2014 Book Reading Challenge

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So here we are- 2014! Another year has passed, another year to look to the future with new goals, new dreams. I have a really hard time keeping New Year’s Resolutions, but each year I continue to make them in hopeful anticipation that I will change for the better in one way or another. Last year I bombed when it came to some things (such as exercise and becoming debt free), but there are other things that I did improve on (completing the Book Reading Challenge, ‘dating’ my children each month).

So for this New Year, I am attempting Year 2 of the Book Reading Challenge. Last year I completed 56 books; this year, I am aiming for 60. But in contrast to last year when I ‘assigned’ 4 books per month, I am going to simply keep a running log of which books I have read. I don’t want any confusion as to ‘what I’m supposed to read/when’ or false pressure that ‘it’s almost the end of the month and I better hurry and finish this’. I am simply keeping them categorized into: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Classics, Christian, and (Auto)Biography and will cross them off the list when I have completed them. Goodreads has helped me to keep track of the books on my list as well. Without further delay, here is the list of books I have chosen for top priority to read in 2014:


One For The Murphy’s by Lynda Hunt

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Sarah’s Key by Totiana de Rosnay


How We Love by Milan Yerkovich

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown

Taste, Memory: Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors and Why They Matter by David Buchanan

The Greater Journey: Americans In Paris by David McCoullough

1776 by David McCoullough

Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease by Robert H. Lustig

There Is An Urgency by Gregrhi Arawn Love

Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit by Barry Estabrook

An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny by Laura Schroff

Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Eat the City: A Tale of the Fishers, Foragers, Butchers, Farmers, Poultry Minders, Sugar Refiners, Cane Cutters, Beekeepers, Winemakers, and Brewers Who Built New York by Robin Shulman

They Cage The Animals At Night by Jennings Michael Burch

Gene Everlasting: A Contrary Farmer’s Thoughts On Living Forever by Gene Logsdon

Loving Our Kids On Purpose: Making A Heart-To-Heart Connection by Danny Silk

Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It by Gary Taubes

The School Revolution: A New Answer For Our Broken Educational System by Ron Paul

What Are People For? by Wendell Berry   or The Unsettling Of America

Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal by Melanie Warner

Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin

Eating On The Wild Side: The Missing Key To Optimum Health by Jo Robinson

Small Miracles Of The Holocaust by Yitta Halberstam


Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Adventures of Sherlock Homes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

All Creatures Great And Small by James Herriot

The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexandere Dumas

The Complete Poems by Christina Rosetti

A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens


The 5 Love Languages Of Children by Gary Chapman

The 5 Love Languages Of Teenagers by Gary Chapman

Saving Casper: A Christian And An Atheist Talk About Why We Need To Change The Conversion Conversation by Jim Henderson

A Heart For The Community: New Models For Urban And Suburban Ministry by John Dr. Fuder

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

Peace Like A River by Leif Enger

Undaunted: Daring To Do What God Calls You To Do by Christine Caine

Small Town, Big Miracle: How Love Came To The Least Of These by W.C. Martin

Follow Me: A Call To Die. A Call To Live by David Platt

Pursuit Of God by A.W. Tozer

Good News About Injustice: A Witness Of Courage In A Hurting World by Gary Haugen

The Family You’ve Always Wanted: Five Ways You Can Make It Happen by Gary Chapman


Behind The Scenes by Elizabeth Keckley

Up From Slavery by Booker T Washington

Chasing The Dragon: One Woman’s Struggle Against The Darkness Of Hong Kong’s Drug Dens by Jackie Pullinger

In The Presence Of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham

Life and Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards

Peace Child: An Unforgettable Story Of Primitive Jungle Treachery In The 20th Century by Don Richardson

Slave: My True Story by Mende Nazer

Unbroken: A WWII Story Of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas

The Americanization of Edward Bok by Edward Bok

Evidence Not Seen: A Woman’s Miraculous Faith In The Jungles Of World War II by Darlene Deibler Rose

Elizabeth Smart story

Night by Elie Wiesel

The Road Of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam


About Brenda Weatherly

Christian wife and mother to 7 children, grandmother to 2. Woodlawn Refugee Ministry Team Leader. Refugee advocate in Knoxville, TN.
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2 Responses to 2014 Book Reading Challenge

  1. Stephanie Estabrooks says:

    Hi, Brenda,
    Just wanted you to know that I own a copy of Chasing the Dragon by Jackie Pullinger if you don’t already have a copy and need to borrow it at some point. Since it is somewhat of an obscure book, I thought you might not be able to find it at a library. Stephanie

    • I would love to borrow your copy of Chasing the Dragon! I have that book on my Wishlist on Paperback Swap because you’re right, the library does not carry it. We’ll catch up at the Nelson’s again in the future and I’ll let you know beforehand which Sunday we’ll be there. Thanks so much, Stephanie!

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