Book Thoughts

A place for me to give my thoughts on books, history, and their influence on my life.

2018 Book Challenge

Goals - By the end of 2018, I will have met the following:

 

104 Total Books in 2018

 

  • 52 Fiction Books

52 Non-Fiction Books

 

Fiction Categories

 

Primary Categories

 -7 Unique New Authors - Stand Alone Novels

 -7 Unique Favorite Authors - Stand Alone Novels

 -5 Unique Book Series

 -20 Total Book Series

 

Secondary Categories

 -15 Award Winners (1001, National Book, Pulitzer, Modern Library, Booker, Hugo, Stoker)

 -10 Classic Authors

 -7 Unique Favorite Authors Have Not Read Since Before 2017

 -7 Country Challenge for Authors

 -5 Books Borrowed from Leach Library 

 -5 Graphic Novels

 -5 Rereads of Loved Novels

 -A to Z Challenge (Novels)

 -5 Stephen King Books

 -7 Fantasy/Science Fiction Books

 -7 Horror Books

 -7 Historical Fiction Books

 -7 Mystery/Legal Thriller Books

 -7 Spy Thriller Books

 

Non-Fiction Categories

 

Primary Categories

  •  -10 General Non-Fiction Books 

 -10 History Books Pre-1877

 -10 History Books Post-1877

 

Secondary Categories

 -20 Books on Presidents

 -10 Books on Unique Presidents 

 -10 American History Books

 -10 European History Books

 -5 World History Books

 -5 Books on Women's History

 -5 Books on Black History

 -5 Books on Maritime History

 -5 Books on Military History

 -5 Memoirs or Autobiographies

 -5 Rereads of Favorite Non-Fiction Books

 -3 Books on John F. Kennedy and Family

 -3 Books on John Adams and Family

 -3 Books on Winston Churchill

 -3 Books on Abraham Lincoln

 -3 Books on Teddy Roosevelt

 -10 Books on American Colonial/Revolutionary Era

 -7 Books on the Civil War Era

 -7 Books on the Gilded Age Era

 -10 Books on World Wars Era

 -7 Books on Post World War II 

 -5 Books on Monarchies

 -7 Books on British History

 -7 Books on Russian History

 

104 Book Challenge

1. Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit by Chris Matthews (1/4/18)

2. The Dead Zone by Stephen King (1/7/18)

3. The Martian by Andy Weir (1/15/18)

4. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1/16/18)

5. Jefferson the Virginian by Dumas Malone (1/20/18)

6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1/28/18)

7. Redshirts by John Scalzi (1/29/18)

8. Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Cobb (2/22/18)

9. Pedro by Pedro Martinez (3/31/18)

10. Without Precedent by Joel Richard Paul (4/4/18)

11. John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit by James Traub (4/7/18)

12. American Heroes by Edmund Morgan (4/9/18)

13. Theodore Roosevelt by Nathan Miller (4/10/18)

14. Without Remorse by Tom Clancy (4/15/18)

15. Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Jacques Philippe (4/15/18)

16. Washington's Revolution by Robert Middlekauff (4/16/18)

17. Women and Power by Mary Beard (4/16/18)

18. On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder (4/17/18)

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Fiction Main Categories

 

Unique New Authors - Stand Alone Novels

1. The Martian by Andy Weir

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Unique Favorite Authors - Stand Alone Novels

1. The Dead Zone by Stephen King

2. Redshirts by John Scalzi

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Book Series

 

Unique Series 1

1. Realms of the Underlings #1 - Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb

 

Unique Series 2

1. Jack Ryan #1 - Without Remorse by Tom Clancy

 

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Total Book Series

1. Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb

2. Without Remorse by Tom Clancy

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Fiction Secondary Categories

 

Award Winners

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1001 Books)

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Classic Authors

1. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Unique Favorite Authors Have Not Read Since Before 2017 - Stand Alone Novels

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Country Challenge - Authors from Different Countries

1. United States - The Dead Zone by Stephen King

2. England - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Books Borrowed from Leach Library

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Graphic Novels

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5 Rereads of Loved Novels

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A to Z Challenge (Novels)

Austen, Jane - Pride and Prejudice 

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Clancy, Tom - Without Remorse 

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Gilman, Charlotte Perkins - The Yellow Wallpaper

Hbob, Robin - Assassin's Apprentice

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King, Stephen - The Dead Zone

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Scalzi, John - Redshirts 

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Weir, Andy - The Martian

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Stephen King Books

1. The Dead Zone 

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Fantasy/Science Fiction Books

1. The Martian by Andy Weir

2. Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb

3. Redshirts by John Scalzi

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Horror

1. The Dead Zone by Stephen King

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Historical Fiction

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Mystery/Legal Thriller

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Spy Thriller

1. Without Remorse by Tom Clancy

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Non-Fiction Categories

 

Primary Categories

 

General Non-Fiction Books

1. Pedro by Pedro Martinez 

2. Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Jacques Philippe

3. Women and Power by Mary Beard

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Pre-1914 History Books

1. Jefferson the Virginian by Dumas Malone

2. Without Precedent by Joel Richard Paul

3. John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit by James Traub

4. American Heroes by Edmund Morgan 

5. Theodore Roosevelt by Nathan Miller

6. Washington's Revolution by Robert Middlekauff

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Post-1914 History Books

1. Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit by Chris Matthews

2. On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder

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World History Books

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Secondary Categories

   

American History Books

1. Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit by Chris Matthews

2. Jefferson the Virginian by Dumas Malone

3. Without Precedent by Joel Richard Paul

4. John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit by James Traub

5. American Heroes by Edmund Morgan 

6. Theodore Roosevelt by Nathan Miller

7. Washington's Revolution by Robert Middlekauff

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European History Books

1. On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder

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Books on Unique Presidents

1. G. Washington - Washington's Revolution by Robert Middlekauff

2. T. Jefferson - Jefferson the Virginian by Dumas Malone

3. J.Q. Adams - John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit by James Traub

4. T. Roosevelt - Theodore Roosevelt by Nathan Miller

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Books on Presidents 

1. G. Washington - Washington's Revolution by Robert Middlekauff

2. T. Jefferson - Jefferson the Virginian by Dumas Malone

3. J.Q. Adams - John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit by James Traub

4. T. Roosevelt - Theodore Roosevelt by Nathan Miller

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Women in History

1. Women and Power by Mary Beard

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Black History

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Maritime History

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Military History

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Memoirs or Autobiographies

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Rereads of Favorite Non-Fiction Books

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Ancient/Middle Ages History

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American Colonial/Revolutionary Era Books

1. Jefferson the Virginian by Dumas Malone

2. Without Precedent by Joel Richard Paul

3. John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit by James Traub

4. American Heroes by Edmund Morgan 

5. Washington's Revolution by Robert Middlekauff

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Civil War Era

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Gilded Age

1. Theodore Roosevelt by Nathan Miller

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World Wars Era Books

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Post World War II

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Favorite People in History

 

John F. Kennedy and Family

1. Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit by Chris Matthews

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John Adams and Family

1. John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit by James Traub

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Winston Churchill

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Abraham Lincoln

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Teddy Roosevelt

1. Theodore Roosevelt by Nathan Miller

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Monarchies

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British History

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Russian History

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Fiction Pacing Guide (1 Book Each Week)     

Week 1. The Dead Zone by Stephen King

Week 2. The Martian by Andy Weir

Week 3. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Week 4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Week 5. Redshirts by John Scalzi

Week 6. Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Week 7. Without Remorse by Tom Clancy

Week 8. (2/19 - 2/25)

Week 9. (2/26 - 3/4)

Week 10. (3/5 - 3/11)

Week 11. (3/12 - 3/18)

Week 12. (3/19 - 3/25)

Week 13. (3/26 - 4/1)

Week 14. (4/2 - 4/8)

Week 15. (4/9 - 4/15)

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. Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit by Chris Matthews

Week 2. Jefferson the Virginian by Dumas Malone

Week 3. Pedro by Pedro Martinez

Week 4. Without Precedent by Joel Richard Paul

Week 5. John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit by James Traub

Week 6. American Heroes by Edmund Morgan 

Week 7. Theodore Roosevelt by Nathan Miller

Week 8. Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Jacques Philippe

Week 9. Washington's Revolution by Robert Middlekauff

Week 10. Women and Power by Mary Beard

Week 11. On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder

Week 12. (3/19 - 3/25)

Week 13. (3/26 - 4/1)

Week 14. (4/2 - 4/8)

Week 15. (4/9 - 4/15)

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)

  

Total Books

Fiction Books Read: 7

Non-Fiction Books Read: 11

 

Total Books Read: 18