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What I Read for Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2019

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  1. A book you’ve been meaning to readThe Wednesday Wars  Gary D Schmidt And I am so happy to have finally gotten to this one. I loved it. Gary Schmidt writes wonderful middle grade fiction.
  2. A book about a topic that fascinates youHow Reading Changed my Life. Anne Quinden This had lots of thoughts about reading I could identify with. Not her lists though!  I’ll stick to my own.
  3. A book in the backlist of a favorite author.  Fox River.  Emilie Richards.  One I hadn’t read and while it was an older one I still enjoyed it.
  4. A book recommended to you by someone with great taste. The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay recommended by Katherine P from I Wish I Lived in a Library   Her review begins “Loved it” See for yourself. When she says that I sit up and take notice! This was definitely one of my favourites of 2019 and I am happy I have a copy sitting on my shelf.
  5. Book One by same author. Carmel Harrington  The Woman at 72 Derry Lane.
  6. Book Two by same author.  Carmel Harrington Every Time a Bell Rings
  7. Book Three by same author. Carmel Harrington. The Things I Should Have Told You.  Carmel Harrington is my new favourite Irish author, all her books are worth reading. Hope she has another in the near works ready for publishing.
  8. A book you chose for the cover  A Month of Sundays   Liz Byrski. This proved to be well worth reading and I have already another of hers now sitting on my shelf waiting to be read.
  9. A book by an author who is new to youThe Huntress. Kate Quinn. I thought this WW2 story was amazing if harrowing in parts.
  10. A book in translation  The Red Address Book. Sofia Lundberg. A beautiful, poignant story. It is the life of Doris – a 96 year old woman, now dying. But we meet all the people who were important to her. The people she loved. She had a hard life but she made the most of opportunities. I loved Jenny her great niece who insisted on being there for her and insisted on dignity and love for Doris.
  11. A book (genre) outside your comfort zone. Meet Me at the Museum Anne Youngson – epistolary fiction. This was slow paced but as it developed – interesting. What we see is a woman who has been deprived of genuine intimacy and she begins to find it in letters. ( It is often easier to be more real in the written word). Her marriage of forty years has been one of sacrifice and caring for the needs of others. If she is guilty of anything – she is guilty of not having her needs met. The ending is not detailed out, which is okay, because there is resolution in the way that she has come to know herself more deeply.
  12. A book published before you were born.  Enchanted April.  Elizabeth Arnim. Different to what I usually read, however the women were interesting and the setting idyllic. It also had me rushing off to find the movie and to watch it.

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