Book Thoughts

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

2020 Book Challenge

Goals - By the end of 2020, I will have met the following:

 

104 Total Books in 2020

 

  • 52 Fiction Books

52 Non-Fiction Books

 

Fiction Categories

 

Primary Categories

 -40 Newly Read Nookbooks Owned as of January 1, 2020

 -6 Books from Unique New Authors

 -12 Books from Completist - Contemporary Authors List

 -12 Books from Completist - Classic 20th Century Authors List

 -6 Books from Completist - 19th Century Authors List

 

Secondary Categories

 -22 Books from Centuries Challenge

 -26 Books from A to Z Challenge

 -12 Books from 1001 Books to Read List

 -3 Books from Modern Library List

 -3 Books from Booker Prize List

 -6 Books from Pulitzer Prize List

 -3 Books from Hugo Prize List

 -3 Books from Stoker Prize List

 -3 Books from National Book Award List

 -12 Books from Country Challenge

 -6 Books from Leach Library

 -6 Books that are Rereads

 -5 Star Wars Books

 -Read 3 Challenge

 

Non-Fiction Categories

 

Primary Categories

  •  -40 Newly Read Books Owned as of January 1, 2020
  •  -12 General Non-Fiction Books 

 -12 History Books Pre-World War I

 -12 History Books World War I to the Present

 

Secondary Categories

 -12 United States History Books

 -12 European History Books

 -12 Pre-World War I Books

 -12 World War I to the Present Books

 -6 Non-Western History Books

 

 -12 Memoirs/Autobiographies or Primary Source Writings

 -12 Books on U.S. Presidents

 -6 Books about Women

 -6 Exploration/Maritime Books

 -6 Rereads of Non-Fiction Books

 -6 Air and Space Books

 -6 Social History Books

 -3 Books about African Americans

 -3 Travelogue Books

 -3 Books of Essays

 -3 Sports Books

 -3 Religion Books

 -Read 3 Challenge - Families or Figures

 -Read 3 Challenge - European Countries

 -Read 3 Challenge - Time Period

 -The Complete Catholic Bible

 

 

104 Book Challenge

1. Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy (1/2/20)

2. Mr. Adams's Last Crusade by Joseph Wheelan (1/5/20)

3. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch (1/17/20)

4. The Big Burn by Timothy Egan (1/20/20)

5. Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Jacques Philippe (1/21/20)

6. Sulfur Springs by William Kent Kreuger (1/24/20)

7. Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden (1/28/20)

8. The American Spirit by David McCullough (2/7/20)

9. The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny (2/9/20)

10. George Washington and the new Nation by James Flexner (2/21/20)

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Fiction Main Categories

 

NookBooks Owned as of January 1, 2020

1. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

2. Sulfur Springs by William Kent Kreuger

3. Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden

4. The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny

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Completist Authors - Contemporary

1. Sulfur Springs by William Kent Kreuger

2. Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden

3. The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny

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Fiction Secondary Categories

 

Decades Challenge (Read 1 Book from each Decade)

2010s: Sulfur Springs by William Kent Kreuger (2018)

2000s: Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch (2007)

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A to Z Challenge

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Boyden, Joseph - Through Black Spruce 

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Krueger, William Kent - Sulfur Springs

Lynch, Scott - Red Seas Under Red Skies

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Penny, Louise - The Cruelest Month
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1001 Books to Read Before You Die

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Modern Library Top 100

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Booker Prize

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Pulitzer Prize

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Hugo Prize

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Stoker Prize

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National Book Award

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Country Challenge - Authors from Different Countries

1. United States - Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

2. Canada - Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden

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Rereads of Novels

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Star Wars Books

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Read Three Challenge (Read at least 3 Books from as many Authors or Series as Possible)

  

 

  

 

Non-Fiction Categories

  

Primary Categories

 

Books Owned as of January 1, 2020

1. Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy 

2. Mr. Adams's Last Crusade by Joseph Wheelan

3. The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

4. George Washington and the new Nation by James Flexner

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United States History Books

1. Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy

2. Mr. Adams's Last Crusade by Joseph Wheelan

3. The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

4. George Washington and the new Nation by James Flexner

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Secondary Categories

   

Pre-World War I Books

1. Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy

2. Mr. Adams's Last Crusade by Joseph Wheelan

3. The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

4. George Washington and the new Nation by James Flexner

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Memoirs/Autobiographies or Primary Source Writings

1. Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy

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U.S. Presidents

1. Washington, George - George Washington and the new Nation by James Flexner

2. Adams, John Q. - Mr. Adams's Last Crusade by Joseph Wheelan

3. Kennedy, John F. - Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy

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Women's History Books

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Exploration/Maritime Books

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Rereads of Non-Fiction Books

1. Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Jacques Philippe

2. The American Spirit by David McCullough

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Air and Space Books

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Social History

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African American History Books

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Travelogue Books

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Sports Books

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Religion Books

1. Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Jacques Philippe

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Important Families/Figures (Read at least 3 Books about a Family or Figure)

 

 

Non-U.S. Country  (Read at least 3 Books about a Non-U.S. Country)

 

 

Time Period (Read at least 3 Books about a Time Period for U.S. or World History)

 

 

 

Catholic Bible

 

Old Testament

 

1. Genesis (1/31/20)

2. Exodus

3. Leviticus

4. Numbers

5. Deuteronomy

6. Joshua

7. Judges

8. Ruth

9. 1 Samuel

10. 2 Samuel

11. 1 Kings

12. 2 Kings

13. 1 Chronicles

14. 2 Chronicles

15. Ezra

16. Nehemiah

17. Tobit

18. Judith

19. Esther

20. 1 Maccabees

21. 2 Maccabees

22. Job

23. Psalms

24. Proverbs

25. Ecclesiastes

26. Song of Songs

27. Wisdom

28. Sirach

29. Isaiah

30. Jeremiah

31. Lamentations

32. Baruch

33. Ezekiel

34. Daniel

35. Hosea

36. Joel

37. Amos

38. Obadiah

39. Jonah

40. Micah

41. Nahum

42. Habakkuk

43. Zephaniah

44. Haggai

45. Zechariah

46. Malachi

 

New Testament

 

1. Matthew

2. Mark

3. Luke

4. John

5. Acts

6. Romans

7. 1 Corinthians

8. 2 Corinthians

9. Galations

10. Ephesians

11. Philippians

12. Colossians

13. 1 Thessalonians

14. 2 Thessalonians

15. 1 Timothy

16. 2 Timothy

17. Titus

18. Philemon

19. Hebrews

20. James

21. 1 Peter

22. 2 Peter

23. 1 John

24. 2 John

25. 3 John

26. Jude

27. Revelation

 

 

Fiction Pacing Guide (1 Book Each Week)     

Week 1. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

Week 2. Sulfur Springs by William Kent Kreuger

Week 3. Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden

Week 4. The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny

Week 5. (1/29 - 2/4)

Week 6. (2/5 - 2/11) 

Week 7. (2/12 - 2/18)

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

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

Week 10. (3/4 - 3/10)

Week 11. (3/11 - 3/17)

Week 12. (3/18 - 3/24)

Week 13. (3/25 - 3/31)

Week 14. (4/1 - 4/7)

Week 15. (4/8 - 4/14)

Week 16. (4/15 - 4/21)

Week 17. (4/22 - 4/28)

Week 18. (4/29 - 5/5)

Week 19. (5/6 - 5/12)

Week 20. (5/13 - 5/19)

Week 21. (5/20 - 5/26)

Week 22. (5/27 - 6/2)

Week 23. (6/3 - 6/9)

Week 24. (6/10 - 6/16)

Week 25. (6/17 - 6/23)

Week 26. (6/24 - 6/30)

Week 27. (7/1 - 7/7)

Week 28. (7/8 -7/14)

Week 29. (7/15 - 7/21)

Week 30. (7/22 - 7/28)

Week 31. (7/29 - 8/4)

Week 32. (8/5 - 8/11)

Week 33. (8/12 -  8/18)

Week 34. (8/19 - 8/25)

Week 35. (8/26 - 9/1)

Week 36. (9/2 - 9/8)

Week 37. (9/9 - 9/15)

Week 38. (9/16 - 9/22)

Week 39. (9/23 - 9/29)

Week 40. (9/30 - 10/6)

Week 41. (10/7 - 10/13)

Week 42. (10/14 - 10/20)

Week 43. (10/19 - 10/27)

Week 44. (10/28 - 11/3)

Week 45. (11/4 - 11/10)

Week 46. (11/11 - 11/17)

Week 47. (11/18 - 11/24)

Week 48. (11/25 - 12/1)

Week 49. (12/2 - 12/8)

Week 50. (12/9 - 12/15)

Week 51. (12/16 - 12/22)

Week 52. (12/23 - 12/31)

 

 

Non-Fiction Pacing Guide (1 Book Each Week)     

Week 1. Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy

Week 2. Mr. Adams's Last Crusade by Joseph Wheelan

Week 3. The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

Week 4. Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Jacques Philippe

Week 5. The American Spirit by David McCullough

Week 6. George Washington and the new Nation by James Flexner

Week 7. (2/12 - 2/18)

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

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

Week 10. (3/4 - 3/10)

Week 11. (3/11 - 3/17)

Week 12. (3/18 - 3/24)

Week 13. (3/25 - 3/31)

Week 14. (4/1 - 4/7)

Week 15. (4/8 - 4/14)

Week 16. (4/15 - 4/21)

Week 17. (4/22 - 4/28)

Week 18. (4/29 - 5/5)

Week 19. (5/6 - 5/12)

Week 20. (5/13 - 5/19)

Week 21. (5/20 - 5/26)

Week 22. (5/27 - 6/2)

Week 23. (6/3 - 6/9)

Week 24. (6/10 - 6/16)

Week 25. (6/17 - 6/23)

Week 26. (6/24 - 6/30)

Week 27. (7/1 - 7/7)

Week 28. (7/8 -7/14)

Week 29. (7/15 - 7/21)

Week 30. (7/22 - 7/28)

Week 31. (7/29 - 8/4)

Week 32. (8/5 - 8/11)

Week 33. (8/12 -  8/18)

Week 34. (8/19 - 8/25)

Week 35. (8/26 - 9/1)

Week 36. (9/2 - 9/8)

Week 37. (9/9 - 9/15)

Week 38. (9/16 - 9/22)

Week 39. (9/23 - 9/29)

Week 40. (9/30 - 10/6)

Week 41. (10/7 - 10/13)

Week 42. (10/14 - 10/20)

Week 43. (10/19 - 10/27)

Week 44. (10/28 - 11/3)

Week 45. (11/4 - 11/10)

Week 46. (11/11 - 11/17)

Week 47. (11/18 - 11/24)

Week 48. (11/25 - 12/1)

Week 49. (12/2 - 12/8)

Week 50. (12/9 - 12/15)

Week 51. (12/16 - 12/22)

Week 52. (12/23 - 12/31)

 

 

Total Books

Fiction Books Read: 4

Non-Fiction Books Read: 6

 

Total Books Read: 10