Book Thoughts

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2017 Book Challenge

Goals - By the end of 2017, I will have met the following:

 

104 Total Books in 2017

 

  • 52 Fiction Books

52 Non-Fiction Books

 

Non-Fiction Categories

 

Primary Categories

  •  -10 Non-Fiction School Books 

 -15 History Books Pre-1877

 -15 History Books Post-1877

 

Secondary Categories

 -10 Must Read Books

 -10 Books on Presidents 

 -10 American History Books

 -10 European History Books

 -5 Biographies on Non-Presidents

 -5 Sports Books

 -5 18th-Century or Earlier European History Books

 -5 Memoirs or Autobiographies

 -7 Civil War Books

 -5 Books on Abraham Lincoln

 -10 World Wars Era Books

 -5 Books on Russia

 -5 Books on Ancient History

 

Fiction Categories

 

Primary Categories

 -7 New Authors - Stand Alone Novels

 -7 Favorite Author - Stand Alone Novels

 -30 Continue or Finish Series

 -5 Start New Series 

 -3 Plays or Poetry Collections

 

Secondary Categories

 -10 Award Winners (1001, National Book, Pulitzer, Modern Library, Booker, Hugo, Stoker)

 -7 Pre-World War II American Authors

 -7 Pre-World War II European Authors

 -7 Country Challenge for Authors

 -5 Books Borrowed from Leach Library 

 -5 Doorstoppers

 -5 Graphic Novels

 -A to Z Challenge (Novels)

 

  

104 Book Challenge

1. Midnight in Broad Daylight by Pamela Nakamoto (1/3/17)

2. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott (1/6/17)

3. The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang (1/7/17)

4. The Moral Basis of Democracy by Eleanor Roosevelt (1/8/17)

5. You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt (1/9/17)

6. Mission to Paris by Alan Furst (1/19/17)

7. Kanan: The Last Padawan by Greg Weisman (1/22/17)

8. The Eloquent President by Ronald White (1/24/17)

9. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell (1/31/17)

10. Lincoln Reconsidered by David Hebert Donald (2/2/17)

11. The Professor's House by Willa Cather (2/3/17)

12. Hero of the Empire by Candace Millard (2/5/17)

13. Rubicon by Tom Holland (2/10/17)

14. Hitler: Ascent by Volker Ullrich (2/15/17)

15. A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear (2/18/17)

16. American Lion by Jon Meacham (2/21/17)

17. The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell (2/23/17)

18. Francona by Terry Francona (2/26/17)

19. Kanan: First Blood by Greg Weisman (3/5/17)

20. Dissolution by C.J. Sansom (3/8/17)

21. The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe (3/11/17)

22. Louisa by Louisa Thomas (3/18/17)

23. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende (3/19/17)

24. Lincoln As I Knew Him by Harold Holzer (3/21/17)

25. Research Methods by Sherri Jackson (3/22/17)

26. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (3/28/17)

27. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (4/5/17)

28. Iron Dawn by Richard Snow (4/18/17)

29. The American Spirit by David McCullough (4/19/17)

30. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (4/20/17)

31. Darth Vader: Volume 1 by Kieron Gilen (4/21/17)

32. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee (4/25/17)

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Fiction Main Categories

 

7 New Authors - Stand Alone Novels

1. The Professor's House by Willa Cather

2. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

3. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

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7 Favorite Authors - Stand Alone Novels

1. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

2. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

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Continue or Finish Series (Owned as of January 1, 2017)

 

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

    • 1. Zoe’s Tale
    • 2. The Human Division
  • Cork O’Connor Series by William Kent Krueger
    • 1. Tamarack Country
    • 2. Windigo Island 
  • Gordianus the Finder by Steven Saylor
    • 1. The Triumph of Caesar
    • 2. The Seven Wonders
  • Maisie Hobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
    • 1. A Lesson in Secrets
    • 2. Elegy for Eddie
    • 3. Leaving Everything Most Loved
    • 4. A Dangerous Place
    • 5. Journey to Munich
  • Gabriel Allon by Daniel Silva
    • 1. The Black Widow
  • Gentlemen Bastards by Scott Lynch
    • 1. Red Seas Under Red Skies 
  • Kushiel's Universe by Jacqueline Carey
  • 1. Kushiel's Scion
  • 2. Kushiel's Justice
  • 3. Kushiel's Mercy

 

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

1. Dragon in Amber

2. Voyager

3. Drums of Autumn

 

The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell

1. The Burning Land

2. Death of Kings

3. The Pagan Lord

4. The Empty Throne

 

Night Soldiers by Alan Furst

1. The World at Night

2. Mission to Paris

 

Free to Choose Continue Series Books

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New Series Books

1. Dissolution by C.J. Sansom

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Plays or Poetry Collections

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Fiction Secondary Categories

 

Award Winners

1. The Professor's House by Willa Cather (1001 List)

2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1001 List, Modern Library Top 100)

3. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (Stoker Award)

4. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee (1001 List, Booker Prize)

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Pre-World War II American Authors

1. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott (Published 1871)

2. The Professor's House by Willa Cather (Published 1925)

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Pre-World War II European Authors

1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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Country Challenge - Authors from Different Countries

1. America - Louisa May Alcott

2. England - David Mitchell

3. Chile - Isabel Allende

4. South Africa - J.M. Coetzee

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Books Borrowed from Leach Library

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Doorstoppers - 800 Pages or More

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Graphic Novels

1. Kanan: The Last Padawan by Greg Weisman

2. Kanan: First Bloody by Greg Weisman

3. Darth Vader: Volume 1 by Kieron Gillen

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A to Z Challenge (Novels)

Alcott, Louisa May - Little Men

Brooks, Geraldine - People of the Book

Cather, Willa - The Professor's House

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Non-Fiction Categories

 

Primary Categories

 

Non-Fiction School Books

1. Research Methods by Sherri Jackson 

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History Books Pre-1877

1. The Eloquent President by Ronald White

2. Lincoln Reconsidered by David Hebert Donald

3. American Lion by Jon Meacham

4. Louisa by Louisa Thomas

5. Lincoln As I Knew Him by Harold Holzer

6. Iron Dawn by Richard Snow

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History Books Post-1877

1. Midnight in Broad Daylight by Pamela Sakamoto

2. The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang

3. The Moral Basis of Democracy by Eleanor Roosevelt

4. You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt

5. Hero of the Empire by Candace Millard

6. Hitler: Ascent by Volker Ullrich

7. The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe

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Secondary Categories

 

Must Read Books

1. Stalin: Volume 1 by Stephen Kotkin

2. Hitler: Ascent by Volker Ulrich

3. Midnight in Broad Daylight by Pamela Nakamoto 

4. The Conquering Tide by Ian Toll

5. Truman by David McCullough

6. The Pursuit of Power by Richard Evans

7. The Last Lion: Volume 3 by William Manchester

8. From Dawn to Decadence by Jacques Barzun

9. The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore

10. The Discoverers by Daniel Boorstin

 

American History Books

1. Midnight in Broad Daylight by Pamela Sakamoto

2. The Moral Basis of Democracy by Eleanor Roosevelt

3. You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt

4. The Eloquent President by Ronald White

5. Lincoln Reconsidered by David Hebert Donald

6. American Lion by Jon Meacham

7. The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe

8. Louisa by Louisa Thomas

9. Lincoln As I Knew Him by Harold Holzer

10. Iron Dawn by Richard Snow

 

European History Books

1. Hero of the Empire by Candace Millard

2. Rubicon by Tom Holland

3. Hitler: Ascent by Volker Ullrich

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Books on Presidents 

1. J.Q. AdamsLouisa by Louisa Thomas

2. A. Jackson American Lion by Jon Meacham

3. A. Lincoln - The Eloquent President by Ronald White

4. F. RooseveltThe Moral Basis of Democracy by Eleanor Roosevelt

5. B. Obama The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe

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Biographies on Non-Presidents

1. Winston Churchill - Hero of the Empire by Candace Millard

2. Adolf Hitler - Hitler: Ascent by Volker Ullrich

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Sports Books

1. Francona by Terry Francona

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Ancient History Books

1. Rubicon by Tom Holland

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Memoirs or Autobiographies

1. The Moral Basis of Democracy by Eleanor Roosevelt

2. You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt

3. The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe

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Civil War Books

1. The Eloquent President by Ronald White

2. Lincoln Reconsidered by David Hebert Donald

3. Lincoln As I Knew Him by Harold Holzer

4. Iron Dawn by Richard Snow

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Abraham Lincoln Books

1. The Eloquent President by Ronald White

2. Lincoln Reconsidered by David Hebert Donald

3. Lincoln As I Knew Him by Harold Holzer

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World War Eras Books

1. Midnight in Broad Daylight by Pamela Sakamoto

2. The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang

3. The Moral Basis of Democracy by Eleanor Roosevelt

4. You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt

5. Hitler: Ascent by Volker Ullrich

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Fiction Pacing Guide (1 Book Each Week)     

Week 1. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

Week 2. Mission to Paris by Alan Furst

Week 3. Kanan: The Last Padawan by Greg Weisman

Week 4. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

Week 5. The Professor's House by Willa Cather

Week 6. A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear

Week 7. The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell

Week 8. Kanan: First Bloody by Greg Weisman

Week 9. Dissolution by C.J. Sansom

Week 10. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

Week 11. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Week 12. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Week 13. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Week 14. Darth Vader: Volume 1 by Kieron Gillen

Week 15. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

Week 16. (4/16 - 4/22)

Week 17. (4/23 - 4/29)

Week 18. (4/30 - 5/6)

Week 19. (5/7 - 5/13)

Week 20. (5/14 - 5/20)

Week 21. (5/21 - 5/27)

Week 22. (5/28 - 6/3)

Week 23. (6/4 - 6/10)

Week 24. (6/11 - 6/17)

Week 25. (6/18 - 6/24)

Week 26. (6/25 - 7/1)

Week 27. (7/2 - 7/8)

Week 28. (7/9 - 7/15)

Week 29. (7/16 - 7/22)

Week 30. (7/23 - 7/29)

Week 31. (7/30 - 8/5)

Week 32. (8/6 - 8/12)

Week 33. (8/13 - 8/19)

Week 34. (8/20 - 8/26)

Week 35. (8/27 - 9/2)

Week 36. (9/3 - 9/9)

Week 37. (9/10 - 9/16)

Week 38. (9/17 - 9/23)

Week 39. (9/24 - 9/30)

Week 40. (10/1 - 10/7)

Week 41. (10/8 - 10/14)

Week 42. (10/15 - 10/21)

Week 43. (10/22 - 10/28)

Week 44. (10/29 - 11/4)

Week 45. (11/5 - 11/11)

Week 46. (11/12 - 11/18)

Week 47. (11/19 - 11/25)

Week 48. (11/26 - 12/2)

Week 49. (12/3 - 12/9)

Week 50. (12/10 - 12/16)

Week 51. (12/17 - 12/23)

Week 52. (12/24 - 12/31)

 

 

Non-Fiction Pacing Guide (1 Book Each Week)     

Week 1. Midnight in Broad Daylight by Pamela Sakamoto

Week 2. The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang

Week 3. The Moral Basis of Democracy by Eleanor Roosevelt

Week 4. You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt

Week 5. The Eloquent President by Ronald White

Week 6. Lincoln Reconsidered by David Hebert Donald

Week 7. Hero of the Empire by Candace Millard

Week 8. Rubicon by Tom Holland

Week 9. Hitler: Ascent by Volker Ullrich

Week 10. American Lion by Jon Meacham

Week 11. Francona by Terry Francona

Week 12. The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe

Week 13. Louisa by Louisa Thomas

Week 14. Lincoln As I Knew Him by Harold Holzer

Week 15. Research Methods by Sherri Jackson 

Week 16. Iron Dawn by Richard Snow

Week 17. The American Spirit by David McCullough

Week 18. (4/30 - 5/6)

Week 19. (5/7 - 5/13)

Week 20. (5/14 - 5/20)

Week 21. (5/21 - 5/27)

Week 22. (5/28 - 6/3)

Week 23. (6/4 - 6/10)

Week 24. (6/11 - 6/17)

Week 25. (6/18 - 6/24)

Week 26. (6/25 - 7/1)

Week 27. (7/2 - 7/8)

Week 28. (7/9 - 7/15)

Week 29. (7/16 - 7/22)

Week 30. (7/23 - 7/29)

Week 31. (7/30 - 8/5)

Week 32. (8/6 - 8/12)

Week 33. (8/13 - 8/19)

Week 34. (8/20 - 8/26)

Week 35. (8/27 - 9/2)

Week 36. (9/3 - 9/9)

Week 37. (9/10 - 9/16)

Week 38. (9/17 - 9/23)

Week 39. (9/24 - 9/30)

Week 40. (10/1 - 10/7)

Week 41. (10/8 - 10/14)

Week 42. (10/15 - 10/21)

Week 43. (10/22 - 10/28)

Week 44. (10/29 - 11/4)

Week 45. (11/5 - 11/11)

Week 46. (11/12 - 11/18)

Week 47. (11/19 - 11/25)

Week 48. (11/26 - 12/2)

Week 49. (12/3 - 12/9)

Week 50. (12/10 - 12/16)

Week 51. (12/17 - 12/23)

Week 52. (12/24 - 12/31)

  

Total Books

Fiction Books Read: 15

Non-Fiction Books Read: 17

 

Total Books Read: 32