Monday, August 20, 2012

100 Book Challenge

I love goals. I am a goal oriented individual. I make them all the time. Big goals, little goals, lifetime goals, daily goals.. you get the picture. I am usually excellent at keeping my goals. Just a few months ago (March-Mid June) I read through the entire bible in around 100 days. It was a really fulfilling, worthwhile, extremely difficult with two crazy children goal. Reaching your goals feels really great!! But there is a goal that I keep setting for myself year after year.. and failing. I am not good at failing. I really don't like it one bit. But what's worse than failing? Failing publicly. So I thought to myself, Hey Ashley, (I often talk to myself. please forgive me.) why don't you blog about it. Of course! Now you can keep me accountable! I'll share my joy of books with you. You can share yours with me. We can all live happily ever after.

The Goal: Read 100 books between September 1st 2012 & August 31st 2013.
The Rules: Childrens books don't count, magazines don't count, cookbooks don't count. (I could read 100 cook books in a day.)

Considering I read less than 50 books in 2011, and only 15 from January til now, I can tell you think will definitely be a challenge. Wish me luck! Join me even!

A few books I plan to read: (if you buy them through my blog I get some money back. I'm not being paid to recommend them. I just plan to read them. Just so ya know.)

1. Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz
Why: I'm mildly obsessed with Julia Child. Her life in insanely interesting. Did you know she worked for the OSS and loved cats?? You do now!


 2. The One for the Money Series by Janet Evanovich
Why: I already read 1-3 and they were great! Really suspenseful and witty. There are 18 in the series so far.

 3.The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
Why: Chick flicks, chick lit, I am an unashamed romantic fanatic. I'm sure a lot of my 100 books be "chick books". (dont judge me.)

4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Why: I've never read it & its only referenced in about five thousand movies and tv shows so I just have to see what all the hullaballoo is about.

 5. A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine
Why: Gail Carson Levine has been one of my favorites since I read my all time favorite book Ella Enchanted. Her books always make me feel nostalgic and romantic. Plus who doesn't love a good princess book?? (I'm still like 5 years old, ok?)

 6. Nancy Drew Mystery Stories by Carolyn Keene
Why: More nostalgia! I read a ton of these growing up. I really can't wait to dive back into Nancy's world.

7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Why: Quite a few people told me these books are amazing and I have to read them. And with a "mesmerizing world brimming with history, romance, and adventure" how can I resist??

 8. Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
Why: I am a serious fan of self help God help books. I love to better myself through the word of God and it soaks into my soul better when I read it than when I just hear someone preach. I'm a visual learner. This is one of the many I've been wanting to get my hands on.

9. Helen Steiner Rice & other poetry books.
Why: I dont read a ton of poetry (besides reading my daughter Shel Silverstien books at bedtime.) However, I do love the way Helen's words uplift my spirit. I'd love to find more poets like her as well.

10. The Hobbit (& the entire LOTR series) by J.R.R. Tolkien
Why: I read the Hobbit in high school but have never read the rest of the series and it just makes me feel like something is missing from my life. A big, gaping, LOTR shaped hole.

That's just a few of the books I'd like to read this next year. I really hope I can do it!
What books should I add to my reading list? Would anyone like to make a reading goal with me? (It doesn't have to be 100)


  1. I'm in! I love reading but don't always make time for it. Maybe this way I will. :)

  2. The outlander books are an excellent choice!! Book #8 is due in early 2013 I can't wait. I think I'm in on this with you I have read 5 books in the last 2 weeks , not much but it's a start

    1. Amanda, you are the reason the Outlander books are there! If we read just 2 books a week starting September 1st we should have more than enough!

  3. i am an avid reader, i would rather read a book than watch a movie. I am going to be taking a rubbermaid tote to the used bookstore this week sometime to trade in for store credit. I have already read 5 in the last 2 weeks and am REALLY hoping to get my hands on The Scottish Prisoner very soon. It is another Diana Gabaldon book about Jamie Fraser, one of the leads in the Outlander series. I will wait and start with you on Sept 1st. :)

    1. Oh just the title of that book makes me interested!

  4. Have you read any of C.S.Lewis work [other than just Narnia]? He's a great Christian author and had some adult aimed novels too. Also suggest the Little House on the Prairie series [I'm a big Laura Ingalls Wilder fan!]

    1. I have some C.S. Lewis books in my collection I haven't read yet. I'll have to dig them out. I've heard lots of good things about the Little House on the Prairie series. I'll definitely add those to my "to read" list. Thanks for your suggestions!

  5. Ive read the outlander series and LOVE it. Im at almost 75 books for 2012, hoping to get to 100 before New Years. Good luck!

    1. Congratulations on making it so far! What have been your favorite books of the year?

  6. Where are we supposed to keep track? on here or keep track ourselves? I have read Angels & Demons by Dan Brown, i started it on the first and have been done for a few days now lol but i am re-reading the outlander series and am on book one (Outlander) now.

    1. I am keeping track in a notebook but i'll also update on the last day of each month what books I've read. You're more than welcome to keep track here :)