Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge

MMD Reading Challenge

Hey fellow readers!

As I’ve gotten more in tuned with the book blogging and bookstagram community, there are a lot of people who love and enjoy participating in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge every year. So, this year I decided to give it a go. 

What I really enjoy about this challenge it’s not an overwhelming or large challenge. That way, if you start late — like I did — it doesn’t feel impossible to play catch up. I realized after starting this challenge in late February/early March I had already read a number of qualifying books for the challenge. 

Plus! If you sign up for the challenge you get all of these really cool free printables to help you along. 


2019 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge

A Book You’ve Been Meaning to Read  ✓

Shrill by Lindy West


A Book About A Topic That Fascinates You

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen


A Book in the Backlist of A Favorite Author

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare and et. al.


A Book Recommended by Someone with Great Taste ✓

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Three Books by the Same Author ✓

Vicious by V.E. Schwab
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Shades of Magic Vol 1.: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab


A Book You Chose for the Cover

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi


A Book By an Author Who is New to You ✓

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


A Book in Translation



A Book Outside Your (Genre) Comfort Zone ✓

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


A Book Published Before You Were Born 

Dune by Frank Herbert


**a check mark means I have completed that particular challenge** 


The only part of the challenge I’m having a hard time finding a book for is a book in translation. I would love any recommendations if you have any! 


Are you participating in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge? If so, let me know what you’re reading for the challenge or link your post! 



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11 thoughts on “Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge

  1. I really enjoyed The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima and The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa. They are both translated from Japanese. The Blue Fox by Icelandic writer Sjon was a weirdly beautiful book, as was Madame Victoria by French Canadian author Catherine Leroux. I really enjoyed Laurence Cosse’s A Novel Bookstore, which is translated from French. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie was wonderful, too!

    1. Oh my goodness, thank you SO much for all of these wonderful suggestions! I normally don’t read a lot of translated works so I was drawing a blank on this category. I’m for sure going to check out these recommendations. Thanks again! 🙂

      1. You’re welcome! If none of these titles ends up appealing to you, check out the New York Review of Books’s Classics line. They have a wide array of books available by writers from around the world.

  2. I recently read Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo which is translated from Spanish – it’s a really quick read, only 150 or so pages, and it’s…quirky to say the least 😂😂 Are you tempted if I mention that half the cast are ghosts??

    1. haha! I only ever find out about reading challenges AFTER they happen. I really wanted to participate in Tome Topple this year, but missed it by a week, OOPS. We’ll see how well I do with this. I might switch some books around but who knows.

  3. This challenge sounds amazing! I’m planning on reading A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman–all of his works are translations so if you haven’t read Beartown or any of his other books yet, they are definitely worth a go! Beartown reads like it was set in Sault Ste Marie. It’s actually kind of spooky.

    1. I keep seeing his books around and the covers are SO pretty — I might just try one. Aren’t they really sad though? I don’t know if I can do anymore sad books 😂

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