Sunday, January 7, 2018

I did a Reading Challenge in 2017

Last year my favorite reading resource, Modern Mrs Darcy, came out with two excellent reading challenge options.  I did both and it was super fun.  I would not recommend each and every book to all people - so stars are next to my favorites.

Reading for FUN
from Modern Mrs Darcy 2017 Reading Challenge

a book you chose for the cover:
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallero*

a book with a reputation for being unputdownable:
Ready Player One* and The Night Circus

a book set somewhere you'be never been but would like to visit:
Death at La Fenice, by Donna Leon (Set in Venice)

a book you've already read:
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger***

a juicy memoir:
An American Childhood, by Annie Dillard

a book about books or reading:
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin*

a book in a genre that you usually avoid:
The Boys in the Boat ** (SPORTS!) and That Hideous Strength* (sci fi!)

a book you don't want to admit you're dying to read:
Cress, by Marissa Meyer*

a book in the backlist of a new favorite author:
Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo*

a book recommended by someone with great taste:
The High Divide, by Lin Enger (recommended by Jill!)**

a book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven't read yet:
Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner**

a book about a topic or subject you already love:
The Little Book of Hygge, by Meik Wiking

Reading for GROWTH

A Newbery Award winner or Honor book (there are so many fun options and they are so short and easy!):
The Family Under the Bridge
The Tale of Despereaux*
When you Reach Me*
The Light at Tern Rock
Ella Enchanted
Mr. Popper's Penguins*
Because of Winn-Dixie*
Thimble Summer*

A book in translation:
The Shadow of the Wind*

a book that's more than 600 pages:
Bonhoeffer, by Eric Metaxes (which is actually only 542!)*

a book of poetry, a play or an essay collection:
A Good Man is Hard to Find & Other Short Stories by Flannery O'Connor*

a book of any genre that addresses current events:
Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande

an immigrant story:
Through My Eyes, by Tammy Wilson

a book published before you were born:
Emily of New Moon, L.M. Montgomery

three books by the same author:
LOUISE PENNY! A Trick of the Light*; A Beautiful Mystery*; How the Light Gets In*
Marissa Meyer- Scarlet; Cress; Winter

a book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author (first I had to look up what this stuff means):
When Dimple Met Rishi, by Sandhya Menon

a book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending:
The Likeness, by Tana French

a book nominated for an award in 2017:
Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren*

a Pulitzer prize or National Book Award winner:
Breathing Lessons, by Anne Tyler*

For 2018 I hope to try the new reading challenge by MMD.  You can find it here.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Big Book List 2017

Here are the books I read in 2017...


Ready Player One
Cline, Ernest





MIDDLE GRADE (Ages 8-12):


I would not wholeheartedly recommend each and every book listed.  If you are wondering about one, please ask!  It takes too long to differentiate each one in this format.  Happy Reading, Book Friends!