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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 readThe 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.  

3 thoughts on “Update|Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2018

  1. I’m also doing MMD challenge but I haven’t done my check in yet. I’ll probably do it in December because I am doing other challenges and some compliment each other.

    I’d go for Les Miserables! I am biased though because it’s a book I have been meaning to read for ages haha

    Song of a Captive Bird sounds interesting, a review maybe?


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