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50 Book Challenge Completed! + Full List of What I Read

By Coco


I’m done!  *dancing*

So what was it like? It was fun at first, became a chore at some points and then became really exciting again as I came closer to the end.  Although I don’t think I will do it again this year, I’m very happy that I did do it and don’t think there is a better way to get you to read than this.

Here’s a re-cap of what I read – the first six weren’t reviewed but the rest were.  Click on the titles to read more:

1.Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

2.An Education by Lynn Barber

3.Decoded by Jay Z

4.A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

5.The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paulo Giordano

6.Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi

7.The Purple Cow by Seth Godin

8.The Help by Kathryn Stockett

9.My Life So Far by Jane Fonda

10.Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

11.Room by Emma Donoghue

12.The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

13.The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

14.A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

15.Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

16.Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert

17.Normal Gets You Nowhere by Kelly Cutrone

18.Secrets Of Style Blogging Success by Ashlina Kaposta

19.Island Beneath The Sea by Isabel Allende

20.Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

21.Animal Farm by George Orwell

22.Spoiled by Heather Cooks and Jessica Morgan

23.Be Great by Peter H. Thomas

24.One Day by David Nicholls

25.The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

26.An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

27.Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

28.Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

30, 31, 32: The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

33, 34, 35: Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by E.L. James

36: This Cake Is For The Party by Sarah Selecky

37: Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Suzanne

38,39: I Remember Nothing and Wallflower at the Orgy by Nora Ephron

40: Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down by Rosecrans Baldwin

41: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

42: Yes Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

43: Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

44: Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

45: Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

46: NW by Zadie Smith

47: Bringing Home The Birkin by Michael Tonello

48: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

49: The Fault In Their Stars by John Green

50: Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

Interested in doing the 50 Book Challenge this year?  Her are a few tips:

-Choose your books wisely and read what you’re interested in or the genre you love.  Nothing is worse than being 100 pages into a book you despise.

-Consider the length; now is not the time to dig into War & Peace.  I’m not saying only read short books, but knowing you’re under a time constraint, a book with 1,444 pages is a daunting task when it has to be done in around a week and you still have your full time job and family obligations to worry about.

-Get recommendations from people you trust – or the New York Times.  They’re pretty good at knowing what’s pretty good.

-Borrow books.  Or get out that old library card!

-Don’t stress yourself.  Reading should be a fun escape and if you get behind KEEP CALM AND KEEP READING!  You’re not going to get fined or lose a prize.  Regardless of how long it takes, you’ll be better for it when you’re done so don’t give up!

Have you ever done a reading challenge or thought of doing one?  Let me know in a comment!

Also, I’m always looking for book recommendations so if you have any let me know!




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  1. Aliya says on

    Congrats Coco! You’ve totally inspired me to begin a reading challenge this year! I recommend having a look at The Power of Why by Amanda Lang. It’s one I’ll definitely put on my list for this year! I’ve also found “Heather’s Picks” on the Chapters Indigo website to be very helpful in choosing what to read next. They also have a policy called “Heathers Guarantee” which promises a great read or you can return the book at any time in any condition, for a full refund!
    Hope this helps! Happy reading!

    1. Thank you Aliya and Yay! So excited that you’re going to try out the challenge!

      I really want to read The Power of Why, I watch BNN all the time and like Amanda Lang so her book should be good. I’ve read some of Heather’s picks but didn’t know about the guarantee. Going to check out what she’s picked for 2013.

      Thanks so much and good luck with the challenge!


  2. Shannae says on

    Congrats on this amazing accomplishment Catriona!

    I just completed Steve Jobs by W. Isaacson (loved it!) and have read Freakonomics (read it twice!), Be Great (very inspirational) and The Help (obvs). Apart from those 4, what books would you recommend from your list to a casual reader (like myself):)

    Great post!

    1. Thanks Shannae! I would recommend One Day & The Fault In Our Stars, for fun fiction (sad but touching and easy reads.) Anything You Want for a motivational read and Island Beneath The Sea, The Paris Wife, if your looking for fiction based on historical fact. Also, if you haven’t read it, Half A Yellow Sun (which I read before the challenge) is an excellent read.

      Thanks again and enjoy!