Wednesday, December 12, 2018

2019 Reading Challenges: Modern Mrs. Darcy

Modern Mrs. Darcy (MMD) 2019 Reading Challenge Checklist
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January - December 2019
# of books 12

✔ a book you've been meaning to read  The Penderwicks at Point Mouette. Jeanne Birdsall. 2011. 295 pages. [Source: Review copy]
_ a book about a topic that fascinates you
✔ a book in the backlist of a favorite author Marie, Dancing. Carolyn Meyer. 2005. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 272 pages. [Source: Bought]
_ a book recommended by someone with great taste
✔ three books by the same author The Black Moth. Georgette Heyer. 1921/2009. Sourcebooks. 355 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
✔ These Old Shades. Georgette Heyer. 1926/2008. Harlequin. 384 pages. [Source: Bought]
Venetia. Georgette Heyer. 1958/2009. Harlequin. 368 pages. [Source: Gift]
✔ a book you chose for the cover
Miss Buncle's Book. D.E. Stevenson. 1934. 304 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔   a book by an author who is new to you
The Murder of Patience Brooke. (Charles Dickens Investigations #1)  J.C. Briggs. 2018. Sapere Books. 290 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔  a book in translation
The Diary of a Young Girl. Anne Frank (The Definitive Edition). Edited by Otto Frank and Mirjam Pressler. Translated by Susan Massotty. 1947/1996. 352 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔  a book outside your genre comfort zone
 The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride. Daniel James Brown. 2009.  352 pages. [Source: Library]
✔  a book published before you were born
Evelina. Fanny Burney. 1778. 455 pages. [Source: Bought]

Feel free to copy/paste this. You can replace the _ with an X or a ✔ (copy/paste it) when you finish reading a book. If you list the books you read, that may help other people decide what to read.

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