In 2018, I read almost 50 books. Most of them I loved! I have a hard time finishing a whole book if I don’t absolutely love it. But there are a few that were less than wonderful, but that I still pushed through to the end. In the next couple weeks, I’ll be posting reviews for each of the books.
This year, I’ll be trying to match, if not exceed, last years total. I also have been doing my best to motivate my young siblings to read more, and especially more of high literature. My 11-year-old sister and 13-year-old brother are not always avid readers, especially if something has been assigned for school work. They were devastated to hear about some of the books that I was assigning them to read, and the sheer number of them (which really wasn’t that much.) But then I decided to make it a competition. They are both very competitive personalities, and as soon as I suggested that they could keep a list of how many books they read, and could score the books on a scale of 1 to 5 stars according to difficulty level, and whoever had the most stars at the end of the semester would win, they could not stop talking about it! Every time they see me now, they ask how many stars is this book worth, how many stars for that book?
My system is: I will grant three stars for something that is at their reading level, and then go up and down according to that. But if something is considered a classic, it gets an extra star, and if something is a specially long, then it gets an extra star. So, for example, Alice in Wonderland is two stars according to middle school difficulty level, but three stars, total, since it is a classic.
My brother has been trying to push through Lord of the Rings for a very long time, but now that he knows he will get 5 stars ⭐️ every time he finishes one of the books, he’s all over it!
I’m so excited to see what they read this year! Welcome 2019!
My 2018 reading list
3. Heir to the Empire
4. The Tempest
5. Paper Towns
6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
7. The Art of Loving God
8. Creating Character Arcs
9. Boys Adrift
10. Odd Thomas
11. The Color Purple
12. Anya’s Ghost
13. The Hard Thing About Hard Things
14. Romeo and Juliet
15. The Once and Future King
16. Catherine of Sienna
17. The Two Princesses of Bamarre
18. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
19. The Book of Merlyn
20. Running Down a Dream
21. Maggie Now
22. The ONE Thing
23. Ella Enchanted
24. The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time)
25. Twelfth Night
26. Good Morning Midnight
27. Peter Pan
29. The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre
30. Pride and Prejudice
31. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
32. The Epic of Gilgamesh
33. As You Like It
34. A Christmas Carol
35. The Loser Letters
37. Dogbert’s Top Secret Management Handbook
38. Forever Odd
39. Vader’s Little Princess
40. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
41. The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
42. And to Think that I Saw It on Mulberry Street
43. Ruth Hall
44. Princess Academy
45. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
46. Mother Angelica Her Grand Silence
47. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
48. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
49. Esio Trot
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