An UPDATE on Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2017 Reading Challenge
Find the list here!
This year, Anne Bogel made a fun choose-your-own-adventure style reading challenge, with two different lists of challenges. I've been tackling them both! Now that it's more than halfway through the year, it seemed like a good time to revisit those lists, see how much I've actually accomplished, make some adjustments, and get a game plan going to for the remaining few months of 2017! (HOW is time flying so fast?!)
PS-- You can find my original game plan for these challenges HERE.
Here are the two lists, with what I HAVE read for the categories I've completed and what I had originally PLANNED to read for ones where I ended up with a different book! I'm still making progress and might end up with some other switches as new books strike my fancy, but I'm so glad for these lists and the ways they've been challenging me to read different kinds of books! It's been a blast so far, and I'm definitely shooting for 100% completion on both of these lists.
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Here's my progress so far:
Reading for Fun:
- DONE (review coming at the end of July) // A book you chose for the cover: That Part Was True by Deborah McKinley (buy here) -- (I had originally planned on: Astray by Emma Donoghue (buy here))
- A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able: Good as Gone by Amy Gentry (buy here)
- A book set somewhere you've never been but would like to visit: Walden by Henry David Thoreau (buy here)
- A book you've already read: Quiet by Susan Cain (buy here)
- DONE (review here) // A juicy memoir: Shrill by Lindy West (buy here)
- A book about books or reading: The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr (buy here)
- A book in a genre you usually avoid: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (buy here)
- DONE (review here) // A book you don't want to admit you're dying to read: Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton (buy here) -- (I originally had planned on: Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman (buy here))
- DONE (review here) // A book in the backlist of a new favorite author: An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor (buy here)
- DONE (review here) // A book recommended by someone with great taste: Wonder by R.J. Palacio (buy here) -- (I had originally planned on: Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner (buy here))
- A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven't read yet: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (buy here)
- DONE (review here) // A book about a topic or subject you already love: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer (buy here)
In summary... 6 of 12 read so far!
Reading for Growth:
- DONE (review here) // A Newbery Award winner or Honor book: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (buy here)
- DONE (review here) // A book in translation: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (buy here)
- DONE (review coming at the end of July) // A book that's more than 600 pages: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (buy here) -- (I had originally planned on: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (buy here))
- DONE (review here) // A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection: Bread and Wine by assorted writers (buy here)
- DONE (review here) // A book of any genre that addresses current events: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (buy here) -- (I had originally planned on: The Locust Effect by Gary Haugen (buy here))
- DONE (review here) // An immigrant story: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (buy here) -- (I had originally planned on: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (buy here))
- DONE (review here) // A book published before you were born: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (buy here) -- (I had originally planned on: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (buy here))
- PARTLY DONE (review here / review here / review here) // Three books by the same author: Hannah Coulter, Jayber Crow, and A Small Porch by Wendell Berry (buy here, here, and here)
- DONE (review here) // A book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (buy here)
- A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (buy here)
- A book nominated for an award in 2017: TBD
- A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (buy here)
In summary... 8.5 of 12 read so far!
I'll update you all again when I knock out both lists (here's hoping it happens before December 31, but it's good to know I've got time!) -- happy reading, everyone!
ALSO. Fun news!
I've been selected to be on the launch team for Anne Bogel's first book (!!!) and there are some AWESOME preorder bonuses if you snag your copy now before it releases -- first, grab your copy HERE (only $10!), then head to her site HERE to grab those bonuses! I can't wait to share more about this book. Reading + personality types = YES PLEASE.