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Because I love books, I follow Modern Mrs. Darcy and that’s where I found this amazing reading challenge this year. You can find the challenge here and sign up for a printable checklist too. You can also find what Anne is reading for her challenge on this page (she picks three books in each category). I did steal one from the translation section for my challenge because I’ve been meaning to read it for so long now!
My Picks for MMD’s 2019 Reading Challenge
I had fun with the challenge this year and it didn’t take me a long time to fill it out. I thought the handouts with the checklist were very helpful when I printed them out. However, I ended up not needing them!
A Book You’ve Been Meaning to Read
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I’ve loved the handful of quotes that I’ve come across so far and it’s got a 4.7 rating among my Goodreads friends. It’s also a book in translation, but I put it here because I’ve been meaning to read it since high school. (That’s 15+ years if you’re counting.)
A Book About a Topic That Fascinates You
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
I think the title explains this topic fairly well and it, well, fascinates me.
A Book in the Backlist of a Favorite Author
Atonement by Ian McEwan
I’ve read certain pages of this book, mostly just my favorite scenes from the movie (which is in my Top 2). I’m looking forward to the book as being better than the movie, finally.
A Book Recommended by Someone with Great Taste
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
One of my friends with great taste recommended this book to me a couple of years ago and it’s been on my TBR list ever since. Now I’m finally going to read it, and probably the other two books in the trilogy, though the last one has not been published yet.
Three Books by the Same Author
Shame on me, I still haven’t read Tuesdays with Morrie. OR The Five People You Meet in Heaven for that matter. The first book that really struck me though, because of my grandfather, was the premise for The First Phone Call from Heaven.
A Book You Chose for the Cover
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell
Having loved The Bell Jar, the title stood out to me and that was on the cover, so that counts right?
A Book By an Author Who is New to You
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
There are so many new authors I want to read, but this book is at the top of my list right now.
A Book in Translation
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Just another book that’s been recommended so many times and has been on my TBR list for a while.
A Book Outside Your (Genre) Comfort Zone
And Then You Loved Me by Inglath Cooper
I’m not really a pulp fiction/romance fan, but this looked like it might be all right…? Can you tell I’m hesitant about this part of the challenge?!
A Book Published Before You Were Born
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Any excuse to read something I haven’t yet read by one of my favorite authors!
What would you put on your list?! I’d love to know, I might get new ideas!!