50 Books by 50 Years Reading Challenge

 

 

If you have read my post, 50 by 50: 50 Things to Learn, Accomplish, and Experience Before I Turn 50, you know that one of the items on my list is to read 50 books. I am currently a few months from 49 and have completed 17 books. I am happy I have a bit more time to achieve my 50 Books by 50 Years Reading Challenge.

However, the list is getting a bit long, so I am starting a new post with the books I have read, what is on my list to read, and my reviews of the books.

 

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50 Books by 50 Years Reading Challenge

 

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I started my reading challenge with reading goals in 5 categories:  15 fiction, 10 Biography or History, 10 Business or Blogging, 5 Other Non-Fiction, and 10 Wildcard books. I am quickly maxing out the Non-fiction and Wildcard categories because I love true crime and humor books. (That's 2 different categories of books, not one. There is rarely anything funny about crime.) The star ratings are out of 5 stars.

 

Fiction Books:

Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

A woman attends her finance's funeral on what was supposed to be the day of their wedding. A mysterious woman contacts her and tells her that he is not dead. What should she do? [more info]

4 STARS

Sisters, One, Two, Three by Nancy Star

Three sisters, one mom, a past tragedy, and lots and lots of secrets.  [more info]

4 1/2 STARS

Walk into Silence by Susan McBride

A seemingly depressed housewife disappears. At first detective Jo Larsen believes she has left her controlling husband, then her body is found.  [more info]

3 1/2 STARS

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen

A World War II novel set in England. Lord Westerham's young daughter Phoebe finds a dead soldier on their estate. The Westerham family and their neighbors each carry many secrets about their involvements in the war. Not quite Downton Abby, but still fun.  [more info]

4 STARS

Beach Lawyer by Avery Duff

Legal thriller about a lawyer who loses his job after crossing one of his firms' partners. Language, sex, and violence too rough for my tastes.  [more info]

2 STARS

Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale

The sequel to “Everything We Keep” told from the two different perspectives of the same man who lived in a dissociative fugue state for 6 1/2 years.  [more info]

4 STARS

Biography and History:

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Larson

Rosemary Kennedy was a child with developmental disabilities amongst a family of wealthy, high achievers. The Kennedy family traveled a path from shame to advocacy. Fascinating reading about their journey and the history of treatment for those with developmental disabilities and for the mentally ill.  [more info]

5 STARS

Truman: The Man Who Divided the World by Jack Steinberg

A brief history of President Truman – the man who oversaw the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War.

3 STARS

Blogging and Business:

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

This may be my favorite book from this challenge. I listened to it on a long car drive and the anecdotes were incredible. So much more than just information, also inspiring.

5 STARS

Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner

This book is also filled with anecdotes that I listened to on a car drive. Interesting, but not as fascinating as The Power of Habit.  [more info]

3 STARS

Other Nonfiction:

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Embarrassed I had not read this book before. It was AWESOME! The “true crime” genre that I love so much began with this book. Capote interviews everyone connected to a murdered family in Holcomb, Kansas. MUST READ.  [more info]

5 STARS

Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey? by Wecht and Bosworth

I learned many things about the murder of JonBenet Ramsey that I did not previously know. Such a frustrating case. A botched investigation and an uncooperative family contribute to the frustration.  [more info]

4 STARS

Similar Transactions by S. R. Reynolds

The author investigates and solves a 20 year old unsolved disappearance case and along the way learns of the perpetrator's “similar transactions.”  [more info]

4  1/2 STARS

Red Notice by Bill Browder

An American moves to Russia and begins to invest in their companies. At first he and his investors reap vast profits, but then the Russian government gets involved and he and his colleagues are forced to flee and his attorney is murdered. I was dumbstruck at the lengths the Russians would go to to get what they wanted. This is NONFICTION!!  [more info]

5 STARS

Killer Among Us by Charles Bosworth

A beautiful young mother is killed in her kitchen in 1992 while her husband and children are away on a trip. This story chronicles her family, the crime, and the three trials that were required to convict the murderer, the victim's husband.  [more info]

4 1/2 STARS

Full Report by Aaron Bucy

A small town Texas police officer shares his stories about life on the job, whether amusing, serious, dangerous, or tragic.  [more info]

3 1/2 STARS

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

A 24 year old woman experiences a medical mystery. A little bit too much blow by blow account of her experience, but kept me going. [more info]

3 1/2 STARS

Wildcard:

Clevenger Gold by S. E. Swapp

This book is advertised as a “true story,” but I think it is more historical fiction. I was not wild about it, although it has tons of good reviews. A family's cross-country journey in a covered wagon including murders and some lost gold.  [more info]

2 STARS

I'll Mature When I'm Dead by Dave Barry

This book is super funny, as is most everything written by Dave Barry. It was not 100% clean, but was worth the price for the colonoscopy and dance recital essays. (Happy to report, that I too have crawled through the “Colossal Colon.”  [more info]

4 1/2 STARS

Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days by Judith Viorst

If you ever wonder what happened to Alexander of the “Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day” book, his mom is here to tell you. He grew up and brought his wife and 3 children back to live with Mom and Dad while his house was being remodeled.  [more info]

4 STARS

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This challenge has been a blessing to my life and I invite you to read along with me. (You don't have to have a 50th birthday looming to participate.) A  worksheet is available in the Subscriber's Library to list your 50 books. Subscribe below to receive the password.

Also, please comment with what you are reading and your recommendations as I complete the 50 Books by 50 Years Reading Challenge.

Want to see what else is on my list?  50 Things to Learn, Accomplish, and Experience Before I Turn 50.

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