The Book Challenge/My Relationship with Books/The Beginning

     I know, I know…so predictable.  A Book Challenge seems very provincial at best but I’ve never done one before!  So I am pretty excited to start this blog!  Actually what I’m trying to do is create a way to be accountable so that I will finish before the end of the year! lol Because 40 in a year sounds pretty daunting at this point.  I don’t even know if setting the goal of 40 books in a year is all that daring or admirable but it’s more than I’ve ever read in a year before…I think. (I’ve never kept count before. 😂)  I never used to count the number of books I read as a kid, but I know my mom could not buy books fast enough to keep up.

As a kid, I was what I call an author-reader.  (Mostly in middle-school)  I would get stuck on one author and I would read everything that author had written (or pretty close to it) until I had exhausted that author and moved on to another.  I did this through most of the fiction aisle at Mardel.  I never got into the Amish stuff but I will admit to reading the ENTIRE Love Comes Softly series. *hand covers face shamefully* 🙈

My relationship with books has never been the same.  It has always been steady but everchanging.  I’ve always loved to read, but the way I read evolves with time, environment, my interests etc.  When I was in high school I stumbled upon other prairie type authors that had a bit more edge than what you find at the Christian bookstore.  Authors like Jodi Thomas, who made me blush as I read the accounts of innocent prairie girls and gorgeous cowboys. *blushing from sheer embarrassment* 🙈🙊

Then my reading took another turn.  I was finishing up my bachelor’s degree when I realized there were a lot of classics I had never touched (Some of them I still haven’t!).  Like Moby Dick, Northanger Abbey, Jane Eyre, War and Peace, Vanity Fair, Anne of Green Gables, Sherlock Holmes, To Kill a Mockingbird, etc. etc.


So here are the books I’ve read so far in 2018:

1. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

by David McCullough

2. The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

3. The American Spirit: Who We Are and 

   What We Stand For by David McCullough

4. Circe by Madeline Miller

5. Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop

6. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson

7. A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable

8. Villette by Charlotte Bronte

9. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

10. The Kiss by Danielle Steel

11. Colonel Brandon’s Diary by Amanda Grange

12. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James

13. The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

I know, I know that isn’t a lot since we are already in August.  But I have the terrible habit of starting several books and not finishing them, so that might be my saving grace.  So, here is a list of books I am currently reading:

1. Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

2. The Art of the Argument by Stefan Molyneux

3. Three Days in January by Bret Baier

4. Flyover Nation by Dana Loesch

5. Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink

6. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

7. The Path Between the Seas by David McCollough

8. Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery

9. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

10. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

11. The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom

12. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

That brings us to a total of 25 books so far.  So that means we still need 15 more.  Here is a list of books I’d like to read:

1. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

2. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

3. 1984 by George Orwell

4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

5. Kick A** by Mel Robbins

6. Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

7. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

8. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

9. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin

10. Brave Companions by David McCollough

11. The Wright Brothers by David McCollough

12. Word Origins by Anatoly Liberman

13. Life is ___. by Judah Smith

14.  __________________

15. ________________


There are still a few spots open! Got to leave some mystery! 😉 This list will probably change with my mood as we make our way through the rest of 2018.  As I expressed before, I’m kind of a moody reader.  I’ve recently allowed myself to quit books I don’t want to finish (something I never allowed in myself before).  I was really relieved to find out the book police did not show up to shame me for being a quitter! 😂 Now, I allow myself to start a new book when I haven’t finished the last one.  Sometimes it helps me to jump from book to book rather than forcing myself to read something I really don’t want to, creating a bitterness for this poor innocent title.  That’s just mean. 😜

Anywho, here’s to amazing stories that will take me (and anyone reading along *smiles*) to amazing places.  Until next time, I hope your bookmarks never get lost, your shelves stay full, and your story never ends 💗

Love y’all,

-Sarah Dear