2019 Reading Challenges

Another year looms on the horizon and it's time for another year of reading challenges. Like last year, I want to keep it pretty low key as I have a pretty buys life right now with a baby.

2019 TBR Pile Challenge

Hosted by Adam at Books and Chocolate and you can see more details and sign up HERE
  1. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson
  2. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  3. The 39 Steps by John Buchan
  4. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
  5. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
  6. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  7. Bonhoeffer by Eric Mextaxas
  8. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  9. Wonder by Rj Palacio 
  10. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clark 
  11. Between Shades of Grey by Rita Septys
  12. At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon 
Alternates
  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
  2. Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain 

Mount TBR Reading Challenge

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I'm singing up for Mount Blanc which is 24 books off of my TBR pile. I'm just typing up a list here of some of the books that are on my TBR pile. There's of course more than 24 here but I probably won't be getting to all of them... hopefully I'll make it to 24! 
  1. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens 
  2. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy 
  3. Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare 
  4. The Tempest by William Shakespeare 
  5. Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare 
  6. Richard III by William Shakespeare 
  7. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare 
  8. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson 
  9. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson 
  10. Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas 
  11. To Fly Again by Gracia Burnham 
  12. Shepherding a Child's Heart by Ted Tripp
  13. Cherish by Gary Thomas 
  14. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai 
  15. As You Wish by Cary Elwes 
  16. Communion with God by John Owen
  17. The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes 
  18. The Glory of Christ by John Owen
  19. The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs 
  20. The Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas Watson 
  21. Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, wife of Charles H. Spurgeon by Ray Rhodes Jr. 
  22. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine 
  23. Daddy-Long Legs by Jena Webster
  24. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  25. Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay
  26. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones
  27. Wonder by RJ Palacio 
  28. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke 
  29. Between Shades of Grey by Rita Sepetys 
  30. At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon 
  31. Love and Friendship by Whit Stillman 
  32. Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth 
  33. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling 
  34. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  35. The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum 
  36. Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
  37. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Back to the Classics 2019 

Hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate and you can see more details and sign up HERE
I'm just jotting down some ideas for what I'll read right now. 
1. 19th Century Classic: Shirley by Charlotte Bronte, The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens, Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, The Red and the Black by Stendhal, Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
2. 20th Century Classic: East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin, The 39 Steps by John Buchan
3. Classic by a Female Author: Shirley by Charlotte Bronte, Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson
4. Classic in Translation: Cyarno de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
5. Classic Comedy: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
6. Classic Tragedy: ?
7. Very Long Classic: Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson
8. Classic Novella: The Epic of Gilgamesh by Unknown
9. Classic From the Americas: East of Eden by John Steinbeck
10. Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia): Beau Geste by P.C. Wren
11. Classic From a Place You've Lived: Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring
12. Classic Play: Cyarno de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesslinger

The 2019 Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 

Hosted by Modern Mrs Darcy and you can see more details HERE
Her are the categories to complete. For now I'm just jotting some ideas I have for what books to read. 
  • A book you've been meaning to read: Lark Rise to Candleford, Arsenic and Old Lace
  • A book about a topic that fascinates you: 
  • A book in the backlist of a favorite author: Shirley by Charlotte Bronte, The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charle Dickens, Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  • A book recommended by someone with great taste: At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon (eBeth has been recommending this to me for years!)
  • Three books by the same author: Three Shakespeare plays? Three Georgette Heyer's? Not sue yet. 
  • A book you chose for the cover:
  • A book by an author who is new to you: Lark Rise to Candleford, Beau Geste, The 39 Steps
  • A book in translation: The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevesky 
  • A book outside your (genre) comfort zone: East of Eden by John Steinbeck 
  • A book published before you were born: The Epic of Gilgamesh 

3 comments:

  1. Such wonderful possibilities! I'm especially partial to Turgenev, Brontë and Dostoyevsky. Have fun with the challenge!

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  2. Excellent list! I also own Lark Rise (unread, of course!). East of Eden is also wonderful, I love Steinbeck. And I've never read Arsenic and Old Lace though I saw the movie years ago, fun choice!

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  3. Good luck in your reading challenge this year!

    I've read Kidnapped myself, and it's really adventurous and great. There's also a sequel called Catriona, if you're interested.

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