April Reading Challenge: Spring Into Some New Books


Spring into some new books by joining our April Reading Challenge. Each week, we have a different topic and some book suggestions just for you!

Spring is here. Can you feel it in the air? Springtime is a season of renewal – the bursting of new life.

This spring, why not breathe some new life into your reading. To match the season, all of the categories of our April Reading Challenge are more heavily geared toward young adult genres.

Just so you know, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to only pick topics from young adult fiction. While many of our categories in the April Reading Challenge are heavily used in YA books, they can also be found in adult fiction as well.

However, if you aren’t falling in love with these categories, feel free to mix it up and choose a few different ones from our 2019 Reading Challenge. Or maybe go back and catch up on any topics you missed in January, February or March.

Either way, we hope you have a fun time reading a book a week with us this year.

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April Reading Challenge

1. Young Adult Fiction

For me, whenever I’m not feeling well, I generally prefer to watch tv instead of read. Thus, during my pregnancies I would go long stretched without reading. And once I started feeling better, it was always a struggle to get back into reading. My solution: young adult fiction.

Whenever I need a quick and easy read, I always turn to young adult fiction. Yes, some YA books have deeper themes and meanings. However, many have more of a “you get what you see” approach. Additionally, YA books tend to be more plot driven, helping the story to progress quickly.

This week, give some young adult fiction a try. Remember what it felt like to be a teenager with the whole future in front of you. Enjoy the drama, mixed emotion, and action that typically come with the genre.

Book Suggestions

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

2-4. Read A Trilogy

Movies come in trilogies all the time, but so do books. For the middle three weeks of April, why not sit down and read all three books in a trilogy. Or books 1, 2, and 3 from three different trilogies. Frankly, we aren’t picky.

Need ideas? There are tons of trilogies in the young adult genre. Think Hunger Games, Divergent, or any of the millions of YA dystopian series.

If you are looking to expand beyond the Young Adult genre, then we also have you covered, here are a few ideas for you.

Book Suggestions

Imperium by Robert Harris (Cicero Trilogy #1)
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
Night by Elie Wiesel

5. Dystopian Novel

Big brother is watching you. For generations, people have been given dire predictions of our future. Some have partly come true, while others have been way off base.

While the dystopian novel is not exactly new, it seems to really have hit its heyday in the last decade or two. To end your April Reading Challenge, why not pick up a copy and see what harrowing future the author has envisioned. Contemplate what you would do in this scenario. Evaluate how realistic the possibility of this future is, or if the author has a bit too active of an imagination.

Yes, again, dystopian novels are more common in YA fiction, but also are available in the adult section. Think 1984 by George Orwell, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood or On the Beach by Nevil Shute.

Book Suggestions

Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
Vox by Christina Dalcher
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

What books will you choose for the April Reading Challenge?

April Reading Challenge 2019 // Read a book a week this year by starting with these categories for your April Reading Challenge

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  • Reply Terra W April 8, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    1. Young Adult Fiction – Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen (I’m like the only person on the planet that hadn’t read this one yet lol)
    2-4. Trilogy – Annihilation, Authority & Acceptance – Jeff VanderMeer
    5. Dystopian Novel – War of the Worlds – H.G Wells (also another one that’s new to me lol)

    • Reply Rachael April 8, 2019 at 1:33 pm

      I adore Pride and Prejudice I hope you enjoy it as much. Most of the best lines from the film adaptations are straight from the book.

  • Reply Christine Bullock April 15, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I just read my YA book for this challenge although I didn’t realize that was what it was when I picked it up at a Good Will store. It is Code by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs. She is one of my favorite authors so when I saw her name naturally I bought it. I enjoyed the book it is a little bit futuristic and fantasy and a little bit mystery. I enjoyed it and will look for more books with this set of characters. The premise of the story is these teenagers have been used in a medical experiment that combined their DNA with that of a wolf and they can each invoke the powers when needed to take on certain situations. If you love a fast moving mystery, you will like this book and so would most young readers.

    • Reply Rachael April 15, 2019 at 4:10 pm

      I have to admit that Kathy Reichs is one of my guilty pleasures. I’ve read her entire Temperance Brennan series, which are far from the best written, but I’m so invested I have to finish. I’ve never tried her YA series, though. Thanks for the recommendation.

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