A Bookish Challenge

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I’m participating in this challenge of Modern Mrs. Darcy’s, and I wanted to invite you!

Here’s the challenge: 12 books, in 12 different categories, in 12 months.

Easy, right? Let’s do this. Here are the categories:

  • A book you’ve been meaning to read
  • A book published this year
  • A book in a genre you don’t typically read
  • A book from your childhood
  • A book you mom loves
  • A book that was originally written in a different language
  • A book “everyone” has read but you
  • A book you chose because of the cover
  • A book by a favorite author
  • A book recommended  by someone with great taste
  • A book you should have read in high school
  • A book that’s currently on the bestseller list

And I have a confession. I need help. For half of the categories I have no clue! Please, my bookish readers, help me! And maybe on the way, I can give you some ideas too. I have this month’s book all picked out, but next month’s? Eek!


January: A book you’ve been meaning to read.
SO MANY! But I remembered this book:

February: A book published this year.
I have no idea. . . please, help me out here! And yes, I think this probably means 2014. 🙂 Usually I stick to classics. Dickens, Lewis, Tolkien, Austen. . . I don’t know what’s come out lately!  (I live under a rock.)

Even magical people need help occasionally.

March: A book in a genre you don’t typically read.
Once again, I don’t know. A biography perhaps?

April: A book from your childhood.
Goodness. ‘Childhood’ isn’t long ago. . . I don’t know if this means to re-read, or something new, but oh well. . .

Or maybe one of these:


May: A book you mom loves.
Aw, in Mum’s birthday month! I know just the book for this one:

June: A book that was originally written in a different language.
This book intrigues me, but I think I should probably start with something in english. Ideas?


July: A book “everyone” has read but you.
Perfect! My sisters-in-law have, I believe, finally convinced me to read this book:

August: A book you chose because of the cover.
My brother got this book for Christmas, and I think it works for this category. . .

But actually, I think I’m going to have to choose this one:

I think my whole family would appreciate it if I read it, really. . .



September: A book by a favorite author.
But, which one?

A favorite author? YAY!!

October: A book recommended by someone with great taste.
I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I heard of it on Modern Mrs. Darcy. . . but can I wait until the tenth month?

November: A book you should have read in high school.
I’m still in high school! Goodness, I’m right in the midst of it. Suggestions?

December: A book that’s currently on the bestseller list.
No. Clue. Help! (Disappearing into the floor with a squeak.) (popping back up) At least I have 12 months to figure it out. Er, 11 and a half. . .

My "Luke stop playing with my camera!" face.
My “Luke stop playing with my camera!” face.

So what do you think? Will you join me? What are some ideas for your books-and do you have any suggestions for me? Please comment-I’d love to hear from you!

Plus, all this extra reading time also gives you more ESPRESSO TIME! Whadda say?
Plus, all this extra reading time also gives you more ESPRESSO TIME! Whadda say?

16 comments on “A Bookish Challenge

  1. That is such a great idea. I’m always planning to read more, but I never seem to get round to it.
    I need to go to my local library or do a little shopping spree on Amazon!

    1. Thanks Sophie-I hope you join us! I know what you mean-I’m not good at balancing reading and writing; it seems like I always need to do more of one or the other. A book shopping spree does sound like great fun. . .

  2. I LOVE this idea, and I’m totally doing this. I can’t wait to hear what you think of the various books. For a book published this year, try looking on Amazon to browse that way. Or I’m sure a book store clerk would be happy to give you a recommendation. I’m usually pretty far behind on what to read too.

  3. I LOVE this idea. What a great way to encourage yourself to make the time to read more books . . . and to drink more espresso, eh?? 😉 I would like to recommend A Nesting Place: It Doesn’t have to be Perfect to be Beautiful, by Myquillyn Smith, for the book that was published in 2014. Especially with your redecorating your room, it would be full of inspiration for you!

  4. Ohhhh this sounds like so much fun! I’ll totally do this.
    I second Olivia’s suggestion, The Giver is a fantastic book, and on the best sellers list. Also, I’m so happy you’re finally going to read the Harry potter books. They are marvelous. 🙂 I think I’m going to do The Hunger Game books for that challenge… Oh, and for February, I recommend Undetected by Dee Henderson (it came out in 2014). She writes fantastic romance/mystery books, and has many great books besides that one.

  5. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson is BY FAR my favorite 2014 release! It’s a bit different, so it will definitely push you out of those classics. 🙂 The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson is another good 2014 release, and it may be more up your alley. (Both are YA Fiction, and very, very good!)

    For a biography, check out Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I never read nonfiction, and this one kept my attention the whole time!

    This is such a fun challenge, especially for someone looking to broaden their reading genres! Good luck!

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