2017 Reading Challenge-Quarterly Book Picks!

2017 Reading Challenge

My goal for 2017 was to read 100 books. Is that crazy? Absolutely. BUT, one of the members of my English cohort did it last year (while she was working on her M.A. and had two jobs). So really, I have no excuse. I currently have 22 books read, which means I am very behind, but I’m feeling a comeback! Here’s the list of books so far (click the links for my reviews):

  1. Dubliners2017 Reading Challenge
  2. A Room of One’s Own
  3. Firewall
  4. The Martian
  5. I Am One of You Forever
  6. Home and Exile
  7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  8. Out of the Silent Planet
  9. They Poured Fire on Us from the SkyStack of Books
  10. Retold African Myths
  11. The Bermudez Triangle
  12. BossyPants
  13. Catalyst
  14. The Healing Power of Humor
  15. God’s Devotional
  16. The Burn Journals
  17. The First Phone Call from Heaven
  18. A Memoir in Two Voices
  19. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  20. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  21. Prom
  22. Holes

I think by reading such a large amount of books back to back has lead me to realize a few things. The first is that I have become obsessed with the writer’s voice. Utterly obsessed. When Nathan asks me how a book is going, my first response is whether I like or dislike the writing style. I don’t remember ever caring about writing style. I was always most concerned with the plot. The second thing I’ve noticed, is that I am starting to love slow-moving, character studies over heavy plot-driven novels. And the last thing is something I already knew, but this reading challenge has just confirmed it–I love historical fiction and memoirs.

Top 3Books

Hands down, my top three picks so far this year would be The Martian, They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky, and The Burn Journals. It wasn’t hard for me to pick these books because they were so far above all of the other books I’ve read over the last four months. The Martian was humorous, They Poured Fire was eye-opening, and The Burn Journals was tragic.

Bottom 32017 Reading Challenge

I actually read a lot of duds so far, which is incredibly disappointing and probably why I am so far behind.┬áThe Healing Power of Humor was the worst probably because it was so dated. The Bermudez Triangle was way too “YA cheesy romance” for me. A Memoir in Two Voices was probably more disappointing than anything because I thought it would be similar to Night by Elie Wiesel.

Hopefully I get back to work reading so I can make my goal! Post any suggestions in the comments and wish me luck!


  1. Loretta Wells

    June 1, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    OMG, that is a stack of reading!! More than I could ever do. You should be proud, that is awesome!
    Why don’t you read the book I recommended for a change of pace? It is more cultural and very detailed. I would like to hear your thoughts.

  2. Loretta Wells

    June 1, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    . . . and the rate you are going, we will definitely have to go to more book sales! Mark your calendar for this Fall’s big sale . . . tell Nathan that is a black-out period for trips!!

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