My Monthly Reading Challenge


My reading muscles have been exercised after several months of procrastination. I’m happy to announce I checked one more book off from The Modern Mrs. Darcy 2020 Reading Challenge list. The category I tackled was a book nominated for an award in 2020. No Romance Allowed by Kana Wu was a finalist in the 2020 International Book Awards in the Romance Fiction category. I learned about this author through an online writing group I am a member of. 

The book is an entertaining tale about Rory, a twenty-something professional in California who desperately needs a roommate. This is a quick-reading, sweet romance that was a pleasant respite from what’s going on in the world right now. You can purchase it here.

Here’s a recap of what I’ve read so far:

  • A debut novel – According to Plan: Novel – Kimberly Kessler
  • A book outside your (genre) comfort zone – Redcap (Folklore Series Book 1) – Larry Yoakum III
  • A book by a local author – The Secrets We Keep – Lara Prescott
  • A book published in the decade you were born: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
  • A re-read: The Giver – Lois Lowry
  • A classic you didn’t read in school: Ethan Fromm by Edith Wharton
  • Three books by the same author: Gayle Foreman – If I Stay, Where She Went and one more TBD
  • A book nominated for an award in 2020. No Romance Allowed – Kana Wu

What’s Left?

I still need to read:

  • A book recommended by a source you trust – Still debating about Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Historical hasn’t been my jam lately, so I’m open to suggestions.
  • A book in translation – Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata is on list. I’d like to get this one at the library.
  • Three books by the same author – Only one more book needed here and I know I’ll be reading Gayle Foreman. In fact, I ordered the paperback version of Just One a few minutes ago.

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