Goal Accomplished 2018

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When I first met the Beckner half, nearly 10 years ago, she told me she had a goal of reading 52 books in a year – a book for each week of the year. I remember thinking how lofty of a goal that sounded and made it a point to someday accomplish it. I’ve always been a reader, from a young age I read anywhere and everywhere. Even in cars.

Just this morning I read Carsen Aesop’s Fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. The meaning of the story being, “keep trying and you will succeed.” It took me 10 years, but I finally read 52+ books in 2018. It took a lot of commitment, and if I’m honest, I’m not sure 2019 will be the year I do it again, but I’m grateful 2018 allowed me the space to accomplish such a great big goal.

Without further ado, here is my 2018 reading list in no particular order:

1. Remember Us X100 – Lindsay Blake & Layne James *****
2. The Hate You Give – Angie Thomas *****
3. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman *****
4. Every Other Weekend – Zulema Ranee Summerfield *****
5. Whiskey & Ribbons – Leesa Cross-Smith *****
6. Maybe in Another Life – Taylor Jenkins Reid *****
7. The Sun and Her Flowers – Rupi Kaur *****
8. The Nest – Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney ****
9. Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything In Between) – Lauren Graham ***
10. Mosquitoland – David Arnold ***
11. How to Find Love in a Book Shop – Veronica Henry *****
12. Left: A Love Story – Mary Hogan ***
13. Mrs. Kennedy and Me – Clint Hill ****
14. Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch ***
15. Love & Luck – Jenna Evans Welch **
16. The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang ***
17. Hot Mess – Emily Belden ***
18. The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living – Meik Wiking ***
19. I Will Not Fear: My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith Under Fire – Melba Pattillo Beals ***
20. In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About it – Lauren Graham ***
21. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng ***
22. The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher ***
23. Ahsoka (Star Wars Disney Canon Novel) – E.K. Johnston ***
24. Girls Night Out – Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke ***
25. You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton – Jean Fritz ****
26. Wonder Women: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo ***
27. Of Mess & Moxie – Jen Hatmaker ***
28. The Hating Game – Sally Thorne ***
29. Letter to My Daughter – Maya Angelou ***
30. Miss You – Kate Eberlen ***
31. The Vines We Planted – Joanell Serra ****
32. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis *****
33. Carry On – Rainbow Rowell **
34. Dino Riders: How to Tame a Triceratops – Will Dare
35. Ramona the Brave – Beverly Cleary
36. Super Dinosaur Volume 1 – Robert Kirkman & Jason Howard
37. Super Dinosaur Volume 2 – Robert Kirkman & Jason Howard
38. Super Dinosaur Volume 3 – Robert Kirkman & Jason Howard
39. Super Dinosaur Volume 4 – Robert Kirkman & Jason Howard
40. A Perfect Time for Pandas (The Magic Tree House, #48) – Mary Pope Osborne
41. Night of the Ninjas (The Magic Tree House, #5) – Mary Pope Osborne
42. The Beginning (The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls #1) – Mary Pope Osborne
43. Race to the Ark (The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls #2) – Mary Pope Osborne
44. Polar Bears at Bedtime (The Magic Tree House, #12) – Mary Pope Osborne
45. Viking Ship at Sunrise (The Magic Tree House, #15) – Mary Pope Osborne
46. Dogs in the Dead of Night (The Magic Tree House, #46) – Mary Pope Osborne
47. Ghost Town at Sundown (The Magic Tree House, #10) – Mary Pope Osborne
48. Sunset of the Sabertooth (The Magic Tree House, #7) – Mary Pope Osborne
49. Christmas in Camelot (The Magic Tree House, #29 A Merlon Mission) – Mary Pope Osborne
50. Dingos at Dinnertime (The Magic Tree House, #20) – Mary Pope Osborne
51. Dolphins at Daybreak (The Magic Tree House, #9) – Mary Pope Osborne
52. Hour of the Olympics (The Magic Tree House, #16) – Mary Pope Osborne
53. Dragon of the Red Dawn (The Magic Tree House, #37) – Mary Pope Osborne
54. Twister on Tuesday (The Magic Tree House, #23) – Mary Pope Osborne
55. Dinosaurs before Dark (The Magic Tree House, #1) – Mary Pope Osborne
56. The Boxcar Children #1 – Gertrude Chandler Warner
57. My Father’s Dragon – Ruth Stiles Gannett
58. My Grandma’s Attic – Arleta Richardson & Patrice Barton

4 Comments on “Goal Accomplished 2018”

  1. I love all of the Magic Tree House books! I also love that Boxcar Children is on there! It was always a favourite series of mine.

    1. Yes! Carsen and I love The Magic Tree House books! And I grew up on the Box Car Children. Can’t wait to pull those out along with The Hardy Boys!

  2. I am so impressed. A few of this I have read and enjoyed. Have always read anything about Mrs. Kennedy; Clint Hill was one of her Secret Service men if I remember correctly. Most of your books I haven’t read yet. I want to, plan to read your and Layne’s book in 2019. I really plan to make time for reading again. Have read all my life, and in cars like you. Now off to read Layne’s list.Have a wonderful New Year.
    Nelda Steen (long time friend of Layne’s mom and Layne and Cat)

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