MMD 2016 Reading Challenge – Month 1 Update

*I’m posting every day in February as part of my determination to #makefebfun. For more info, read this post.*

MMD-2016-Reading-ChallengeA month ago I shared the books I picked to read for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2016 Reading Challenge. I’m glad to report that I’ve actually made some good progress and have checked 2 out of 12 books off my challenge list.


√ A Book Banned At Some Point → In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

goodreads in cold blood

I’m so glad I prioritized this book for the start of the challenge because it was one of the best non-fiction books (heck, best overall book) I’ve ever read. It’s unbelievable to me that the book was banned at some point. It’s not even gory. It is, for sure, a disturbing story about murder, but it is so masterfully written and deep-dives into the human psyche. I think it should be on the summer reading list for every high school student. I wish I’d been forced to read more non-fiction classics before I went to college.


√ A Book You Can Finish in a Day → The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner

22504623Even though I didn’t plan on reading this book until later in the year, I couldn’t help but breeze through it when I snagged it for $1.99 on a Kindle deal. I’m not sure if I can technically count this part of the challenge complete though because I didn’t actually finish it in one day, more like three. I’m going to give myself the benefit of the doubt and count it. I’m glad I read the book. Even though it’s geared a bit more toward working-outside-the-home moms as opposed to currently-home-with-kids moms like me, it’s worth a read by anyone who needs affirmation of the importance of taking time to do what you love. Jessica has some great practical tips for actually making hobbies and interests happen, even on crazy days.

So, that’s my quick update. I’m off to a good start. I just picked up one of my other challenge books, My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, and I think I’m going to like it. I’ll be sure to report back.






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