September seems to be my reflection month. Probably because October is my birthday month. Part of setting the reading refresh button involved reviewing my 2018 reading goals. I “signed up” for the Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge because it seemed within reach. So here are the books that I have read this year. I have included links to books that I have reviewed on this blog or on my Goodreads.
A classic you’ve been meaning to read | The River Between by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
A book recommended by someone with great taste |Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Lots of bloggers/ writers have recommended this book to aspiring writers over and over again so I finally got myself a used copy
A book in translation | Man by Kim Thuy, Sheila Fischman (Translator)
A book nominated for an award in 2018 |TBC
A book of poetry, play or an essay collection| TBC
I have to be honest, I pray watching plays or listening to poetry and spoken word. So I am in the market for essay collection recommendations
A book you can read in a day | Out of the Dust by Karen Heese
A book that’s more than 500 pages | TBC
I am looking to pick up The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas or Les Miserables by Victor Hugo once I find a translation that I like.
A book by a favourite author| Deep Work: Rules for Focuses Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
A book recommended by a bookseller or a librarian | TBC
Let me honest for a second… I get more book recommendations and bookish information from the online bookish community than my local library and booksellers. As an introverted bibliophile, sometimes, I find it difficult to strike up conversations with the librarians and booksellers. So I will have to overcome my biases to get this challenge done,
A banned book| The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from the Islamic State
Rather than looking at the banned books list from the US, I decided to pick this title because it had to be smuggled from Syria to be published.
A memoir, biography or book of creative non-fiction | Educated by Tara Westover
A book by an author of a different race, ethnicity or religion | Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik
How do you are doing on the MMD Challenge?
Do you have any recommendations that you think I would enjoy?
Let me know if you would like me to review a specific book that you would like me to review.