Friday, January 8, 2016

Reading Challenge Accepted

I was thinking of what my reading goals should be for the new year when I received the latest blog post. Perfect timing! I set a goal for 2015 to read 50 books and surpassed that easily. I wanted something more than just a book total for this year and a goal that may help me clear out the large stack of books I've accumulated.

My plan so far for the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge . . .

A book you've been meaning to read--Pride and Prejudice. I love all things P & P so it is long past time to read this classic.

A book you should have read in high school--Jane Eyre. This book meets about four of the categories but I picked this one because it was required reading and I just could not get through it. Hopefully, I've matured a little since then and will be able to finish and enjoy it.

A book chosen by spouse, best friend, etc--A Walk in the Woods. Two great friends and my husband highly recommend this one.

A book published before you were born--The House of Mirth. Another goal of reading classics.

A book you previously abandoned--The Wind in the Willows. This is listed as a celebrated work of literature but I could not get into it. I want to finish it and hopefully read with my daughter.

A book you own but have never read--The Angel's Game. I loved Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon). It was such a beautiful love story to books. This book is a companion to SOTW and not as good reviews which is why it's lingered in the stack so long.

A book that intimidates you--A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion #1). It seems so overwhelming but trusted friends rave about this series. I typically do not enjoy Christian fiction but Redeeming Love and Lineage of Grace were so good that I trust Francine Rivers.

A book you've already read--Crazy Ladies. Obviously, I need to re-read this one. I told a friend that it was so funny. She quickly let me know that so far there was rape, murder and divorce. Hmm. So, I call my Auntie and mention the book and she says, "oh that was so funny". Are we the crazy ladies?

I'm sure the rest of the categories will fill out as the year goes on. I still set a book total goal through Goodreads but definitely more excited about this one.

What about you? What categories have you filled in?


  1. I'm excited for you to read Jane Eyre. Have you seen any of the movies? I though the most recent one was excellent.

  2. I'm embarrassed that I didn't finish my book-a-month goal last year, but I like this system. I did some of that, but mostly focused on books I've heard about or authors that are well-known that I've never read. I don't think about re-reading books. Interesting!