The Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge


I’m a little late to the party, but I’m joining Anne in her 2015 reading challenge.  As background, you should know that I tend towards crime thrillers and science fiction, with a few dashes of historical fiction and anything labeled a “classic.” I am not a fan of chick-lit or anything sad. Here’s what I’m planning to read in each category!

A book I’ve been meaning to read: The Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis

I have tried SO many times to read the Chronicles and every time I give up. I think I just need to get over the hump and tough it out – how can I not like a young adult science fiction set of stories with Christian themes?!? I got this on Audible and I’m hoping to listen to it during some of the many “windshield hours” I’ve been logging. I’m not really into audio books so we’ll see if this lasts. (and if I renew my 30 day trial to Audible!)

Update: Listening to this on Audible was a GREAT idea. The version I got was slightly dramatized and I LOVED it. I’m glad I can finally claim to have read the whole series and this will definitely be read aloud to Kateri when she’s older.

A book published this year: I’m leaving this category open until something new piques my interest at the library!

A book in a genre I don’t typically read: The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self Control by Walter Mischel

I’m excited to read this one and maybe pick up some tips for teaching self control to Kateri. It’s such a hugely important skill to have but something so hard to teach.

Update: This was super dry and I just couldn’t get through it. It is VERY rare that I stop reading a book, but this one just repeated too much information too often. Just couldn’t do it!

A book from my childhood: The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron

I remember being very small and having my aunt and godmother say this was HER favorite book from HER childhood. It quickly became my favorite, but I couldn’t tell you any of the plot right now. We’ll see how it holds up to an adult reading…

A book my mom loves: Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton 

My mom recommended this book to me and since it’s written by a Mom blogger, I feel there’s very little chance I won’t like it!

A book that was originally written in a different language: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

My brother-in-law and sister-in-law bought me a copy of this when we were at Powell’s in Portland and I’m excited to get a start on it. This is another one that everyone seems to have read. My husband was excited for me to read it but when I asked him what it was about he said “I don’t know – I read it in French.” Seems like a good recommendation to read it in my first language.

A book “everyone” has read but me: In this House of Brede by Rumor Godden

Based on Haley and Christy’s recommendations, I’m going to try Brede. It seems like a TON of people commented that they love this book, so I’m hoping I do too!

A book I chose because of the cover: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This one is almost a cheat because I saw it on MMD’s Pinterest board for this challenge and it seemed super popular. It does have a super stunning cover though, so I’m going to call it fair to put in this category.

A book by a favorite author: Outlander books 5-8 by Diana Gabaldon

I’m not sure if I’d list Diana Gabaldon as a “favorite author” but I do LOVE the Outlander series (although some of the racier parts I skip over) and I’ve been taking a little break from them trying to read some different things. I’m excited to get back to some Jamie & Claire.

A book recommended by someone with great taste: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

She doesn’t know she “recommended” this because I stole it from her Goodreads, but if Kate likes something, there’s a high chance I will too!

A book I should have read in high school: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

I think my high school English lists were lacking in more ways than one, so it wasn’t hard to choose something in this category. My degree in college was based on the Great Books but we only covered up to about 1950 so my modern classics gap is pretty big. Who better to start with than Steinbeck?

A book that’s currently on the best seller list: All the Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

My mom bought this for my sister for Christmas so I’m excited to be able to borrow it. It’s popularity makes it SO hard to get a copy at the library!

Update: At first I couldn’t understand what the fuss was about – it took me a while to get really sucked into the story. About a quarter of the way in I started to get more interested and by the end I couldn’t put it down. I love the unique way the story was told and how the two stories are woven together moving back and forth through time. I understand why it’s a bestseller!


2 thoughts on “The Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge

  1. Laura says:

    Oooh, thanks for the ideas! Of course, I’m awful about checking books out from the library and returning them unread because there aren’t enough hours in the day. Maybe I should get off the internet and read more often 😉


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