Diane’s 2017 Goodreads Challenge

I love to read…did you know that about me? I do.  I find it relaxing and entertaining.  The problem is time.  I have two very active kids – music, dancing, and theater are the center of our universe at the current time.  In order for me to get any amount of reading done, I have to set a goal. A few years ago, I did the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge and LOVED it. It really pushed me outside my comfort zone on the types of books I read. But to be honest, 24 books is hard to do when your kids are on the go all the time. So I decided to do one on Goodreads (a great website/app to connect with your friends who also love to read) and set my own pace. I thought 1 book per month would be a good place to start and here we are in September and I have already surpassed my goal. I would expect a few more to be added to the list before the year is done but here is my “completed goal:”


  1. Me Before You, author Jojo Moyes – Wanted to make sure I read the book before I saw the movie and really did like the book. Lots of tears.
  2. You After Me, author Jojo Moyes – sequel to Me Before You. Picks up where first book leaves off. I always have to know how the story ends. Again, more tears.
  3. The Hobbit, author J.R.R. Tolkien – I’m on a mission to reread the classics and am a big fan of Middle Earth.
  4. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – definitely in the romance category and has a high star rating on Goodreads. If you like the category, you’ll like this book.
  5. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman – wanted to read before I saw the movie. Great book – definitely worthy of a book club!
  6. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – I am a fan of Young Adult books, especially when they tie in pieces of history. If you are a WWII fan, you’ll like the historic references.
  7. The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan – absolutely darling story about how we try to keep the promises we make.
  8. The River at Night by Erica Ferencik – reading a story like this is tough for me. I tend to dream about what I read but a thriller of a read.
  9. Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean by Kirsty Murray – mini stories by young authors. Was not engaging enough for me.
  10. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer – I love books that make me laugh out loud and tear up a bit too. This was a perfect fit.
  11. Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham – murder mystery tied into some history, loved it. Add it to your list.
  12. The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo – another romance book. For someone who says she’s not a huge fan of this category, I find myself reading more. A decent read.
  13. Red Notice by Bill Browder – recommended by a friend. Very thrilling story and then I had to remind myself that this is non-fiction.
  14. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – Read it. Period. It’s that good.
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