Hopefully some of you are familiar with this, but in case you aren’t, every year Modern Mrs. Darcy puts out an annual reading challenge.I haven’t participated in previous years, however it’s always been on my radar. I never really put thought into the books I was going to read in the past. It was always whatever my kindle suggested or what was on sale at Costco. But now, I’m a changed woman. I have #bookgoals (it’s a thing, I swear). This year Anne Bogel (THE Modern Mrs. Darcy) put out TWO Reading Challenges. So we got to chose whether to read for growth, or put the oomph back in our reading life. My reading life already has a fair bit of oomph, so I chose to read for growth. Also because I’m pretentious like that. So here are my picks for the 2017 Reading Challenge!
A Newbery Award Winner or Honor Book
A Wrinkle in Time: Madeleine L’Engle
Technically, I’ve already read this. However, I was also seven, so my memory is a little fuzzy on the details. I’m really looking forward to experiencing this children’s classic all over again.
A Book in Translation
My Brilliant Friend: Elena Ferrante
I have heard so many mixed reviews about this book, so I needed to find out for myself.
A Book That’s More Than 600 Pages
The Goldfinch: Donna Tartt
Again, I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about this. However I read and loved The Secret History, so hopefully these 600+ pages will be enjoyable for me.
A Book of Poetry, a Play or an Essay Collection
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
I am a huge Harry Potter fan (as in waited for my letter from Hogwarts when I was 11, kind of fan). When this book was released I bought it, and then put it on my shelf and proceeded to stare at it for months. I’m afraid it’s going to let me down, but this year I will finally take the plunge.
A Book That Addresses Current Events
We Should All Be Feminists: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A book of essays discussing feminism in the 21st century. I find our society has many visions of what it means to be a feminist, and not all of them are necessarily positive. I’m looking forward to learning more about the issues and perhaps find something that resonates with me.
An Immigrant Story
The Book of Unknown Americans: Cristina Henríquez
After reading Diane Guerrero’s memoir last month, I am interested in learning about other immigrant stories. My family has lived in Canada for many generations, so most of these issues have never even occurred to me, let alone experienced.
A Book Published Before You Were Born
Jane Eyre: Charlotte Brontë & Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen
I haven’t read either of these books, and I need to. Enough said.
Three Books By the Same Author
Bel Canto, State of Wonder and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage: Anne Patchett
After reading (and loving) Commonwealth this year, I’m so excited to dive into more titles by the same author.
A Book By an #ownvoices or #diversebooks Author
The Sun is Also a Star: Nicola Yoon
I know nothing about this book, but it seems to have popped up everywhere lately, and Anne Bogel suggested it for this category. That was all it took to convince me!
A Book With an Unreliable Narrator or Ambiguous Ending
Elizabeth is Missing: Emma Healey
A forgetful eldery woman is convinced her friend Elizabeth is missing, and she must solve the mystery. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book, so I can’t wait to read it.
A Book Nominated for an Award in 2017
To be determined!
A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award Winner
Middlesex: Jeffrey Eugenides
Probably his most popular book, and oddly the only one I have not read. I love Jeffrey Eugenides’ writing style, so I anticipate this will be an enjoyable read for me.
I can’t wait to dive into this book list! I also made myself a goal to read at least 50 books this year. Let me know in the comments if you have any book goals for 2017!