Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2019
I started reading challenges a couple of years ago when I came across The Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge online. It's usually just 12 books but pushes your reading limits. So alongside the Pink and Dizzy Challenge, I am also doing this one. Up until this month, I'd only read one of the twelve, so I hadn't gotten around to putting my list of chosen books on here yet, but as I read another this month I have pushed myself to get this written!
Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh
When I chose this book, it was Mackintosh's last book out, and I have enjoyed her other books so much I kind of held onto this one not wanting to be done with all her released material. However, since then she has had another book that I have read as an ARC on NetGalley that is released later this year. So seeing as she hasn't stopped writing it's about time I read this one!
One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since. Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to ask questions about her parents' deaths. But by digging up the past, is she putting her future in danger? Sometimes it's safer to let things lie . . .
Sounds Appealing by David Crystal
I'm cheating a little with this one as I need to read it for my PhD preparation. I love David Crystal's books they are written in a relaxed and straightforward manner, and you don't feel like you are reading a textbook. They are so informative!
It's not what you say, it's the way that you say it ... There have long been debates about 'correct' pronunciation in the English language, and Britain's most distinguished linguistic expert, David Crystal, is here to set the record straight. Sounds Appealing tells us exactly why, and how, we pronounce words as we do. Pronunciation is integral to communication, and is tailored to meet the demands of the two main forces behind language: intelligibility and identity. Equipping his readers with knowledge of phonetics, linguistics and physiology - with examples ranging from Eliza Doolittle to Winston Churchill - David Crystal explores the origins of regional accents, how they are influenced by class and education, and how their peculiarities have changed over time.
The Last Anniversary by Lianne Moriarty
I had so many to choose from for this category. My TBR list of favourite author's backlist books that I have on Amazon is crazy! However, I thought I haven't read one of Moriarty's in a while, and a lot of my other authors have their books in Kindle Unlimited, so they are part of a different challenge.
One abandoned baby. Two sisters with a secret. One chance to rewrite the past. Over seventy years have passed since sisters Rose and Connie Doughty found an abandoned baby near their home on the island Scribbly Gum. With no one to take care of it, Rose and Connie took the baby in as their own. Since then the 'Munro Baby Mystery' has brought fame and fortune, putting Scribbly Gum on the tourist map, especially for the island's annual celebration. But now, with Connie dead and outsider Sophie Honeywell about to move into her home, Rose begins to wonder if they made the right decision all those years ago. How much longer can they cover up the lie that has sustained their community for generations? And what other secrets are about to be revealed?
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I'm doing this challenge with a friend of mine, Jo, and she loves everything by Jojo Moyes, and I've never read any of her books, so I let Jo pick this one for me!
Will needed Lou as much as she needed him, but will her love be enough to save his life? Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun teashop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.
Plague, Fear and Light by Michael Grant
This was an easy choice for this category as I'm in the middle of reading this series and loving them, so it gave me the opportunity to carry on reading them but as part of a challenge! These are books four, five and six in the series.
Suddenly it’s a world without adults and normal has crashed and burned. When life as you know it ends at 15, everything changes. There are no adults, no answers. What would you do? Those left must do all they can to survive. But everyone’s idea of survival is different. Some look after themselves, some look after others, and some will do anything for power . . . Even kill.
The Distance by Zoe Folbigg
I was really looking forward to this one after her first book 'The Note', but this was a let down in comparison. The cover is really funky, which is why I chose it for this category. See my review here:
Under the midnight sun of Arctic Norway, Cecilie goes online looking for friends, and stumbles across Hector Herrera. They start chatting and soon realise that 'love at first word' might just be possible. But there are two big problems: Hector lives thousands of miles away in Mexico. And he's about to get married.
Cecilie's whole life has been anchored by sticking to what she knows, and her job at the cafe in the town in which she grew up. Can she really change her whole life for someone she's never met? And will Hector escape his turbulent past, not to mention his imminent marriage, and make a leap of faith to change the path he's on?
Under the midnight sun of Arctic Norway, Cecilie goes online looking for friends, and stumbles across Hector Herrera. They start chatting and soon realise that 'love at first word' might just be possible. But there are two big problems: Hector lives thousands of miles away in Mexico. And he's about to get married. Cecilie's whole life has been anchored by sticking to what she knows, and her job at the cafe in the town in which she grew up. Can she really change her whole life for someone she's never met? And will Hector escape his turbulent past, not to mention his imminent marriage, and make a leap of faith to change the path he's on?
You Let Me In by Lucy Clarke
One of my favourite authors was tweeting over Christmas her favourite books from the year, and this was one of them so I thought I'd give it a go on her recommendation!
Nothing has felt right since Elle rented out her house . . . I’M IN YOUR HOUSE There’s a new coldness. A shift in the atmosphere. The prickling feeling that someone is watching her every move from the shadows. I’M IN YOUR HEAD Maybe it’s all in Elle’s mind? She’s a writer – her imagination, after all, is her strength. And yet every threat seems personal. As if someone has discovered the secrets that keep her awake at night. AND NOW I KNOW YOUR SECRET As fear and paranoia close in, Elle’s own home becomes a prison. Someone is unlocking her past – and she’s given them the key…
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
Modern Mrs Darcy has run this category before in one of her challenges, so I had a search on her site for inspiration. I chose this one as it was short, with only 176 pages, as I'm not a big fan of books that have been translated!
She found sanctuary in a supermarket. Now she's about to lose it.
Keiko isn't normal. At school and university, people find her odd, and her family worries she will never fit in. To make them happy, Keiko takes a job at a newly opened convenience store where she finds peace and purpose in simple daily tasks.
But in Keiko's circle it just won't do for an unmarried woman to spend her time stacking shelves and ordering green tea. As the pressure to find a new job - or worse, a husband - increases, Keiko is forced to take desperate action...
A Japanese literary sensation with over 650,000 copies sold and the winner of the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, Convenience Store Woman is this summer's must-read oddball comedy.
This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
This was everywhere last year, it won so many awards, and everyone was raving about it, so it's not my usual sort of book, but I thought I'd best see what all the hype is about!
Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn't – about life on and off the hospital ward.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I've been meaning to give this a go for a while as I would like to read it before I watch the movie. It was published in 1925 so a LONG time before I was born!
Enigmatic, intriguing and fabulously wealthy, Jay Gatsby throws lavish parties at his West Egg mansion to impress Daisy Buchanan, the object of his obsession, now married to bullish Tom Buchanan. Over a Long Island summer, his neighbour Nick Carraway, a writer and a cousin to Daisy, looks on as Gatsby and Daisy’s affair deepens. Tragedy looms in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece third novel, frequently named among the best novels of the twentieth century.