Book Challenge

Every year, I aim to read as many books as possible to expose myself to new genres, de-stress and inspire my own writing. Below are the books I have read this year. Please comment below if you have any questions, book suggestions, etc. I hope you enjoy this journey as much as I will! 🙂

I noticed that a lot of my blogs are based on the books I read, so I will also provide links to those when they arise.

Books I’ve Read in 2021

  1. Rising Sun by Michael Crichton (1/3/2021)
  2. The Joychiever Journey by Tracy Lalonde (1/13/2021) – Ep 20: Balancing Joy and Success with Joychiever Tracy LaLonde
  3. Always A Bridesmaid (For Hire) by Jen Glantz (1/28/2021) – Ep 22: Learning to Trust Ourselves with Jen Glantz
  4. Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar (1/31/2021)
  5. You Know You Love Me by Cecily von Ziegesar (2/1/2021)
  6. All I Want is Everything by Cecily von Ziegesar (2/3/2021)
  7. Because I’m Worth It by Cecily von Ziegesar (2/10/2021)
  8. I Like It Like That by Cecily von Ziegesar (2/14/2021)
  9. You’re The One That I Want by Cecily von Ziegesar (2/21/2021)
  10. Water Up, Fire Down by Ilchi Lee (3/5/2021)
  11. Nobody Does It Better by Cecily von Ziegesar (3/6/2021)
  12. Hacking Chemo: Using Ketogenic Diet, Therapeutic Fasting and a Kickass Attitude to Power through Cancer Treatment by Martha Tettenborn (3/7/2021) – Ep 27: Using A Ketogenic Diet to Power Through Cancer Treatment with Martha Tettenborn
  13. Nothing Can Keep Us Together by Cecily von Ziegesar (3/9/2021)
  14. Only In Your Dreams by Cecily von Ziegesar (3/16/2021)
  15. Would I Lie To You? by Cecily von Ziegesar (3/19/2021)
  16. Don’t You Forget About Me by Cecily von Ziegesar (3/20/2021)
  17. I Will Always Love You by Cecily von Ziegesar (3/25/2021)
  18. Coming Around: Surprises and Surrender on the Path to Inspiration by Tina Berger (3/29/2021) – Ep 32: Finding Inspiration and Meaning in Our Work with Tina Berger
  19. We’ll Meet Again by Mary Higgins Clark (4/21/2021)
  20. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (5/2/2021)
  21. Dissolving the Anchor by Hailima Yates (5/17/2021) – Book Review: Dissolving the AnchorEp 36: Rediscovering Your Inner Power in Difficult Times with Hailima Yates
  22. The Firm by John Grisham (7/2/2021)
  23. Tell Her She Can’t by Kelly Lewis (7/3/2021)
  24. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (7/6/2021)
  25. To All The Magic In Me by Pavita Singh (7/13/2021) – Ep 31: Fostering Gender Equality through Health Education with Pavita Singh
  26. Seven Mindful Questions by Lisa Nezneski (9/26/2021) – Ep 53: Using Mindfulness to Overcome Stress and Burnout with Dr. Lisa Nezneski
  27. Harness Your Inner CEO by Becca Powers (12/2/2021)
  28. Fire Your Narrator: A Storyteller’s Guide to Getting Out of Your Head and Into Your Life by Valerie Gordon (12/9.2021)


Books I’m Currently Reading

  1. HeadTrash: The Leading Killer of Human Potential by Renie Cavallari


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21 Replies to “Book Challenge”

  1. I decided to do this as well, and I’m really excited about it. I just finished my first book too, which was the last book in the Hunger Games series (which was amazing, and I highly recommend it!).

    How was Howl’s Moving Castle? Should I add it to my list?

    1. Congratulations on that 🙂 I’m so excited to try out this challenge — even if I don’t read 50 books, at least I will have gotten to read a lot more than I did last year. I’ve definitely heard good things about Hunger Games… I’m hoping my friend has it up at school with him so I can borrow it soon!

      Howl’s Moving Castle was great! I could not put it down — the characters are memorable and the story itself is really interesting. You should definitely read it!

  2. Hello there!
    I’ve been searching the internet for people who are also doing the 50 Book Challenge and I came across your blog. I wanted to follow people from WordPress who are doing it so I can also see what other people are reading. Hope you don’t mind me following your blog. 🙂

    1. Hi! 🙂 I’m so excited to find others who are doing this! Congratulations on trying out this challenge, and best of luck. Currently I’m working on A Mercy by Toni Morrison and it’s pretty good so far. Welcome to the blog! I hope you enjoy!

  3. How was The Art of Racing in the Rain… that looked so cute.. I just don’t want it to be an tear jerker!!

    1. I absolutely loved it — I think I read it in a day, it was that good 🙂 Definitely emotional and I nearly cried a few times, but it has a great ending that will be worth it. Highly recommend it!

    1. Someone lent it to me so I will have to give it a read 🙂 Thank you for the suggestion! I’m definitely adding it to my reading list soon.

    1. I know exactly how you feel! I got the idea from a friend of mine and am so glad I did it. Even though I’m running a tad behind my goals, I’m still reading a lot more than I would have otherwise. I would totally suggest doing a 50 book challenge or even a 30 or 15 book challenge, depending on what you have time for.

    1. I have very mixed feelings about the book (and the series as a whole). It’s definitely a page-turner, but not very well-written. In my opinion, the main characters are not particularly likeable and their whole relationship seems extremely unhealthy. (I think a lot of younger girls are going to end up looking for a Christian Grey type when they are older because they think they can “change” him, and that’s really sad.) However, I really wanted to see what the fuss was about and why so many people were reading it. I’m planning to finish the series, but I don’t take it very seriously. It’s a fast read though – definitely worth taking a look!

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