads! Also, I’m slowly building up my collection of the Jessica Darling series. I now have books 1 – 4! Just waiting to get the last one from PaperbackSwap!