My Own Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

For 2019, I started out planning to do the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge as I normally have the past several years. But then I ended up deciding not to and set my own reading goals – i.e. my own reading challenge – and just go with that. It is now December and this past week I have been looking back over my own reading challenge to see how I did. But I also thought it would be fun to see just how many categories I may have completed in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge without purposefully trying to. What I found was that I actually completed more categories with the Modern Mrs. Darcy challenge than I did with my own. Huh. Interesting.

So anyway, again this year I don’t plan to officially participate in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge. And I am not going to create my own reading challenge either. However, the reading goal I had the last year or two of reading widely, I still plan to practice. I notice that I tend to read a variety of books anyway. But I’d like to still try to make sure I fit in some poetry which I didn’t really accomplish this year like I wanted.

In 2020, I do have plans to participate in some read-alongs as well as a Japanese Literature Challenge (which I will post about soon). Other than that, along with my reading goals, I am leaving my reading year wide open to read books I am drawn to, maybe tackle some more books I feel would be good for me to read, work on my ever growing TBR list, participate in read-alongs that might come along throughout the year, etc. In essence two words:  reading freedom. 🙂

I will say though, I do plan to print out the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge and put it in my reading journal to have for reading inspiration if needed. And I’ll probably check back with it at the end of the year to see if I ended up completing any of the categories unintentionally like I did for this year’s. 🙂 (You can see the 2020 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge HERE.)

Anyway…here’s how I fared with my own reading challenge for 2019. Then below, just for fun, I’ll show the books I read this year that ended up fitting in categories for the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2019 Reading Challenge.

2019 simply reading challenge graphic

A Non-Fiction History BookThe New World by Winston Churchill

A Non-Fiction Science Book: Didn’t complete

Book of Poetry:  I did read a children’s book of poetry but I didn’t get a general book of poetry read like I’d hoped (like a specific poet or a poetry collection)

Book about Poetry:  I never made it to starting the book I bought for this category. Maybe in 2020….

Essay Collection: How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen, The Clothing of Books by Jhumpa Lahiri

A PlayShe Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith

Memoir or Biography: Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl (I read others, including one I’m currently reading on St. Nicholas.)

Two Books from My Own Shelf:  Well, The New World by Winston Churchill counts for this since this series has been on my shelf for a number of years. Also, The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Two Classic Literature Books:  This was easy! I read more than two! Among them are Don Quixote by Cervantes, Les Misérables by Hugo, Murder on the Orient Express by Christie

Re-read a Book I’ve Already Read:  I re-read more than one including The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim, and A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles


And now for what I read that fit the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge categories.

2019 modern mrs Darcy Reading Challenge

A Book You’ve Been Meaning to ReadThe Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey,
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

A Book about a Topic that Fascinates YouHow Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen

A Book in the Backlist of a Favorite Author:  Well, I’ve read other books from favorite authors but unfortunately I read earlier works first so that the follow ups I read were published later (For example, the Narnia series – read them in order)

A Book Recommended by Someone with Great TasteFellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Gown by Jennifer Robson (These are just a few. There were other books I read that were recommend by other readers that have great taste.)

Three Books by the Same Author: The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games, Catching FireMockingjay
Also, the complete Narnia series by C. S. Lewis except for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe which I read at the end of 2018

A Book You Chose for the Cover: Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly – I’m counting this because the cover drew me to the book and then I read the description and it sounded really good!

A Book by an Author Who Is New to YouI’ll See You In Paris by Michelle Gable, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (there are a number of books I could list here….)

A Book in TranslationDon Quixote by Cervantes, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

A Book Outside Your (Genre) Comfort ZoneMurder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

A Book Published Before You Were Born: The Enchanted April  by Elizabeth von Arnim (this is another category I could list quite a few for….)

I’ll be back soon with a look at my favorite reads from this year.

7 thoughts on “My Own Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

  1. Karen, yay. Looking forward to the best books of 2019 post, and glad to read this one.
    I’m excited about you joining the Japanese challenge. It’s going to be a warm and thoughtful edition, and many of us, friends, will be in it.
    And one step at a time, and it’s amazing how many categories you filled up without rigorously following the challenges.
    I think we both will do well taking the challenges as inspiration. I don’t want to be too tied up with them but like you, I am not ready to ignore them completely either. This way is the best of both ways, hahaha.


    • Yes, best of both ways. 😉 I’m really looking forward to the Japanese Lit. Challenge! I bought a copy of The Makioka Sisters and it arrived yesterday (I also bought One Hundred Years of Solitude and it arrived yesterday as well).


  2. Hopefully I’ll talk more when the time to read along comes. It’s a matter of the tradition. The Latin Americans, as heirs of the Spanish people, who are very different than the German/Anglo, struggle much more with the ways of the flesh. Some people at the FB literary pages, where saying how over the top some parts are. But it cannot represent Latin America if it didn’t have what it has. It’s like saying that Botticelli’s paintings show a lot of skin. Márquez writes literature. I can understand people not getting it, or feeling uncomfortable, I hope it’s not our case, and that we can read together and appreciate it better by shedding light in different parts and things narrated in it.

    Also, I’ll remind people that we don’t have to have a perfect discernment at all times of who is that Buendía. That’s the last name of the family saga that keeps appearing in father, son, grandfather. It’s like everybody is a Buendía. That’s another thing from the culture. Everyone is related, when we talk about someone, all those people get blurred in one person.


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