2016 Reading Goal

  1. To read 60 books

In 2015 I read 5o books and completed the challenge right in time for the new year. This year I want to push myself a little and read 60 books even more would be great.

2. Read 5 or more books a month

Usually I read 8 books a month, but I have been so busy I have been reading only 3 and that bothers me so much. I am going to try and plan out an hour or more each day for reading so I can read a lot of amazing books.

3. Post on this blog more

I have had this blog for almost a year and only have like 4 posts!! I want to start posting two or three blogs a week.

4. Do the 52 book challenge

On Goodreads there is a group that is doing a challenge to read 52 books in 2016 in specific categories. I would really like to complete this challenge. Follow me on Goodreads @readbymaddie to see how I am doing.

5. Post everyday on my bookstagram

I have been really good about doing this lately, but then there will just be a time where I don’t post for a week and that is unfair to my followers and myself.

6. Hit 1k on Instagram

I have been wanting to hit 1,000 followers on Instagram for a long time, and I am about 350 followers away. I would really like to reach this goal by my 1 year on bookstagram anniversary in May.



To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

GENRE- Classic

PUBLISHED- July 11, 1960

RATING- 2/5 stars


The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior—to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.


    To Kill a Mockingbird was the first classic I ever read. This book is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. Harper Lee made me feel so many different emotions reading this book with her amazing writing. But when I finished this book I had mixed reviews. Most people adore this books and think it’s the best classic ever but I just had so many problems with this book.

I think the basis of this book was very good and inspiring but I felt like the plot was jumping around a lot. It was like the characters were doing one thing and it just turned into them doing another thing quite quickly. It seemed that there was no main plot to the story, which bothered me. The perspective of this book was out of my comfort zone making it a little less enjoyable than if I was use to reading books similar to this.

    This book had awesome characters. I love Atticus and Scout so much. Atticus had such a great sense of humor and I love how he was committed to racial equality. Scout was such a strong outgoing little girl. She didn’t take crap from anyone and was so tough.

    I did find myself getting quite bored throughout this book. I would pick it up and start reading and then easily distracted and find myself forcing myself to read it.But there was very good parts in the book like humorous and life learning parts.

    If you haven’t read this book I suggest you go pick it up! I wasn’t my cup of tea but it was an amazing book and other people very much enjoy it!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner


GENRE- YA, dystopian

PUBLISHED- October 6, 2009

RATING- 4/5 stars

Goodreads Summary

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

My Review

The Maze Runner was an amazing book first of all. James Dashner did a great job on creating the setting, plot, and characters. The description of the Glade and all of the characters was very well done and made the story seem quite realistic. Throughout the book I would feel so many different emotions for the characters due to the fact they seemed real. The story itself is funny, exciting, and altogether wonderful.

My favorite thing about this dystopian novel is all the mystery. Thomas only remembers his name when he gets to the glade and nothing else, like all of the other Gladers. No one else can remember their past either, making it hard for them to know why they were sent to the Glade. I  couldn’t put this book down due to all the puzzling things that I wanted to find out. The author did a great job on presenting the mystery making the book very fun to read.

The only things I could pick on about this book is that some parts got dragged on. There was times when parts just got boring and some seemed unnecessary. The good thing is that when it got boring it did not last very long. And the parts that were not super fun to read were redeemed by the twists and action in the rest of the book.

If you have yet to read The Maze Runner, I suggest you go pick it up right away. If you love other dystopian novels like The Hunger Games and Divergent trilogy you will love this book. When reading this, expect crazy twists, awesome action, and great humor.