I’ve never before set specific reading goals for myself – reading was simply just something I did when I felt like it! But the joy that was brought into my life in 2017 by choosing to put down my phone and spend more time immersing myself into the world of fiction, was something I wanted to continue in 2018. With another baby on the way, I knew I could put Candy Crush back on my phone or make sure I planned ahead to have a list of books I wanted to be reading while nursing in the middle of the night! Instead, I’ve decided to work through Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2018 Reading Challenge, which I know will help me to diversify the types of books that I usually pick up!
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I’m beginning January with a “classic” and choosing a book from this category was probably the biggest challenge for me this year! When researching books that were similar to Jane Austen, I stumbled across an author named Georgette Heyer, whose work was completely unknown to me. I decided to read The Convenient Marriage, which had good reviews and was available at my local library. Her novels are probably not true “classics” but since this is my least favorite category on Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge, I decided to go easy on myself. I have a back-up book by Anne Bronte sitting on my nightstand should I have time this month!
Next, I plan to read eight “Personal Growth” books, another category that I tend to shy away from. I hope to finally read something by Brene Brown, learn more about Enneagrams, grow spiritually and maybe work on my time management (which doesn’t sound at all appealing to me!!). January’s book is The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica Turner, a book I stumbled across at the library. I’m so glad that I found it! Again, this is not my favorite genre, but I am loving it so far!
Lastly, I have an exciting list of what I call “Fun Books,” a list of acclaimed books from 2017, some being YA (Young Adult) fiction. It has been years since I have enjoyed any YA books and I know that the quality of books in this category has grown tremendously. I can’t wait to catch up on such a great genre! My YA January pick is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It received the 2017 National Book Award and is a Goodreads Choice for 2017.
I’ve also got some “fun books” on my list that are a bit older and that I’ve somehow missed! Another “fun book” I plan to read in January is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer. I downloaded this on my Kindle years ago and couldn’t get into it. Since I’ve never heard a bad thing about this book, I’m going to give it another go!
My goal for the year is FORTY books, which feels a little daunting to me, but this is a challenge after all! In years past, I’ve thought, “This is the year I will finally get through a Russian novel,” but I’ve found that particular goal frustrated me and did the opposite of bringing any joy into my life! This year, I’m hopeful that the books I’ve chosen will teach me, inspire me, and truly challenge me. I’d love to hear if you have any specific goals when it comes to reading!
If you’re interested in following me on Goodreads, you’ll be able to follow along with all the books I’m reading in 2018. I’ll only post about my absolute favorites here.