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2020 Modern mrs darcy reading challenge - 12 categories

                                  COmpleted 9/15/20

First and foremost, I look at challenges as a gateway to new reading paths, a way to nudge me in a new direction with my reading. It's not a competition and if I don't finish, I don't care; but, I'm going to give it a shot! Are you inspired to join me?


I found the Modern Mrs. Darcy blog and podcast a couple years ago and appreciate Anne's thoughtful book recommendations and insights. This is her 6th year of providing a challenge - and it's a short 10 categories, suggested as a way to encourage readers to keep reading, because as she says, "that’s far more than the average reader reads in a year, but few enough to let you choose those titles with care."  

Here's where I'll track my efforts to complete the challenge in 2020. I'll be double dipping some of the books that will also fit categories in other challenges. I started by taking the lists and perusing my own bookshelves to see what I already own that will fit the challenge. Then, as I search the forums for ideas, I watch for books I know are already on my TBR list. Finally, I fill in with books totally new-to-me. Completed books will be in bold with a cover image and links to the reviews.  (AOC, author of color) 

water dancer

2 - a debut novel:

Water Dancer (The) by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

a powerful story about slavery, family, self-belief, and the underground railroad with a splash of magic


4 - by a local author:

Nightingale (The) by Kristin Hannah 

loosely based on true stories of women in the French resistance, this story of two French sisters and how they survive WWII is outstanding


5 - outside my genre comfort zone:

Bride Test (The) by Helen Hoang  (romance)

A Korean single mom is asked to come to America and meet a man who needs a wife and she agrees so that she can provide a better life for her daughter. The man is autistic and not interested in marriage. Misunderstandings, making up, jealousy - the usual dramas.

enders game

8 - a re-read:

Ender's Game #1 by Orson Scott Card 

a young boy is genetically enhanced to be the brightest and best warrior/starship commander and learns by playing complex video games


9 - a classic I didn't read in school:

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier  

the classic coming-of-age story of a young girl at the turn of the century in Brooklyn; a loving but poverty-stricken family, a lonely girl who loves to read, an alcoholic father and strong mother

11 - three books by the same author, Robert Dugoni:  




Close to Home (#5 Crosswhite) by Robert Dugoni   

a good addition to the series, in trying to solve a hit and run, Crosswhite gets tangled up with the military police, a drug ring, and crooked cops

12 - three books by the same author, Robert Dugoni:  



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