2021 Reading Challenge

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This year I challenged myself to read 36 books before New Years Eve 2021. I’m not one for actually reading things. Reading with two kids running around the house is almost impossible. Instead I put on audiobooks and go about my business. I can’t wait to get through these books this year…

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Here they are:


I’m Your Huckleberry : A Memior — Val Kilmer

  • Started — December 22, 2020
  • Finished — January 2, 2021

I’m a big fan of Val Kilmer and after recently seeing a picture of him looking ill, I wanted to see if an explanation was in this book. I found my answer and also found it filled with a lot of stories about Hollywood and gave a bit of insight on his life. Definitely an entertaining story to read about a familiar face from my childhood.


Flower Net — Lisa See

  • Started: January 2, 2021
  • Finished: January 6, 2021

First novel I’ve read by her. I think I saw somewhere that mystery isn’t her normal genre. Will try to read another of her books later this year to compare.


The Jetsetters — Amanda Eyre Ward

  • Started: January 17, 2021
  • Finished: January 19, 2021

🏆Recommend by Reece Witherspoon Book Club🏆

This is the first book I’ve read suggested by the Reece Witherspoon Book Club. It was a fast read as you can tell from my start and finish dates. I took the time to actually read and didn’t listen to the audiobook which seems to be a very different experience.

This suggestion was from last year sometime and turned out to be a great summer beach type read. I’m a fan of a good romance novel or summer read, but was a little disappointed that this was a suggestion. I assumed this would be a little more hard hitting because it was a book club recommendation. Definitely not an Oprah Book Club type suggestion.

Not a lot of heavy thinking with this one but was entertaining. If you want to read something fun and imagine yourself on a cruise around parts you’ve never been to then definitely check this one out.


Nine Perfect Strangers — Liane Moriarty

  • Started: January 22, 2021
  • Finished: January 30,2021

This is a strange book. It started out as what I thought would be a fun summer beach type read and turned into something different. Clearly I didn’t read the description of the book. I only recognized that the author also wrote Big Little Lies so I thought it’d be interesting.

There are a lot of characters and storylines which get wrapped up in the end but the middle seemed a little muddled. Definitely a good one if you can be patient enough to wait until the ending.


A Study in Scarlet Women—Sherry Thomas

  • Started: January 31, 2021
  • Finished: February 3, 2021

📚 Book 1 of 4 in the series. 📚

From Amazon: With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London.

I’ve always loved the stories of Sherlock Holmes. This one had a lot of period specific vocabulary in it so you had to really pay attention to the storyline.


Camino Winds — John Grisham

  • Started — February 4,2021
  • Finished — tbd

Coming soon…

In Progress


Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against Hitler — Lynne Olson

  • Started — January 6,2021
  • Finished — tbd

Coming soon…


The Scent Keeper — Erica Bauermeister

  • Started — January 20, 2021
  • Finished — tbd

🏆Recommend by Reece Witherspoon Book Club🏆

From Amazon: Erica Bauermeister, the national bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients, presents a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives.

Coming soon…

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What are you reading?

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