February Reading Challenge: Fall In Love With Some New Books


Fall in love with some new books by joining our February Reading Challenge. Each week, we have a different topic and some book suggestions just for you!

How is your 2019 reading going? Have you been able to keep up with your goals?

In case you are just joining us, we set a goal to read one book a week through 2019. To make it more fun and diversify our reading, we established 52 categories in our 2019 reading challenge.

To help ourselves and our readers finish the challenge, we’ve broken it down into monthly goals. We just finished the January Reading Challenge and have loved hearing about everyone’s book selections. Curious what we read? Check out our January book selections.

Now that we’ve gotten a good start in our reading, it’s time to stay strong in our February reading challenge. Why not spend this last month of winter curled up with some books to read.

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February Reading Challenge

1. A Book Recommended by A Friend

On Pinterest, we run one of the biggest featured communities. With over 3,000 people, we get to discuss all things books, hence the name All the Books.

Can you guess what the most asked question is? Can someone suggest a good book to me?

We honestly hate this question. Yes, we could recommend a million different books, but we know nothing about you. With no knowledge of who they are, what they like, or what they are looking for in a book, we know our recommendation has a decent chance of falling flat.

This week, go ask a friend who knows you well to recommend a book to you. Give your friend an idea of what you like to read so they can better tailor their recommendation to you. Probability is high you will love their choice. If not, then you now know who not to ask for book recommendations.

Related: World War II Historical Fiction Recommended by Our Readers

Book Suggestions

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

2. Book That Will Make You Cry

Maybe the week of Valentine’s Day was not a good choice for a book that makes you cry. Honestly, we didn’t really think that out when we decided the February reading challenge topics.

Regardless of your Valentine’s Day plans, this week indulge in a book that will likely make you cry. Strong emotions and a good cry can feel so cathartic.

Whether you choose a tearjerker or a book so funny you’ll laugh yourself to tears, grab the tissues and make sure you are wearing waterproof mascara this week.

Related: 14 Books That Make You Cry Embarrassingly Hard

Book Suggestions

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
Grab the tissues because this book will definitely make you cry. You really ought to read Marley and Me by John Grogan
I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell

3. Book Published in 2009

Can you remember what life was like back in 2009? Back in the days of the Great Recession when Barack Obama was President. We were all worried about swine flu and shocked by the death of Michael Jackson.

To continue the February reading challenge, this week take a look back at what life was like a decade ago. Pick up a book published in 2009 and see how it fares 10 years later. Is it still relevant? Or has it not aged well?

Book Suggestions

Perfect Beach Reads: Old Man's War by John Scalzi
Grab the tissues because this book will definitely make you cry. You really ought to read If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Book cover for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

4. A Book Becoming a Movie in 2019

To celebrate the 91st annual Academy Awards, for your final week of the February reading challenge, let’s celebrate the big screen.

For authors, it’s an astounding thing to see your work be adapted to film. Every year, Hollywood selects a handful of books to become movies.

Sometimes they do so well, the film surpasses the original work. Other times they fail to capture some of the original book’s novelty.

Before they hit the theaters this year, choose one of the books becoming movies in 2019 to read. Be sure to later go watch the movie and compare the two. That’s half the fun.

Related: Read It Before You See It: 20 Books Becoming Movies in 2019

Book Suggestions

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Perfect Beach Reads: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

What books will you choose for the February Reading Challenge?

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

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  • Reply Terra W January 29, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    My February picks:
    3. Goodreads Winner 2008 – The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah (was waiting on library availability)
    6. Recommended by a friend – Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
    7. Book that will make you cry – The Glass Castle- Jeannette Walls
    8. Book Publisbed in 2009 – Dark Places- Gillian Flynn
    9. Book becoming a movie in 2019 – Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

    • Reply Rachael February 2, 2019 at 11:57 am

      Good choices! I still need to read Small Great Things. I have a love/hate relationship with Jodi Picoult though,

  • Reply Kelly E. February 1, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    I’m a book behind heading into February, but this is what my month is shaping up to look like
    ~ A Book About a Difficult Topic – We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
    ~ 2018 Bestseller – Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
    ~ The First Book in a Series – Still Life by Louise Penny
    ~A Book Becoming a Movie in 2019 – Where’d You Go Brenadette by Maria Semple

    I also have Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin on my list for February, but I’m not sure where it would fit.

    • Reply Rachael February 2, 2019 at 11:59 am

      Love these choices. I would but Please Look After Mom in the Books set in a another country category if I were you.

      • Reply Kelly Enright February 2, 2019 at 12:43 pm

        Thanks for the heads up!

    • Reply Kelly February 25, 2019 at 6:36 pm

      Heading into March I am now ahead of pace, but I know there are some upcoming weeks where I won’t have to same amount of time to read. I have also stopped reading the books in order for several reasons, the main one being I like to choose which books I’ll read for the month and then assign them a prompt, not the other way around. Here’s a look back at February (in the order I read them).

      ~ A Book About a Difficult Topic – We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (3 stars)
      ~ A 2018 Bestseller – Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (4 stars)
      ~ An Audiobook – Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham (3 stars)
      ~ The First Book in a Series – Still Life by Louise Penny (4 stars)
      ~ A Book Set in Another Country – Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin (3 stars)
      ~ A Book that Made You Cry – The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller (4 stars)
      ~ A Book Becoming a Movie in 2019 – Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (3 stars)

      I am quite pleased with how my month went and have picked out 6 books (I may be a tad optimistic) for March. Happy Reading!

  • Reply Patricia Anne Bryan February 25, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Difficult topic..Anna Quindlen..One True Thing
    Film The Goldfinch.Donna Tartt
    2018 Best seller .Skin Deep Liz Nugent.

  • Reply Sarah H June 12, 2019 at 11:45 am

    My picks for prompts 6-9 are as follows:
    6. Recommended by a friend: “Devastation Road” by Joanna Baker – recommended by my step-mother, who knows the author. I really enjoyed it.
    7. Book that will make you cry: “Seven Letters” by Sinead Moriarty – absolute tearjerker about a pregnant woman who goes into a coma and how her family cope with the situation.
    8. Book published in 2009: “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. I REALLY enjoyed this.
    9. Book becoming a movie in 2019: “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah – yet to read this, but have been looking forward to reading it for ages (would also have met prompt 6 about 10 times over!).

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