My 2020 Reading Challenge –

My Copy of May 2020 GraphicsI am really blessed to work with so many agents who love to read, just like I do.  They have pushed me to stretch my reading goal for this year from 20 books to 52.  So far I’ve read 17 books thanks to Audible, my Kindle app on my phone as well as good old fashioned physical books.  I sense that I will start to get through more books the longer the stay-at-home order is in effect because it’s a good substitute for the self-care items I can no longer do.  So, if you happen to be looking for a new book to read here is a recap of the 17 books I’ve read so far:


  1.  You Are A Badass:  How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life  by Jen Sincero – This is a self-help book that gives you some ideas on how to identify those things that are self-sabotaging beliefs, ways to change your thinking, how to set goals, learn to love yourself and work towards getting the things you want in life.  Jen uses humor, and some foul language to talk about how she used the steps she mentions to change her life.
  2. Tiaras & Terror (Aloha Lagoon Mysteries #13) by Anne Marie Stoddard – This is one of the books I read on my Kindle app.  I like to sit and eat lunch or dinner by myself out and read (not that this is something I get to do right now).  This series is just fun.  It takes place in Kauai and introduces you to several characters that return in different ways in each book.  Every book has a different type of murder occur in the quaint, quiet resort town of Aloha Lagoon.  Our main character typically finds themselves as the main suspect in the murder investigations and therefore works to clear their name.  They are typically a quick read and are just fun.
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling.  This is a re-read for me thanks to the podcast Potterless.  I love Harry Potter and when I don’t feel like really thinking about what I am going to read next the series is a go to for me.
  4. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.  I decided to read this book after watching the show on Hulu that is based off the book.  The book takes place during World War II and follows a bombardier named Yosarian who finds himself with a Colonel that is always upping the mission count.  Therefore Yosarian finds himself doing everything he can to get out of flying more missions because he just wants to go home.  This book is a little hard to follow and it could have been because I used Audible, however in the end it was really good and very funny.
  5. Fascinating Facts About Hawaii by Jim Loomis.  Hawaii is my most favorite place in the world.  This super fast read was fun, and I learned some interesting facts such as there are more 120 islands actually make up Hawaii.
  6. The Year of Less:  How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can By in a Store by Cait Flanders.  Cait has always approached different issues in her life by doing extreme (by some folks standards) challenges.  In this one she made a goal to not spend anything over a year (other than in the categories she deemed essential).  I loved the concept of this book because I know I have lots of stuff, it’s cluttering my home, and I’m never going to use half of it.  I mean really how many hand soaps do I need to have on hand?  She gave me some good goals to work for (which I’ve not really followed through on) and I still really want to cut back on the amount of stuff that I have.
  7. Everything is Figureoutable: How One Simple Belief Can Help Us Overcome Any Obstacle and Create Unstoppable Success by Marie Forelo.  This book was absolutely amazing.  Marie grew up with a mother who taught her that everything in life is figureoutable, and it’s so true.  We live in an age where all the information we could ever want is at our fingertips.  You just have to search for the answer.  She also has the belief that when you find yourself struggling to make a decision on something you should ask yourself will this matter in 10 years.  Will you regret not doing it in 10 years.  If the answer is yes then you will be able to figure out how to make it happen.  It’s truly powerful
  8. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.  This book is set in a fictional time where society has been changed into two different classes, Reds (with red blood and inferior) and Silvers (with silver blood and abilities).  The silvers rule the reds, and use them as human shields in their wars.  To silvers reds are expendable.  Our heroin Mare Barrow finds herself being thrust into the world of silvers when she finds out she has abilities of her own that are far more powerful than the powers of silvers.  She is a new blood.  This book is the first in this series that is filled with love, loss, war and becoming the face of a resistance.
  9. From Poop to Gold:  The Marketing Magic of Harmon Brothers by Chris Jones.  Ok I was intrigued because of the Squatty Potty Commercial with the unicorn.  The commercial really makes me laugh, and I was hoping that this book would really give me some insight onto why it was so silly.  Well, it did to some extent.  I listened to this book on Audible and it was one that needed to be actually read due to the fact that Chris refers back to graphics and that are needed for context.  It was a quick read but not one that you need to run out and buy.
  10. The Princess Bride by William Goldman.  I love the movie, and have been trying to read this book for years.  I finally sat down and started reading it 8 pages at a time.  It made it so much easier to handle, and I will say I enjoyed this book.  There are differences from the movie, but those differences did help me understand the movie better.  And how can you not root for true love.
  11. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Conterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson.  Be warned if you don’t like curse words this book is not for you as they are littered throughout. We spend so much time trying to be positive all the time and Mark helps you cut through that thinking to help us be happier, healthier humans.
  12. The Millionaire Real Estate Agent by Gary Keller.  This book was recommended when I worked for another brokerage.  I felt that it was an important read for me even though I am not with that brokerage anymore.  It was good, I gleaned a few nuggets and am glad I read it.
  13. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.  I love history and this book gives you a very unique perspective on the concentration camps of World War II.  It follows the life of Lale Sokolov at Auschwitz-Birkenau and how he falls in love, and how they both survive.  It’s an amazingly inspiring story, and a must read.
  14. French Aromatherapy: Essential Oil Recipes & Usage Guide by Jen O’Sullivan.  Another book that I’ve been trying to read, for forever.  It was great for learning about essential oils.
  15. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.  This is the second book in this series and we follow Mare Barrow as she becomes an integral part of the resistance in beating the Silvers and changing their world.  She begins a journey to search for more new bloods to train them, and help in the fight to create a new life for all reds.
  16. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard.  Mare finds herself prisoner of the new silver king, Maven who is obsessed with her.  The Red Dawn (the resistance) frees her from captivity, and we see how they work to attempt to overthrow Maven.  An amazing addition to the series.
  17. The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking.  I have been curious as to why the Danish always seem to be so happy, and learn more about what hygge is.  I listened to this book on Audible and it was a quick listen, and really interesting.  I wish I had a hard copy of this book because it had some recipes that would be fun to try.

I know have a whole lot of books left to go, but I’m enjoying the challenge of trying to read 52 books this year (a book a week).  I hope you find something that you want to read, and I would love it if you would comment with some of the books you think I should read.