My Monthly Reading Challenge


Fall is here and I’ve been curled up in my reading chair with a good book. Several actually! It makes The Modern Mrs. Darcy 2020 Reading Challenge go faster when the weather cooperates. (Does that make any sense? It did in my head, but now that it’s on paper, I may be the only person who equates cool weather with a good time to read a book.) Anywhoo…

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, Just One Day, Just One Year and Just One Night (Okay, that’s five, not three. I got a little carried away with Gayle’s books.)
  • A book nominated for an award in 2020. No Romance Allowed – Kana Wu

The only two categories left are a book recommended by a source you trust and a book in translation.

A book recommended by a source you trust: I officially gave up on Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. It might be a stellar novel, but historical fiction is not doing it for me now. I have two books (one fiction, one memoir) on my nightstand ready and waiting for this category. The fiction version is Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton and the memoir is Witch Please: Finding Magic in Modern Times by Misty Bell Stiers. Not sure why I decided to add a book to my reading list, but I did.

A book in translation: Still have Convenience Store Women by Sayaka Murata on the list. Doesn’t look like I’m getting to the library anytime soon, so I’ll be buying this book. I think I’m getting the paperback rather than the eBook. I’ve been making an effort to stay off of my phone as much as possible, which is really hard to do when the book I’m reading lives in my phone. And having a book instead of a phone in my hands while curled up in my reading chair just feels better.

Until next time…

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