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 was to read 50 books. I am now 50 and these are the 50 books I read for my 50 Books by 50 Years Reading Challenge.
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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 mostly stuck with the category goals, but am off by one or two in some of the categories. The star ratings are out of 5 stars. I put a box around my favorite books!!
I also tried to do the challenge on the cheap. I bought a Kindle Unlimited membership, read the books that came with my Amazon Prime membership, and used the public library. This quickly became tedious as both the Kindle Unlimited Books and Prime books sometimes were not that good. AND I had to reserve books through the library, wait for them to become available and then read or listen FAST!
So, I started buying books from Amazon and my husband coincidentally bought an Audible subscription. I LOVE that audible subscription. Awesome books in the car every day!! I can't recommend it enough.
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]
4 1/2 STARS
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]
My absolute favorite audio book EVER!!! Phillip Knight, the founder of Nike takes the reader from the beginnings of his company in his parents' basement to the day Nike went public, sharing the entire crazy and gritty ride. The audio book reader is phenomenal!!! [more info]
Super interesting telling of a how nine working class boys from the west coast beat, not only all the east coast rowing teams, at the sport of rowing (a traditionally upper class east coast sport), but also won the gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. [MORE INFO]
4 1/2 STARS
Blogging and Business:
I bookmarked and highlighted this book like crazy. If you are starting out in blogging or would like to hear from some gals who are really successful at this blogging gig, this is a MUST READ! [more info]
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
Very intricate account of how a math genius, traders, brokers, and bankers conspired to manipulate an interest rate LIBOR to enrich their own banks and selves. Also shows how justice is not netted out equally as the math genius takes the fall for everyone. [more info]
The subtitle of the book “One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer” says it all. Michelle McNamara along with her crime fighting friends from her website set out to find the man responsible for more than 50 murders and rapes in California. [more info]
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.