A number of books I have read, so far and will read, later this year, have come about because I am doing the reading Challenge, set by Anne Bogel on the Modern Mrs Darcy website. Anne herself runs the website, as well as the podcast What Should I Read Next (wsirn) and has written a number of books including the book Don’t Over Think It, which comes out in march 2020.

The challenge itself involves reading, 12 books in the following 10 categories.

Categories for MMD Reading challenge 2020

  1. A book published in the decade you were born
  2. A debut Novel
  3. A book recommended by a source you trust
  4. A book by a local author
  5. A book outside your (genre) comfort zone
  6. A book in translation
  7. A book nominated for an award in 2020
  8. A re-read
  9. A classic you didn’t read in school
  10. Three Books by the same author


Completed Categories

With the books I have read so far this year I have completed the following tasks

A book by a local author

Sons And Lovers
D.H. Lawrence

 My Review

The reason I chose this writer and book is that I decided to say that the writer had to be born in the UK county of Nottinghamshire, instead of a writer you just lived here for a short while. So I chose Lawrence and is semi autobiographical work, Sons And Lovers. I had never read any of his books before, because of what I perceived to be his reputation, however thanks to reading this book I have changed my mind and this will probably my favourite book of the year.

A book outside your (genre) comfort zone


Geisha of Gion
Mineko Iwasaki
Translated by Rande Brown

I don’t read many memoirs, if I have read any at all but, this book about a Geisha in Japan was really interesting and it gave me an incite in to a world I new very little about. I am not saying I read will all memoir books in the future but they will defiantly some added to my ever growing TBR.

A re-read

The Guns Of Naverone
Alistair MacLean 

My Review 

This was one of my favourite, books when I was a child which even though I used to listen to an abridged audio version, I have read many times since although not for a few years. The story still holds up as an action novel after all these years but where I am now in my reading life it left the book a little tainted in my memory of it.

 A classic you didn’t read in school

Dr. Jekyll And Mister Htde
Robert Louis Stevenson


As a child I did not read many classics as a child so this gave me a wide choice to choose form, I decided on this book as my son read it for his GCSE English, which in the England and Wales is the exams you take at 16. I really enjoyed reading it, and as someone who is dealing with mental health issues at the moment, the book though challenging to read it really helped, and being short I read it in an afternoon.


Three Books by the same author 

Lucinda Riley 


The first book of Lucinda Riley I read last year was The Seven Sisters the first book in her epic series by the same name. For this task I did not want to read books from a series so I chose three of her stand alone novels, all are Sagas were what some one does effects future generations but all were very good. I would have to say The Midnight Rose which was the book I read last was my favourite one.

A book in translation

The Women at Hitler’s Table
Rosella Postorino

This is about a women who eats food before Hitler gets it to see if it is poisoned or not.

A book published in the decade you were born (1970’s)

Jilly Cooper OBE

If Emily hadn’t gone to Annie Richmond’s party, she would never have met the impossible irresistible Rory Balniel – never have married him and been carried off to the wild Scottish island of Irasa to live in his ancestral home along with his eccentric mother, Coco, and the dog, Walter Scott. She’d never have met the wild and mysterious Marina,

A book recommended by a source you trust

Peter Pan
J.M. Barry

This book was suggested by you tuber Murphy Nappier as it is one of her favourite books. It the story of a mischievous boy who refuses to grow up, lands in the Darling’s proper middle-class home to look for his shadow. He befriends Wendy, John and Michael.

A book nominated for an award in 2020

Girl Woman Other
Bernardine Evaristo

Although it won the Booker Prize last year with The Testaments buy Margaret Atwood, it is nominate for the womens prize for fiction in 2020.

It tells the story of the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years.


Left to complete

A debut novel 

As you can see I have only 1 categories to find books for and read, and if you have any suggestions for the remaining books you can put them in the comments below, If you are a debut author , then use the review policy link to see how to submit your book.

If you wish to do the Modern Mrs Darcy 2020 reading challenge just click this link, or for the Modern Mrs Darcy website contains links about Anne Bogel’s podcasts and books.

Comment bellow if you have done this reading challenge or any other in 2020.

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