Keeping track of my 2019 reading challenge – updated 8/26/19

As I read the books for my reading challenge, I will update this list with the titles for each category.  If you are participating, please let me know what you are reading.

toddler reading book
Photo by Daria Shevtsova on
  • A children’s book – I’m Just a Little Cow – adorable little board book about a cute little cow with googly eyes.  Highly recommended.
  • A book by a local author – Captiva by Randy Wayne White – I’ve been wanting to try one of his books for a while.  I couldn’t get my hands on the first through third books of the series easily, so I started with number four. Thoroughly enjoyed it and could imagine all of the places in the book.
  • One of my top three books I’ve ever read – Circe by Madeline Miller has become one of my top three books I’ve ever read.  I can’t wait to read more by this author.
  • A book based on it’s cover – The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson – Interesting historical fiction about the women who created Princess Elizabeth’s (now Queen) wedding dress.
  • A genre I don’t normally read – Romance novels…blech…sigh…I don’t wanna!!!  Merry Christmas Baby by Jill Shalvis.  I am starting it today (3/7/19) as an audio book.  Wish me luck. Update – 3/8/19 – I finished this short story.  Not my cup of tea but at least I tried.
  • A book with a one word title – Gumption – Nick Offerman – I loved his characters on Parks and Recreation.  His take on historical figures is both interesting and funny.
  • Reread a favorite book – One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni – I discovered Chitra Divakaruni when choosing her book Before We Visit the Goddess when was assigned to the book discussion at the library where I work. I reached out to the author and she was kind enough to agree to a Skype Q&A session with our group.  Unfortunately, our equipment did not work.  She did the Q&A with us via text.  Her books are beautiful and she was wonderful and kind.
  • A book recommended by someone with good taste – Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson – recommended by Anne Bogel on the podcast “What Should I Read Next”.  I can’t recommend this book enough. Read it!!!
  • A book set in my home state – Cape May by Chip Creek – I received this Advanced Reader Copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.  When I saw this book, set in Cape May, NJ listed on NetGalley, I knew it would fit perfectly in this category.  The beauty of the cover belies the story within. img_2835                                                                                                         I can honestly say that I did not like this book. Five horrible human beings thrown together in a story that has no redeeming quality.  If you like a book with sex but no real substance that is even more boring than a Harlequin Romance, this book might be for you.  If you are looking for a real story, move on.
  • A debut novel – Where the Crawdad’s Sing – Delia Owens – I thoroughly enjoyed this story of Kya Clark, the marsh girl.  Part ode to nature, part coming of age story, part mystery, this book will be added to my top 100 books I’ve ever read.
  • A biography – Educated by Tara Westover.  This will probably be my favorite book that I read this year.  Ms. Westover tells the brutally honest story of her childhood and how she overcame her lack of education and receive her PhD.  Fascinating.
  • A book over 500 pages long – The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury – still trying to figure out who is human and who is martian. Confused.

Happy reading!


Published by

Kathy Harriott

My husband, Mike, and I moved from NJ to Southwest Florida in September 2006. I currently work for the local county Facilities Dept. and fill my free time with crafts, reading and my experiments in the kitchen.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s