100 Book Challenge


In 2010 I took part in the 100 book challenge (pic) I found somewhere online and I’ve decided to continue it every year. This is a great idea to encourage reading, and after doing it for a year I figured it was a good one to do every year. Plus I like posting the little mini-reviews so I can easily go back and recommend a few books to friends who also love sci-fi, or fantasy, business, etc. I also chart the ratio of fun to serious books here.

2021 – 108 Books – Click here for the list/reviews.
2020 – 193 Books – Click here for the list/reviews.
2019 – 149 Books – Click here for the list/reviews.
2018 – 170 Books – Click here for the list/reviews.
2017 – 157 Books – Click here for the list/reviews.
2016 – 112 Books – Click here for the list/reviews.
2015 – 141 Books – Click here for the list/reviews.
2014 – 101 Books – Click here for the list/reviews.
2013 – 137 Books – Click here for the list/reviews.
2012 – 146 Books – Click here for the list/reviews.
2011 – 131 Books – Click here for the list/reviews.
2010 – 111 Books – Click here for mini reviews and a list.

For 2022 my goal is to read 100 books.

January / February 2022

1. Burn: New Research Blows the Lid Off How We Really Burn Calories, Lose Weight, and Stay Healthy – Great book and I learned a lot about metabolism, obesity, and humans.

2. The Damned (The Darkest Hand Trilogy Book 1) – Fun book, cool premise, I just didn’t love the format/characters enough to pick up the second right now. I might pick it up in the future as I really wanted to love this book but I wasn’t quite there.

3. Places in the Darkness – This was a really fun crime noir book set in a futuristic space station. Great read, interesting characters, and I enjoyed this one.

4. Project Hail Mary – I loved this one, a great read and one of my favs of the year. It was like engineering porn / competence porn and I just needed this right now in the world. I highly recommend this one if you love science fiction.

5. One Rough Man: A Spy Thriller (Pike Logan Thriller Series) – Not bad, but just not for me. I loved Tom Clancy and Dirk Pitt growing up, but this one just didn’t work. I don’t know if it is me or it.

6. 7. Books 1 and 2 of the Light of the North saga – Fantastic reads that I really enjoyed, they are an alternative history around Vikings and the Crusaders. I am really looking forward to book 3. I especially love the blacksmith elements.

8. 9. 10. 11. 12. I read 5 books more in the John Connoly Charlie Parker series, love them!!!! The Black Angel, The Unquiet, The Reapers, The Lovers, The Whisperers. I am going to read the rest soon, just taking a little break.

March 2022

13. The Terminal List – A really decent thriller. I just get tired of the weird right-wing anti-government mentions. There are a lot of good people in government, and I despise books that demonize government rather than a few bac actors.

14. OPLAN Fulda: World War III – A really great thriller about an alternative history with the USSR invading in 1989. Fun to read with all the Ukraine stuff going around, although a bit dark. My only complaint was the lack of interesting characters, it was more technical in nature than character-driven.

15. Misfit Soldier – A fun read, fast-paced, but the characters felt shallow to me, and there were some plot frustrations where they weirdly left the reader out of the information…

16. Red Ice – This jumps you right into WW3 and was a good read, my only frustration was the characters just felt a bit flat and one-dimensional. I am not going to pick up the 2nd, as it zooms into another area rather than following the same characters. It is a cool approach just not what I wanted.

17. Book 1 of the Kingfall Histories – I am reading book 2 now and like them. Very cool world and very unique. My only complaint is that I haven’t fallen in love with any one character yet… I don’t know if I will read another if that doesn’t happen.

April 2022

18. 19. 20. 21. 22. Books 1 through 5 of the Neal Asher Agent Cormac series. I LOVED this series and the world it created. This is some of the best science fiction I’ve read in quite a while and it is huge in scope. It made me think about artificial intelligence a lot, and how it might be nice to have AI running things (and maybe not). The greatest good for the greatest number is an interesting concept. This is at the top of my list for best books read so far this year.

23. Blood Feud –  This is a historical fiction set around 1040 in the world of Vikings. I really enjoyed this book, it has a certain pacing that felt like the old epics and I loved how fate was portrayed. I am not sure if I will read book 2, but maybe.

24. Travels by Michael Crichton. I enjoyed this book immensely, what an interesting person. This was one of the best books I read this year and dove into a lot of different topics over the course of his life and the essays he wrote. What a great author.

25. Book 3 of the Planetside series, Colonyside by Michael Mammay. This was a solid read from a great sci fi author. I enjoyed the 2 previous books, as they are fairly stand alone. This was a good science fiction mystery and I enjoyed it greatly.

Rough start to the year, between miscarriage, travels, and work, I haven’t read much. Pretty fried and working to recover.

May 2022

26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31.  32. I read books 10 through 16 of the Charlie Parker series. Amazing series and one of my all-time favorites. They can be a bit dark at times though.

33. 5 Stars by Louise Blackwick, is a very cool science fiction book and different than my typical reads. Dark and it really messed with my head at times.

June 2022

34. The Plot Against America – Wow, this is a really dark alternative history where FDR loses an election to a Nazi sympathizer and stays out of WW2. Told from the perspective of a Jewish boy in Newark. Hard read, especially with where the USA seems to be currently headed.

35. Wounds of Honour – This is book 1 in a long series about the Roman military and unfortunately I just didn’t love the storytelling. I didn’t feel like the main character was relatable for me and he never felt real. Couldn’t connect and not going to read book 2.

36. Against All Gods – A fantastic book set in the Bronze age and pretty wild. This is one of my favorite authors and I really enjoyed it! I am looking forward to book 2.

37. Brothers of the Sword – I got to be an early reader for a historical fiction book that is fantastic, no other details for now but I really enjoyed it and someone needs to publish it!!!

38. 39. 40. I read the last 3 books (17, 18, and 19) of the Charlie Parker series, I love these and they are some of my all time favorite books. Book 20 is coming soon and I can’t wait for September :)

41. 42. 43. 44. 45. I read the 5 book series Poor Man’s Fight and really enjoyed it. It was just super fun and I liked the main character. The premise is this is set in a world where large corporations control so much, and the story of one world breaking out of that system of economic slavery through the eyes of someone just graduating school and joining the military.

July 2022

46. Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada’s Arctic – An amazing book about a guy traveling by canoe upriver across Canada. I loved this book. It sounds like so much fun… apart from the crazy bug stories.

Busy month, we got back to Portugal and been very focused on work and getting in bike shape for a bike tour later this year.

August 2022

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“100 Book Challenge”

  1. Avatar February 24th, 2010 at 5:38 am bwb’s blog » Blog Archive » Japan Rocks! Says:

    […] has given me a lot of time to read, I’ve read 9 books in the last 3 to 4 days, reviews here! Just fun reads which is nice, almost like I’m at the […]

  2. Avatar March 13th, 2010 at 2:31 pm bwb’s blog » Blog Archive » Updated My Book List Says:

    […] now up to 26 books on my 100 books in 2010 challenge! Short reviews next to them, not sure how helpful but it should be pretty easy to see which are […]

  3. Avatar March 17th, 2010 at 7:46 am Jeremy Says:

    I commend you Ben. One book a month is a stretch for me. I have read a few of those. The Bill Bryson book “A Brief History…” is one of my all time favorites.

  4. Avatar March 18th, 2010 at 7:10 pm bwb Says:

    We will see how far I get! I read fast luckily but its still really hard, its a lot of books.

    Ya I was so impressed, I wish we had read that in high school.

  5. Avatar February 27th, 2011 at 10:50 pm bwb’s blog » Blog Archive » Miami Says:

    […] read 4 books and I highly recommend this book that talks about factory girls in China and was just an amazing […]

  6. Avatar October 30th, 2011 at 4:21 pm bwb’s blog » Blog Archive » Good Vacation! Says:

    […] I went snorkeling every day, swam for hours, and just read under a nice awning right on the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen (mostly because I think the water is an amazing color). Plus enjoyed some rum, got a zillion new freckles, rented a jeep for a few days and drove all around the island to try other beaches, sampled a lot of french bakeries, ate a lot of fish, etc. And I read 21 books while on break, so I’ve hit my goal for this year with having read 124 books so far! […]

  7. Avatar November 8th, 2011 at 8:58 am April Johnson Says:

    ben, you should add the travel books Chuck Thompson wrote to you list to read, i think you’d like them. the only 2 i’ve read are: “to hellholes and back”, and “smile while you’re lying”.

  8. Avatar November 8th, 2011 at 11:00 am bwb Says:

    Added to my amazon wish list! what are those two about and where does he visit?

  9. Avatar October 4th, 2015 at 12:17 pm bwb's blog » Blog Archive Reading – Fun Versus Serious… - bwb's blog (digital nomad) Says:

    […] I read a lot, and I was curious if the ratio of fun versus serious books changed per year or remained roughly the same. I classified fun as anything I read that is fantasy, sci fi, travel, thrillers, ie, beach books. I classified serious as anything that was business, history, biography, etc. […]

  10. Avatar January 1st, 2016 at 8:27 am bwb's blog » Blog Archive » 2015 Book Summary Says:

    […] 2010 I’ve taken part in a yearly challenge to read 100 books, and I met my goal for 2015 with 141 books. I almost broke my all time record of 146 books from […]

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