Books Read in January & February 2017

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my reading goals for 2017. I use Goodreads to keep track of books I’ve read and want to read, but I thought it would be a good idea to break down my reading lists by month. So, I’ll be doing a monthly post on the books that I read the previous month. Since I’m working toward specific reading goals, I’ll list the books by reading challenge or book list. Below are the books that I read in January and February.

JANUARY

Gilmore Girls Season 2 books
The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
The Iliad by Homer
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Gilmore Girls Season 3 books
History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
The Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene
The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene
The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene
The Secret of Red Gate Farm by Carolyn Keene
The Clue in the Diary by Carolyn Keene
Nancy’s Mysterious Letter by Carolyn Keene
The Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Keene
The Password to Larkspur Lane by Carolyn Keene
The Clue of the Broken Locket by Carolyn Keene
The Message in the Hollow Oak by Carolyn Keene

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge + Advanced List
The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories by Mark Twain – A book by an author who uses a pseudonym. This book includes The Mysterious Stranger, The Celebrated Jumping Frog Of Calaveras County, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, and The 1,000,000 Pound Bank-Note. The Celebrated Jumping Frog Of Calaveras County is on the Gilmore Girls Season 2 book list.
The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher – A book about food. This book is also on the Gilmore Girls Season 2 book list
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave – A novel set during wartime.
Every You, Every Me by David Levithan – A book with pictures.

Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 Reading Challenges for Fun and for Growth
Growth
Holes by Louis Sachar – A Newbery Award Winner or Honor Book.
Candide by Voltaire – A book in translation. This book is also on the Gilmore Girls Season 2 book list.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne – A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – An immigrant story.
The Games by James Patterson – Three books by the same author.
Hope to Die by James Patterson – Three books by the same author.
Zoo 2 by James Patterson – Three books by the same author.
Atonement by Ian McEwan – A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending. This book is also on the Gilmore Girls Season 2 book list.
Ironweed by William J. Kennedy – A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner. This book is also on the Gilmore Girls Season 2 book list.

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books about Monsters
Paper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

Other books read (not toward a specific goal)
Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
Black & Blue by James Patterson
The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
Cross Justice by James Patterson
Cross Kill by James Patterson
Cross the Line by James Patterson
Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight
The Murder of an Angel by James Patterson
The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson
The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

FEBRUARY

Gilmore Girls Season 2 books
The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
Unfinished Business: Memoirs: 1902-1988 by John Houseman
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence
The Dirt by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, and Nikki Sixx
Novels and Stories by Shirley Jackson – This book includes The Lottery, The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and other short stories. The Lottery is on the Gilmore Girls Season 2 book list.

The Twilight novels
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
The Mystery of the Ivory Charm by Carolyn Keene
The Whispering Statue by Carolyn Keene
The Haunted Bridge by Carolyn Keene
The Clue of the Tapping Heels by Carolyn Keene
The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk by Carolyn Keene
The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion by Carolyn Keene

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge + Advanced List
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – An audiobook.
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki – A book with one of the four seasons in the title.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio – A book by or about a person who has a disability.
Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld – A book with a subtitle.
What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles – A book with career advice. This book is also on the Gilmore Girls Season 2 book list.
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir – A book about an interesting woman. This book is also on the Gilmore Girls Season 2 book list.
The Gates by John Connolly – A book set around a holiday other than Christmas.
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith – The first book in a series you haven’t read before.

Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 Reading Challenges for Fun and for Growth
Growth
The Host by Stephenie Meyer – A book that’s more than 600 pages.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – A book by an author who uses a pseudonym. This book is also on Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books list.

Fun
Looking for Alaska by John Green – A book you chose for the cover.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – A book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – A book in the backlist of a new favorite author.
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Other books read (not toward a specific goal)
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
The Expatriates by Janice Y. K. Lee
Fortune Hunter by Jana DeLeon
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
A Separation by Katie Kitamura
Shift by Hugh Howey
The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

Author: Darinda

Darinda lives in East Texas with her husband and son. She loves reading and traveling.

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