The 200 Book Challenge

What Have I Read This Year?

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I like to read.  A lot.

A few years ago I took on a 100 book challenge.  It wasn’t very challenging; I had it met by about August.

Two hundred books, though, is averaging nearly four books a week.  When you’re zipping through young adult fiction this is pretty easily achieved, but one good non-fiction tome or epic novel – while being a far more satisfying read in many ways – can throw off that goal.


Books I Have Read in 2011

  1. Life as We Knew It, Susan Beth Pfeffer (recommended by Jenn McMinn)
  2. The Dead and the Gone, Susan Beth Pfeffer (recommended by Jenn McMinn)
  3. This World We Live In, Susan Beth Pfeffer (recommended by Jenn McMinn)
  4. Point Blank, Anthony Horowitz (recommended by Kenny Dohl)
  5. Pirate Latitudes, Michael Crichton
  6. The Giver, Lois Lowry (recommended by Jenn McMinn)
  7. Gathering Blue, Lois Lowry
  8. Messenger, Lois Lowry
  9. Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography, Sid Jacobson & Ernie Colón
  10. Girls Night In, Lauren Henderson, Sarah Mlynowski, Chris Manby (compilation of short stories)
  11. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Gregory Maguire
  12. Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Tale, Adam Rex
  13. Fame: A Novel in Nine Episodes, Daniel Kehlmann, transl. by Carol Brown Janeway
  14. The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan
  15. The Sea of Monsters, Rick Riordan
  16. The Titan’s Curse, Rick Riordan
  17. The Battle of the Labyrinth, Rick Riordan
  18. I Am Number Four, Pittacus Lore
  19. The Last Olympian, Rick Riordan
  20. Organic Faith, Chaille Brindley (my first reread of the year)
  21. The Confession, John Grisham
  22. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card (reread)
  23. The Lost Gate, Orson Scott Card
  24. Ender’s Game: War of Gifts, Orson Scott Card
  25. Aftermath, LeVar Burton
  26. Ruby, V.C. Andrews
  27. Timeline, Michael Crichton
  28. Pathfinder, Orson Scott Card
  29. A Matter of Character, Robin Lee Hatcher
  30. A Crack in the Sky, Mark Peter Hughes
  31. Total Oblivion, More or Less, Alan DeNiro
  32. The Potluck Club, Linda Evans Shepherd
  33. Empire, Orson Scott Card
  34. Like Dandelion Dust, Karen Kingsbury (recommended by Kim Crawford)
  35. Hidden Empire, Orson Scott Card
  36. The Potluck Club: Trouble’s Brewing, Linda Evans Shepherd
  37. On Every Side, Karen Kingsbury
  38. The Potluck Club Takes the Cake, Linda Evans Shepherd
  39. Out Of My Mind, Sharon M. Draper (recommended by Meredith O.)
  40. The Keepers’ Tattoo, Gill Arbuthnott
  41. A Bride Most Begrudging, Deeanne Gist (recommended by Kim Crawford)
  42. The Secret’s in the Sauce: A Novel, Linda Evans Shepherd
  43. Room, Emma Donoghue (recommended by Rebecca Cloninger)
  44. Love Comes Softly, Janette Oke
  45. The Gift, James Patterson
  46. The Last Sin Eater by Francine RiversThe Last Sin Eater, Francine Rivers
  47. The Red Tent, Anita Diamant (reread)
  48. The Whitney Chronicles, Judy Baer
  49. Leave It To Claire, Tracey Bateman
  50. Claire Knows Best, Tracey Bateman
  51. I Love Claire, Tracey Bateman
  52. The Red Pyramid, Rick Riordan
  53. Unveiled: Tamar, Francine Rivers (reread)
  54. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, David Sedaris
  55. These Boots Weren’t Made for Walking, Melody Carlson
  56. Unashamed: Rahab, Francine Rivers (reread)
  57. Uglies Uglies, Scott Westerfeld
  58.  Pretties, Scott Westerfeld
  59.  Specials, Scott Westerfeld
  60.  Unshaken: Ruth, Francine Rivers (reread)
  61.  Unspoken: Bathsheba, Francine Rivers (reread)
  62.  Airframe, Michael Crichton
  63.  Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, Francis Chan
  64. The Princess Bride, William Goldman (reread)
  65. Christ In The Passover: Why This Night Is Different, Ceil and Moishe Rosen
  66.  Heist Society, Ally Carter
  67. The Lover’s Dictionary, David Levithan
  68. Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes (reread)
  69.  Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawles (reread)
  70.  Left Behind, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins (reread)
  71. Something Borrowed, Emily Giffin
  72. Sing You Home, Jodi Picoult
  73. Tribulation Force, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins (reread)
  74. Minding Frankie, Maeve Binchy
  75. The Spellman Files, Lisa Lutz (recommended by Melody Ruehling, via Kat Wollner)
  76. Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Fannie Flagg (reread)
  77. I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You, Ally Carter
  78. Unlocked, Karen Kingsbury
  79. Curse of the Spellmans, Lisa Lutz
  80. Revenge of the Spellmans, Lisa Lutz
  81. Dead Reckoning, Charlaine Harris
  82. Spellmans Strike Again, Lisa Lutz
  83. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis (reread)
  84. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, Ally Carter
  85. Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover, Ally Carter
  86. The Host, Stephanie Meyer (reread)
  87. Prince Caspian, C.S. Lewis (reread)
  88. A Wrinkle In Time, Madeline L’engle (reread)
  89.  Heads You Lose, Lisa Lutz and David Hayward
  90. The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University, Kevin Roose

  91. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larson
  92. Nicholae, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
  93.  Save Me, Lisa Scottoline
  94. The Grace & Truth Paradox, Randy Alcorn
  95. Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton (reread)
  96. Aslan’s Call: Finding Our Way to Narnia, Mark Eddy Smith
  97.  Still Missing, Chevy Stevens
  98. The Compound, S. A. Bodeen
  99.  The Magical Worlds of Narnia, David Colbert
  100.  The Witches, Roald Dahl (reread)
  101.  The Lost Hero, Rick Riordan
  102.  Matilda, Roald Dahl (reread)
  103.  Leaving, Karen Kingsbury
  104. Delirium, Lauren Oliver
  105. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
  106. Extras, Scott Westerfield
  107. Clarity, Kim Harrington
  108. Relic, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (referred by Ceece Jones)
  109. Skin, Roald Dahl
  110. The Golden Compass, Phillip Pullman
  111. The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter, David Colbert
  112. Grave Secret, Charlaine Harris
  113. Erasing Hell, Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle
  114. The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics, John Pollack
  115.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, JK Rowling (reread)
  116.  Running Man, Richard Bachman (Stephen King) (recommended by Ceece Jones)
  117.  The Long Walk, Richard Bachman (Stephen King) (recommended by Ceece Jones)
  118.  The Demigod Files, Rick Riordan
  119. The Subtle Knife, Philip Pullman
  120. Shakespeare’s Landlord, Charlaine Harris
  121. Good In Bed, Jennifer Weiner (recommended by Kat Wollner)
  122. Real Murders, Charlaine Harris
  123. Certain Girls, Jennifer Weiner
  124. Shakespeare’s Champion, Charlaine Harris
  125.  Love Jesus, Hate Church: How to Survive in Church or Die Trying, Steve McCranie
  126. Family Trust, Amanda Brown
  127.  The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Wiesberger
  128.  Shakespeare’s Trollop, Charlaine Harris
  129.  A Bone to Pick, Charlaine Harris
  130.  Learning, Karen Kingsbury
  131. Looking for God in Harry Potter, John Granger
  132. Divergent, Veronica Roth
  133. Three Bedrooms, One Corpse, Charlaine Harris
  134.  Shakespeare’s Counselor, Charlaine Harris
  135.  Radical, David Platt
  136.  In Her Shoes, Jennifer Weiner
  137.  Dead Over Heels, Charlaine Harris
  138. Why Pro-Life? Caring for the Unborn and Their Mothers, Randy Alcorn
  139. Love Finds You in Maiden, North Carolina, Tamela Hancock Murray
  140.  The City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau
  141.  The People of Sparks, Jeanne DuPrau
  142.  The Prophet of Yonwood, Jeanne DuPrau
  143. The Diamond of Darkhold, Jeanne DuPrau

11 responses to “The 200 Book Challenge

  1. One of your books should be the Bible.

    • Since you live in my house, I told you this in the kitchen, but since you posted it on the blog I should answer here: One of my books I’m reading is always the Bible. But since I’m not doing a Read Through the Bible in a Year challenge (and really, that is a challenge) THIS year, I don’t think I can count it towards my total.

      But thanks for the suggestion. I do love suggestions.

      • Comic books (which you call graphic novels) should not count as well. Next thing you’ll be counting the children’s books that you read to the kids…

      • Why must you bring the mocking to the blog? Clearly, I will not be counting books I read to the kids, even the abridged literary classics and other chapter books I read with Kaitlyn. I reserve the right to count a graphic novel (or graphic non-fiction, as the case may be). How you count your own challenge is up to you.

  2. Why would you read a book recommended by Kenny Dohl?

  3. I just thought that you didn’t like anime….

    • I’m sitting next to you on the couch. You could just say that instead of chuckling under your breath while you type another comment (not entirely helpful comment, at that). And, FYI, the Anthony Horowitz books are not anime. Not even not anime the way graphic novels aren’t comic books, but not anime at all. Also? I’m about to disable posting. Or delete yours. And then steal all of the banana bread.

      And I don’t like anime.

  4. You guys are funny.

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