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 a year into my challenge and have completed 25 books. One more year to go! 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.
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.
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]
I found this book part delightful and part disturbing. The main character meets the grandmother she never knew and writes the grandmother's story. I loved the granddaughter and the plot that surrounded her, but I could not understand glamorizing the life of a courtesan (the grandmother). [more info]
3 1/2 STARS
Biography and History:
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]
I live an hour from Pawhuska, OKlahoma and I had NO IDEA about this history of the area. This book is jaw-dropping. It chronicles this systematic murder of the Osage Indians in bids to gain their individual mineral rights to the oil reserve on their land in the early 1920s. [more info]
Fascinating read about the journey of a boy from the Congo to Hollywood. Blondy experiences violence in his country, poverty, relatives who take advantage of him, homelessness, and injury, but still he preservers and never gives up on his faith or his journey. [more info]
Fun read about the kidnapping, crimes, and trial of Patty Hearst. The biography is “unauthorized,” but extremely well researched. I was a child when these events took place and I had NO IDEA that all of this had occured including the significant violence. Fascinating! [more info]
Blogging and Business:
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.
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]
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
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]
I loved this book. I listened to it in the car and it kept me in stitches. Jen Hatmaker reads it herself. It is like she is in the car with you. She speaks a lot of truth to the Christian community. (Some things I can't believe she says. Others are so right on, it is painful.) [more info]
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.)
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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