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2019 Book Challenge

Goals - By the end of 2019, I will have met the following:

 

104 Total Books in 2019

 

  • 52 Fiction Books

52 Non-Fiction Books

 

Fiction Categories

 

Primary Categories

 -6 Books from Unique New Authors

 -12 Books from Completist - Contemporary Authors List

 -6 Books from Completist - Classic 20th Century Authors List

 -6 Books from Completist - 19th Century Authors List

 

Secondary Categories

 -15 Books from Decades Challenge

 -12 Books from 1001 Books to Read List

 -6 Books from Modern Library List

 -3 Books from Booker Prize List

 -3 Books from Pulitzer Prize List

 -3 Books from Hugo Prize List

 -3 Books from Stoker Prize List

 -3 Books from National Book Award List

 -6 Books from Country Challenge

 -12 Books from Leach Library

 -6 Books that are Rereads

 

Non-Fiction Categories

 

Primary Categories

  •  -12 General Non-Fiction Books 

 -12 History Books Pre-World War I

 -12 History Books World War I to the Present

 

Secondary Categories

 -6 Must Read United States History Books

 -6 Must Read European History Books

 -12 United States History Books

 -12 European History Books

 -6 World History Books 

 -12 Books on United States Presidents

 -6 Books on New United States Presidents (Previously Unread)

 -6 Rereads of Non-Fiction Books

 -3 Pre-Colonial Era Books

 -3 Colonial and Revolutionary War Era Books

 -3 19th Century Books

 -3 Progressive and World War I Era Books

 -6 World War II Era Books 

 -6 Post-World War II Era Books

 -3 Space/Flight Books 

 -3 Essays/Psychology/Sociology Books

 -3 Travelogue Books

 -3 Sports Books

 -3 Religion Books

 -3 Maritime Books

 

 

104 Book Challenge

1. This is Water by David Foster Wallace (1/1/19)

2. Assegai by Wilbur Smith (1/9/19)

3. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (1/15/19)

4. Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee (1/20/19)

5. Why I Write by George Orwell (1/25/19)

6. Twilight at Monticello by Alan Pell Crawford (1/27/19)

7. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (2/3/19)

8. The Choice by Edith Eger (2/10/19)

9. The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell (2/13/19)

10. The Soul of America by Jon Meacham (2/17/19)

11. Firehouse by David Halberstam (2/17/19)

12. Papi: My Story by David Ortiz (2/18/19)

13. Way Station by Clifford Simak (2/20/19)

14. Duma Key by Stephen King (3/3/19)

15. The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (3/4/19)

16. The Landlady by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (3/5/19)

17. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (3/10/19)

18. The American Spirit by David McCullough (3/16/19)

19. Sharpe's Prey by Bernard Cornwell (3/16/19)

20. First: Sandra Day O'Connor by Evan Thomas (3/26/19)

21. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (3/27/19)

22. Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor by Joan Biskupic (4/7/19)

23. The Last Palace by Norman Eisen (4/10/19)

24. John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan (4/15/19)

25. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (4/16/19)

26. Be Careful What You Wish For by Jeffrey Archer (4/22/19)

27. Mightier Than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer (4/26/19)

28. Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Jacques Philippe (5/2/19)

29. The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel (5/3/19)

30. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy (5/3/19)

31. Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear (5/12/19)

32. Time for God by Jacques Phillipe (6/11/19)

33. The Pioneers by David McCullough (6/21/19)

34. The Zimmermann Telegram by Barbara Tuchman (6/24/19)

35. A Falcon Flies by Wilbur Smith (6/27/19)

36. In the Eye of the Hurricane by Nathaniel Philbrick (7/1/19)

37. Sea Stories by William McRaven (7/1/19)

38. Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin (7/3/19)

39. The Gathering Storm by Winston Churchill (7/10/19)

40. Abigail and John by Edith Gelles (7/12/19)

41. In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear (7/16/19)

42. Hiroshima by John Hersey (7/16/19)

43. Founding Martyr by Christian Di Spigna (7/20/19)

44. The Lessons of History by Will Durant (7/21/19)

45. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell (7/22/19)

46. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson (7/29/19)

47. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck (8/2/19)

48. The Black Widow by Daniel Silva (8/5/19)

49. The Gathering by Anne Enright (8/7/19)

50. 1946: The Making of the Modern World by Victor Sebestyen (8/12/19)

51. 41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush (8/14/19)

52. The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara (8/16/19)

53. Power Forward by Reggie Love (8/16/19)

54. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (8/17/19)

55. The Matriarch by Susan Page (8/19/19)

56. Rough Riders by Mark Lee Gardner (8/21/19)

57. Life In Year One by Scott Korb (8/22/19)

58. The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene (8/24/19)

59. The Rooster Bar by John Grisham (8/25/19)

60. The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain (9/1/19)

61. The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell (9/2/19)

62. The Warded Man by Peter Brett (9/9/19)

63. Educated by Tara Westover (9/29/19)

64. Our Endangered Values by Jimmy Carter (9/29/19)

65. Endurance by Scott Kelly (9/30/19)

66. The Orenda by Joseph Boyden (10/5/19)

67. The House of Spies by Daniel Silva (10/18/19)

68. The March by E.L. Doctorow (10/25/19)

69. The Empire Strikes Back by Donald Glut (10/26/19)

70. Pacific Vortex by Clive Cussler (10/21/19)

71. Churchill and Orwell by Thomas Ricks (11/2/19)

72. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (11/6/19)

73. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (11/7/19)

74. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton (11/8/19)

75. Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn (11/16/19)

76. Return of the Jedi by James Kahn (11/17/19)

77. The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power (11/18/19)

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Fiction Main Categories

 

Unique New Authors

1. Colson Whitehead - The Underground Railroad 

2. Clifford Simak - Way Station

3. Philip K. Dick - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 

4. Vladimir Nabokov - Pale Fire 

5. Isaac Asimov - I, Robot 

6. Walker Percy - The Moviegoer 

 

Completist Authors - Contemporary

1. Assegai by Wilbur Smith

2. The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell

3. Duma Key by Stephen King

4. Sharpe's Prey by Bernard Cornwell

5. Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear

6. A Falcon Flies by Wilbur Smith

7. In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear

8. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

9. The Black Widow by Daniel Silva

10. The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara

11. The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

12. The House of Spies by Daniel Silva

 

Completist Authors - Classic 20th Century

1. The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

2. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

3. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

4.  Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton

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Completist Authors - 19th Century Authors

1. The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

2. The Landlady by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

3. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

4. The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

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Fiction Secondary Categories

 

Decades Challenge (Read 1 Book from each Decade)

2010s: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016)

2000s: Assegai by Wilbur Smith (2009)

1990s: The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson (1996)

1980s: Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee (1980)

1970s:

1960s: Way Station by Clifford Simak (1963)

1950s: I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (1950)

1940s: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene (1948)

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1920s: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1920)

1910s: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (1911)

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1880s: The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain (1881)

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1001 Books to Read Before You Die

1. Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee  

2. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

3. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

4. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

5. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

6. The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

7. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

8. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

9.  Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton

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Modern Library Top 100

1. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

2. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

3. The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

4. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

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Booker Prize

1. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

2. The Gathering by Anne Enright

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Pulitzer Prize

1. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

2. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

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Hugo Prize

1. Way Station by Clifford Simak 

2. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

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Stoker Prize

1. Duma Key by Stephen King

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National Book Award

1. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

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Country Challenge - Authors from Different Countries

1. Zambia - Assegai by Wilbur Smith

2. United States - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

3. South Africa - Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee

4. England - The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell

5. Russia - The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

6. Ireland - The Gathering by Anne Enright

 

Books Borrowed from Leach Library

1. The Rooster Bar by John Grisham 

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Rereads of Novels

1. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

2. The Warded Man by Peter Brett

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Non-Fiction Categories

 

Primary Categories

 

General Non-Fiction Books

1. This is Water by David Foster Wallace

2. Papi: My Story by David Ortiz

3. The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

4. Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Jacques Philippe

5. Time for God by Jacques Phillipe

6. The Lessons of History by Will Durant

7. The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell

8. Educated by Tara Westover

9. Endurance by Scott Kelly

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Pre-World War I History Books

1. Twilight at Monticello by Alan Pell Crawford

2. John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan

3. The Pioneers by David McCullough

4. In the Eye of the Hurricane by Nathaniel Philbrick

5. Abigail and John by Edith Gelles

6. Founding Martyr by Christian Di Spigna

7. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

8. Rough Riders by Mark Lee Gardner

9. Life In Year One by Scott Korb

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World War I to the Present History Books

1. Why I Write by George Orwell

2. The Choice by Edith Eger

3. Firehouse by David Halberstam

4. First: Sandra Day O'Connor by Evan Thomas

5. Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor by Joan Biskupic

6. The Last Palace by Norman Eisen

7. The Zimmermann Telegram by Barbara Tuchman

8. Sea Stories by William McRaven

9. The Gathering Storm by Winston Churchill

10. Hiroshima by John Hersey

11. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

12. 1946: The Making of the Modern World by Victor Sebestyen

 

 

Secondary Categories

   

Must Read United States History Books

1. Truman by David McCullough

2. Frederick Douglas by David Blight

3. Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin

4. These Truths by Jill Lepore

5. The Soul of America by Jon Meacham

6. Indianapolis by Lynn Vincent

 

Must Read European History Books

1. Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Gross

2. Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

3. From Dawn to Decadence by Jacques Barzun

4. The Last Palace by Norman Eisen

5. The Sleepwalkers by Christopher Clark

6. De Gaulle by Julian Jackson

 

United States History Books

1. Twilight at Monticello by Alan Pell Crawford

2. The Soul of America by Jon Meacham

3. Firehouse by David Halberstam

4. The American Spirit by David McCullough

5. First: Sandra Day O'Connor by Evan Thomas

6. Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor by Joan Biskupic

7. John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan

8. The Pioneers by David McCullough

9. The Zimmermann Telegram by Barbara Tuchman

10. In the Eye of the Hurricane by Nathaniel Philbrick

11. Sea Stories by William McRaven

12. Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

 

European History Books

1. The Choice by Edith Eger

2. The Last Palace by Norman Eisen

3. The Gathering Storm by Winston Churchill

4. 1946: The Making of the Modern World by Victor Sebestyen

5. Churchill and Orwell by Thomas Ricks

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World History Books

1. Hiroshima by John Hersey

2. Life In Year One by Scott Korb

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Books on U.S. Presidents

1. Adams - Abigail and John by Edith Gelles

2. Jefferson - Twilight at Monticello by Alan Pell Crawford

3. Adam, J.Q. - John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan

4. Roosevelt, Teddy - Rough Riders by Mark Lee Gardner

5. Carter, Jimmy - Our Endangered Values by Jimmy Carter

6. Bush, George H.W. - 41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush

7. Obama - Power Forward by Reggie Love

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Books on New Presidents 

1. Carter, Jimmy - Our Endangered Values by Jimmy Carter

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Rereads of Favorite Non-Fiction Books

1. The American Spirit by David McCullough

2. Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Jacques Philippe  

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Pre-Colonial Era History Books

1. Life In Year One by Scott Korb

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Colonial and Revolutionary War Era Books

1. Twilight at Monticello by Alan Pell Crawford

2. In the Eye of the Hurricane by Nathaniel Philbrick

3. Abigail and John by Edith Gelles

 

19th Century Books

1. John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan

2. The Pioneers by David McCullough

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Progressive Era and World War I Era Books

1. The Zimmermann Telegram by Barbara Tuchman

2. Rough Riders by Mark Lee Gardner

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World War II Era Books

1. Why I Write by George Orwell

2. The Choice by Edith Eger

3. The Gathering Storm by Winston Churchill

4. Hiroshima by John Hersey

5. Churchill and Orwell by Thomas Ricks

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Post-World War II Era Books

1. Firehouse by David Halberstam

2. First: Sandra Day O'Connor by Evan Thomas

3. Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor by Joan Biskupic

4. The Last Palace by Norman Eisen

5. Sea Stories by William McRaven

6. 1946: The Making of the Modern World by Victor Sebestyen

 

Space/Flight Books

1. Endurance by Scott Kelly  

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Essays/Psychology/Sociology Books

1. This is Water by David Foster Wallace

2. Why I Write by George Orwell

3.  The Lessons of History by Will Durant

 

Travelogue Books

1. The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

2. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

3. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

 

Sports Books

1. Papi: My Story by David Ortiz

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Religion Books

1. Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Jacques Philippe

2. Time for God by Jacques Phillipe

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Maritime Books

1. Sea Stories by William McRaven

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Fiction Pacing Guide (1 Book Each Week)     

Week 1. Assegai by Wilbur Smith

Week 2. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Week 3. Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee

Week 4. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Week 5. The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell

Week 6. Way Station by Clifford Simak 

Week 7. Duma Key by Stephen King

Week 8. The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Week 9. The Landlady by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Week 10. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Week 11. Sharpe's Prey by Bernard Cornwell

Week 12. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

Week 13. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

Week 14. Be Careful What You Wish For by Jeffrey Archer

Week 15. Mightier Than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer

Week 16. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

Week 17.  Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear

Week 18. A Falcon Flies by Wilbur Smith

Week 19. In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear

Week 20. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

Week 21. The Black Widow by Daniel Silva

Week 22. The Gathering by Anne Enright

Week 23. The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara

Week 24. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Week 25. The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

Week 26. The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

Week 27. The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

Week 28. The Warded Man by Peter Brett

Week 29. The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

Week 30. The House of Spies by Daniel Silva

Week 31. The March by E.L. Doctorow

Week 32. The Empire Strikes Back by Donald Glut

Week 33. Pacific Vortex by Clive Cussler

Week 34. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Week 35. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

Week 36. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton

Week 37. Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn

Week 38. Return of the Jedi by James Kahn

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. This is Water by David Foster Wallace

Week 2. Why I Write by George Orwell

Week 3. Twilight at Monticello by Alan Pell Crawford

Week 4. The Choice by Edith Eger

Week 5. The Soul of America by Jon Meacham

Week 6. Firehouse by David Halberstam

Week 7. Papi: My Story by David Ortiz

Week 8. The American Spirit by David McCullough

Week 9. First: Sandra Day O'Connor by Evan Thomas

Week 10. Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor by Joan Biskupic

Week 11. The Last Palace by Norman Eisen

Week 12. John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan

Week 13. Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Jacques Philippe

Week 14. The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

Week 15. Time for God by Jacques Phillipe

Week 16. The Pioneers by David McCullough

Week 17. The Zimmermann Telegram by Barbara Tuchman

Week 18. In the Eye of the Hurricane by Nathaniel Philbrick

Week 19. Sea Stories by William McRaven

Week 20. Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Week 21. The Gathering Storm by Winston Churchill

Week 22. Abigail and John by Edith Gelles

Week 23. Hiroshima by John Hersey

Week 24. Founding Martyr by Christian Di Spigna

Week 25. The Lessons of History by Will Durant

Week 26. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

Week 27. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

Week 28. 1946: The Making of the Modern World by Victor Sebestyen

Week 29. 41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush

Week 30. Power Forward by Reggie Love

Week 31. The Matriarch by Susan Page

Week 32. Rough Riders by Mark Lee Gardner

Week 33. Life In Year One by Scott Korb

Week 34. The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell

Week 35. Educated by Tara Westover

Week 36. Our Endangered Values by Jimmy Carter

Week 37. Endurance by Scott Kelly

Week 38. Churchill and Orwell by Thomas Ricks

Week 39. The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power 

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: 38

Non-Fiction Books Read: 39

 

Total Books Read: 77