200challenge, Happy Things

200challenge-reading 200 books in a year.

September 6, 2013


So I am giving myself a challenge to read 200 books between my 31st and 32nd birthday. Let me first say this is more of a way to train better reading habits than a race to reach 200 but I am definitely going to do my best. In the vein of my No New Clothes Challenge. There was once a time when I was young and had no responsibilities that I could devour a book in a day, not that I have to get to that level again but the idea is to start and finish a book and move on to another. I’ve read a lot of books partially through and although I thoroughly enjoyed it I would stop to start another and never go back. Even though I may reading multiple books at a time during this challenge, my aim is to finish these books. I would rather have read 100 books all the way through than 150 part ways.

This was not the idea of my own, an IG friend @lamere7 inspired me with her 200challenge posts. She wrote that she was inspired by the book Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch. I think this a great way to be more intentional with reading and use my free time more wisely than in the past.

Starting today since its been two weeks after my birthday almost, So, I will have 50 weeks of reading to do. That is about 4 books a week or a book every 1.75 days. So I have a long way to go.

I’ve picked something light for my first book; The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman which I started and never finished so many years ago. So hopefully I will be blazing through the books and sharing them with everyone on here. So I need everyone’s help, I need book suggestions, be it YA, Contemporary Lit, Classics, Non-Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Historical Fiction etc. etc. I love all of those genres and have a preatty eclectic taste in Literature, so I have a lot to pick from, I’m sure. The Library will be my friend. So, Please help me pick some good choices for this year of reading. I will be instagramming my progress and probably adding them to my goodreads whilst. Let the recommendations start.


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  • Reply Danielle September 6, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman is a great book!

    • Reply Ellie September 7, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      I love books on grace, I’m definitely checking it out.

  • Reply Laura September 9, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Wow, that is a seriously ambitious goal with two young children scampering about… awesome! A couple of recommendations:

    1) The Alienist by Caleb Carr (novel/historical fiction)

    2) 100 Vegetables and Where They Came From by William Woys Weaver

    3) Francine Rivers’ novellas (so they qualify as a book, but they are relatively short!) in the Lineage of Grace and Sons of Encouragement series.

    Keep us posted!

    • Reply Ellie September 9, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      I’m familiar with Francine Rivers but not the first two, looking into it.

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