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April Reading Challenge

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Around the World Club Reading Challenge

I create a monthly reading challenge for my Goodreads (and Leafmarks) Group – Around the World. All members are welcome to join this Book Club.

Our Group reading challenges vary from Yearly to the Monthly Challenge. With the monthly challenges, you set your own reading book goals. I create the 10 Categories to help you achieve that reading goal.

Each book can only be given one category upon completion, so there’s no cheating by crossing off two or more categories for one book. Some (like myself) have been finishing 1 to 2 books and others would complete all of the categories and sometimes more.

Also the book must be 100 pages or more.

All books that members (and others) completed must read during the month (or year for the yearly challenge).

Non members of the group is more than welcome to participate in these goals. Just link this page and let me know how your reading progress is going.

Here is April’s reading challenge.


Spring Forward April

Books to Read Goal: #?
Categories Completed: #?
Books Completed: #?


01) A Whole New Look.

With the change of Seasons, my dog Peanut and I both got haircuts. Peanut looks like a different dog with her haircut and bath – she looks skinnier and cleaner.

Read a book where a character has made some sort of change.

The possibilities are endless because the change can range from a haircut, an action completely out of character, a move, a travel vacation, marriage, divorce, etc.

The key thing is that there was something done different from the normal daily grind.

Be sure to let us know what that change was.


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02) Spring Cleaning: Out With the Old.

With Spring comes the time do some cleaning and seeing what we want to keep or discard.

Read a book that’s been on your To-Be-List for over a year.

Or Read a book that was not published in the 21st Century.

The possibilities are up to you but be honest and find those old To-Be-Read books that have been collecting dust. And if you don’t want to sort through that long pile then reading a classic oldie is always good, even if it’s a reread. I’ve been rereading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.


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03) Spring Cleaning: And On With the New.

While you’re cleaning you might have bought something new because you have the space now.

Read a book that is published within the last year.

The possibilities are almost endless here because you’re looking for something that’s been published from April 2015 to now. It doesn’t matter if the book edition that you read is a revamped edition, paperback, etc, just as long as it was published within a year.


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04) The Fourth Month.

April Showers Brings May Flowers

April is the 4th month in the year.

Read a book with 4 words in the title.

The possibilities… well after looking through my kindle books and immediate TBR list, here’s some 4 word titles:

Anne of Green Gables L M Montgomery

  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery.
  • At the Reunion Buffett by Alexander McCall Smith. (Isabel Dalhousie series, book 10.5)
  • Been There, Done That by Carol Snow. (aka Learning Curve, but I have the 4 word title kindle edition)
  • The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern.
  • Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James.
  • A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall.
  • A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.
  • Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.
  • Walk in the Park by Jill Mansell.

And these are just the books on my kindle (and not including the Doc ebooks from Netgalley).


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05) First four Tinkerbell movies are set during a Season.

The movies show that each fairy’s talent has a part in lending some magic to the seasons change. Here’s a short YouTube video that shows ย that.

Read a book with either a genre or sub-genre of Fantasy, Magical Realism, Fairytale, Folklore, or Mythology.

The possibilities… hmm… I think some Neil Gaiman books are in order. And maybe rereading some Harry Potter books too.


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06) April Fool’s.

Rock April Fools

April 1st is a day to pull out those practical joke skills. A day to surprise people in hopes to make them laugh about it after the shock has died down. It’s April Fool’s Day. Here’s an article from Buzzfeed with 37 practical jokes. #31 with the rock is my favorite.

Read a book that has made you laugh or is a comedy.

Enquiring minds want to know what made the book funny to you.

The possibilities are endless with this because the book has somehow made you laugh or has some sort of humor.

Wikipedia has noted this about The Canterbury Tales:

Geoffrey Chaucer‘s The Canterbury Tales (1392) contains the first recorded association Newtown 1 April and foolishness.”

Now I don’t know if I’d have the time to read Chaucer’s book in April but it would be interesting to see what he says about April 1st.


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07) I Love Earth. (Arbor Day and Earth Day). ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ

This category is something simple and it’s all about recycling to help the Earth.

Read something that has been “Recycled” or paperless.

The possibilities … really it’s endless because if you have a kindle or listen to your audiobooks through digital sources (like iTunes or Audible.com), then you’re set. And using your local libraries is a sort of source in finding a “recycled” book.


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08) UK Loves Pets. (National Pet Month in UK. US loves them in May).

Well of course we already love our pets, but these National holidays is a extra sort of hug and kiss to them

Read a book where a character has some sort of pet.

Cat Was Involved Chet and Bernie Spencer Quinn

The possibilities… alright, you do not have to stick with the old troupe stories, the ones that intentionally cause you to cry because you know the dog is going to die, but his unconditional love is just so… ohhhh… that you don’t want the dog to die even though you know it’s coming anyways. I haven’t read the book yet, but I heard that that The Art of Racing the Rain by Garth Stein pulls at the reader. I mean here’s a partial sentence from the blurb: “On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through…” Yup. Enzo, the dog, is dying.

So if you don’t want to cry, try something else. Rita Mae Brown has some good books to choose from. Or there’s even the Chet and Bernie mystery books. And if you don’t want a dog or cat as the pet, well I’m not sure what book to suggest. But you can choose from any kind of “pet” that the characters may have. Even an ant farm will do.

Just be sure to let us know what that pet was.


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9) Are you a poet and didn’t know it? (National Poetry Month).

Ahh poetry. The almost forgotten word it seems.

Read a book that has one or more poems in it.

Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein

The possibilities… If you don’t want to read 100 pages of poetry, you could always hope to find a book with a poem inside the story. Going out and looking at the physical book might help.

And if you don’t want to do that, then do what I’m going to to for April, pick up some books by Shel Silverstein. His poems are sure to bring some joy (and maybe nostalgia) to your reading enjoyment. I look forward to reading Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.

Or there’s reading something by William Shakespeare because he was born on April 23, 1564. Or William Wadsworth born on April 7, 1770.


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10) Here’s to your Health. (World Health Month).

Yes, our health. World Health Month focuses on a lot of various things that are either eye-openers or something that is too common (Diabetes, etc).

Read a book that has made you really think and use your brain.

Michelle and Peanut reading

The possibilities… What I mean here is that the language is a little bit more different. There isn’t not that much usage of the common slangs or OMG (E.L. James‘s books are a big no for this category!). If you’re the type that can read a book within a few days that’s great, but we’re you able to obtain and remember everything that happened in the story? Even the small details?

This category is to help us with our reading habits, so if you’re the type (like me) who is crouching over their kindles or books, try to correct the way you sit or lay in bed reading. And please stop reading and walking! My mom has just watched a tv news thing on this and said how bad it is to be looking down all the time at your reading devices. It could be why I have a pinched nerve by my neck and shoulder.

Health Essentials, Cleveland Clinic = Text Neck: Is Smartphone Use Causing Your Neck Pain? Improve your posture to find out. March 24, 2015 / By Chronic Conditions Team

CNN Health News = Your smartphone is a pain in the neck
By Jacque Wilson, CNN. September 09, 2012.

Medical Daily = E-Books Are Damaging Your Health: Why We Should All Start Reading Paper Books Again. Jan 11, 2015. By Lecia Bushak

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