The 2016 Reading Challenge. – Modern Mrs. Darcy, I’m In!

The 2016 Reading Challenge.

Devoted readers and aspiring readers: this list is for you if you love to read (or want to read more) but don’t believe reading is a competitive sport. If you need structure in choosing your books but don’t want to be pinned down.

I was so excited to see this Reading Challenge come up on my Facebook page. While it is true that I may run screaming from the exercise challenges, and disappear before the de-clutter your house challenges. But at last, I have found my kind of challenge. Check out the details on this fun Reading Challenge for 2016. There is also a free printable so you can track your progress. I will be providing T with a copy too.

I sense victory ahead. Thank you, Modern Mrs. Darcy!

While I reserve the option of changing any of these selections: here is the current game plan.

A book Published This Year: What She Knew: In her enthralling debut, Gilly Macmillan explores a mother’s search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One. This one does not come out until March but I can not wait!

What She Knew

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A Book You Can Finish In A Day: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James – “Widely recognized as one of literature’s most gripping ghost stories.”  I love a good ghost story and closing with just 96 pages behind you, this one fits the bill.

The Turn of the Screw (Dover Thrift Editions)

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A Book You’ve Been Meaning To Read: I was given Serafina and The Black Cloak as a birthday present from my Mom and I have been aching to read it. With Christmas and the New Year and then back to school prep, I have only managed the first few chapters but I am already hooked! “An exciting new mystery-thriller about an unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grandBiltmore Estate and must solve a dark and dangerous mystery. This Disney-Hyperion novel became a New York Times Bestseller in the first week of its release, and has been a smash hit ever since.”  

Update: I have finished and reviewedSerafina and the Black Cloak. To read my review: click here.

Serafina and the Black Cloak

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A Book Recommended By Your Local Librarian or Bookseller: Garden SpellsRecommended by the girl at the bookstore. Also, listed on Amazon as “The magical New York Times bestseller.” Sounds great!

Garden Spells (Bantam Discovery)

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A Book You Should Have Read In School: Excellent historical fiction! All the Light We Can Not See – With over 20,000 reviews and a rating of 4.5 stars with Amazon this book is absolutely raved about. I tend to shy away from Nazi stories because they tend to rip at the heart and I once loved dearly and was loved dearly by a victim of that terror. However, this one takes a different route, “Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.” You must read the full review and decide if this is one you should have read already too.

All the Light We Cannot See

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A Book Chosen For You By Your Spouse, Partner, Sibling or Child: The Happy BookI am most excited to read this book because T picked it for me!

The Happy Book

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A Book Published Before You Were Born: Ragtime: I love the idea of including historical figures as innocent characters written into this tale.  “Published in 1975, Ragtime changed our very concept of what a novel could be. An extraordinary tapestry, Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War.”

Ragtime: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)

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A Book That Was Banned At Some Point: The Grapes of Wrath – While I read this in highschool, I didn’t really absorb it so this gives me a great opportunity to read it again.

The Grapes of Wrath

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A Book You Previously Abandoned: The Inner CircleWhile I am a big fan of Brad Meltzer I never actually got around to reading this series. What sort of fan am I?  I need to show some loyalty here.  I love some good conspiracy theories, hidden messages, secrets in the government and well, everything The Culper Series has to offer.  The time has come….

The Inner Circle (Beecher White)

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A Book You Own But Have Never Read: Dean Koontz is my favorite author ever! If you have not been introduced to the charming and oh so endearing character, Odd Thomas, then you have been seriously been missing out! I have loved every book he has ever penned. Last summer at the library sale I filled up two big brown paper bags with books and most have gone unread.  Among that forgotten stash is a copy of….


Lightning [Dean Koontz] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A gripping novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author-now in trade paperback for the first time. In the midst of a raging blizzard

A Book That Intimidates You: The Mists of AvalonHow many pages? 876!  Say what?!?  Still, I have thought I might love this book before returning its massive to bulk to the shelf too many times.  King Arthur wins the next round.

The Mists of Avalon

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A Book You Have Already Read Once: Hmm a book I want to read again, again!  LOL No question, Harry Potter every time!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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