Editor’s Note: We received this testimonial on our 100 Book Challenge from Bainbridge patron Karen Lee Savel. We are proud of her accomplishment and grateful for her insightful and emotional response to this challenge. We hope it encourages more of our patrons to join in on the experience! 

On the 100 Book Challenge by Karen Lee Savel 

In my younger years, my dad instilled in me a love of reading and books. He is gone now, but I dedicated my 100 Book Challenge journey to him.  I was told through reading that I could be anyone, go anywhere, and experience the very essence of life. And guess what? HE WAS RIGHT!

On completion of the challenge,  I not only got a jacket but…

….Got to go to the very first World’s Fair.

….was held captive in a room and raised a 5-year-old son.

…..hung out with Lou Gehrig for part of his life.

…. experienced life as a person of a different race or culture.

…. learned of the Holocaust in graphic novel form.

There are so, so many I can’t list them all!

I’m still reading, experiencing, and traveling.

This wonderful program has gotten me back to using the library again. The staff at Bainbridge Library were great, supporting and encouraging me every step of the way.

Book lists are great and it’s a good idea to have shelves set aside at the branch devoted to copies of books on the challenge, and The luncheon offers a good opportunity for others to meet and brainstorm.

Well, I’ve got to go.  Right now I’m on a ship, stuck in ice. 100 more pages and I find out if I’ll get off! 

Karen, as she alludes to in her closing statement, is currently reading The Terror by Dan Simmons.