Bookworm here. I love reading. I have a very active GoodReads account (or did!) and love to keep lists of my reading goals. Then, law school happened. For three years, I was lucky if I read 5 books in a year. In college, I read anywhere from 40-100 books each year. Law school required so much case law reading and so much of my mental capacity, that it was so hard to find time, energy, or the desire to read.
A New Reading Discovery
Now that I’m a practicing attorney and done with both law school and the bar exam, my old reading habits are back in full force! I have participated in the 2017 Reading Challenge on Goodreads for the past 5 years and then I stumbled upon the Modern Mrs. Darcy blog. Which, by the way. Where the heck has this been all my life?!
Anne Bogel’s blog is EVERYTHING to my book loving heart. Everything! I am not in to super frilly light reading. I mean there is a time and a place for it, but I want my books to make me feel real feelings and to challenge me. The books recommended on Modern Mrs. Darcy cover all genres but all have that substance I’m looking for. Her podcast: What Should I Read Next? Is everything for my book loving heart!
So, naturally as I was discovering this blog for the first time, I ended up on her 2017 Reading Challenge Page. Almost immediately, I decided I was doing it, pinned the images and started making my list. I am participating in both the Reading for Growth and the Reading for Fun Challenge. I have created a tentative list that I am sharing below.
Kelsi’s 2017 Reading Challenge:
- A book you chose for the cover: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
- Un-put-a-down-able: The Girls by Emma Cline
- Somewhere You’ve Never Been: Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
- Re-Read: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (the only Dickens I can stand)
- A Juicy Memoir: Bossypants by Tina Fey
- A Book About Reading: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows
- An Avoided Genre (Self-Help): The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon
- A Book You Don’t Want to Admit You’re Dying to Read: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
- Backlist Book: Stardust by Neil Gaiman
- Recommended Read: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- Excited to Buy: Getting Noticed by Lindsey Teague Moreno
- Topic You Already Love (Jesus): For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
- Newbury Award Book: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- A Book in Translation: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- A Book that is 600+ Pages: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
- Poetry/Play/Essay: Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
- Current Events: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevensen
- An Immigrant Story: Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
- Book Published Before You Were Born: Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler
- Three Books by the Same Author (Jane Austen): Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey
- #ownvoices / #diversebooks: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- Unreliable Narrator: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
- 2017 Award Nominee: TBD
- Pulitzer Prize/National Book Award: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
So far, I’ve finished 6 of the 27 books on my list. I love making book lists and I intentionally try to cross off books that I already own. I am a self-proclaimed book hoarder, so it’s quite easy to find books to fit these categories.
Is anyone else participating in a reading challenge? Anyone care to join me on this challenge? I would love to hear from you!