One of the blogs I love to follow is Modern Mrs. Darcy. She seems to have the same literary tastes that I do, and one thing I’m trying to keep up with this year is her 2017 Reading Challenge. She has two different lists: reading for fun and reading for growth. I’ve decided to be ambitious and try to do both. The link I’ve embedded above takes you right to her lists, but I’ve added them here as well. I’ve included the books I’ve either already chosen or am considering for a few of the categories in italics.
Reading for Fun
- Chose a book just because you like the cover.
- Choose a book with a reputation for being unable to be put down. —> All the Light We Cannot See
- Choose a book set somewhere that you’ve never been but always wanted to go. ——-> The Birth of Venus (set in Italy)
- Re-read a book you loved.
- Read a memoir. ——> either Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants or 12 Years a Slave
- Choose a book about books or reading.
- Choose a book in a genre you usually avoid. —–> Dead Wake
- Choose a book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read. —–> Outlander
- Choose a book in the back list of a new favorite author.
- Read a book recommended by someone with great taste. —–> Station Eleven
- Read a book you were excited to buy but haven’t read yet. —–> Fate of the Tearling
- Choose a book over a topic that you already love.
Reading for Growth
- Read a book that is a Newberry Award Winner
- Choose a book in translation. ————–> Signs Preceding the End of the World
- Choose a book that has more than 600 pages.
- Choose either a book of poems, a play, or a collection of essays. —–> The Crucible
- Read a book that addresses current events.
- Read an immigration story. —————-> Pachinko
- Choose a book published before you were born.
- Read 3 books by the same author. —> C.S. Lewis: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and Pilgrim’s Progress
- Choose a book by a #ownvoices or #diverse books author. —–> The Sun is Also a Star
- Read a book with an unreliable narrator or an ambiguous ending.
- Choose a book nominated for an award in 2017.
- Choose a book that won a Pulitzer Prize or a National Book Award. ——>The Grapes of Wrath
I love love loooove to read, so I’m super excited about this Reading Challenge. I’ve already got a few books under my belt and I’m hoping to keep you updated on what I think of them as I go.
It’s always more fun to read books with friends. That way, you have someone to discuss your reactions with. The best books are always the books that make for great discussion. So, I would love for you to try this challenge with me. You can choose either the “fun” list or the “growth” list…or you can try to do both with me. Leave a comment and let me know what book you’re reading and what you think of it. Right now, I’m in the middle of my “book I was excited to buy but haven’t read yet.” It’s the third installment of the Queen of the Tearling series by Erika Johansen – called Fate of the Tearling – and it’s amazing. I read the first two books in the trilogy this summer and I love them. There’s going to be a movie with Emma Watson (my favorite actress ever) starring as the lead role. She’s also supposedly going to be the executive director of the film, so I’m excited for more information about that to come out. If you’re interested in my thoughts on the first two books in the trilogy, click here.
I’ll post updates with my books choices, and again, I’d love to hear your thoughts/suggestions on books for the reading challenge. Let’s get in on this together!