100 Book Challenge

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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.

Totals
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 2020 my goal is to read only the books I’ve already bought and sequels to books I’ve already read. And, I am only aiming to do 50 books. I will probably go over, but the focus this year is on building some new projects/businesses.

January 2021

1. Fatherland – I don’t know where I heard about this but what a great book (it just had its 25th Anniversary). The author took all the plans Hitler and the Nazi’s had made imaging their victory and future world and inserted a detective story set in 1964 into it. Weird to read at times, and very entertaining.

2. Book 6 in one of my fav series about the Roman Military and a fun character but in a fantasy universe. Good sequel, but felt a little short. I am looking forward to seeing it move forward.

3. 4. 5. Books 1, 2, and 3 of the Fallen Blade series – Broken Blade, Bared Blade, and Crossed Blades. Great books, my only complaint is the main character just seems a bit stuck at times. Fun stories and I really enjoyed them!

6. The Girl and the Bombardier: A True Story of Resistance and Rescue in Nazi-Occupied France – A fantastic non-fiction about a B17 bomber navigating Nazi occupation to get out. Amazing read and written by her daughter. Really really cool to read and see what it was like.

February 2021

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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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I am pretty simple. I love Mangos. I love the ocean, although mostly at sunset as I’m a ginger. I love to travel, eat exotic food, read, and use my imagination. I love creating and developing ideas into businesses, understanding how all businesses work, and building cool stuff. I am a globalist and see the entire world as my responsibility and playground. And, I am married to an amazing woman who makes life even more fun :)! And, we are now the proud parents of Calico Jack :).


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