Book Challenge Review 2016

Oh, my. It seems I haven’t posted at all since January 1, 2016. A whole year. Life has been kind of an adventure this year. Travel for business and ministry and pleasure and family health issues. But here I am ready to try again in this brave new year of 2017.

I didn’t quite complete my 2016 reading challenge – 9 out of 12 categories from Modern Mrs. Darcy. I’ll start the year with this, and then move back to food.

Out of the 12 categories, I missed “book you should have read in school” and “book you previously abandoned”. But there was a reason. If I abandoned a book (and I abandon very few) – it’s because it’s boring or poorly written or obtuse. After all, I struggled through Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco after abandoning it several times. And I book i “should” have read in school – again, there was a reason I didn’t read it then! And I am sure I’ve  read a “book chosen for you by spouse, sibling, child, or BFF” but failed to write it down and now can’t remember.

But I did read a lot of other books. I read books that had been on my shelves for years that I read long ago and loved. And some I still loved and kept. The Pern books by Anne McCaffery. The Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters (my shelf is still missing 2 of the 21 books). Ray Bradbury. And others I was able to let go and clear out some space. Dick Francis mystery novels – I loved them all: horse-related mysteries! – from high school through my 30’s, and eagerly read them as they were published: horse-related mysteries! But now – not so much. Some I reread. I did keep one or two – fro a while at least. They are dated – a cell phone would have fixed so much. They reflected reality: there is a lot of anguish and personal problems below and around the main plotline, and I didn’t feel the need to relive the pain and suffering. I have seen more around me as I have grown older.

I had done successful reading challenges in previous years, so don’t feel bad about this at all. I’m moving on. No specific reading challenge for me in 2017. I have other things to focus on. I still love reading and will continue to read. A lot. And love recommendations from friends. I track new-to-me books on goodreads – sometimes updated with books I am re-reading, which were originally read long before I belonged to good reads.

What did I read that fit the challenge (and from what category)?

  • To Helvetica and Back (a book published this year)
  • It’s a Dog, Not a Toaster (a book you can read in a day)
  • The Prince of Tides (a book you’ve been meaning to read)
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane (a book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller)
  • Little House on the Prairie re-read (a book that was banned at some point) and also ( a book that was published before you were born).
  • Jesus, Bread and Chocolate (a book you own but have never read)
  • Foucault’s Pendulum (a book that intimidates you – actually I finished it last year, but couldn’t think of any others)
  • The Guernsey Literary ad Potato Peel Pie Society (a book you’ve already read at least once.

Find the original challenge at: http://modernmrsdarcy.com/2016-reading-challenge/

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