I’m an avid reader. There, I said it.
I read at the gym (when I’m not making magic happen at Zumba), and I listen to audiobooks when I’m folding laundry or in the car. I likely would have met my reading goal (of 104 books) for the year had I not binge watched this show the last week and a half of December:
My Inner Latina is alive and kicking (and there’s a reason Gina Rodriguez won a Golden Globe for her performance: check it out, y’all).
It’s easy for me to get caught up in reading what’s right in front of me: the hottest new release, upcoming releases from publishers and friends, the library book I’ve waitlisted that finally arrived. So last year, Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading Challenge was a brilliant way for me to knock twelve books off my list that I really, actually did want to read – but hadn’t ever made happen.
And I’m going to do the same. Care to join me?
My selections probably won’t be yours, although you’re welcome to join in my reading fun. Here’s what I’ll be reading:
A book you’ve been meaning to read: Understanding Your Grief. This one has been on my shelf since I first left (paid, full-time) ministry. It’s time to read it.
A book you should have read in school. Scratch that. A book you should have read in school because you were the TEACHER who TAUGHT it without ever READING IT to her students: Much better. The book? Hamlet by Shakespeare.
A book chosen for you by your …mom: The Black Rose. It’s her favorite. I’m in.
A book published before you were born: Anna Karenina . It’s been on the list forever and a day. It’s time.
A book that was banned at some point: Madame Bovary. (Two classics in a row: I can do it, I can do it, I can do it…)
A book you previously abandoned: The Beginning of Desire. Such rich theology!
A book you own but have never read: Wearing God. Lauren Winner also happens to be one of my favorite authors, so this feels like an easy A.
A book that intimidates you: The World’s Religions . Sometimes I fear all I’ll come to learn about life, about religion, about the world at large.
There you have it: that’s my list. Have you read – and loved, and hated – any of the above books? Do tell!
So, let’s have it: what would be on your reading challenge list, in any of these categories? Does a reading challenge like this help or hinder you …or does it just make you want to watch more Jane the Virgin (which I wholeheartedly support).
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