The Commish's 2014 Book Challenge

Will you read more than 30 books this year? Will I...?

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Phew! Just made it - finished at 10:40 on 12.31.14.

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I love reading. Don't get me wrong, I like TV and movies, but I enjoy so much more creating the characters and settings in my head without somebody else telling me what it is supposed to be. We have more books in our house than bookshelves, and it's great. But, sometimes it becomes easy to fall victim to our hectic schedules. So, using, I am committing to reading 30 books this year - for fun! That's right, the books I have to read for school don't count, this is purely leisure reading.

Are you in?

Click on the Goodreads link here:

How many will you read?

I know, 30 seems like a lot, but really, that's less than a book per week. I think we can all get on board with this and find books we like. This does not have to be high fiction like Shakespeare or Yeats. If you like those authors, great, read away. But, if you are more of a John Grisham or Maeve Binchy type, go for it.

If you've never been the biggest reader, just pick smaller books on topics you like. The point is not to make everyone read "War and Peace". Have some fun, read books you've been putting off, and maybe check in with me or a friend and chat about what you're reading.

Here’s my list (in some cases, my reviews are on My ranking:

1. Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell *****

2. Iqbal by Francesco D’Adamo, Ann Leonori (trans.) ****

3. Penn by Elizabeth Gray ****

4. Poemas con Sol y Son by Mabel Morvillo *****

5. The 5 Minute Linguist: Bite-Sized Essays on Language ... by E.M. Rickerson *****

6. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer ***

7. The Giver by Lois Lowry ****

8. Weird but True: Fact Pack 4 by National Geographic *****

9. From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean 1492-1969 by Eric Williams *****

10. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin *****

11. Inferno by Dan Brown ***

12. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Year 1 by J.K. Rowling *****

13. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) by George R.R. Martin **** ½

14. The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues #1) by Rick Riordan ****

15. A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by George R.R. Martin ****

16. Fairest of All (Whatever After, #1—Snow White) by Sarah Mlynowski **** ½

17. If the Shoe Fits (Whatever After, #2—Cinderella) by Sarah Mlynowski **** ½

18. A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4) by George R.R. Martin ****

19. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Year 2 by J.K. Rowling ****

20. Sink or Swim (Whatever After, #3—The Little Mermaid) by Sarah Mlynowski **** ½

21. Little Bee by Chris Cleave *** ½

22. El Soñador by Pam Muñoz Ryan ****

23. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Year 3 by J.K. Rowling ****

24. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg ****

25. A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George R.R. Martin ****

26. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski ** ½

27. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot *** ½

28. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Year 4 by J.K. Rowling ****

29. Dream On (Whatever After, #4—Sleeping Beauty) by Sarah Mlynowski **** ½

30. En el tiempo de las Mariposas (In the time of the Butterflies) by Julia Alvarez ***½

Just read #29:

Currently reading with the kids:

Why do this?

That's a good question, especially since we are all so busy. We all know the arguments for reading, so I won't bore you, but think about the fact that reading is foundational for everything we do, no matter our work or hobbies.

Plus, if you have children, it's much easier for them to understand the value of reading if they see you doing it, too.

Let's get cracking!

Let's get some reading done and maybe at some of the "Coffee with the Commish" days we can chat over our favorites. Or, at the end of the year, we can celebrate whoever read the most books.

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Abington's Library:

Let's use our local library and get some books and, while there, let's take advantage of all the library has to offer, from Zinio (free online magazines) to kids events to great lectures on WWII and more. Go to

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