2014 Book Challenge!

Hey y’all!  I alluded in my last post that I would have a challenge for you this week, and I am here to deliver on that promise. Woop! So, without further ado, let’s just jump on to it.  Shall we?

A couple months ago, I stumbled upon this article on the 26 Books that Will Change the Way You See the World.  I was so intrigued by the list that I decided then and there that I would challenge myself to read all of these books.  Every.single.one.

I really wish I was ‘standing up here’ stating that I plan on reading all 26 books this year.  I am always impressed with those people who read 20+ books in a year.  Alas, I am not included in that bunch.  Plus, I don’t want to totally lie to y’all since I already read one of them: Harry Potter (duh).

The real issue with reading 26 books in a year is that I only tend to excessively read for about three months.  This is while I am sitting by the pool and there is nothing else to do, but bask in the sun’s rays, sip on something lovely, read some words and dip occasionally into the water in front of me.  Ahhhh.  So, my 2014 goal is to read 4 Books that Will Change the Way You See the World!  Rock on with my bad self.

Want to know which books I chose?  Scroll on to read synopses of the four books, and my timeline for finishing them.  If you’d like to join the challenge and read the books with me, feel free to let me know in the comments or the submission form below.  I’ll send email updates with discussion questions and chapter timeline goals.  Additionally, let me know if you’ve read one (or several) of these 26 books and if I chose the right ones / if you have suggestions for other good ones!  I need advice, peeps!  And, yes – this is kind of like a book club – just virtual!  



Last Lecture by Randy Pausch: I’m totally prepared to cry for this one about the Carnegie Mellon professor, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and given only a few months to live.  Projected to be a surprisingly uplifting read.  Target completion: April 2014.


Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris: After the Last Lecture, I’m planning on needing a good laugh.  This book, including Sedaris’ travels abroad and experiences in other cultures, is expected to provide those humorous belly aches.  Projected to be a fun read.  Target completion: June 2014.


The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollen: I’ve heard so many great things about this book even prior to seeing this list.  I think it’s a great addition to my diet knowledge toolkit, and I can’t wait to read about its theories.  Projected to be an enlightening read.  Target completion: July 2014.


Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell: Ok, so part of my reason for wanting to read this book is because my sister owns it already.  Who doesn’t love free books?  Hehe.  But, seriously, I’ve heard it’s a really good and intriguing read about what it takes to be successful (including a lot of factors beyond our control).  Projected to be an interesting read.  Target completion: August 2014.

** Have you read any of these books?  Which books did I miss?  Did you read something lately that you really liked?**

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10 thoughts on “2014 Book Challenge!

  1. I’ve read the last three. Anything by David Sedaris is laugh-out-loud hilarious. Both the Gladwell book and the Pollan made me think a little differently. I got to see Michael Pollan when he was in Cleveland last year.

    • awesome! i can’t wait to read them all! Sedaris is definitely going to be uplifting after the Pausch one. i’ll let you know how it goes! :)

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  4. ok Katelyn you have me on a roll I ordered the last lecture Spartan up and outliers today through Amazon… oh how wonderful to be so inspired. Thank you,thank you, thank you!

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