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50 New-to-Me Books

50 New-to-Me Books

One of the challenges I was most excited about on my 101 Things in 1001 Days list was #40: read 50 new-to-me books. I loved reading growing up (I have distinct memories of being scolded in elementary school for reading under my desk and not paying attention to the teacher), but at some point between college and working on two presidential campaigns, I stopped reading. I made a goal in 2016 to read 12 books — one per month! Shouldn’t be that tough! I think I maybe read four. So 50 in 1,001 days felt like a real challenge but one that I could accomplish. And I did!

Reaching this goal was actually a little anticlimactic. I was trying to strategize and figure out what I wanted to be my 50th book, picking something special or symbolic or meaningful. But then I was looking at my list and comparing to my GoodReads account, and realized there were two books I hadn’t tracked earlier in the year — so I’d already hit the goal several days before. Whoops! Bad Blood isn’t a bad 50th though; I really enjoyed that one.

I thought about trying to write a review for each of the books but…woof. That’s just a little too much for me to tackle. So here are a few superlatives (keeping in mind that I hate picking favorites, and that even if I didn’t love every book read, I did genuinely enjoy spending time with every one of them).

Favorite book: Becoming by Michelle Obama (duh)
Biggest tear-jerker: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (though I should note, I cried at a ton of these books. I’m a crybaby. It was tough to remember which exactly elicited the most sobs, but I’m pretty sure known tear-jerker was it.)
Most excited for the film adaptation: Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
Most surprising favorite: Less by Andrew Sean Greer (had no idea what to expect and I absolutely adored this novel) or Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (loved the book and adored it as my first audiobook)
Silliest book: The Selection by Kiera Cass (Silly? Yes. Addictive? Also yes. Noticed that I finished this book and its two sequels within a week. And the only reason it took that long is because I had a slight wait on the second one from the library.)
Best royal book: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

Also, please let me take this moment to sing the praises of public libraries. Do you want to know how many of these 50 books I own? Five. Only five. (Don’t worry, I still own and have bought many more that I haven’t read yet.) Besides those, I checked books out — on Kindle, in hardback, or as an audiobook — from the Durham County Public Library. Despite what they say on Parks and Recreation, libraries are absolutely amazing places. I highly recommend you join yours!

  1. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferentes (finished on October 29, 2017)

  2. The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck (finished on October 30, 2017)

  3. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (finished on December 17, 2017)

  4. You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson (finished on January 4, 2018)

  5. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee (finished on January 7, 2018)

  6. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco (finished January 16, 2018)

  7. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (finished February 22, 2018)

  8. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (finished February 25, 2018)

  9. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (finished February 28, 2018)

  10. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (finished March 2, 2018)

  11. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (finished March 22, 2018)

  12. The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza (finished March 29, 2018)

  13. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (finished April 7, 2018)

  14. The Selection by Kiera Cass (finished April 11, 2018)

  15. The Elite by Kiera Cass (finished April 15, 2018)

  16. The One by Kiera Cass (finished April 16, 2018)

  17. The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee (finished May 7, 2018)

  18. Royals by Rachel Hawkins (finished May 12, 2018)

  19. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory (finished May 21, 2018)

  20. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (finished May 29, 2018)

  21. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (finished June 4, 2018)

  22. The Financial Diet: A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money by Chelsea Fagan (finished June 20, 2018)

  23. My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan (finished July 8, 2018)

  24. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (finished July 10, 2018)

  25. The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo (finished July 13, 2018)

  26. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan (finished July 23, 2018)

  27. The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (finished August 10, 2018)

  28. The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close (finished August 20, 2018)

  29. When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger (finished August 31, 2018)

  30. Less by Andrew Sean Greer (finished September 21, 2018)

  31. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan (finished September 26, 2018)

  32. A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole (finished October 1, 2018)

  33. From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein (finished October 1, 2018)

  34. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (finished November 7, 2018)

  35. All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin (finished November 26, 2018)

  36. So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know by Retta (finished December 10, 2018)

  37. The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee (finished December 17, 2018)

  38. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (finished December 26, 2018)

  39. The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle (finished January 7, 2019)

  40. The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine (finished January 28, 2019)

  41. Becoming by Michelle Obama (finished February 11, 2019)

  42. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory (finished February 20, 2019)

  43. Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza (finished February 27, 2019)

  44. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (finished March 10, 2019)

  45. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (finished March 15, 2019)

  46. One Day in December by Josie Silver (finished April 23, 2019)

  47. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (finished April 28, 2019)

  48. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (finished May 4, 2019)

  49. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay (finished May 16, 2019)

  50. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou (finished May 23, 2019)

I’ve still got classics to read (#41 on the 101 list), Harry Potter to re-read (#42 on the list), and a 2019 GoodReads challenge that I’m woefully behind on. So let’s keep on reading!

Of Note — July 12

Of Note — July 12

Of Note — July 5

Of Note — July 5