Reading Challenge - 100 Books Organized

So, I always get a lot of questions with this challenge. One of those is: HOW? The next of course is: WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND? 

I'd like to go ahead and put it out there that everyone is so different. The books that I enjoy, I'd almost bet that most people might NOT enjoy. I have a total of 14 fiction books of the entire 100 so as you can see, I lend myself towards nonfiction. There were also 7 thrillers (so 20 total fiction). 

I always read in circles, and what I mean by that is that I always keep a good fictional book on reserve for when my brain is like 'okay I need a break' and usually one down and I'm ready for learning some stuff again. I have broken down the non fiction on this list into different categories to hopefully help place things. It's REALLY REALLY REALLY hard to give recommendations because it's 100 books, and if I'm going to pick 'top 10' then it almost needs to be like the top ones in the nonfictional categories and then the top of the fiction because otherwise it's just not fair. haha! 


How do I read so much? Well, it's what I do all the time. I don't reserve reading for down time or leisure. Reading happens on my busiest days. Kindle is on my phone and when I'm in line anywhere I pull it out. When I'm in my car, I actually never listen to the radio anymore, I only listen to educational podcasts. As some know, I read on the treadmill during speed workouts and slow workouts. I really do recommendation giving your eyes a CHANCE. Every single person says "OMG NO WAY!" but how about giving yourself a hot minute to TRY! Let your eyes adjust to the bounce and I promise you, it's not hard. Put your kindle on large print if needed. It's weird at first, but it makes the miles fly by and you're reading. Every day when I get home from work before I make dinner, I read for another hour. I also read before bed. I don't have kids, so I understand not everyone has those luxuries, but just sharing what I do. On the weekends, I read like 3 hours at a time. Most people don't WANT to do that. haha! But I just enjoy it .. alot. I feel like I'm traveling all over the world while I read. It's a blast. haha! I don't really have friends that I hang with on a regular at all. It really is okay. DO NOT PITY ME. I PREFER THIS. Society is set up where we are like 'aw poor katie' and I'm like 'NO. BUMP.THAT.' I love my friends but I enjoy my reading. IT'S OKKKKKAYYYYY.

Lastly, if I don't like a book, I drop it .. IMMEDIATELY. Aint nobody got time for reading pages that aren't worth it. There are approximately 129,864,880 books in circulation right now accordingly to Google and way too many that I want to read so if I don't like it a lot, I'm not reading it. I'm also really selective because of my habit, I know that I only have so much time in my entire life to read, so I want to read books I enjoy. I've done blogs on how I don't spend tons of money to do at all. My local library is my best friend! I know the lady who orders the books so if I want one, I just ask. Meet that lady at your local lib ;) 

Okay, here goes the categories. I'm going to bold the ones within them that I think are the best. Ugh, this is tough. I'm not giving any explanations of what they are about or reviews and JUST the names this time. This is ONLY inclusive of the 100. I have read 168 since last July and some of those would be in my top 10 period, so I hate that. I'll add those another time haha!



  • Lilac Girls 
  • The Light We Lost 
  • The Book of Essie
  • Rainbirds
  • The Girl who Smiled Beads
  • The Nightingale
  • The Rules Do Not Apply
  • An American Marriage 
  • Little Fires Everywhere
  • The Great Alone
  • Sing Unburied Sing
  • Reconstructing Amelia 
  • Goldfinch
  • The Alice Network


  • On the Shortness of Life
  • The Alchemist


  • Harry - Love, Life, and Loss
  • Love Ellen
  • A Lap Around Alaska
  • Walden on Wheels
  • Brave
  • Beautiful Boy
  • Reluctant Hero
  • Why Not Me
  • Dear Ijeawele
  • Girl Boss
  • I know why the caged Bird Sings


  • Love Her Wild
  • Sun and her flowers



  • What I talk about when I talk about running
  • Once a Runner
  • Why we run


  • Neuroscience, Psychology, and Religion
  • An Appeal to The world 
  • Science in the Soul
  • Grace without God


  • Letting Go of Leo
  • Health at every size
  • Things no one tells fat girls
  • Body Kindness


(this is my favorite topic!!-as you'll see by so many bolded ha) 

  • Tipping Point
  • Sway
  • Drive
  • Peak
  • Blindspot
  • Mindshift
  • Headstrong
  • Braving the Wilderness
  • Option B
  • Lean In
  • Quiet
  • Blink
  • What Makes Your Brain Happy
  • Other Side of Normal
  • Sleep Revolution
  • The Brain Has a Mind of It's Own 



  • The Woman in the Window

  • What She Knew 

  • The Husbands Secret

  • Room

  • Still Missing

  • Left Neglected

  • All the Missing Girls



  • The Unbound Soul
  • Wherever You go there you are
  • Be Low Now
  • The Lost Art of Compassion
  • The Universe Has Your Back
  • The Power of Now
  • Uninvited
  • Troublemaker
  • Year of Yes
  • Talking as fast as I can 
  • I am Malala
  • Wonderlust
  • A River in Darkness
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains 
  • Bringing Adam Home 


  • Renegade
  • Unbelieveable
  • What Happened


  • Habit Blueprint
  • Manage Your Day to Day
  • Better Than Before
  • Happiness Project
  • (Power of Habit-was before this challenge but MUST read before others)


(some of these kinda incorrectly in this bucket and didn't know where to put them)

  • Laws of Medicine

  • Sex at Dawn
  • Homo Deus
  • Nutrient Power
  • The Tell-Tale Brain
  • NASM-CPT book 
  • The Sixth Extinction


  • Matilda
  • Paper Towns
  • Turtles All the Way Down
  • Wrinkle in Time


  • Convicting Avery 
  • Committed
  • Blockchain Revolution
  • Ground Rules (Warren Buffet)

I really hope that this helps you to find some books of your own to enjoy! I will try to do some reviews of each ones and I'm sure the ones that are meaningful to me, I'll keep bringing up. I think I'll also organize the other 68 plus the extra ones that I read the remainder of this year in a similar post because like I said, there are some gems there such as : Grit, Power of Habit, Untethered Soul, The China Study, The Subtle Art of Not giving a F*, The New Jim Crow, The Gene, When Breath Becomes Air, The Glass Castle, Being Mortal, and The Surrender Experiment (READ ALL OF THOSE haha)! 

HAPPY READING YALL!! YOU CAN DO IT. JUST LIKE ANYTHING, YOU MAKE THE TIME!! As I read about in 'On the Shortness of Life', we just all wander around in idle busyness just to be able to say we are 'doing the things'. There's so many things that we volunteer for that we don't have passion for or we commit to when it's not our place and then we wonder why we are all so frazzled. OWN YOUR TIME. OWN YOUR LIFE. <3


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