2017 Reading Challenge | a Newberry Award winner or Honor book

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For Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2017 Reading Challenge my selection for the reading for growth category: a Newberry Award winner or Honor book I read The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.

Sadly, I would say, "It's not going to win any awards!" But, The Westing Game is a highly- proclaimed award winning novel for over 30 years. Here is another one of those sought-after, avid-reader, acclaimed mysteries that 'just-everyone-should read' books and unfortunately it fell flat to me. I stuck with it until the end, though.  But, once I was finished I'd wished I hadn't.

It was confusing.

It was boring.

There were so many characters with little depth. I was quite frustrated.

And, the mystery. What mystery?

For me this book served two purposes. Check off a new book read in 2017 and my 2017 Reading Challenge - and that is it. Reading should not be just about quantity, but quality. 


2017 Reading Challenge | a book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection

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For Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2017 Reading Challenge my selection for the reading for growth category: a book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection, I read Bread & Wine, a love letter to life around the table with recipes by Shauna Niequist.

Exquisite collection of essays about connections with God, family, friendships, and food. It is about ways God nourishes us and teaches us how to nourish others with ourselves and with food.

It's a beautiful book and my copy has many dog-earred pages I will be referring back to often. My prayer is that Shauna's words will nourish my heart throughout this year. Such an affirming word - nourish. Is it any wonder why NOURISH is my One Little Word for the year and God is already working out my word in my life through this book?

Shauna's words are deeply moving. She shares intensely personal truths and even more extraordinary connections. Her book left me with thought-provoking heart and soul desires; if that even makes sense to anyone but me.

I love her responses to food. It offered me a whole new meaning to nourishing my body and my family and my friendships with food.

Just a beautiful book.


2017 Reading Challenge | a book in translation

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From Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2017 Reading Challenge Reading for Growth: a book in translation

I hope to hit these lists hard, early on, because I have 100 books to read this year. The first book for the new year is A Man Called Ove by Frederick Brackman.

"Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations" - Amazon

I adore this book.

Written by Swedish author (a book in translation) Frederick Brackman, A Man Called Ove, is a charming, witty, and delightful book that made me look at life, relationships, community, friendships, and legacy differently. How does a fiction novel impact someone so much to want to do life - better?  

I cried.

I laughed often.

Which, by the way, is my favorite thing to do.

I rooted for Ove.

I rooted for his neighbors.

I rooted for love.

I love how Ove gave of himself and he didn't even realize he was doing it.

A feel-good book.

A wonderful first book to read for the new year.


My personal 2017 Reading Challenge

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It's here! Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2017 Reading Challenge. Guess what?

My personal 2017 Reading Challenge is to complete both tracks. Track one is Reading for Fun and Track two is Reading for Growth. For all the reasons MMD gives I aspire to also reading for quantity. It is true. I admit it. There are a few things I live in conquer mode. My husband will tell you I drive in conquer mode. I also read in conquer mode. While I enjoy every minute of my reading time, I often take notes, underline, am inspired, books change me, and I also read to accomplish goals. Like a MMD's reading challenge or my own # of new books in [year] like my 52 New Books in 2016.

Modern Mrs. Darcy's reading challenge when completed will span 27 books. 

I have decided on my own personal reading challenge for 2017. MMD's challenge will be deftly folded into my own challenge.

Drum roll please.

My reading goal for 2017 is...

100 New Books in 2017.

And so it is out there in the blogging world to hold me accountable. Set a goal and read to meet that goal. Conquer!

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