Friday, May 26, 2017

2017 Reading Challenge

I recently started following the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and I have enjoyed their reading-centered posts and book recommendations (although I'm not a huge fan of the name because I would hate to be Mrs. Darcy--I have an issue with Pride and Prejudice).

Anyway, they created a 2017 Reading Challenge that I only just saw today. I have always been interested in doing one of these but have never actually followed through. As I looked at the categories, however, I thought of many books I have already read that would fit in. After a thorough search through my Goodreads shelves, I realized that I have either already read or planned to read books for every one of their 24 categories!

If you are interested in the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2017 Reading Challenge and/or what I have been reading, here we go! Or look at any of the links above.


  • A book you chose for the cover: The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty, Amanda Filipacchi
  • A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able: Cinder, Marissa Meyer (I'm also trying to finish the rest of the series in the next two weeks for my two-person book club)
  • A book set somewhere you've never been but would like to visit: Anne of Green Gables series, L.M. Montgomery (get me to Prince Edward Island!)
  • A book you've already read: The View from Saturday, E.L. Konigsburg
  • A juicy memoir: This Is Really Happening, Erin Chack (I laughed out loud so many times reading this book)
  • A book about books: Book of a Thousand Days, Shannon Hale
  • A book in a genre you usually avoid: My Life on the Road, Gloria Steinem
  • A book you don't want to admit you're dying to read: Food Freedom Forever*, Melissa Hartwig (this category was hard because I'm not really embarrassed by anything I have read or want to read, but I guess I wouldn't talk about this book to just anyone)
  • A book in the backlist of a new favorite author: I read every book by Liane Moriarty within the last year
  • A book recommended by someone with great taste: Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys (recommendation from Twitter after my rant about hating Jane Eyre!)
  • A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven't read yet: Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple (I have wanted to read this book a million times and even checked it out from the library without reading it. But I finally did it!)
  • A book about a topic or subject you already love: Women at Church, Neylan McBaine (I love talking about feminism within the LDS church)
  • A Newberry Award winner or Honor book: The Wednesday Wars*, Gary D. Schmidt
  • A book in translation: The Neapolitan Novels*, Elena Ferrante
  • A book that's more than 600 pages: The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
  • A book of poetry, play, or essay collection: Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay
  • A book of any genre that addresses current events: The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
  • An immigrant story: Behold the Dreamers, Imbolo Mbue
  • A book published before you were born: Let's Kill Uncle, Rohan O'Grady
  • Three books by the same author: I read the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • A book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author: What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, Helen Oyeyemi
  • A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending: Eleanor, Jason Gurley
  • A book nominated for an award in 2017: The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  • A Pulitzer Prize winner: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz

*Books I haven't read yet but are planned into my summer reading.

If you have read any of these books, I am highly interested in discussing them with you. If you haven't, do it. Happy reading!