At the beginning of the year, I was excited to learn about a Reading Challenge posted by Modern Mrs. Darcy and decided it was right up my alley. There have been a couple of times where I wished I hadn’t, but determined to see it through, I persevered and am pleased to announce that I’m done!
I’ve been posting my progress throughout the year, but here’s a recap (with links to the posts where I talked about each book)
- A book you’ve been meaning to read: The Happiness Project
- A book published this year: Ms. Rapscott’s Girls
- A book in a genre you don’t typically read: Broken: A Paranormal Romance
- A book from your childhood: The Head Girl’s Sister
- A book your mom loves: A Horseman Riding By – Volume 1: Long Summer Day
- A book that was originally written in a different language: The Infinite Plan
- A book “everyone” has read but you: All the Light We Cannot See
- A book you chose because of the cover: Amy and Isabelle
- A book by a favorite author: Confessions of a Hater
- A book recommended by someone with great taste: We Need To Talk About Kevin
- A book you should have read in
high schooluniversity: The Red and the Black
- A book that’s currently on the bestseller list: At the Water’s Edge
I didn’t choose to read Amy and Isabelle specifically for the challenge. I was at the bank when it caught my eye on a used book table. I’d never heard of it or the author, Elizabeth Strout, but it looked like the type of book I would enjoy. I did.
That left me with the task of finding a current bestseller to read before the end of the year. I opened the library app on my phone, tapped on Globe and Mail Bestsellers, looking specifically for something that was currently on the shelf. There weren’t many options but At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen was one of them, and since I loved Water for Elephants, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. It was one of the best books I’ve read all year – what a great way to finish the 2015 Reading Challenge!
Makes me think I just might do another one next year… it was a great way to discover books I might not have otherwise (The Infinite Plan, At the Water’s Edge, All the Light We Cannot See) as well as some that I’d just never got around to (The Happiness Project, A Horseman Riding By, We Need To Talk About Kevin, The Red and the Black).
On Goodreads, I’ve read 39 books towards my goal of 40, and have no doubt I’ll finish The Rosie Project before New Year’s.
In the meantime, I’m enjoying a different type of challenge on Viewbug, where members challenge one another to photograph certain themes. For my first entry, I entered my “Silver and Gold” photo, shown above, in a challenge called “Frozen.”