My Reading Challenge Plan (a wee bit late)

Oh boy do I love a good reading challenge! And let me tell you, the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge never fails to get my juices flowing. Year to year, this challenge is well-built and totally manageable, with the 2019 challenge being no exception.
10 Categories.
Totally Flexible.
100% entertaining.

There are other reading challenges that I quite like, such as this one, but I never feel as though I will read enough books to satisfy the huge number categories on other challenges. I’m a bit of a slow-ish reader, and I do have mixed feelings about using one book for more than one category. The Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge is long enough for me to remember it, but short enough for me to feel like I can read books for purposes other than fulfilling the challenge.

It is already April (holy wow), and I am getting a bit of a late start on this one, and while I have gotten uber distracted other years, I am planning on fulfilling this challenge this year and I’m gonna feel good about it!

So without further ado, have the MMD Reading Challenge and my super rough plan for completing it.

  1. A book you’ve been meaning to read.
    • With TBR the size of Texas, just about anything I read is going to fall under this category. But I think I’m going to go way back to 2016 when I joined Goodreads and pick something from there. The very first book I shelved as want-to-read was Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. Some other books added around that time were Life after Lifeby Kate Atkinson, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, Truth and Beauty by Anne Patchett, Atonment by Ian McEwan, and Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson. Maybe this will be the year when I finally knock one of those out.
  2. A book about a topic that fascinates you.
    • Space. The last few years I have been totally obsessed with space and space flight and sci-fi. I just picked up John Glen’s memoir from a flea market, so I may go with that. Other notable options include: Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Breaking the Chains of Gravity by Amy Shira Teitel, and Moon Shot by Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton.
  3. A book in the backlist of a favorite author.
    • I read Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro back in 2016 and it wasn’t exactly new at the time (pub. 2005), but the book I have chosen for this category is way more ‘back-listy’ than this one. Today I checked out from the library The Remains of the Day (pub. 1989) and if I didn’t already trust the author, I NEVER would have picked up the library copy… see ‘movie tie in cover’. Hideous in my lowly opinion. (Google now, judge me later.)
  4. A book recommended by someone with great taste.
    • This category just makes me sad that I don’t have many literary friends…
  5. Three books by the same author.
    • I have to go with Agatha Christie for this one. No question about it. I’m trying to read one of hers a month anyway, so this one is a no brainer for me.
  6. A book you chose for the cover.
    • I have no idea what I will choose for this one… But I guess I’ll know it when I see it.
  7. A book by an author that is new to you.
    • I’ve just finished The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See and holy space cows it was AMAZING! I know that Lisa See is a well known author at this point, but somehow I’d never read her and I probably wouldn’t have recognized her name if you’d said it to me.
  8. A book in translation.
    • For this one, I am thinking about going with ANY Fredrik Backman that I’ve not yet read, but I’ve also been wanting to read the Neapolitan series by Elene Ferrante, but I also have Crime and Punishment downloaded on my audible, so who even knows…
  9. A book outside your (genre) comfort zone.
    • These days I tend to read something in one of four genres: historical fiction, sci-fi, literary/contemporary fiction, or nonfiction. One genre I very rarely read is fantasy. I have no idea why, but it usually just isn’t what I pick up so I’ll probably try to find something there.
  10. A book published before you were born.
    • I could totally count a couple of the books I’ve already read, but where is the fun in that I ask. I’m probably going to go with Jane Austen, but I’m considering some of the lesser known books by any of the Bronte sisters. Decisions, decisions.

No idea if I will be sticking with this, but I guess we shall see!
Do you have any suggestions about books I should definitely make space for on this list? Let me know down in the comments.

And as always, I hope your reading life is outta dis world! ☺


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