How Did My Reading Challenge Turn Out?


A FINAL update on how Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2017 Reading Challenge went for me this year:

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 decided to tackle them both this year!

PS-- You can find my original game plan for these challenges HERE. 

Here are the two lists, with only what I ended up FINISHING for the categories! The ones I didn't end up finishing? I left them blank! Better luck next year. :)

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Here's how things ended up:

Reading for Fun:

  • DONE (review here) // 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))
  • DONE (review here) // A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able: Good as Gone by Amy Gentry (buy here)
  • NOT YET // A book set somewhere you've never been but would like to visit: (I had originally planned on: Walden by Henry David Thoreau (buy here))
  • DONE (review here) // A book you've already read: Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen (buy here) -- (I had originally planned on: Quiet by Susan Cain (buy here))
  • DONE (review here) // A juicy memoir: Shrill by Lindy West (buy here)
  • DONE (review here) //A book about books or reading: Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan (buy here) -- (I had originally planned on: The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr (buy here))
  • NOT YET // A book in a genre you usually avoid: Artemis by Andy Weir (buy here) -- (I had originally planned on: 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))
  • DONE (review here) // A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven't read yet:  Dance Stand Run by Jess Connolly (buy here) -- (I had originally planned on: 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... 10 of 12 read in total so far, and hoping to finish the last 2 before 2017 ends!

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 here) // 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))
  • DONE (review here / review here in Dec. / review here) // Three books by the same author: Hannah Coulter, Watch With Me, and A Small Porch by Wendell Berry (buy herehere, and here)
  • DONE (review here) // A book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (buy here)
  • DONE (review here in Dec.) // A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (buy here)
  • DONE (review here) A book nominated for an award in 2017: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (buy here)
  • DONE (review here) // A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (buy here)

In summary... 12 of 12 read in total! 100%!

Come back on Friday-- I'm sharing my favorite reading challenges for 2018!

And next Wednesday, I'll share my game plan for reading in 2018!