Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge 2016

Hey there, bibliophiles!

Please allow me to introduce you to my new bookish hero, role model, etc: Anne Bogel. I first discovered Anne via her podcast, What Should I Read Next, which is a gem. Listen to one episode and I guarantee you’ll be hooked. Plus, you’ll have book recommendations for days! Then I started following her blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, which blew me away. It has everything reading related, articles to encourage personal growth, and style tips. It’s organized, beautiful, and well-written. I AM IN LOVE! Anyways, I hope you decide to check out Anne’s work!


Something I discovered on Anne’s blog was the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2016 Reading Challenge, which I have decided to take on, regardless of the fact that we’re 1/3 of the way through the year already. It just makes it that much more of a challenge, right? To be fair, I haven’t included any of the books I’ve already read this year, with one sort-of exceptiong. I’ve already started The Mortal Instruments Series, but I’m still currently reading it. The jury’s still out on if this is cheating or not. Let your decision be known in the comments!

Anyways, it’s fairly simple: 12 books in 12 different “categories”. Here are the categories and my choices for each:

  • A book published this year:
    Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
    A book you can finish in a day:
    Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • A book you’ve been meaning to read:
    Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay
  • A book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller:
    The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
  • A book you should have read in school:
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • A book chosen for you by your spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFF:
    How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil
  • A book published before you were born:
    Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  • A book that was banned at some point:
    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • A book series you previously abandoned:
    The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
  • A book you own but have never read:
    Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  • A book that intimidates you:
    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • A book you’ve already read at least once:
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

I debated whether to include a synopsis of each book, in the case that you may want to add them to your list or decide to participate in a reading challenge yourself, but then the post would be exceptionally long. Besides, you’ll get a review post for each anyways!


Until next time, bibliophiles…

6 thoughts on “Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge 2016

    1. I’m so excited about all my picks. It’ll be hard to decide the order I want to read them in! I’ve heard others say they struggled a bit with the language in Wicked, but some have said it’s worth it. I guess we’ll see….

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