2019 Reading Challenge

December 13, 2019

MMD 2019 Reading Challenge

“Reading is a Sport”

2019 MMD reading challenge
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I always enjoy the Modern Mrs Darcy (MMD) yearly Reading Challenge because it’s so doable! The categories generally match what I’m reading anyway and are broad. I don’t enjoy challenges that are too long or that require me to read books based on the color of the cover or a certain word in the title.

MMD 2019 reading challenge

My Results

A book I’ve been meaning to read…

84 Charing Cross Road and the sequel (The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street) by Helene Hanff

A book about a topic that fascinates me…

Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
My Review

leadership in turbulent times

A book in the back list of a favorite author…

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
My Review.

A Fall of Marigolds

A book recommended by someone with great taste…

Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson (recommended by Modern Mrs. Darcy)
My Review.

meet me at the museum

Three books by the same author…

Susan Meissner: A Fall of Marigolds, Secrets of a Charmed Life, The Shape of Mercy
My Review of A Fall of Marigolds.

A book I chose for the cover…

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
My Review.

Amal Unbound

A book by an author who is new to me…

Hum if You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais (after reading it, I knew I also wanted to read her new release If You Want to Make God Laugh)
My Reviews here and here.

A book in translation…

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman (originally in Swedish)
My Review.

Things My Son Need to Know About the World

A book outside my (genre) comfort zone…

Recursion by Blake Crouch


A book published before I was born…

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim
My Review.


Did you complete a reading challenge this year?

The New MMD 2020 Reading Challenge

Are you participating? Click the link above to sign up.

MMD 2020 reading challenge

Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text

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  1. This looks like a great challenge to get me out of my comfort zone. I like your choices for this year. A few I will be checking out over the next few day. I might give this one a go next year. Great post Carol.

  2. I love your challenge selections for this year Carol, and they’re so beautifully presented. Congrats on completing it!
    I’m looking forward to more great reading together with the MMD BOOK CLUB in the coming year!! ❤️
    Janelle / @vinomamajc

  3. Signed up for the 2020 challenge yesterday, only a day after saying I would probably go challenge free next year. Oh dear, how fickle I am. What persuaded me to give it a go was the fact you don’t have to make a list in advance…..so it gives me flexibility

    • It’s one in which what you’re already reading can easily fit most categories! Happy reading and thanks for commenting Michelle!

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