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message 1: by Joy D (last edited Jul 25, 2019 12:07PM) (new)

Joy D | 954 comments I am selecting 84 books. I've read more than this each of the last 2 years, but I want to set a goal where it will be reachable if I decide to read lengthier books than in the past.

Challenge Completed 7/24/19 - will continue to update this list through year-end

Books 1 - 40:
1. The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt - completed 1/2/19 - 4 stars - My Review
2. The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - completed 1/4/19 - 4 stars - My Review
3. Winter Journey by Diane Armstrong - completed 1/7/19 - 3 stars - My Review
4. Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck - completed 1/10/19 - 4 stars - My Review
5. Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West by Hampton Sides - completed 1/15/19 - 5 stars - My Review
6. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell - completed 1/17/19 - 4 stars - My Review
7. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez - completed 1/21/19 - 4 stars - My Review
8. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - completed 1/24/19 - 4 stars - My Review
9. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - completed 1/28/19 - 4 stars - My Review
10. Discover Oil Painting: Easy Landscape Painting Techniques by Julie Gilbert Pollard - completed 1/31/19 - 4 stars - My Review
11. Have a Little Faith: The Story of a Last Request by Mitch Albom - completed 2/1/19 - 3 stars - My Review
12. We Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt - completed 2/2/19 - 2 stars - My Review
13. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay - completed 2/3/19 - 3 stars - My Review
14. Caraval by Stephanie Garber - completed 2/5/19 - 4 stars - My Review
15. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne - completed 2/7/19 - 4 stars - My Review
16. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande - completed 2/9/19 - 4 stars - My Review
17. Without a Country by Ayşe Kulin - completed 2/10/19 - 3 stars - My Review
18. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan - completed 2/12/19 - 4 stars - My Review
19. In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende - completed 2/15/19 - 4 stars - My Review
20. How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by Thomas C. Foster - completed 2/17/19 - 4 stars - My Review
21. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks - completed 2/20/19 - 4 stars - My Review
22. Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende - completed 2/25/19 - 4 stars - My Review
23. Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo - completed 2/28/19 - 3 stars - My Review
24. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - completed 3/4/19 - 3 stars - My Review
25. Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms & a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories by Simon Winchester - completed 3/9/19 - 3 stars - My Review
26. The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker - completed 3/10/19 - 4 stars - My Review
27. The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende - completed 3/13/19 - 4 stars - My Review
28. The Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell - completed 3/16/19 - 3 stars - My Review
29. The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob - completed 3/20/19 - 4 stars - My Review
30. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller - completed 3/24/19 - 4 stars - My Review
31. Private Life by Jane Smiley - completed 3/24/19 - 3 stars - My Review
32. Pickle's Progress by Marcia Butler - completed 3/25/19 - 1 star - My Review
33. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford - completed 3/27/19 - 4 stars - My Review
34. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue - completed 3/27/19 - 4 stars - My Review
35. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker - completed 3/31/19 - 4 stars - My Review
36. Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea: The History and Discovery of the World's Richest Shipwreck by Gary Kinder - completed 4/3/19 - 4 stars - My Review
37. And Then There Were Nuns: Adventures in a Cloistered Life by Jane Christmas - completed 4/5/19 - 4 stars - My Review
38. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden - completed 4/8/19 - 4 stars - My Review
39. The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism by John U. Bacon - completed 4/11/19 - 5 stars - My Review
40. Educated by Tara Westover - completed 4/13/19 - 4 stars - My Review


message 2: by Joy D (last edited Dec 05, 2019 12:50PM) (new)

Joy D | 954 comments Books 41 - 80:

41. American Rust by Philipp Meyer - completed 4/16/19 - 5 stars - My Review
42. Inland by Téa Obreht - completed 4/19/19 - 5 stars - My Review
43. The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr - completed 4/21/19- 3 stars - My Review
44. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf - completed 4/22/19 - 4 stars - My Review
45. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick - completed 4/24/19 - 4 stars - My Review
46. The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain by James Fallon - completed 4/25/19 - 4 stars - My Review
47. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin - completed 4/28/19 - 4 stars - My Review
48. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer - completed 5/1/19 - 4 stars - My Review
49. The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel - completed 5/3/19 - 4 stars - My Review
50. Never Stop Walking: A Memoir of Finding Home Across the World by Christina Rickardsson - completed 5/5/19 - 3 stars - My Review
51. The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future by Joselin Linder - completed 5/8/19 - 4 stars - My Review
52. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry - completed 5/13/19 - 5 stars - My Review
53. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende - completed 5/18/19 - 4 stars - My Review
54. To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey - completed 5/20/19 - 5 stars - My Review
55. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay - completed 5/21/19 - 3 stars - My Review
56. The Hours by Michael Cunningham - completed 5/23/19 - 5 stars - My Review
57. All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy - completed 5/25/19 - 4 stars - My Review
58. The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare - completed 5/26/19 - 3 stars - My Review
59. City of Thieves by David Benioff - completed 5/29/19 - 4 stars - My Review
60. Winter Journey by Rick Mallery - completed 5/30/19 - 4 stars - My Review
61. The Address by Fiona Davis - completed 6/1/19 - 2 stars - My Review
62. The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg - completed 6/2/19 - 4 stars - My Review
63. The Rainmaker by John Grisham - completed 6/4/19 - 4 stars - My Review
64. Watermelon Snow: A Cli-Fi Novel by William A. Liggett - completed 6/5/19 - 2 stars - My Review
65. Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell - completed 6/9/19 - 4 stars - My Review
66. Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold by Margaret Atwood - completed 6/11/19 - 4 stars - My Review
67. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski - completed 6/14/19 - 4 stars - My Review
68. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov - completed 6/18/19 - 4 stars - My Review
69. Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter - completed 6/19/19 - 4 stars - My Review
70. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende - completed 6/21/19 - 4 stars - My Review
71. The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper - completed 6/25/19 - 3 stars - My Review
72. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher - completed 6/26/19 - 3 stars - My Review
73. The Good Shepherd by C.S. Forester - completed 6/27/19 - 5 stars - My Review
74. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - completed 6/29/19 - 2 stars - My Review
75. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy - completed 7/3/19 - 4 stars - My Review
76. In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown by Nathaniel Philbrick - completed 7/4/19 - 4 stars - My Review
77. Atonement by Ian McEwan - completed 7/7/19 - 5 stars - My Review
78. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick - completed 7/8/19 - 3 stars - My Review
79. K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain by Ed Viesturs and David Roberts - completed 7/10/19 - My Review
80. White Teeth by Zadie Smith - completed 7/14/19 - 4 stars - My Review


message 3: by Joy D (last edited Dec 15, 2019 01:38PM) (new)

Joy D | 954 comments Books 81 - 120:

81. Divergent by Veronica Roth - completed 7/16/19 - 3 stars - My Review
82. Testimony of Two Men by Taylor Caldwell - completed 7/21/19 - 4 stars - My Review
83. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes - completed 7/23/19 - 4 stars - My Review
84. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie - completed 7/24/19 - 4 stars - My Review
85. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake - completed 7/27/19 - 3 stars - My Review
86. Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee - completed 7/28/19 - 4 stars - My Review
87. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon - completed 7/31/19 - 5 stars - My Review
88. Quichotte: A Novel by Salman Rushdie - completed 8/2/19 - 4 stars - My Review
89. The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse - completed 8/4/19 - 3 stars - My Review
90. The Brothers K by David James Duncan - completed 8/9/19 - 4 stars - My Review
91. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong - completed 8/11/19 - 3 stars - My Review
92. Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Carl Hoffman - completed 8/13/19 - 4 stars - My Review
93. The Girl from the Savoy by Hazel Gaynor - completed 8/15/19 - 3 stars - My Review
94. Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson - completed 8/17/19 - 4 stars - My Review
95. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak - completed 8/20/19 - 5 stars - My Review
96. The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by Gordon S. Wood - completed 8/21/19 - 4 stars - My Review
97. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton - completed 8/26/19 - 4 stars - My Review
98. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy - completed 8/28/19 - 5 stars - My Review
99. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa - completed 8/29/19 - 4 stars - My Review
100. Five Seasons by Roger Angell - completed 8/31/19 - 4 stars - My Review
101. The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio - completed 9/1/19 - 2 stars - My Review
102. Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors by James D. Hornfischer - completed 9/4/19 - 4 stars - My Review
103. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk - completed 9/6/19 - 3 stars - My Review
104. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe - completed 9/8/19 - 4 stars - My Review
105. The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence - completed 9/10/19 - 4 stars - My Review
106. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi - completed 9/12/19 - 3 stars - My Review
107. The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley - completed 9/16/19 - 5 stars - My Review
108. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer - completed 9/21/19 - 3 stars - My Review
109. The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton- completed 9/24/19 - 4 stars - My Review
110. The Overstory by Richard Powers - completed 9/30/19 - 4 stars - My Review
111. The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton - completed 10/3/19 - 4 stars - My Review
112. The Humans by Matt Haig - completed 10/5/19 - 5 stars - My Review
113. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute - completed 10/6/19 - 4 stars - My Review
114. Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent - completed 10/8/19 - 4 stars - My Review
115. Bringing Columbia Home: The Untold Story of a Lost Space Shuttle and Her Crew by Michael D. Leinbach and Jonathan H. Ward - completed 10/10/19 - 4 stars - My Review
116. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert - completed 10/12/19 - 3 stars - My Review
117. The Dry by Jane Harper - completed 10/14/19 - 3 stars - My Review
118. Melmoth by Sarah Perry - completed 10/16/19 - 4 stars - My Review
119. The Snow Gypsy by Lindsay Ashford - completed 10/17/19 - 3 stars - My Review
120. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf - completed 10/19/19 - 3 stars - My Review


message 4: by Joy D (last edited Dec 31, 2019 05:39AM) (new)

Joy D | 954 comments Books 121 - 160:

121. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford: A Novel by Ron Hansen - completed 10/21/19 - 3 stars - My Review
122. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead - completed 10/23/19 - 4 stars - My Review
123. Tangier by Stephen Holgate - completed 10/25/19 - 4 stars - My Review
124. Peony: A Novel of China by Pearl S. Buck - completed 10/27/19 - 5 stars - My Review
125. Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton - completed 10/29/19 - 3 stars - My Review
126. Apeirogon: A Novel by Colum McCann - completed 11/4/19 - 4 stars - My Review
127. Halsey's Typhoon: The True Story of a Fighting Admiral, an Epic Storm, and an Untold Rescue by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin - completed 11/7/19 - 4 stars - My Review
128. Songs in Ordinary Time by Mary McGarry Morris - completed 11/12/19 - 3 stars - My Review
129. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway - completed 11/13/19 - 4 stars - My Review
130. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser - completed 11/16/19 - 4 stars - My Review
131. A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial by James Reston Jr. - completed 11/18/19 - 4 stars - My Review
132. The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson - completed 11/21/19 - 5 stars - My Review
133. The Vegetarian by Han Kang - completed 11/23/19 - 3 stars - My Review
134. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo: A Novel by Michael David Lukas - completed 11/24/19 - 3 stars - My Review
135. In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner - completed 11/26/19 - 5 stars - My Review
136. Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir by Cinelle Barnes - completed 11/28/19 - 3 stars - My Review
137. A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers - completed 11/29/19 - 4 stars - My Review
138. Trials of the Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman by Mary Mann Hamilton - completed 12/1/19 - 3 stars - My Review
139. The Doctor's Daughter: Journey to Justice by Belle Blackburn - completed 12/4/19 - 4 stars - My Review
140. The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Anne-Marie O'Connor - completed 12/6/19 - 4 stars - My Review
141. The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes - completed 12/7/19 - 4 stars - My Review
142. In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez - completed 12/9/19 - 4 stars - My Review
143. The Holidays by Mike MacDonald - completed 12/11/19 - 1 star - My Review
144. The Sea by John Banville - completed 12/12/19 - 4 stars - My Review
145. In The Shadow of 10,000 Hills by Jennifer Haupt - completed 12/13/19 - 4 stars - My Review
146. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy - completed 12/15/19 - 3 stars - My Review
147. The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible by Chanan Tigay - completed 12/18/19 - 4 stars - My Review
148. The Welsh Girl: A Novel by Peter Ho Davies - completed 12/21/19 - 4 stars - My Review
149. Salt Houses by Hala Alyan - completed 12/24/19 - 4 stars - My Review
150. The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports by Jeff Passan - completed 12/27/19 - 4 stars - My Review
151. A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton - completed 12/30/19 - 4 stars - My Review

That's a wrap for 2019!


message 5: by Susy (new)

Susy (susysstories) Joy D wrote: "I am selecting 84 books. I've read more than this each of the last 2 years, but I want to set a goal where it will be reachable if I decide to read lengthier books than in the past.
"


Sounds good Joy! Good luck & happy reading!


message 6: by Joy D (new)

Joy D | 954 comments Susy wrote: "Sounds good Joy! Good luck & happy reading!"..."

Thanks, Susy!


message 7: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (new)

Blagica  | 12049 comments Wishing you the best of luck in 2019 and the remainder of 18.


message 8: by Joy D (new)

Joy D | 954 comments Blagica wrote: "Wishing you the best of luck in 2019 and the remainder of 18."

Thank you, Blagica!


message 9: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (new)

Blagica  | 12049 comments Doing great so far ! Do you have a book That you can't wait to start?


message 10: by Joy D (last edited Mar 24, 2019 01:50PM) (new)

Joy D | 954 comments Blagica wrote: "Doing great so far ! Do you have a book That you can't wait to start?"
Thank you! I have so many I want to start. I'm looking forward to reading these soon:
The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


message 11: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (new)

Blagica  | 12049 comments Look at you go! Keep up the great reading.


message 12: by Joy D (new)

Joy D | 954 comments Blagica wrote: "Look at you go! Keep up the great reading."
Thanks, Blagica, I hope to!


message 13: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (new)

Blagica  | 12049 comments Doing great keep up the great reading!


message 14: by Joy D (new)

Joy D | 954 comments Blagica wrote: "Doing great keep up the great reading!"
Thanks for the encouragement, Blagica!


message 15: by Genevieve (new)

Genevieve | 41 comments You are incredible! How do you read one book that’s 300+ pages and 3 days later complete another that’s the same length?! You are smashing this goal!
How far are you from 80?


message 16: by Joy D (last edited May 23, 2019 11:31PM) (new)

Joy D | 954 comments Genevieve wrote: "You are incredible! How do you read one book that’s 300+ pages and 3 days later complete another that’s the same length?! You are smashing this goal!
How far are you from 80?"


Thanks, Genevieve. Sarah's Key was an audiobook that I listened to on a recent trip. I do read a lot though, and my insomnia "helps." :-) I have read 55 so far this year, so 25 to go.


message 17: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (new)

Blagica  | 12049 comments Hoping you are having a good year with books and in life. Keeping busy turning pages look at you go.


message 18: by Joy D (new)

Joy D | 954 comments Blagica wrote: "Hoping you are having a good year with books and in life. Keeping busy turning pages look at you go."
Thank you, Blagica! I plan to!


message 19: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (new)

Blagica  | 12049 comments Awesome progress Joy!


message 20: by Joy D (new)

Joy D | 954 comments Blagica wrote: "Awesome progress Joy!"
Thanks, Blagica, I may get to 145 or so by the end of the year.


message 21: by Joy D (new)

Joy D | 954 comments Completed 12/31/19


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