Reading Challenge: January 2016

2016 Reading Challenge 1The first month of the year is at a close and I’m off to a good start on the reading challenge. I read three books in January and am on track toward my goal of 36 this year. In 2016, I’m also incorporating Modern Mrs. Darcy’s reading challenge into my overall numbers goal. Here are the things I need to check off this year (so far I’m not ready to check off any so I’ve got to make sure to get at least one of these in February)!

  1. Read a book published this year
  2. Read a book you an finish in a day
  3. Read a book you’ve been meaning to read
  4. Read a book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller
  5. Read a book you should have read in school
  6. Read a book chosen for you by your spouse, sibling, or BFF
  7. Read a book published before you were born
  8. Read a book that was banned at some point
  9. Read a book you previously abandoned
  10. Read a book you own but have never read
  11. Read a book that intimidates you
  12. Read a book you’ve already read at least once

Now for the books I read in January:


This book was recommended to me by a friend (and fellow book club member). She thought it sounded like me, which I would say is a very nice compliment! The start of this book is really great, and the theory behind what they discuss is exactly what I believe, particularly integrating life, work and purpose. It got a little long with the examples but overall, I love what this book about. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a little inspiration. … Learn more here.



Libba Bray wrote the Gemma Doyle series that I read last year and LOVED so I was excited to start this series. I finished this weekend and I can’t wait to read the next installment! This first book in the series does a lot of set up but it’s necessary and fascinating. The story is set in the 1920’s and follows Evie, a girl from Ohio who is sent to New York after an unpleasant incident back home. Evie is a Diviner, she has supernatural powers (in her case the ability to read objects). She uses this power to help solve a series of disturbing murders, but something even more sinister is on the horizon. There are other diviners in the book as well and I’m excited to see how they eventually will all come together. This type of story reminds me of Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series which is one of my all time favorites. There are only 2 books so far so once I’m done with the second installment I’ll have to wait which is not ideal. I’m so impatient when it comes to incomplete series! … Learn more here.


I’ve been seeing this book around (all the celebs on Instagram have read it) and it just completely draws my attention at every bookstore I’m at. Look at that cover with all that color and the words “magic” and “creativity”! This book sounds and looks right up my alley! It totally was. This book read really fast for me. Elizabeth Gilbert’s voice is very easy to read. It also has great nuggets of big magic – Gilbert believes that creativity is a force of enchantment – not entirely human in its origins and explores this idea in the book. It’s another very inspirational and uplifting read. Also, if you want more Big Magic, Gilbert has started a podcast called Magic Lessons, I actually started listening to that before I read the book and it’s great! … Learn more about the book here, and about the podcast here!

So ends the first month of 2016, I’m off to a good start and my to-read list is exploding! I’m really behind on my book club read, Troublemaker by Leah Remini, so I’ll be reading that next and then I’m diving in to the next Diviners book because I just can’t help myself!