I participated in seven reading challenges this year and completed most of them successfully so far, at the time of writing in November. One that I completed successfully was the Modern Mrs Darcy Challenge. For this challenge, I was lucky to be able to use many review books, or books I was reading at the time, and had some cross over with other challenges such as my book bingo challenges, the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge, and one or two others. Some didn’t, however. This was another challenge with fairly open categories, but specific enough to make me wonder if I would complete it. I loved that my prize winning or award nominated challenges for the most part this have not been prescriptive (apart from one category in the Nerd Daily Challenge that I am still working on), so it has given me so much more scope to include and champion Australian authors, especially during COVID, while our arts industry has been decimated and not given much support.
Of all categories here, the book published in the decade I was born was the toughest – the 80s book lists I found didn’t inspire me, and with libraries closed, this made it harder to find a way to read something that I didn’t really want to keep. However, I stumbled upon a booklist of Emily Rodda’s books, and found Pigs Might Fly – published in 1986 – PERFECT! That was the final piece in this puzzle, as the others were all easily found in my piles at home.
I’ll have a look again next year to see what this challenge offers when the time comes to decide if I will do reading challenges next year.
THE MODERN MRS. DARCY
2020 Reading Challenge
three books by the same author: