A mini reading challenge celebrating the month of April
There really are no rules for a reading challenge. You don’t have to start in January and you don’t have to do a year long challenge. Anything goes!
If you’re looking for a small commitment, then this April reading challenge is for you. It’s not too long and not too short. And quite frankly, you don’t even have to do this challenge in April – start it anytime!
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APril Reading Challenge
Are you ready to have some fun reading this month? I’ve got some fun prompts for you.
If you’re a quick reader, there are four prompts in this challenge, enough to read a book a week. If that is too much for you, choose your two favorite prompts or just pick one to read this month.
This reading challenge celebrates April and the beginning of spring. You’ll be able to read from your favorite genres and you’ll also stretch your reading muscles a bit to break away from your favorites.
Let’s get started!
A Book with a Weather Word in the Title
You know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” so in honor of April showers, we’re going to read a book with a weather word in the title.
Here are some word options: rain, showers, rainbow, storm, wind, sun, and even snow.
The book possibility are numerous, but here are a few choices to get you started:
If you want a heartwarming book about a dog, you can choose The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.
Fifty Words for Rain by Ahsa Lemmie is a good choice if you like historical fiction or coming-of-age stories.
Or, if you love to read bestsellers and the latest new releases, check out The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah.
For even more help, I found a great list on Goodreads of Books with Seasons and Weather in Titles.
What is your choice?
Mystery About a Library
April 6 is National Librarian Day, so in honor our all the lovely librarians in the world, we’re going to read a mystery that features a library or has a librarian protagonist.
There are actually a lot of great choices for this prompt! Here are a few to get you started:
The Bookmobile Cat series by Laurie Cass is one of my favorites featuring a bookmobile librarian in Michigan. Lending a Paw is the first book in the series, but like so many mystery series, you can read them in any order.
Or, head over to small town Connecticut and choose one of the books in the Library Lovers’ Mystery Series by Jenn McKinlay. Books Can Be Deceiving is the first book in that series.
If you prefer a classic mystery, check out Agatha Christie’s The Body in the Library featuring Miss Marple.
Which mystery do you want to read?
A Book With a Flower on the Cover
Do you ever pick a book for it’s cover? I’ll admit that I do it a lot! So, this month, in honor of all the flowers that are starting to bloom, choose a book with a flower on the cover.
You can find this by browsing the library shelves or your favorite bookstore. Here are some options to get you started:
If you like historical fiction and World War II fiction, you can check out Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.
Or, if you love to read the popular books that everyone is reading, choose Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. It’s described as gothic horror, but it’s much more atmospheric and gothic than it is horror. I loved it!
Maybe you want to reread a classic children’s book favorite. If so, grab your copy of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. So many editions have flowers on the cover!
If you want more options, I found another great Goodreads list of Books with Flowers on the Cover.
Which book will you choose for this category?
Nonfiction Book About Environmental Science
Earth Day is on April 22, so in honor of that day we’re going to choose a nonfiction book about environmental science. This is a meatier option, but it’s one that I love. I always learn so much through the the books that I read.
Here are some great options to get you started:
Read all about the food you eat with Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver.
I am in awe of trees, which is why The Songs of Trees: Stories of Nature’s Great Connectors by David George Haskell has made it’s way to my TBR list.
What can you do to help? Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard by Douglas W. Tallamy helps you get started in your own backyard.
And, as always, Goodreads is a great source for reading ideas. This massive list of Best Environmental Books is full of nonfiction and fiction choices. (And if you would rather read one of the fiction choices, go for it! I’m not that strict with reading challenges!)
Which environmental science book are you going to choose?
I’d love to hear the books that you choose. Leave me a note in the comments to let me know!