50 Books and Counting

Last new years my son challenged himself to read 50 books on his reading level and over 150 pages. He reached the goal at the beginning of December, and the journey through us both a few lessons about goal setting and achieving. I realized pretty early that the page requirement would have to lose considering how long some of the books on this list are. There was also the issue of books that were 135 pages. Would I prohibit him from reading them? No. I had to set some internal guidelines for what would count and what wouldn't.  The most significant benefit of this adventure was the moment he suggested he would write book reviews for a living at some point in life. He realized that she could read all day and be perfectly happy AND it is possible to do that and earn a living. Of course, that's not all someone who writes books reviews does, so next year we are setting a goal of 12 book reviews. That either means twelve new books or reaching into this list, I will be happy either way. Keep a look out for his book reviews which I will publish here. Special thanks to the staff at our local bookstores, Unabridged and 57th Street Books as well as the Chicago and Evanston Public Libraries.

Here is a complete list of the 51 books and seven audiobooks blerd read this year. *You can listen to the latest episode of conversations with berldhero about complex characters too. The episode contains a random interesting discussion about the representation of governments in the books he has been reading and the significance of complex characters. 

  1. Aesop's Fables

  2. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L Koningsburg (Author, Illustrator)

  3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (Hogwarts' Library Book)

  4. Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse (Max Helsing: Monster Hunter) by Curtis Jobling

  5. Max Helsing and the Beast of Bone Creek (Max Helsing: Monster Hunter) by Curtis Jobling

  6. Hidden Figures: Young Readers Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly

  7. Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett and illustrated by Brett Helquist

  8. The Boy In the Striped Pajamas

  9. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

  10. N.E.R.D.S.: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society (2009) by Michael Buckley and illustrated by Ethen Beavers

  11. N.E.R.D.S.: M is for Mama's Boy (2010) by Michael Buckley and illustrated by Ethen Beavers

  12. N.E.R.D.S.: The Villain Virus (2012) by Michael Buckley and illustrated by Ethen Beavers

  13. N.E.R.D.S.: Attack of the Bullies (2013)by Michael Buckley and illustrated by Ethen Beavers

  14. Warriors: The Prophecies Begin Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

  15. Warriors: The Prophecies Begin Fire and Ice by Erin Hunter

  16. Warriors: The Prophecies Begin Forest of Secrets by Erin Hunter

  17. Warriors: The Prophecies Begin Rising Storm by Erin Hunter

  18. Warriors: The Prophecies Begin A Dangerous Path by Erin Hunter

  19. Warriors: The Prophecies Begin The Darkest Hour by Erin Hunter

  20. Warriors: The New Prophecy Midnight by Erin Hunter

  21. The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1) by Michael Buckley and Peter Ferguson

  22. A Tale Dark and Grimm (A Tale Dark & Grimm Book 1) by Adam Gidwitz, Dan Santat (Illustrator)

  23. In a Glass Grimmly (A Tale Dark & Grimm Book 2) by Adam Gidwitz, Dan Santat (Illustrator)

  24. The Grimm Conclusion (A Tale Dark & Grimm Book 3) by Adam Gidwitz, Dan Santat (Illustrator)

  25. George and the Big Bang by Lucy and Stephen Hawking

  26. George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt by Lucy and Stephen Hawking

  27. George and the Unbreakable Code by Lucy and Stephen Hawking

  28. X: a Novel About Malcolm X By Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon

  29. Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffery Brown

  30. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

  31. Life on Mars by Jennifer Brown

  32. In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse  by Joseph Marshall

  33. Tales of the Greek Heroes by by Roger Lancelyn Green, Alan Langford

  34. The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman

  35. The Genius Files #2: Never Say Genius by Dan Gutman

  36. Wayside School is Falling Down No. 10 by Louis Sachar and Adam McCauley

  37. The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade by Max Brallier

  38. The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier

  39. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

  40. Usagi Yojimbo Saga Volume 4 by Stan Sakai

  41. Usagi Yojimbo Saga Volume 5 by Stan Sakai

  42. City of Thirst (The Map to Everywhere) by  Carrie Ryan, John Parke Davis

  43. Thorfinn the Nicest Viking: Awful Invasion by David MacPhail

  44. The Adventures of Captain Underpants (1997) by Dav Pilkey

  45. Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets (1999) by Dav Pilkey

  46. Chika and the River by Chinua Achebe

  47. My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson 

  48.  Nicholas by René Goscinny, Jean-Jacques Sempé

  49. Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

  50. Holes by Louis Sachar

  51. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Audio Books

  1.  Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone
  2. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
  3. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
  4. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
  5. Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix
  6. Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince
  7. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows