Augh! January is nearly over, it’s now or never with 2017’s Reading Challenge!

You may notice not a few “carry overs” from 2016, (insert heavy sigh here…) Yes, 2016 was a difficult year and the list I created for myself in January was simply filled with books too “heavy”, too sad, too depressing. Not Hygge in the least!

2016 wound up being a year requiring much lighter fare, (a lot of lighter fare, lovely escapism, and a list I’ll be sharing soon. Meanwhile, here’s a peek:

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Still, I’ve faith 2017 is going to be wonderful – as the (too) many hashtags I’ve created bear witness to! #2017WillShine  #2017YearOfKindness   #2017YearOfHygge

So below is my Reading Challenge, and, as you can see there are a few categories I’m still thinking on. Any suggestions would be very welcome. And of course, I’d love to hear what you’re reading as well!


a book published this year.
2017’s Choice:  
Still thinking here… (Suggestions?)

And carried over from last year: The Past: A Novel by Tessa Hadley      

a book you can finish in a day.
2017’s Choice:
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

a book you’ve been meaning to read.  
2017’s Choice:
Mucking About: Five Continents Over Fifty Years by Naomi Mitchison
And carried over from last year: If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Cavino    

a book you should have already read.
2017’s Choice: 
Tell Me A Riddle by Tillie Olsen

And carried over from last year:  Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston     

a book chosen for you by someone
2017’s Choice:  The Girl Who fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow

a book published before you were born.
2017’s Choice: 
Still Searching…

And carried over from last year:  The Bible! Yes – still a work in progress. And a part of the challenge which, happily, goes right along with #94 on my 101 List.     

a book published 100 years before you were born.
2017’s Choice: 
The Eclipse by James Fenimore Cooper 
And carried over from last year: The Idiot – Dostovevsky  

a book which was banned at some point.   
2017’s Choice: 
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

a book you previously abandoned.
2017’s Choice:  
Looking, Thinking, Looking, Suggestions?
And carried over from last year: War & Peace – Tolstoy     (Sigh…)

a book you own but have never read.
2017’s Choice: 
Lobsters on the Agenda by Naomi Mitchison

a book that intimidates you.
2017’s Choice:  
Ulysses by James Joyce

And carried over from last year:  Well to be honest Moby Dick rather intimidates me – but really I think because I’ll find it dry and want to stop reading.

(My twenty-two year old son plowed his way through it – and has vowed never again!)

a book you’ve already read at least once.
2017’s Choice: 
House of Arden by E. Nesbit
Reading this one aloud with Rory at tea time, which will inevitably lead to our reading the sequel Harding’s Luck. Edith Nesbit is one of my favorite authors.

Wish me luck & again, share your “reads” in the comments!





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