March Reading Challenge: Try Your Luck With Some New Books


Try your luck with some new books by joining our March Reading Challenge. Each week, we have a different topic and some book suggestions just for you!

Two months down and 10 more to go. How is everyone’s reading challenge going? Have you been able to read a book a week so far this year?

This year, we challenged our readers to read a book a week with us. Every week, we will be selecting books from different categories of our 2019 Reading Challenge. Just so you know, we are doing the challenge in order, but feel free to skip around as much as you want.

If you have fallen behind or are just joining us, no worries. Feel free to start fresh with the March Reading Challenge or catch up with our January or February categories.

This month, we’ve got a few categories that are more subjective for you. We want the March Reading Challenge to not only introduce you to new books but also take your personality into play.

Scroll on down to see which categories we will be reading this month. We’d love to hear what books you have lined up.

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March Reading Challenge

1. Genre You Don’t Usually Read

March is here. The chill of winter is beginning to recede and the glories of spring are about to appear. Spring is a season where the whole world starts anew.

So why not you?

For the March Reading Challenge, choose a book from a genre you don’t usually read. Whether that be a self-help, poetry, sci-fi and fantasy, or maybe even classics. Be willing to expand your horizons and see what else is out there you might be missing.

Book Suggestions

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Book cover for The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean


2. Children’s Classic

Do you remember reading Charlotte’s Web as a child? How much love you had for that little pig and how touched you were by Charlotte?

Maybe The Little House in the Big Woods charmed you in your early days. Or perhaps it was Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.

This week, go read a children’s classic. You could choose to reread a favorite from your childhood or try out one you missed. Either way, hearken back to a period of innocence and remind yourself why you fell in love with reading in the first place.

Related: 33 Children’s Classics Your Kids Will Love

Book Suggestions

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Call of the Wild by Jack London


3. Cover With Your Favorite Color

Throw that old saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” out the window. This week, let’s only look at book covers.

Pick your favorite color and browse the shelves for a selection that matches. Don’t have a favorite color? Then choose green for St. Patrick’s Day or go with the team colors from the school you think will win it all during March Madness.

And be sure to tag us @pingel_sisters on Instagram and Twitter for any photos you post. We’d love to see your choices!

Book Suggestions

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White


4. Bought At a Thrift Store

To end the March Reading Challenge, it’s time to go shopping. While there is a special joy in buying a brand new book, today we are going to give a book a second chance instead.

Head out to your favorite thrift store, flea market or secondhand bookstore and find a book that could use a little love. You’ll probably be surprised at the selection of books at your local thrift store. I know I always am.


What books will you choose for the March Reading Challenge?

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  • Reply Kelly March 1, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Here’s a look at what I have picked out for March. It may be a little over-enthusiastic but I’m going to get it a go.

    ~ A Children’s Classic – The Giver by Lois Lowry
    ~ The First Book in a Trilogy – The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
    ~ A Book Set in your Home State/Province – Dead Cold by Louise Penny
    ~ A book on your TBR list the longest – Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill (It’s been on there since 2006 when it first came out)
    ~ A Popular Book you’ve Never Read – The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

    I also plan to read The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, but will fit it in somewhere once I’m finished.

  • Reply Sarah H June 12, 2019 at 11:56 am

    My picks for prompts 10-13 are as follows:
    10. A genre you don’t usually read: “One Minute Later” by Susan Lewis – I’m not normally big on chick-lit. This was okay, but I won’t be rushing to read more just yet.
    11. Children’s classic: “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott – I’m rather embarrassed that I’ve never read this. It was a bit out of fashion when I was growing up in the 1970s and 1980s.
    12. Cover with your favourite colour: “The Course of Love” by Alain de Boton – a beautiful cover, but unfortunately I found this a disappointing read from an author I’ve loved in the past.
    13. Bought at a thrift store: “Magpie Murders” by Anthony Horowitz – I was delighted to get this at a bargain price, as it’s a fairly recent release. I really enjoyed it.

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