Hooray for a new year of reading! Last year I participated in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge and enjoyed it so much I’m doing it again this year. Let’s quickly look back to last year’s challenge and see how I did.
A Classic You’ve Been Meaning to Read: Emma by Jane Austen. Emma (the character) infuriated me. I wanted to send her to time out for a very, very long time.
A book recommended by someone with great taste: Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table by Shawna Niequist.
A book in translation: I planned to read The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery but never got around to it.
A book nominated for an award in 2018: Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey. A good read!
A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection: The Singer by Calvin Miller.
A book you can read in a day: I’d Rather Be Reading by Modern Mrs. Darcy (Anne Bogel) herself! What a fun read for book lovers!
A book that’s more than 500 pages: I had hoped to read The Civil War – From Fort Sumter to Perryville by Shelby Foote (I’d love to read all three volumes. This is the first of the three-book set.) Sadly I didn’t get this one read, and apparently I didn’t read any other books over 500 pages.
A book by a favorite author: Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny. One of my favorite memories of 2018 was getting to meet Louise Penny at a book signing in Tallahassee, Florida!!! She’s one of my favorite authors ever, and I savor every book she writes!
A book recommended by a librarian or indie bookseller: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. Discover which indie bookstore made this recommendation HERE!
A banned book: I had planned to read Catch-22 by Joseph Heller but I never got my hands on it. Instead I read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I know a lot of people love this book, but it was one of my LEAST favorites of the year!
A memoir, biography, or book of creative nonfiction: I had planned to read Fields of Battle: Pearl Harbor, the Rose Bowl, and the Boys Who Went to War by Brian Curtis. Somehow I never got around to reading this one, but I DID read Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. This one was a tough read, I don’t typically like memoirs, and I didn’t especially like it, but I’m still thinking about it. So there’s that!
A book by an author of a different race, ethnicity, or religion than your own: The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
So overall I think I did pretty well! I complete 10 out of this 12 categories! I’m bummed that I didn’t read a book in translation, but I have good news! It’s on this year’s list too, so I get a second chance!
Here are the categories for the 2019 challenge and possible books for some of the categories:
A book you’ve been meaning to read: Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson. **
A book about a topic that fascinates you: At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider. ** (Travel being the topic that fascinates me.)
A book in the backlist of a favorite author:
A book recommended by someone with great taste:
Three books by the same author:
A book you chose for the cover:
A book by an author who is new to you: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. **
A book in translation: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. ** (Second time’s the charm, right?!?
A book outside your (genre) comfort zone: The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow an Eastern Rabbi by Robby Gallaty. I don’t typically read books as deep as I think this one will be.
A book published before you were born: