April 2019 Reading Challenge Update: Weeks 14-18


Time for the monthly reading challenge update. Find out how Rachael fared this month in her quest to read a book a week, and what book categories are coming up next month.

In 2019, I challenged our readers to read a book a week with me. But not just any books. Fifty-two books that would complete the categories in our 2019 Reading Challenge.

Four months in, and I’m proud to say my reading has held strong. I even was able to go back and finish the book I never ended up finishing in February. Today, I’m sharing the books I tackled in April.

If you’re curious, I’ll be posting reviews on all the books I’ve been reading lately on Monday. It’s part of a new monthly series called Worth the Read? where I tell you what to read and what to skip.

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April: Books 14-18

Book cover for Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee
by Jeff Zentner

14. Young Adult Fiction: I loved Zentner’s previous two works about high school seniors on the cusp of adulthood, but this one fell completely flat for me. Both Goodbye Days and The Serpent King were tearjerkers, so I expected a heavier emotional toll. Instead, this awkwardly titled book stay completely at surface level, with the story of two girls who host a horror show on public access tv. ★★★


Book cover for The Oedipus Cycle by Sophocles

The Oedipus Cycle
by Sophocles

15-17. Read a Trilogy: I was having such a hard time finding all three books in a trilogy available at my local library, so I decided to go with a reread instead. There’s a reason Sophocles’ three plays about the fateful Oedipus have been around for centuries. The story is full of drama and watching the downfall of the family is particularly enthralling. ★★★★★


Book cover for The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power
by Naomi Alderman

18. Dystopian Novel: What if women all over the world suddenly developed the power to spark electricity through their hands? Naomi Alderman looks at how this ability would completely reshape the world. Although I just couldn’t quite fall in love with the story, I can see why others would. ★★★

Up Next in May

Time to pick out some more books! Here are the categories for the May Reading Challenge:

19. Award-Winning Book

20. Book from the Rory Gilmore Challenge

21. Book Published the Decade Before You Were Born

22. Historical Fiction From a Favorite Time Period

What books did you read this month for the 2019 Reading Challenge?

April 2019 Reading Challenge - Find out what books we read this month, and what categories are up for next month.

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  • Reply Kelly April 28, 2019 at 10:24 am

    I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut for the past 10 days. I picked up The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (it’s one of the books on my 30 Before 30 Reading List), and it was like hitting a wall. I’ve picked up something else now and am hoping it helps get me going again. Also, for the month of May, I have decided to forgo a ‘reading plan’ and simply choose books I want to read, as opposed to those for challenges, etc. Hopefully some of them will just happen to fit!

    Despite the slump, I had a good start to the month of April and here is my recap:

    ~ A book from a genre you don’t normally read – Talk Nerdy to Me by Vicki Lewis Thompson (3 stars)
    ~ A book that will keep you up all night – Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (5 stars)
    ~An inspirational story – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (4 stars)

    I also listened to the Audiobook Original, Elizabeth II: Life of a Monarch by Ruth Cowen and am currently reading The Gown by Jennifer Robson, which I will use for either; a historical fiction from a favourite time period or a book recommend by a friend.

    • Reply Rachael May 2, 2019 at 3:32 pm

      By all means feel free to read where you are feeling in the mood for. Most likely whatever you pick will count for something. Feel free to stretch the categories a bit if you need. I actually think I’m going to read The Bell Jar for my reading challenge this month. Hopefully I can get through it. It’s one of those books that has been on my to-read list for ages.

  • Reply Sarah H June 12, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Given it’s now mid-June, I’m a little behind on the April prompts (I’m not reading for the prompts in chronological order). I have:
    14. Young Adult Fiction: “Stalking Jack the Ripper” by Kerri Maniscalco – I “read” this as an audiobook. Not really sure why it’s been marketed as YA, but it was okay.
    15-17. All three books in a trilogy: The Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl who Played with Fire”, “The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”) – haven’t actually got to these yet, but they’ve been on my TBR list for ages.
    18. A Dystopian Novel: “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. Another one on my TBR for a long time!

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