2016 Reading Challenge | Book One

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”

Their Eyes Were Watching God

For the first month of Modern Mrs. Darcey’s reading challenge I chose from the category, “A Book You Should Have Read in School.”

Now, I had didn’t know all the books that were considered required reading for high school, so I did what all good millennials do when up against a difficult conundrum: I Googled it. After scouring a few different lists I chose, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. It is a fascinating book. This part of American literature I know very little about, so it was fascinating to dive into it!

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2016 Reading Challenge

A Short Blonde Modern Mrs Darcey 2016 Reading Challenge

I was aware of the literary blogger, Modern Mrs. Darcy, but had yet to really dive into her space until hearing Anne’s interview on one of my favorite podcasts, Around the Table. Every year she has a reading challenge and I thought it would be a fun venture for 2016. I will probably read more than 12 books, but the challenge is to read 12 books in 12 different categories. I tend to read contemporary fiction or memoirs so making myself branch out a bit and pick up books I’ve been meaning to read will be a good thing!

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Weekend Links / / Lately


Looking around, I can’t quite comprehend what I did this week. How did we reach the weekend? We don’t have too much planned for the weekend besides a little work, football, and hopefully a night out to see Gone Girl! Did you read the book? It was a thrilling read.

And here are my weekend links!

Make / / Earlier this week my friend, Teresa, and I swapped recipes on each other’s blog. I plan on gathering the ingredients to make her frittata soon! Also, Lindt dark chocolate with coconut is the perfect sweet treat.

Read / / I’m reading Julie & Julia after discovering it while unpacking, this blog that I’m rediscovering, and this magazine.

Listen / / Jordan and I have been listening to this playlist while working. He made it for our road trip to Nashville, so it’s full of fun, energetic pop tunes.

Watch / / Jordan and I don’t have cable here, so we decided to renew our Netflix subscription. The other night while browsing we landed on this sweet French film, Last Love, about a man reconnecting with life after his wife passes. It stars Michael Caine and Clémence Poésy. I love finding unexpected gems.

Also, I started Scandal and I’m not sure why I waited so long!

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/ / Linking with Meagan.

Marie Antoinette and Magnolias


Ever since Jordan and I visited Versailles this year, I’ve wanted to learn more about Marie Antoinette. Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette was inspired by the book, Marie Antoinette: The Journey. My library only had the audio version but I enjoy listening to audio books anyway. Marie was the first name of all the girls in the family and she actually went by Antoinette. That was a surprise to me! Also, if not for an outbreak of smallpoxs that took a sister and left another unfit for marriage (lookswise) it’s possible that she wouldn’t have been married off so young. She originally wouldn’t have been the next in line!


Magnolia trees are my favorite. This particular tree was where I read many books during the warm months. I’m so glad that despite the up and down weather we’ve had this spring, the buds weren’t ruined! They are a very delicate tree and many years a late frost has taken the flowers too quickly.

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