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Chapter 5 - Read Harder Part Two

As promised, this week I am going to give you suggestions for some of the Reading Challenge categories I posted last week. Next week I will give you recommendations for the final five categories.

Read a Book Published in 2019 - So many to choose from here but there are some terrific books to look forward to this year. My suggestions are The Last Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff, Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly or I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney. All are known authors whose writing and previous books were very good.

Read a Book That Takes Place in Another Country - I love being an armchair traveler and this is one of my favorite categories. Recommendations here are The Red Sparrow trilogy by Jason Matthews, The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry or Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.

Read a Debut Novel - This category includes any debut novel not just something published in 2019. Some good ones I have read include The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn and The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick.

Read a Book That Has Been Translated - In this category I am giving recommendations of authors instead of specific books. Try Paulo Coehlo, a Brazilian author, or Leo Tolstoy of War and Peace fame, or even Fredrik Backman, a Swedish writer. Henning Mankell wrote mysteries as does Leena Lehtolainen and who doesn't love Elena Ferrante?

Read a Book Written a Hundred Years Ago - Again, there are just so many to choose from here. Some books I can attest to are Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Emma by Jane Austen, The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins, or Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

Do you have suggestions for these first five Reading Challenges? Let me know.

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