What I’m Thinking About Reading for the 2018 Reading Challenge

I have been anxiously waiting for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2018 Reading Challenge to come out. And it has! It’s taken me a little over a week to think about what I’d like to read for the challenge; but finally, I have some initial thoughts to share today.

I have participated in this particular reading challenge for the last two years and I feel like I’ve found my reading challenge home. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anne’s 2016 Reading Challenge really fit the bill for me when I came across it. (I talk about that HERE.) I had tried to do a classics challenge the previous year and failed miserably. I read plenty that year…just not much that fit the classics challenge. Anne’s reading challenge made me feel like a reading challenge could actually be doable for me. And I’ve participated ever since. Thank you Anne!

I had contemplated also trying a classics challenge again (in addition to the Modern Mrs. Darcy challenge) by trying the 2018 Back to the Classics Challenge, but have decided not to. I do have a running list of classics I want to read though. And I plan to read at least one classic each month (maybe more…..) because I now have a small group of ladies that we are reading one classic each month and meeting once a month for book discussion…our own little Classics Book Club. ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus, as you will see, I have some classics listed as options in some of the categories for this year’s Modern Mrs. Darcy’s challenge.

So, without further ado,ย  this is my initial thoughts for what I might read for some of the categories of the 2018 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge. These are just initial ideas and I may end up reading different titles along the way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

You will notice that I am listing more than one title in many of the categories; these are options I’m looking at right now. Some categories I am actually planning to read all the options listed. I’ll explain those. ๐Ÿ™‚

MMD 2018 Reading Challenge

A Classic You’ve Been Meaning To Read
*Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

I’ve been wanting to read this book for months now and just haven’t gotten around to it. January is the time to read this one!

A Book Recommended By Someone With Great Taste
To Be Determined
I will likely go with a recommendation from my best friend.

A Book In Translation
*Britt Marie Was Here OR My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
*The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I am planning to read both.ย I may also read both of the Backman books instead of just one. I really liked the two Backman books I’ve read so far which wereย  And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer and A Man Called Ove.

A Book Nominated for An Award In 2018
To Be Determined

A Book Of Poetry, A Play, Or An Essay Collection
I love having this category because it encourages me to stick with reading at least one selection of poetry a year. I’m not a huge poetry person to be honest; so this is an area I’ve been trying to incorporate into my reading life more. Two years ago, I decided that I wanted to try to include at least one book of poetry in my reading for the year. This year, I want to expand my selections and read something for all three of these options.

*Poetry – Dream Work by Mary Oliver
OR an anthology of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poems that I have on my shelf
*Play – Our Town by Thornton Wilder
*Essay Collection – Essays of E. B. White by E. B. White

A Book You Can Read In A Day
*Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
The Marvels by Brian Selznick

I love The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. It was what I picked the last time there was this category. This time around I want to read one of these other Selznick books. Who knows…maybe I’ll read both!

A Book That’s More Than 500 Pages
*The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (~973 pgs.)
*I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb (~897 pgs.)
*Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (~976 pgs.)
*Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (~1168 pgs.)

In this category, my goal is to read a modern and a classic work. The first two are the modern options and the last two are the classic options that I’m looking at. I’ve heard great things about all of these books; and honestly, I’d really like to read them all. But for now, I’ll stick with picking one from each genre. ๐Ÿ™‚

A Book By A Favorite Author
*Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
*Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

There’s only a few authors I can think of off the top of my head that I’ve read more than one of their works:ย  Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, and Lois Lowry. As much as I might appreciate the works of Austen and Dickens, I wouldn’t rank them up there among my favorite authors. Please, no one throw tomatoes at me! And I’ve never been a big fan of Shakespeare, though I found that I really enjoyed reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream this year. So maybe his works are growing on me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ However, I absolutely LOVED every book I’ve read by Lois Lowry which would be all the books in The Giver series.

I have a number of books I’ve read in these last two years that I’d like to read more by those particular authors. So, for this category I’ve chosen two options for now. The first is another Lois Lowry book. The second option is by Ruta Sepetys. I read her bookย  Salt to the Seaย this year and it was unputdownable. When I finished reading it, I knew I wanted to read another one of her books. So I’ve chosen Between Shades of Gray.

A Book Recommended By A Librarian Or An Indie Bookseller
To Be Determined

A Banned Book
*The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
*Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

I wanted to choose one modern and one classic for this category. I hope to read both of these titles.

A Memoir, Biography, Or Book Of Creative Nonfiction
*As You Wish:ย  Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden (Memoir)
*Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain (autobiography)
*Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction:ย  Work from 1970 to the Present by Lex Williford and Michael Martone (creative nonfiction)

This is a category where I really do want to read a selection for each option. So I’ve listed what I’ve chosen at this point for each one.

A Book By An Author Ofย  A Different Race, Ethnicity, Or Religion Than Your Own
*Beloved by Toni Morrison

I have been told by more than one person that this is a really good book.


Are you participating in any reading challenges in 2018? I’d love to hear about it!


6 thoughts on “What I’m Thinking About Reading for the 2018 Reading Challenge

  1. How fun to read through this, Karen! I like these categories also. I can really only do ONE challenge at a time, if that, so I’m going to try to do my Back to the Classics challenge next year. But maybe, I’ll try this one some other year. I’m not familiar with MANY of these, which makes your list a little more delicious. I also want to read Fahrenheit 451, I really enjoy Mary Oliver, and Rebecca is so atmospheric and spine-tingling. I guess I won’t throw tomatoes at you about Austen…*wink, wink* ๐Ÿ˜‰ Who are your top favorite authors if you were on a deserted island? Anyway, love talking books! Merry Christmas!


    • I’ve not read any of Mary Oliver’s poetry so it’s cool to hear from someone who has! Did you like Rebecca? I’ve been looking forward to reading it. As far as picking favorite authors…well…at this point I don’t think I really could pick yet. I still need to read more books from authors I’ve read so far. ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you have any favorite authors?
      And thanks for not throwing tomatoes at me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  2. I did enjoy Rebecca! It is not a horror type bone-chilling, but it is a bit creepy. I recommend it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, if I was on a deserted island…I’d take the Bible, Shakespeare, Gladys Taber’s Stillmeadow books, all or any L.M. Montgomery, Jane Austen, and Elizabeth Goudge. And throw in C.S. Lewis’ Narnia, JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and LoTR, some poetry and I think I’d be pretty content. I’d miss coffee though. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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