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Every year, Anne over at Modern Mrs Darcy puts together a reading challenge. My friends and I meet once a month as a book club to discuss our selections for the categories. I blogged about our choices every month for the first year, but I stopped doing that after my second son was born.

When I looked at last year’s categories, I couldn’t remember which books I had read. This made me sad. I decided to start recording our selections again. My friends and I take turns selecting the categories and hosting the discussion, so we don’t usually line up with Anne’s selections. I also switched out a couple of categories I knew would be difficult for some people in the group to do (such as the 600+ pages category). Here is what we have read so far this year…

January: a book by an author of different ethnicity or religion

  • The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf (mine)
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • When Dimple Met Rishi
  • How God Shows Up
  • Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
  • The Diary of Hannah Callender Sansom
  • Everything, Everything
  • Last Chance to See
  • Night
  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Febraray: a classic you’ve been meaning to read

  • Sense and Sensibility (mine)
  • Mansfield Park
  • A Severe Mercy
  • Animal Farm
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Great Expectations

March: a book recommended by a librarian or bookseller

  • Illuminae (mine)
  • First and Then
  • We Were Liars
  • Hello Universe
  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes

April: a book you have read at least once

  • The Paper Magician series books 1-3 (mine)
  • The Magician’s Ward (mine)
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • The Dragon Hoard
  • The Initiate
  • The Testing trilogy
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Murder Must Advertise

May: a book you can read in a day (I read SO MANY for this one)

  • The Plastic Magician (mine)
  • Star Bell (mine)
  • The Pit Dragon Chronicles books 1-3– Dragon’s Blood, Heart’s Blood, A Sending of Dragons (mine)
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians series books 1-5 (mine)
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time (mine)
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  • Follow Me Back
  • The Paper Magician
  • Nadya Starlung & The Cloudship Rescue
  • Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place book 6
  • Beauty by Robin McKinley
  • Bluebloods
  • Sockeye County Shorts by Jerusha Jones

I always enjoy getting together with my friends to see the different books they read for the same category. This provides a great way to get recommendations on what to read next. Some of the books I read for this book club are ones my friends read for different categories. Let me know if you think I should bring back monthly blog posts on what we read for the Reading Challenge, or if I should just give occasional updates like this one. Happy reading friends!

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