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2017 Reading Challenge: First Quarter Update

via Modern Mrs. Darcy
via Modern Mrs. Darcy

This year I’ve joined Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading Challenge, and somehow we’ve reached the ides of March already! It seems like a good time to check in and see how the Reading for Fun challenge is going.

via Modern Mrs. Darcy
via Modern Mrs. Darcy

Checked Off:

A book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit:
In the Woods by Tana French

This murder mystery that takes place in Ireland fit the bill perfectly! It had just the right amount of atmosphere and small details that made it feel suitably Irish, although if I do get to visit some day I hope the grisly murder is not included! I loved most of this book, but the unresolved ending really bothered me. Fortunately, the sequel was much stronger, and I’d still put myself in the Tana French fan club.

Full review of In the Woods here, and a review of the sequel, The Likeness, here.

A juicy memoir:
You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein

Every time I think I’ve grown tired of the female comedian memoir genre, I read another one and am reminded of how much I appreciate a good laugh. Comedians can usually write well, and actually have something to say, which is a plus!

Full review of You’ll Grow Out of It here.

I had a few to choose from in this category, and I’m currently reading The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer… with plans to keep going with Talking as Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham as soon as the audiobook is available at the library. This category is definitely in my comfort zone.

A book about books or reading:
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester

I listened to this on audiobook and it was a fascinating deep dive into the making of the first Oxford dictionary, and the compelling stories of two men involved: one, a prominent editor; the other, a prolific contributor who also happened to live in an insane asylum.

Full review here!

A book in the backlist of a new favorite author:
The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

By reading this pleasantly intriguing romance, I finally read all of Liane Moriarty’s backlist! What Alice Forgot is still my favorite, but it’s hard to go wrong with Moriarty. The characters and dialogue are always fun, and this one was no exception. Sometimes a tidy ending is just what you need.

Full review over here.

Currently Reading:

A book recommended by someone with great taste:
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I need to start taking screenshots of the texts with my friend Sommer, because her book recs come fast and furious, and they’re always winners. So far, so good! I’ve shied away from the buzz around this series because I don’t usually read Fantasy, especially if there’s romance involved, but this is a really fun departure for me.

Still to read:

A book you chose for the cover:
I’ll leave this one up to fate… I’ll know it when I see it!

A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able:
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

I’ve never heard of this one, but I’m taking MMD’s word for it! If a big thriller comes along this summer, that might take precedence.

A book you’ve already read: 

Something by Jane Austen. I’ve been meaning to re-read one of the novels annotated by David Shapard after loving his editions of Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. Maybe Emma is next?

A book in a genre you usually avoid:
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

It’s not that I avoid Science Fiction, but it’s not normally a go-to genre for me. But my friend Sarah gifted me the entire trilogy and said it had the best world-building… so I’ll give it a go!

A book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read:
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

Have I missed the boat on this one? I’m intrigued but also not sure if I have the fortitude to purge my entire house, so I’ve been putting this one off… but I’m still dying to know what all the fuss is about!

A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet:
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

I was so excited to pick up a stack of books from a visit to McKay Used Books this past summer, but I still haven’t gotten around to reading a single one! This would be a good one to start with.

A book about a topic or subject you already love:
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I love a good WWII novel, and I’ve heard so many people say they love this one. (This one would also work for the “Book you chose for the cover” category – so gorgeous!)

Four (and a half) out of 12 isn’t bad for the first three months of 2017. This challenge has been a lot of fun to plan for, and now that I have a game plan, it’s so much easier to choose what to read next!


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3 thoughts on “2017 Reading Challenge: First Quarter Update

  1. I haven’t read most of the books on your list but good luck with the challenge! Hope it is going well for you 🙂 I didn’t really join any challenges this year but we are hosting our own AtoZ challenge next year if you’re interested 🙂


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