Oats & Prose: 200 books in 2 Years



When I was a child, my grandparents created a monster. . . 

See, over the summer, they paid us by the hour to read. Incentives are powerful stuff and I spent my summers devouring books voraciously. I loved stories so much I wanted to become one. 

The habits we form in childhood endure. Grandma and Grandpa's Summer Reading Program produced a young adult with some spooking money spending habits (sadly, the real world doesn't pay you to read), but who loved books all the same.

Last year I read 75 books, so this year I am shooting for 125 to reach my goal of 200 books in 2 years. 


What is your favorite book?

The four books that I most commonly recommend are:

1) The Power of Now (the last 2/3s are the best part, skip the first 1/3)

2) The Art of Possibility

3) Daring Greatly 

4) The Upside of Stress

Do you have a Kindle?

No, I love writing in my books so I have an Amazon book buying problem instead. I call myself an accidental librarian, because my friends will stop by my house and check out a book from the overflowing bookcase in my room. I encourage people to write in my books, because I love the idea of a book growing with annotations as each person reads them

How can I set my own reading goal?

200 books is an audacious number that I chose because it would give me a good kick in the rear. I probably won't reach this number, but I am more likely to push myself to read with a reach goal than an easily attainable goal.

I use GoodReads.com to track my books- it is great because it is synced up to my Amazon account. Feel free to add me!


  1. Excellent Sheep
  2. Emotional Intelligence: Happiness
  3. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
  4. All About Love: New Visions
  5. Real Love
  6. Tribe of Mentors
  7. Being Mortal
  8. When Genius Failed 
  9. The Equanimous Mind
  10. If You Find This Letter
  11. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
  12. Principles
  13. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
  14. Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics
  15. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
  16. Power of Now (2017 books)
  17. A Sun and Her Flowers
  18. Present Over Perfect
  19. Man's Search for Meaning
  20. Grit
  21. Upside of Stress
  22. Give and Take
  23. Awakening Compassion at Work
  24. Gifts of Imperfection
  25. Yoga of Max's Discontent
  26. Mad Girl
  27. Road to Character
  28. A New Earth
  29. A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women
  30. Hedge Hogs
  31. The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Common Investor
  32. Liar's Poker
  33. The Alchemist
  34. The Happiness Project
  35. The Hard Things about Hard Things
  36. The Art of Possibility
  37. Flourish
  38. Year of Yes
  39. Hillbilly Elegy
  40. The Science of Breath
  41. How Yoga Works
  42. The Originals
  43. Why Men Love Bitches
  44. Option B
  45. World Peace Diet
  46. No Sweat
  47. Buffett
  48. Milk and Honey
  49. Memories Unwound
  50. Salt
  51. Braving the Wilderness
  52. Lift
  53. Altered Traits
  54. Come As You Are
  55. The Partnership
  56. The Goldfinch
  57. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
  58. Euphoria
  59. Lean In
  60. The Four Agreements
  61. The Little Paris Bookshop
  62. I Forgot to Die
  63. The Prophet
  64. Daring Greatly
  65. The Power of Possibility
  66. A Little Life
  67. Just Kids
  68. The Tipping Point
  69. Outliers
  70. All the Light We Cannot See
  71. The Sleep Revolution
  72. Beauty Sick
  73. Swans of Fifth Avenue
  74. Not that Kind of Girl
  75. Aboriginee
  76. Let My People Go Surfing
  77. Bad Feminist
  78. The Theory of Everything
  79. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  80. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
  81. Girl on the Train
  82. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
  83. Bone
  84. The Secret History