the 2017 reading challenge.

It’s coming, it’s coming – I swear it is. “It,” of course being my favorite books of 2016, which by this point is at least a week and a half late.

But, moving.

And Christmas.

And sickness galore, including my own fight with one fire-breathing dragon of a throat (who also goes by the name Strep Throat. He won). 

And binge-watching a favorite new show, The Fosters: 

So, that post shall come, along with three books all around the theme of “year” I think you should read. But before those posts come to your inboxes this week, I wanted to revisit one of my favorite reading ideas for upcoming year: Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading Challenge.

Now, true confessions: upon looking back through my 2016 book challenges, I only read three of the 12 books I said I would read. What does that tell us? Cara is full of great ideas: yes. Cara oftentimes gets super duper excited by the shiny things that light her path, including a paperback book: yes. Cara still thinks you should make reading goals, because the point, math majors, is to READ.

So, make a list. Use Modern Mrs. Darcy’s, check out your local library’s website, or create an extremely detailed Excel spreadsheet that no one but you will ever see. And then, read. Read on vacation and read before you go to bed. “Read” when you’re driving in the carpool lane, and read when you’re holed up in the kitchen cooking dinner.

She’s got two different lists for you to choose from, whether you’re reading for fun or reading for growth:

I’m going for the latter of the lists, because let’s be honest – it’s really easy for me to read for fun. So, this is what I’m setting out to read in 2017:

a Newberry Award winner: The Giver (Lois Lowry). I’m not sure how I’ve never read this book.

a book in translation: Five Spice Street (Can Xue). I need to read more Chinese authors: there, I said it.

a book that’s more than 600 pages: Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell). Let me say it again: I’m not sure how I’ve never read this book.

a book of poetry: A Thousand Mornings (Mary Oliver). Long time Mary Oliver fan, first time reader.

a book of any genre that discusses current events: The Big Short (Michael Lewis). I loved the movie but could still stand to understand more of what actually happened in America’s recent financial crisis.

an immigrant story: The Book of Unknown Americans (Christina Henriquez). I’ve actually had this book on my shelf for a few months now, so I best get to reading it.

a book published before you were born: Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy). I’m stealing one from last year’s challenge, because I’ve yet to read it. Still.

three books by the same author: The Wrinkle in Time Quintet Boxed Set (Madeleine L’Engle). Yes, I’ve read the first of the five but could stand to read it again – and to read the remaining four books!

a book by an #ownvoices author: If I Was Your Girl (Meredith Russo). I can stand a little more YA in my life, don’t you think?

a book with an ambiguous ending: The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood). This has been on my list for awhile, but do I really want to read it? Arghhhhhh!

a book nominated for an award in 2017: Ruined (Ruth Everhart). Listed as one of Christianity Today’s Best Books of 2017, it sounds fascinating. And it’s a memoir, so naturally, I’m in.

a Pulitzer Prize winner: Beloved (Toni Morrison). Yup, still haven’t read this one either. Um, it’s time.

Happy reading, friends!


So, what say you? Did any of the above titles catch your gaze – because you KNOW I’d love to have you join me in reading one of them! Otherwise, what’s on your reading list for 2017? 

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