100 Books Reading Challenge

Started a reading challenge project mid-spring of 2017. The goal: read 100 books by summer in a year. I’m inching along, albeit at a slower pace than I’d like. Figured posting the list on my blog would hold me accountable–also, I get to share cool books!

So here’s a list of books I’ve reading; I plan to update every 10 books or so. If you have any book recommendations, I’d love to hear them! 🙂

April 10th, 2019: Oh! I am just about done with this project. It’s taken me two years, and I’m just 7 books away. In looking back, I realize that some stories I have forgotten, while others have burned into my memory. I’ve bolded some of the stories I really loved and remembered.

June 22nd, 2019: I’m done! I finished earlier, but I just didn’t want to–weirdly enough–be done with this project. I’ve finished 100 books in, ah, two years.

  1. One! Hundred! Demons!, Lynda Barry
  2. James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
  4. Here, Richard McGuire
  5. Zombie Survival Guide, Max Brooks
  6. Burned, Ellen Hopkins
  7. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy Kaling
  8. Walking Dead 1, Robert Kirkman
  9. Walking Dead 2, Robert Kirkman
  10. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelous
  11. Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur
  12. Partner Track, Helen Wan
  13. Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen
  14. Kafka, R. Crumb
  15. Project Jennifer, Jill Rosenblatt
  16. Dignity, Donna Hicks
  17. Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant, Roz Chast
  18. Ginny Moon, Benjamin Ludwig
  19. Autobiography of Barefoot Gen, Nakazawa Keji
  20. Meow Meow, Jose Fonollosa
  21. Beautiful Darkness, Fabien Vehlmann
  22. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  23. The Skin Above My Knees, Marcia Butler
  24. Essential Poems (To Fall in Love With), Daisy Goodwin
  25. Sailing Alone Around the Room, Billy Collins
  26. Future Tense, Paintings by Alex Gross
  27. Why Not Me?, Mindy Kaling
  28. Thirst, Poems by Mary Oliver
  29. Global Street Art, Lee Boffkin
  30. Men Without Women, Haruki Murakami
  31. Vintage Cisneros, Sandra Cisneros 
  32. Have You Seen Marie, Sandra Cisneros
  33. Woman Hollering Creek, Sandra Cisneros
  34. The Quiet Eye: A Way of Looking at Pictures, Sylvia Judson
  35. Blue Nights, Joan Didion 
  36. The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
  37. This is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz
  38. The Embassy of Cambodia, Zadie Smith
  39. Love Mad Poems, Rumi
  40. The Wolves In The Walls, Neil Gaiman
  41. Forms of Distance, Bei Dao
  42. 73 Poems, E.E. Cummings
  43. The Love Bunglers, Jaime Hernandez
  44. Little Book of Little Stories
  45. Shoplifter, Michael Cho
  46. Rick & Morty Comics
  47. Fresh Complaint, Jeffrey Eugenides
  48. Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinberg
  49. White Teeth, Zadie Smith
  50. South and West, Joan Didion
  51. Dear Dumb Diary
  52. Stories Julian Tells, Ann Cameron
  53. Stitches, David Small
  54. Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
  55. Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka
  56. Pretty: Stories, Greg Kearney
  57. Night Watch, Malin Lindroth
  58. Constance and the Great Escape, Pieere Le Gall 
  59. Rapunzel, Paul Zelinsky
  60. Jane and the Fox & Me, Isabelle Aresenault 
  61. I’ve Loved You Since Forever, Hoda Kobb
  62. Corduroy, Don Freeman
  63. Buck, MK Asante
  64. Chemistry, Weike Wang
  65. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo
  66. Soviet Daughter, Julia Alekseyeva
  67. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
  68. LIFE 70 Years of Extraordinary Photography
  69. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, Timothy Snyder
  70. SHOCK
  71. Beijing: Imperial and Contemporary
  72. Abandoned America, Matthew Christopher
  73. The Polaroid Book
  74. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
  75. Cats, Jane Bown
  76. The Photographs of Carl Mydans
  77. Camanchaca, Diego Zuniga 
  78. Creepy Carrots, Aaron Reynolds
  79. Lies in The Dust : A Tale of Remorse From The Salem Witch Trial
  80. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
  81. Going Into Town, Roz Chaz
  82. Doodle Diary of A New Mom, Lucy Scott
  83. The Marshmallow Test, Walter Mischel
  84. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L Konigsburg
  85. The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Amy Tan
  86. Interpreter’s Maladies
  87. Rx
  88. Because We Are Bad, Lily Bailey
  89. Frida’s Bed, Slavenka Drakulic
  90. Zenobia
  91. Light Filters In Poems, Caroline Kaufman
  92. Sweet Land Stories, E.L Doctorow
  93. Hap and Hazzy at the End of the World, Diane DeSanders
  94. The Pleasure of My Company, Steve Martin
  95. One of The Boys, Daniel Magariel 
  96. Mary Ann in Autumn Book, Armistead Maupin
  97. Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
  98. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  99. The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen
  100. States of Mind, Emilie Guillon

44 thoughts on “100 Books Reading Challenge

  1. I’d wholeheartedly recommend my number one favourite: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini! 🙂

    Also, how did you find Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling?? Used to enjoy watching her in The Mindy Project, she’s hilarious in the series.

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  2. I guess it depends on what would you like to read about but, this is an amazing project, I just read yesterday that if you read 3 books on any specialized subject you basically become an expert at the subject at least on theory, since you have read more about it than 90% of people, any book by Robert Kiyosaki, Anthony Robins, Dale Carnegie or so are awesome, success!

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  3. Wow, 100 books? I usually average about 25 in one year!
    If you really liked Maya Angelou, I would recommend “Bone Black” by bell hooks 🙂 Also Zadie Smith is a great author, I haven’t read anything of hers that I haven’t liked.

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  4. I really enjoy your blog and I know how swamped you are at the moment, but I wanted to show you my appreciation in a small way for the amazing job you do!

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award in my latest post: thoughtsofadventure852428559.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/versatile-blogger-award/


  5. Your list looks about as random as mine. If you listen to audiobooks as well as read you should be able to get through your list a bit faster and not spend all of your time sitting down. I don’t know about where you live, but I get tons of free audiobooks through my library.


  6. Oh wow, I admire people who read so much. I wish I had the time to read so many books, since I really love reading as well. Which book has been your favourite so far? 🙂


    1. i thought it was…hm. there were some very good stories, and there were some meh stories. the very good stories moved me a lot–the meh stories were, well, meh, and i kind of just skimmed through them. it’s worth the read, but that was my overall impression!! what did you think of it from several years ago?

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      1. I get that…I can’t remember the stories specifically, but I was completely enamored with the atmosphere within them. 😊

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      2. yes!! some of the stories have stayed with me. lahiri has a way with words (and creating worlds)… are there any good books you’ve read lately?

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  7. Actually I don’t read book so much I have read 20 books in last 4 year and my best 3 is

    1. The art of war by sun Tzu
    2. Hunted down by Charles Dickens

    3. Tao te Ching by Lao tzu

    And best thing is these all books are freely available online. 😀

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