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Presidential Challenge


I know that I told you almost a month ago that I was going to roll out the details of this challenge, but sometimes I’m a little bit off in my date-estimations. You know how it goes.

I’m so, so excited about this challenge.  One of my book-nerd friends, Jessica, started reading presidential biographies last year.  She decided to start from George Washington and read about all the presidents in chronological order.  I was instantly intrigued.  After hearing her talk about several really interesting bios that she had happened across, I decided to give this a go myself.

The part of this that I love is the idea of getting this really great look at America’s history through the scope of our leaders.  I’ve always been really interested in history, but not so much battles and wars and yadda yadda, but more so the people that have made up our collective history and who they are.

My plan is to read one biography a month.  I will read it earlier in the month and plan on posting about it on the 25th of each month. According to my calculations, it will take me about 3.5 years.  I love that.  I’m kind of squealing with excitement.

I know that Julie over at Book Hooked plans to join me.  If anyone else wants to join, let me know!

I started a separate page to link to everyone’s biography reviews as we go.  Click here to check it out.  It is listed in the bar at the top of the blog if you need it for later reference.

If you decide to join, please email me and let me know so I can add you to the list and either comment here or email me at jacki at lovelylittleshelf dot com when you are ready for me to link to your biography!

A Note:  Don’t feel like you have to read at the same pace as me or post on the same day.  While that would be fun, if you want to get through the biographies faster or slower than me, feel free.  Just let me know!


  1. Michelle (labbie)
    Posted January 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jacki,
    I love the idea of doing this and having a book goal. I am a much, much slower reader so it will probably take me at least 10 years though, but that’s ok!

  2. Posted January 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I really liked this idea when booney started it. I would want to skip around too much. Maybe I should do it in a different form.

  3. Posted January 22, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    I love this idea and want to join in!

  4. Posted January 22, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    I want to sort-of do this challenge – I am going to make it a point to read a biography/auto of each president but since I have already read a handful – I will probably jump around a bit.

  5. Posted January 24, 2011 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    I was going to do this last year but felt so intimidated by it for some reason. I love the fact that you are not trying to read them all in one year. I can get behind that! Please add me to the list, I should have my tab up on it soon.

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