Spring Reading Challenge 2019

March 14, 2019

Spring is arriving! Spring is officially one week away. It is one of my favorite seasons; the days get warmer, the trees get their leaves back, the flowers blossom, and it is the perfect time to enjoy the sunshine and sound of the birds with a book! So I decided to create a Spring reading challenge! I would love it if you would try the whole challenge, or even just pick one week and challenge yourself it!

Here is how it will work: there are 13 weeks in Spring (March 21st-June 21st). I wanted to make this challenge an even 12, and also wanted to provide an “off” week in case you get behind or need a break! Therefore, there are 12 different “parts” of the challenge. Just go week by week all the way down! By the start of summer you would have read 12 new books!

For each category, I wanted to provide some inspiration to get you started, so if you would like ideas, keep on reading! Each week at the beginning of the week I will be posting inspiration for each category, this is more all-over inspiration. If you are confident and want to get started, go ahead! I believe in you and would love to hear of the books you read!

Book that was published last Spring

If you know me, you know I love Stephen King. You would also know that one of my favorite books of his was published in May of last year. I am a weirdo so I love reading books out of season. I like sitting on a brilliant sunny day and reading a spooky book that was made for October. If you do as well, consider this book for your book published in Spring!

Book that is set in your state

For this book set in your state, I chose my state, Pennsylvania. When it comes to that week, I will provide books from all of the states, but for now, here is the book from my state! However, even if you are not from PA, read this book. It is the story of a man who gives his newborn daughter who has Down Syndrome to a nurse so that she can raise her. Beautiful.

A book that is more than 300 pages

There are a ton of books that are over 300 pages, but I thought I would show you one that is a little less known, a bit quirky, but amazing. The Undertaker’s Daughter is real, charming, and extremely eye-opening.

A book set in a city you have been to

For a book set in a city you have been to, I chose one of the most visited cities in the United States: New York City. The Goldfinch is an amazing book set on Park Avenue, New York City.

A book from your 2018 list

While I obviously don’t know what books were on your 2018 list, I can share one of the books from my 2018 list. I don’t think I could sum up The Forgetting Time better than what the Amazon description did, so I will just leave this here:
“What would you do if your four-year-old son claimed he had lived another life and that he wants to go back to it? That he wants his other mother?”

A book by an author you don’t know

I definitely did not know this author before I read this book, and then I read this book and fell in love. Paul Kalanithi tells the story of his life in When Breath Becomes Air. The basis of the story is that Paul was almost at his goal of completing over a decade of schooling to become a neurosurgeon, and was suddenly diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Poignant, emotional, and inspiring.

Historical Fiction based in your country

I didn’t want to exclude my readers from outside of the United States, and I believe in celebrating literature and history of all different countries. Therefore, I wanted one of the weeks to be reading historical fiction from your country. If you want, you can also switch it up and read a book from another country! Here is one of my favorite historical fiction books from the United States: The Help. If you have never read The Help, you are silly and missing out. Click that picture right now and buy it.

A Good Reads 2018 winner

Good Reads gives out an award every year in several different categories, and then also chooses the top 5 books of the entire year. I wanted to stretch you guys with this one for my initial recommendation. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark won the nonfiction award. However, this is one of my favorite books. It talks of the Golden State Killer, and the brilliant author’s obsession with finding the truth. This book was posted posthumously (after McNamara’s death), because the Golden State Killer was actually apprehended on April 24th, 2018, 44 years after his first known crime.

A “The Great American Read” book

The Great American Read is a list affiliated with PBS, and it is definitely not shy about it’s categories. It lists 100 books that have made a large impact in American society. Whether it be classics like The Catcher in the Rye, or cultural phenomenons like Fifty Shades of Grey. However, one of my favorites on the list is This Present Darkness, which I have read three times. Trust me it’s worth the read.

A book from a genre you don’t read

Once again, I am a weirdo. Most people when they think of genres they don’t read it is non-fiction, historical fiction, ect. Me? Romance. I will read a non-fiction above a romance any day. However, I have not read this book yet but it has made it to my list. Apparently this book is about a woman with Asperger’s and her romance with a hired escort. It is supposed to completely change the way we look at romance, so I am going to give it a shot!

A book with a plant on the cover

I have read many books with plants/flowers on the cover, but The Color Purple is truly a classic. It tells the riveting story of Celie, a young African American girl in the deep south in the time between the wars. Raped, trapped in marriage, separated from her family, Celie’s life seems hopeless. That is until she learns of Shug Avery, and begins to believe she can create her own destiny.

A book set in Summer

The best way to hit off the end of Spring and beginning of Summer: a book set in summer. We Were Liars is fascinating and really pulls you in. It is the perfect beginning to an amazing and warm summer!

There you have it! I hope you join me in my Spring reading challenge and get 12 more books under our belts by Summer!

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  • Michelle March 16, 2019 at 10:35 am

    How was Outsider? I’m also waiting to read it!

    • Honest Reader March 16, 2019 at 10:40 am

      I really liked Outsider. It just seemed more manageable to me than some of his other books as far as length (IT I’m looking at you haha). And I really think he did an amazing job at almost mixing genres. It starts basically as a crime novel, and then as King is known to do, turns into absolute horror with an awesome monster as the main focus. So I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it!

  • cendu March 19, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    This is such an awesome idea! I always stick to the same authors/genres because I guess I just got comfortable but I do love exploring new stuff and finding new favs. I don’t get as much time to read after baby but I would love to try a few of these.

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