I can’t believe it is the start of Februay already.  January seems to have whizzed by.

So here I am, already into month two of my year of challenges and trying new things.  One such area is reading.  You can see more about the two reading challenges I have set myself here, and here.

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In summary, this is my ModernMrsDarcy ‘category’ list:

    • A book published this year:  The Pier Falls by Mark Haddon
    • A book you can finish in a day: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
    • A book you have been meaning to read: Guernica by Gijs van Hensbergen
    • A book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller: In the light of what we know by Zia Haider Rahman
    • A book you should have read in school: Silas Marner by George Eliot
    • A book chosen for me by someone else (in my case by a dear friend):  For all the tea in China by Sarah Rose
    • A book published before you were born: Waverley by Sir Walter Scott
    • A book that was banned at some point: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    • A book you previously abandoned: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
    • A book you own but have never read: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
    • A book that intimidates you: Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
    • A book you have already read at least once: An equal music by Vikram Seth

I wrote about H is for Hawk here. February’s read is Guernica for two reasons: I am keen to start it; and I happen already to have a copy, so I can crack on. Also planned are We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler and Do No Harm by Henry Marsh.

If I am to meet my 50+ books read target, I need to read on average one book per week.  I am already behind this rate, but am on the verge of finishing a couple of books which will help me begin catching up.

In progress are:

I am reading The Cat Burglar with my niece Lucy.  We get together weekly via FaceTime.  We both have copies of the book, and usually take it in turns to read aloud to each other, although I am pleased to say that Lucy is enjoying this one so much that she has been doing all the reading so far!

For the record, having started Where My Heart Used To Beat by Sebastian Faulks at the start of January,  I got about 75% through, but realised that it was becoming a slog. Life is too short to read anything that one is not enjoying.  So I abandoned it!

I continue to gather details of many, many books that I would like to read – both fiction and non-fiction. I am not likely to have a problem finding books to fill up my time or my 50+ quota – quite the opposite. The difficulty, albeit a happy one, will be in the choosing! 😀