Book Quest

A couple of years ago, I read a book called The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau.  I’m not a huge fan of self-help books, but what I liked about this one was the idea of breaking away from routine by picking a challenging quest to pursue.  Guillebeau talks about his own quest to visit every country in the world, as well as various other people’s quests (some involving travel, and some not).  After ruminating for a little while, I decided to take the plunge and set off on the ultimate bookish quest: to read 10,000 unique books that I have never read before.  There will be no re-reads counted in the tally and no titles added retrospectively, and a book must be at least 100 pages long to count.  Other than that, anything goes!

Crazy, hey?

Anyway, I’ve been keeping a handwritten log of each book I read for this personal quest, and have decided to add it to this blog as a way of (a) having access to all my ‘completed’ titles in a mobile format (I don’t carry my exercise book with me everywhere I go!) and (b) getting some accountability by putting the list in a public forum.

Books read as at 30 July 2018:

  1. Noel Streatfield, Theatre Shoes
  2. Jacqueline Harvey, Clementine Rose: Collection 1
  3. Jack Canfield, The Success Principles: How to get from where you are to where you want to be
  4. Juliet Marillier, The Dark Mirror
  5. Bill Burnett & Dave Evans, Designing your life
  6. Juliet Marillier, Blade of Fortriu
  7. Elizabeth Grace Saunders, The 3 secrets to effective time investment
  8. Michael Morpurgo, Outlaw
  9. Timothy D. Walker, Teach like Finland: 33 simple strategies for joyful classrooms
  10. Jackie French, Pennies for Hitler
  11. Richard Harland, Song of the slums
  12. Sam Bennett, Get it done: From procrastination to creative genius in 15 minutes a day
  13. Clay Carmichael, Wild Things
  14. Sarah Lean, Harry and Hope
  15. Jacqueline Harvey, Alice-Miranda at school
  16. George Hagen, Gabriel Finley and the raven’s riddle
  17. Michael Greger, How not to die
  18. James A. Cameron, Here, there be dragons
  19. Seanan McGuire, Every heart a doorway
  20. Benny Lewis, Fluent in 3 months
  21. Jackie French, Hitler’s daughter
  22. Jackie French, Goodbye, Mr Hitler
  23. Jacqueline Kelly, The evolution of Calpurnia Tate
  24. Tom Angleberger, The strange case of Origami Yoda
  25. Jackie French, A waltz for Matilda
  26. Gabriel Wyner, Fluent forever
  27. Bruce Pascoe, Fog a dox
  28. Beth Cato, The clockwork dagger
  29. Greg Keyes, The briar king
  30. Scott Pape, The barefoot investor
  31. Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie
  32. Greg Keyes, The Charnel Prince
  33. Jacqueline Kelly, The curious world of Calpurnia Tate
  34. Jessica Townsend, Nevermoor
  35. Polly Faber, Mango and Bambang the not-a-pig
  36. Sara Pennypacker, Clementine
  37. Uma Krishnaswami, Book uncle and me
  38. Michelle Cuevas, Confessions of an imaginary friend
  39. Sharon M. Draper, Out of my mind
  40. Marcus Emerson, Diary of a 6th grade ninja
  41. Greg Keyes, The blood knight
  42. A. F. Harrold, The imaginary
  43. Wendy Orr, Nim’s island
  44. Paul Griffin, When friendship followed me home
  45. Chris Gravenstein, Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s library
  46. Deanna Raybourne, A curious beginning
  47. Megan Whalen Turner, The thief
  48. Judy Blume, Tales of a fourth grade nothing
  49. Dana Alison Levy, The misadventures of the family Fletcher
  50. Prudence Breitrose, Mousenet
  51. Eva Ibbotson, One dog and his boy
  52. Kristin Levine, The lions of Little Rock
  53. Kimberley Brubaker Bradley, The war that saved my life
  54. Mabel L. Robinson, Bright Island
  55. Michael Buckley, The Sisters Grimm: The fairy-tale detectives
  56. Jack Cheng, See you in the cosmos
  57. Edward Eager, Half magic
  58. Deanna Raybourn, A perilous undertaking
  59. Jennifer A. Nielsen, A night divided
  60. Nick Earls & Terry Whidborne, Word hunters: The curious dictionary
  61. Katherine Rundall, Cartwheeling in thunderstorms
  62. Yona Zeldis, The doll shop downstairs
  63. Rebecca Rupp, The dragon of Lonely Island
  64. Alex Gino, George
  65. Kirby Larson, Hattie Big Sky
  66. Katrina Nannestad, When mischief came to town
  67. Katherine Applegate, Crenshaw
  68. Deanna Raybourn, Silent in the grave
  69. Deanna Raybourn, A spear of summer grass
  70. Deanna Raybourn, Silent in the sanctuary
  71. Deanna Raybourn, Silent on the moor
  72. Aimee Buckner, Notebook Know-how: Strategies for the writer’s notebook
  73. Deanna Raybourne, Dark road to Darjeeling
  74. Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird
  75. Cynthia Lord, Rules
  76. David Hill, 1788: The brutal truth of the First Fleet
  77. Jeanne DePrau, The city of Ember
  78. Trenton Lee Stewart, The extraordinary education of Nicholas Benedict
  79. Aimee Buckner, Notebook connections: Strategies for the reader’s notebook
  80. Ralph Fletcher, Boy writers: Reclaiming their voices
  81. Chanrithy Him, When broken glass floats: Growing up under the Khmer Rouge
  82. J. D. Robb, Echoes in death
  83. Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran: A memoir in books
  84. Nora Roberts, Year one
  85. J. D. Robb, Secrets in death
  86. Ruth Ayres & Stacey Shubitz, Day by day: Refining writing workshop through 180 days of reflective practice
  87. Diane Setterfield, The thirteenth tale
  88. Kimberley McCreight, Where they found her
  89. Alan Wright, Igniting writing: When a teacher writes
  90. Laura Lippman, Every secret thing
  91. Lisa Kleypas, Devil in spring
  92. Deanna Raybourn, A treacherous curse
  93. Judith Fein, Life is a trip: The transformative magic of travel
  94. Deanna Raybourn, Night of a thousand stars
  95. Deanna Raybourn, City of jasmine
  96. Karl-Erik Sveiby & Tex Skuthorpe, Treading lightly: The hidden wisdom of the world’s oldest people
  97. Tessa Dare, Do you want to start a scandal?
  98. Mary Balogh, Someone to wed
  99. Tessa Dare, The duchess deal
  100. Deanne Gist, Tiffany girl: A novel
  101. Loretta Chase, A duke in shining armor
  102. Eloisa James, Seven minutes in heaven
  103. Juliana Gray, A most extraordinary pursuit
  104. M. R. C. Kasasian, The Mangle Street murders
  105. Nora Roberts, Come Sundown
  106. Mitchell Starc, Might Mitch! Aussies vs England: Game on!
  107. Kate Summerscale, The wicked boy: The mystery of a Victorian child murderer
  108. Charlie Jane Anders, All the birds in the sky
  109. Dolly Parton, Dream more: Celebrate the dreamer in you
  110. Kate Bolick, Spinster: Making a life of one’s own
  111. M. R. C. Kasasian, The curse of the House of Foskett
  112. Lucy Worsley, Jane Austen at home: A biography
  113. Kate Summerscale, The suspicions of Mr Whicher
  114. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the world and me
  115. Jennifer Ryan, The Chilbury ladies’ choir
  116. M. R. C. Kasasian, Death descends on Saturn Villa
  117. M. R. C. Kasasian, The secrets of Gaslight Lane
  118. Ramesh Manocha, Silence your mind
  119. M. R. C. Kasasian, Dark dawn over Steep House
  120. Juliana Gray, A strange Scottish shore
  121. Robert Dinsdale, The toy makers
  122. Gin Phillips, Fierce kingdom
  123. Andy Weir, Artemis
  124. Callie Bates, The waking lands
  125. Jane Green, The beach house
  126. Laline Paull, The bees
  127. Sharon Draper, Stella by starlight
  128. Anna Rose, Madlands: A journey to change the mind of a climate sceptic
  129. Sarah Tolcser, Song of the current
  130. David Clement-Davies, Fire bringer
  131. Katie Wood Ray, Study driven: A framework for planning units of study in the writing workshop
  132. Mary Balogh, A certain magic
  133. Katie Wood Ray, What you know by heart: How to develop curriculum for your writing workshop
  134. Julia Quinn, Because of Miss Bridgerton
  135. Stephen King & Owen King, Sleeping beauties
  136. Sharon Draper, Panic
  137. Elle Katherine White, Heartstone
  138. Annie Leonard, The story of stuff: The impact of overconsumption on the planet, our communities, and our health – and how we can make it better
  139. Bill McKibben, Eaarth: Making a life on a tough new planet
  140. Emmeline Pankhurst, My own story
  141. Joanna Scutts, The extra woman: How Marjorie Hillis led a generation of women to life alone and like it
  142. S. Jae-Jones, Wintersong
  143. Vic James, Gilded cage
  144. Hanan Al-Shaykh, One thousand and one nights
  145. P. B. Ryan, Still life with murder
  146. Alice Steinbach, Without reservations: The travels of an independent woman
  147. Eric Franks & Jasmine Richardson, Microgreens: A guide to growing nutrient-packed greens
  148. Annie Raser-Rowland & Adam Grubb, The art of frugal hedonism: A guide to spending less while enjoying everything more
  149. Rabih Alameddine, An unnecessary woman
  150. Carl Safina, Beyond words: What animals think and feel
  151. Vic James, Tarnished city
  152. Peter Kalmus, Being the change: Live well and spark a climate revolution
  153. Antonia Honeywell, The ship
  154. Anne Bishop, Lake Silence
  155. Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl: A novel
  156. Susanna Kaysen, Girl, interrupted
  157. Martine Bailey, An appetite for violets
  158. Ami McKay, The witches of New York
  159. Graham Burnett, The vegan book of permaculture
  160. Rebecca Solnit, The mother of all questions: Further feminisms
  161. Tara Westover, Educated
  162. Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park
  163. David & Kristin Sewak, Mycelial mayhem: Growing mushrooms for fun, profit, and companion planting
  164. Brett L. Markham, Maximizing your mini-farm: Self-sufficiency on 1/4 acre
  165. Nicole Caldwell, Better: The everyday art of sustainable living
  166. Julia Quinn, The girl with the make-believe husband
  167. Stephanie Laurens, A comfortable wife
  168. Dee Williams, The big tiny: A built-it-myself memoir
  169. Tessa Boase, The housekeeper’s tale: The women who really ran the English country house
  170. Dave Hamilton, Grow your food for free (well, almost)
  171. Courtney Milan, The suffragette scandal
  172. Alyssa Cole, An extraordinary union
  173. Christy Carlyle, One scandalous kiss
  174. Maya Rodale, What a wallflower wants
  175. Roxanne Gay, Hunger: A memoir of (my) body
  176. LaVyrle Spencer, Morning glory
  177. Celeste Ng, Little fires everywhere
  178. Jennifer Robson, Moonlight over Paris
  179. Jenny Crusie, Bet me
  180. Suzanna Clarke, A house in Fez
  181. Jennifer Crusie, Faking it
  182. Erin Hart, Lake of sorrows
  183. Erin Hart, False mermaid
  184. Erin Hart, The book of Killowen
  185. Bea Johnson, Zero waste home: The ultimate guide to simplifying your life
  186. Jennifer Crusie, Maybe this time
  187. Jennifer Robson, After the war is over
  188. Jennifer Robson, Somewhere in France
  189. Chip & Joanna Gaines, The magnolia story
  190. Jennifer Robson, Goodnight from London
  191. Victor Lavelle, The changeling
  192. Jennifer Crusie, The Cinderella deal
  193. Dan Kieran, The idle traveller: The art of slow travel
  194. Trevor Noah, Born a crime: Stories from a South African childhood
  195. Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
  196. Chris Guillebeau, Born for this: How to find the work you were meant to do
  197. Chris Guillebeau, Side hustle: From idea to income in 27 days
  198. Kim Barnes, In the kingdom of men
  199. Sara Donati, The gilded hour
  200. Nora Roberts, Shelter in place