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message 1: by Liz (last edited Oct 08, 2019 10:22AM) (new)

Liz | 509 comments Thanks to Katie & Tracy, I decided to create a list of books I REALLY want to read from my TBR to date. I went through my shelves pretty fast, & when I checked, I had exactly 100 books added to my challenge list, so that's what I'm going for. :) Who knows. Maybe if I reevaluate next year, I'll have another 10-100 to add to it.

14/100

(in publication order)
1. The Pilgrim's Progress
2. David Copperfield
3. Les Misérables
4. The Moonstone
5. Middlemarch
6. A Room with a View
7. The Wind in the Willows
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Age of Innocence
10. So Big
11. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
12. All Quiet on the Western Front
13. Cold Comfort Farm
14. Rebecca - 4* (5/13/19)
15. The Robe
16. The Great Divorce - 3.5* (8/27/18)
17. Man's Search for Meaning
18. 1984
19. East of Eden
20. The Fellowship of the Ring
21. Night
22. The Bronze Bow
23. Cat's Cradle
24. Flowers for Algernon
25. Watership Down
26. Shōgun
27. Roots: The Saga of an American Family
28. The Name of the Rose
29. The House of the Spirits - 3* (10/8/18)
30. Lonesome Dove
31. The Alchemist
32. The Remains of the Day
33. The Wood Wife
34. Storm Front
35. Jayber Crow
36. Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West
37. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
38. The Road
39. Unbowed: A Memoir
40. The Name of the Wind
41. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
42. A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
43. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
44. 360 Degrees Longitude: One Family's Journey Around the World
45. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
46. The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag - 4.5* (9/27/19)
47. The Passage
48. Mink River
49. Yellow Crocus
50. The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared
51. A Monster Calls
52. The Homecoming of Samuel Lake
53. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
54. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
55. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - 4.5* (9/5/18)
56. Some Kind of Fairy Tale
57. Calling Me Home
58. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
59. Ordinary Grace
60. Red Rising
61. The Book of Strange New Things
62. The Library at Mount Char
63. Between the World and Me
64. Did You Ever Have a Family
65. A Curious Beginning
66. Six of Crows
67. Shallow Graves
68. Jane Steele
69. The One-in-a-Million Boy
70. The Bird and the Sword
71. This Savage Song
72. Age of Myth
73. The Hike
74. The Girl Who Drank the Moon - 4.5* (11/5/18)
75. Another Brooklyn
76. Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living
77. Beartown - 5* (12/11/18)
78. Three Dark Crowns
79. Magpie Murders - 4* (9/9/18)
80. Small Great Things
81. Scar Island
82. The Bear and the Nightingale - 4.5* (12/16/18)
83. The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
84. Strange the Dreamer
85. Ginny Moon
86. Jane Austen at Home
87. Before We Were Yours
88. Wishtree
89. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow - 5* (1/4/19)
90. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance
91. Peculiar Savage Beauty
92. An American Marriage - 4.25* (9/20/18)
93. Heart Berries: A Memoir
94. Educated: A Memoir
95. Children of Blood and Bone - 5* (9/16/18)
96. The Astonishing Color of After
97. Circe - 4.5* (5/28/19)
98. Spinning Silver
99. Jane Doe - 3* (8/7/19)
100. Where the Crawdads Sing - 4* (8/11/19)

BONUS: Underland: A Deep Time Journey


message 2: by Liz (new)

Liz | 509 comments I still have the rest to add to my list, & I might still change some out, so if anyone has recommendations or opinions, I'm curious to hear them!


message 3: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2783 comments Glad that you are joining in the fun! Lots of good choices on your list! Enjoy...


message 4: by Liz (new)

Liz | 509 comments Thanks! I'm excited!

Looking through my list, I realized I have three books by Fredrik Backman. I'm going to get rid of at least one of them, if not two.


message 5: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (last edited Aug 24, 2018 01:17PM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 8321 comments Mod
Liz wrote: "Thanks! I'm excited!

Looking through my list, I realized I have three books by Fredrik Backman. I'm going to get rid of at least one of them, if not two."


I would definitely skip Grandmother Asked Me... and if you are wanting to throw out two, Britt-Marie was just ok. My favorites by him are (by far) A Man Called Ove and Beartown, and that seems to be the general consensus with people I talk to.

This is a GREAT LIST. We seem to have very similar reading tastes! Harold Fry is one of my all time favorites. Quiet was my favorite nonfiction book of this year. Astonishing Color of After was one of my favorite YA books of the year (and that's really saying something!). I read An American Marriage back in February and I'm still thinking about it.


message 6: by Rachelnyc (new)

Rachelnyc | 943 comments Great list! There are several here on my list as well so I'll be keeping an eye out to see what your thoughts are.

There are also a bunch that I've read and loved so I think you're in for some great reads!

To replace one of the Backmans, if you haven't already read it, perhaps check out Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.


message 7: by Liz (new)

Liz | 509 comments Emily, I just deleted My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, & I was thinking of getting rid of Britt-Marie also. I LOVED A Man Called Ove & have heard great things about Beartown.


message 8: by Liz (new)

Liz | 509 comments Rachelnyc wrote: "Great list! There are several here on my list as well so I'll be keeping an eye out to see what your thoughts are.

There are also a bunch that I've read and loved so I think you're in for some gre..."


I read Eleanor Oliphant last month, & it is one of my favorites of the year. I adored it!


message 9: by Tracy, Constellation Mod (new)

Tracy (tracyisreading) | 2542 comments Mod
Maybe if I reevaluate next year, I'll have another 10-100 to add to it.

hahahahaha , so very true.....

Now I feel compelled to put my list up in a thread, I might start working on that now? My daughter (8) is at her first official sleepover, so I'm tired but I kinda don't want to go to sleep because maybe she'll want me to pick her up at 2 am....

or probably mommy will want to go pick her up at 2 am 😩


message 10: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2362 comments Yay! Welcome to the list making craze.


message 11: by Liz (last edited Sep 29, 2019 05:52PM) (new)

Liz | 509 comments I haven't checked in on this for such a long time - honestly, I'd forgotten I'd even created this list! LOL!

After going through the list again, I was able to cross off an additional 9 since the last time I updated it, so that feels pretty good. I'm tempted to change out some of the books for more recent ones I would like to read. Not sure if I should just add to my list or allow myself to change out no more than 3 books a year? Or maybe I can only take the book off the list & exchange it for a new one if I decide to completely cross it off my tbr . . . . That probably makes the most sense.


message 13: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 8321 comments Mod
Just popped by to say that this is still an amazing list lol.

For my 40 before 40 list, I have a list of alternates, so if I hate a book, I can DNF it and put in an alternate without feeling like I was cheating.

(I mean, I make the rules! Why should I feel guilty about cheating? But here I am...)


message 14: by Liz (new)

Liz | 509 comments Having an alternates list is a GREAT idea! And it will completely free me from the guilt of cheating. haha


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