My Monthly Reading Challenge

I don’t know what your goals are when reading, but I like to be swept away to another place where I don’t have to worry about the hassles of daily life. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t expect nirvana, but I don’t want to have to think too much, either.

Which leads me to one reason I do challenges – the thinking is done for me. Someone else gives me parameters to follow and all I have to do is show up. It’s a good way to do something new in a structured way. 

I’m feeling good about my progress with the Modern Mrs. Darcy book challenge. It is mid-February and I have two books read and am halfway through a third. I suppose if I hadn’t read four or five other books that weren’t on the list, I might be farther along, but that is a discussion for a later time. (Although in case I forget, James Clear’s Atomic Habits is fantabulous!)

Here’s my current status on the book challenge:

Completed books by category: 

A debut novel – According to Plan: Novel – Kimberly Kessler

A book outside your (genre) comfort zone – Redcap (Folklore Series Book 1) – Larry Yoakum III

In progress books by category:

A book by a local author – The Secrets We Keep – Lara Prescott

The details:

My favorite book so far has been the debut novel, According to Plan: A Novel by Kimberly Kessler. I recommend this romantic comedy, a genre which is near and dear to my heart. It has the added twist of being about a women suffering from trauma who has crafted an elaborate set of rules that she lives by. To me, this book is more about relationships than romance, but either way, it was a fun read.

I enjoyed reading Redcap by Larry Yoakum III. It was the book outside my genre comfort level, but I have to say the dark fantasy horror category isn’t for me. While it was good to see what other types of books are out there, I had trouble sleeping after reading about murders. That being said, I understand that this genre is in demand. Pretty sure I won’t be reading much more though.



A finally, a book by a local author Lara Prescott. The Secrets We Kept is by an Austin woman who tells the story of…well, quite frankly, I’m not sure. It has been a slog for me to get through this book. Not because of the writing. The book itself is well written. But the content is what’s thrown me. The story is set in the 40s and 50s and focuses on women in the Cold War as well as the impact Doctor Zhivago had on society. It probably would have helped had I read Doctor Zhivago, but hey, I tried something new. Cross your fingers I finish this book. I’m really trying, but it just isn’t doing much for me. 

What’s next?

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by G. John Berger and The Giver by Lois Lowry are up next. They are both kids’ books which will be a good palette cleanser before I tackle another historical fiction book (I’m looking at you Wolf Hall). 

If you are reading along, let me know how the challenge is going for you! You can send me at or comment below!

Until next time…

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