2017 Reading Challenge #Fail

Failed Goal

Well….I failed to meet my goal of 52 reviews in 52 weeks by 12 unread books and a slew of books that I read but didn’t get a chance to review here. I read 40 books in 2017 but was only able to post 24 reviews. I simply had far too much going on. BUT that is not meant to be an excuse. It’s meant to be an apology. So…this year, I’m going to do something a little different.

My goal for 2018 is to read 12 books of 300 pages or more in 12 months. It may not seem very ambitious but it is a much more realistic goal with everything that I’ll have going on this year. I’ll pick 12 books out of the pile below in no particular order. Some I’ve already read, some I haven’t. The list is not etched in stone so I may end up picking up another title along the way, depending on how intent I’ll be on reading it.

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Here is the detailed list:

  1. And the Ladies of the ClubΒ by Helen Hooven Santmyer
  2. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
  3. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  4. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
  5. Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature by Linda Lear
  6. The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made by Walter Isaacson
  7. Doctor Zchivago by Boris Pasternak
  8. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
  9. Manufacturing Consent by Herman and Chomsky
  10. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  11. Churchill: A Life by Martin Gilbert
  12. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  13. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  14. We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
  15. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
  16. Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I’d love to hear whether you’ve read any of these. Also, please let me know whether you have any really great recommendations that I shouldn’t miss! I know this is incredibly belated but I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season. Happy belated new year everyone!

Much Love,

Glovetrotter Momma

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40 Comments Add yours

  1. Tanya says:

    Ohhh I want to read about Beatrix Potter. I read Women Who Run With Wolves and its a good read.

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    1. Me too! I love Beatrix Potter! She was such a trailblazer for women during her time. I’m glad you enjoyed “Women Who Run With Wolves”. I’m sure I’ll love it too. Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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  2. The Goldfinch is amazing…best book on your list in my opinion πŸ™‚

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    1. Really? Ok, good. I’m glad I picked a good one. I’ll hop right to it. Thanks! πŸ˜‰

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      1. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did πŸ™‚ If not, there are a lot of good books there.

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      2. I haven’t started it just yet. In my typical fashion, I got side-tracked with another recommendation that I’m wrapping up now. But as soon as I start reading it, you’ll be the first to know. πŸ˜‰

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  3. Tanya says:

    Thanks for posting my comment. Sorry you’re having a hard time!

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  4. I haven’t read any of those, but the ones about Beatrix Potter and Martin Luther King, Jr. look interesting!

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    1. Yeah, I thought so too. I haven’t started either of them just yet but I’m looking forward to it! Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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  5. Deepika says:

    I haven’t read any of those. I find it amazing that you read so many books. You inspire me. I don’t read too many books now but I found Charles Duhigg’s Power of Habit a good read.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. I truly appreciate it. I’ve never heard of Power of Habit. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  6. I love book lists, and I love this one!
    Just makes me feel happy and secure around so many books… All the best.
    Winning and losing (the challenge) is of not much consequence to me. Looking back, the challenge made you read so many books! And who was counting anyway… πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh good! I’m really looking forward to reading these. I’m on The Goldfinch at the moment, but frankly, I’m struggling through it. I fear fiction and I are not meant to be. I agree with you about the challenge. The other problem I faced was that I noticed there were several books that I had read last year that I didn’t put on my Goodreads and therefore, didn’t make it either to the blog. But that’s a story for another time. I put my “private” stash on a different reading app. Let me know if you get a chance to read any of these.

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      1. I hear you. Not all my books go on my blog, only notable ones, that too if I get to write down about them.
        I had had the same feeling about fiction for the longest time (that we don’t belong together). But I was happily surprised by some great ones I read eventually.
        I have heard a lot about The Goldfinch, but will wait to read your take (if you decide to write, that is!)

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  7. Maya Pillai says:

    All these titles are ]new to me. Even I have a Book reading challenge for 2018. But its only 8 books. The only reason is I am reading the original translation of Mahabharatha, one of the two epics of India. It has ten volumes and I am just in volume one page 65. Each volume has around 600 pages on an average.

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    1. Holy moly Maya! You’re a trooper!! That’s a loooooot of reading. That’s an awesome goal! I can’t wait to see what you learn from it all. It sounds enriching. Best of luck. πŸ™‚

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      1. Maya Pillai says:

        Its actually going at a snail’s pace. lets see , Once I reach page 100. I would love to write on it what I have understood.

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      2. It’s okay. Take as long as you need as long as you enjoy the process. I’d love to read your review! It sounds like it’s sure to be interesting.

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  8. RobbyeFaye says:

    It is hard to read a book and then review it. I read waaaaaaaaaaaay more than I usually read. I usually average about 300 books read and about 150 reviewed. Boy, I missed that number by a LOOOOOOT this year.
    A lot of people have said they weren’t able to get much done last year, I think it was something in the water, LOL.
    I like your attitude. You didn’t fail, you just had situations that couldn’t be accounted for, so you adjusted for this year. I wish I looked at things that way instead of feeling like a colossal failure!
    You have a very interesting list, I’m looking forward to reading the reviews!

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    1. Wow! 300 books in ONE YEAR?????? That’s impressive! Lol, yeah, last year is still kind of a blur for me. It was mayhem. But the good news is that I learned a lot from it. Thank you for the kind words. I truly appreciate it. I’m glad you like the list. Let me know whether you get a chance to read any of them. πŸ™‚

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      1. RobbyeFaye says:

        I’m an insomniac, so I get a LOT of reading done in the wee hours of the morning!
        You are so welcome. I’ll be sure to let you know, I’ll probably do a review!!

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      2. Ugh. I hear you. I’m an insomniac as well. It’s awful. But I still only read less than a fourth of what you read! You’re still seriously impressive. I admire your passion for reading! πŸ™‚

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      3. RobbyeFaye says:

        Thak you. I think a large part is also due to the fact that books were (sometimes literally) lifesavers for me. Plus, I can read an average book in just a little over an hour, so that really helps!

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      4. What?????!!!! In an hour???!!!! NO! Can’t be! You’re really something else! I WISH I could read that fast! I’m a very slow reader. I can only enjoy a book if I can read it at a conversation’s pace. I took a course once for speed reading. I got it but I really didn’t enjoy it. I felt like I was missing out on some important details. Like I wasn’t pacing myself to really assimilate what I was learning. Anyway, that was just my experience. But I really truly do admire that you can manage it. That’s admirable!

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      5. RobbyeFaye says:

        I always read fairly quickly, then like you, I took a speed reading course. I sometimes have to go back over what I read, but not often. Now, if you give me an audiobook, forget it, I don’t absorb a bit of it, LOL,, my mind takes off in a million directions!!!
        Thank you, I think I inherited the ability from my Mom, now she could read at lightning speed!!!!
        Have a great weekend!

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  9. RobbyeFaye says:

    That should say I read more than I review, it would be hard to read more than I read, LOL!!

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    1. Haha. No worries. I knew what you meant. Btw, love your blog!

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      1. RobbyeFaye says:

        Thank you so much!!

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  10. Sarah Lea Stories says:

    Cold Mountain is slow at first, but you will get into it. I really enjoyed The Girl on the Train.

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    1. Oh thanks! I keep wanting to start Cold Mountain but keep getting sidetracked. I think it’ll be my next long book. The Girl on the Train? Ok, I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

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      1. Maya Pillai says:

        I have read the book Girl on the train by Paula Hawkins. Its not a bad book. A well plotted one. Please read it when you have a large chunk of time in your hands.

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      2. Ok will do. Thanks again. πŸ™‚

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  11. CaptainFez says:

    This is a bit like mine. I do the 52-books thing pretty regularly but find I end up shoehorning in crap to make up the numbers. So this year I’m doing longer books, 25 of. First one up was Infinite Jest, funnily enough, and I have a review of that on my site. I should’ve read it 20 years ago, as I probably would have appreciated it more, then.

    (It’s not as tough as rumour suggests, either – just in need of an edit. You have my version!)

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      1. I like it! It’s ambitious.

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    1. Hahaha. I think we’re all guilty of that. Sorry, I didn’t get that…25 of…..? Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed Infinite Jest! I’ll have to check out your review. I’ll admit, the volume is a little intimidating. So I’m actually very happy to hear you enjoyed it. Thanks for putting me at ease! πŸ˜‰

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      1. CaptainFez says:

        Oh, I just meant I’m doing 25 longer books, more or less. Or rather, I set my Goodreads challenge to 25 and then I choose (mostly – some brain defeating short
        reads allowed) from the list of stuff I’ve wanted to get through but would normally shy away from because it’d put too much of a kink in my reading.

        IJ isn’t as difficult as prevailing sentiment has it – it’s just badly in need of editing. Footnotes help a lot but a lot the footnotes are tangential, and not wholly necessary as far as the narrative goes.

        (On the whole it’s a book that asks the reader to be nice, even to awful people. That’s about it.)

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      2. Ah, gotcha. I see what you mean. Seems like a looooooot of pages just to get that point across. πŸ˜‰

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  12. Infinite Jest is excellent. It’s fun and challenging. I think a lot of people are turned off by the size of it. One person I know decided to read it on Kindle so she couldn’t see (and didn’t have to hold) the massive thing.

    I’m really looking forward to your review of Women Who Run with the Wolves. I started that and got sidetracked. I do plan to finish it, though!

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    1. Ah, glad to hear you enjoyed Infinite Jest. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. I’ll admit that I too have been put off by the size of it. It’s still there…collecting dust. I’m noticing that this year’s challenge isn’t going so well. Anything over 400 pages seems to lose its charm for me once I get around page 390. I keep leaving them for long periods of time to eventually pick them back up again but…haven’t really picked them back up just yet. We’ll see what happens. I think I may officially give up on “Night Train to Lisbon” even though I’m already on page 203 of 436. I started losing interest when the author started abusing serendipitous occasions to steer the protagonist in the right direction. It was too much; too improbable.

      I’m at a standstill as well with Edmund Morris’s, “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt” even though I’m on page 339 of 780. I lost quite a bit of respect for him after a I noticed how much of a classist he was in his earlier years. But I was especially disenchanted with his policies and view of the Native Americans. Now, for me, the book has lost its initial luster. We shall see whether I finish them. And btw, I too am looking forward to “Women Who Run with the Wolves”. I’ve heard it’s very good! I’ll let you know. πŸ˜‰

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