Sunday, January 11, 2015

50 Books Challenge

I still have a Christmas post to write, but this is way more important...

I'm continuing to challenge myself to read 50 books a year. Last year, with my return to work, I didn't do so hot, but 41 isn't terrible.

As part of my challenge, I pick an author to read in-depth. This year, I chose F. Scott Fitzgerald since I had to read The Great Gatsby for school. I only made it through part of one other book by him before deciding I am not a fan.
  • The Great Gatsby: ****
  • This Side of Paradise: *
Despite not being a fan of John Green, I read two more books of his:
  • The Fault in Our Stars: ****
  • Paper Towns: ***
This is the only book I gave five stars to this whole year: A Monster Calls: *****

Except these two, which I have read more than once before:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird *****
  • Anne of Green Gables *****

Other books I read for school:

  • Black Boy ***
  • The Crucible ***
  • A Raisin in the Sun ***
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God: ***
  • Speak ****
  • A Child Called It ***

This book I couldn't finish because it was putting me to sleep on my commute: The Light Between Oceans*

Some non-fiction:
  • Bossypants ****
  • Blink ****
And the rest:
  • The Sense of an Ending ****
  • Between Shades of Grey ****
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon ****
  • The Engagements ****
  • Wonder ****
  • Mormon Wife ****
  • All Our Yesterdays ****
  • The Secret Keeper ****
  • The One and Only Ivan ****
  • Night Film ****
  • I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You ****
  • Defending Jacob ****
  • Eleanor and Park ****
  • The Hiding Place ****
  • The Final Empire ****
  • The Shoemaker's Wife ***
  • Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy ***
  • The Round House ***
  • Before I Go to Sleep ***
  • The Humming Room ***
  • The Apothecary ***
  • The Black Opal ***
  • The Sea of Tranquility ***
  • Juniper Berry ***
  • Where'd You Go Bernadette **


  1. I managed to read 44 books in 2014 (along with 16 graphic novels which I'm not counting). I was hoping for 50 as well, but I will definitely crack 50 in 2015.

  2. Anne is still my favorite. 5 stars every single time I read it. I'm reading it to Scotia right now. The Secret Keeper is my favorite grownup book.

    I read A raisin in the sun for the first time last year and it was really sad for me. So many black families have a hard time dealing with money responsibly. Sad and frustrating....

  3. Love, love, love A Monster Calls. When we were naming Annemarie, We were getting the "Ann" from my mom LeAnn. It has no "e" on the end. The Marie is my middle name. I really, really wanted her to be Ann with an "e" though. It was torturous for me to figure out how to give her an "e" without ruining the significance of her name. We were in the hospital when I realized that Ken's middle name is "E", it doesn't stand for anything. So...I could add the "e" to her Ann and make it my mom's name, Ken's middle name and my middle name!! The fact that she is red headed is a cherry on top! (Sorry to write a novel in my comments)


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