Posted by: Corina Paraschiv | October 30, 2008

50 Books in a Year Challenge

I walked into the library today.  It had been three months since my schoolwork had not permited me to touch a book for pleasure.  The result was a somewhat hyperexcited Corina grabbing this book and that magazine, piling them up in a precious little pile next to her and starting to read it all!!  Now I don’t know about you – but I’m not into the serious kind of books.  Although I love non fiction when they talk of some scientific, artistic or business concept, I am the first to jump on fantasy, historical fiction or plain good old fiction books.  When my past classmate Liam, who works at the library, stumbled upon me and my pile of books comfortably settled on the top floor sofa, he smiled at me and said : “You haven’t changed a bit, have you!”  and we both had a good laugh.

When I came back home and checked one of my favorite blogs, I found out that one of its writers had started a challenge to read 50 books in a year.  And I said to myself – one book a week?  That’s a “bloody brilliant idea” as Ron would say (I hate the HP series but one’s gotta keep up with their times :p)!.  So here I am, trying it out.  I put the books I just took out this week to start with, and will be updating this list as I read more books, and I’ll post a comment for each book read under this category (as separate posts) to give you share reflections I’ve had from the book and to give you ideas of how you can further engage with it if you’ve just read it.  I welcome you, too, to embark on this challenge – and use the comments section if you want to share what books you’ve read lately!


  1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  2. Gossamer by Lois Lowry (Comments here)
  3. Queen’s Own Fool by Jane Yolen and Robert Harris (comments here)
  4. The Giver by Lois Lowry (Comments here)
  5. The Strange Incident of the Dog in the Night
  6. Collaboration
  7. The Medici Effect by Frans Johans
  8. Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
  9. The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
  10. The Back of the Napkin
  11. Change by Design by Tim Brown
  12. Vilette, by Charlotte Bronte
  13. The Time Traveler’s Wife


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