March 2019 Reading Challenge Update: Weeks 10-13

After a rough February, I’m back with my latest reading challenge update. Was I lucky in my book picks this month, or did I find some bestsellers ready for my next Read This Not That list? Find out how I fared this month, and what book categories are coming up next month.

How did everyone’s March reading go? Did you discover any books you loved this month? Or did you struggle with the choices you had made?

This year, we challenged our readers to join us in a 2019 Reading Challenge – reading a book a week in 52 different categories. Now, we don’t expect you to go in order of the challenge. Feel free to skip around as much as you want.

However, since I’m going in order, I wanted to update you on the 4 books I chose for the March reading challenge. No 5 stars for me this month, though Jaclyn disagreed and gave one all the stars. Personally, my choices were split down the middle with 3 and 4 stars.

Read on to see what I liked and what I tolerated, and see where my tastes diverge with Jaclyn’s. And, as always, I’d love to hear what you’ve finished lately for the reading challenge!

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March: Books 10-13

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season
by N. K. Jemisin

10. A Genre You Don’t Usually Read: Though I’ve started reading much more young adult fantasy, I’ve always had a hard time with adult fantasy books. This month, I decided we should try out N. K. Jemisin’s hit Broken Earth series. Amazingly enough, all three books in her trilogy each earned Hugo Award for Best Novel. I don’t want to give away too much since we will be reading this for our April Book Club pick, but even though I am still not crazy for fantasy, I found the book well written overall. Jaclyn, on the other hand, was in love with the story and easily ranked it 5 stars. We’re curious to see what you think and discuss it with you this month! ★★★ Read more →


Book cover for Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little House in the Big Woods
by Laura Ingalls Wilder

11. Children’s Classic: My grandmother loved watching The Little House on the Prairie, so we watched plenty of episodes growing up. However, I never got around to reading the books. This month, I decided to give them a try, and I’m so glad I did. Reading about how her family lived so long ago is fascinating. This classic children’s series is definitely one I will have to read to my kids. ★★★★

Related: 33 Children’s Classics Your Kids Will Love


An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

An Anonymous Girl
by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

12. Cover with Your Favorite Color: Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s psychologial thriller The Wife Between Us was a huge hit in 2018, so I wanted to try their latest thriller about a girl participating in a psychological study. Desperate for cash, Jessica Farris agrees to go beyond the typical survey and participate in a study with Dr. Shields. But as Dr. Shields starts to ask more and more of her, Jessica realizes that Dr. Shields as her own hidden agenda. Overall, while entertaining, this thriller fell a bit flat for me. ★★★ Read more →


Book cover for The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10
by Ruth Ware

13. Bought at the Thrift Store: I had heard this title praised a few years ago, so when I saw it at my local thrift store in excellent condition, I snatched it up. The plot follows Lo Blacklock, a travel writer sent to cover a luxury cruise through Norway’s fjords. But when she thinks she witnesses a murder, she becomes enthralled in figuring out what happened to the woman in Cabin 10. I found this psychological thriller a quick fun read that kept me wanting more. ★★★★

Up Next in April

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

14. Young Adult Fiction

15. First Book in a Trilogy

16. Second Book in a Trilogy

17. Third Book in a Trilogy

18. Dystopian Novel

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

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

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1 Comment

  • Reply Kelly April 3, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Definitely missed the February book club and hope you are feeling better.

    Here’s a recap of how my March went.

    ~ The first book in a trilogy – The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (5 stars)
    ~ A book set in your home state (province) – Dead Cold by Louise Penny (4 stars)
    ~ A popular book you’ve never read – The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill (4 stars)
    ~ A non-fiction bestseller – The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (3 stars) *Audiobook
    ~ A book with the prettiest cover – Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott (4 stars)

    I’m kicking off April with I Am Malala, which I intended to use in the ‘inspirational story’ prompt. Happy reading!

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