My Monthly Reading Challenge

At the start of every year, resolutions are a popular thing, and 2020 is no exception.

I don’t do resolutions anymore. Mine never lasted more than a few days. As I’ve gotten older, though, I’ve started setting goals. Of course, they were S.M.A.R.T. Goals. Corporate America shaped me. What can I say?

S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Since my word of the year, enough, doesn’t exactly meet those requirements, I decided I should look into some other challenges.

I found what I needed in mid- December: The Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2020 Reading Challenge. It’s been a while since I’ve done a reading challenge, but I liked the way this one was put together. Twelve books in a variety of categories. I got to choose what I wanted to read, in the order I wanted to read them. I even get to re-read books.

The #mmdchallenge includes:

  • A book published the decade you were born
  • A debut novel
  • A book recommended by a source you trust
  • A book by a local author
  • A book outside your (genre) comfort zone
  • A book in translation
  • A book nominated for an award in 2020
  • A re-read
  • A classic you didn’t read in school
  • Three books by the same author

So I rose to the challenge and made my list! I haven’t decided if I will review the books I read, or just let you know when I’ve finished them. A couple of them are in genres that I don’t particularly enjoy (talking to you, A classic I didn’t read in school) so I’m thinking a review wouldn’t be helpful (or fair) for those. We shall see…

For the time being, here is the list of books I’ve selected for the challenge.

  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – G. John Berger
  • According to Plan: A Novel – Kimberly Kessler
  • Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
  • The Secrets We Keep – Lara Prescott
  • Redcap: Folklore Series Book 1 – Larry Yoakum III
  • Convenience Store Woman – Sayaka Murata
  • A book nominated for an award in 2020 – TBD
  • The Giver – Lois Lowry
  • To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • The Edible Woman – Margaret Atwood


If you want to complete your own challenge, you can find all the details (plus some really cool downloads) here. It’s free. It’s fun. It’s informative.

Drop me an email if you are doing the challenge along with your book list or include it in the comments below.

Until next time…

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