#KillYourTBR2016: April’s Reading Challenge

#KillYourTBR2016: April’s Reading Challenge


Is it just us, or is 2016 flying by? We can’t believe it, but it’s already time for April’s reading challenge. This month the focus is on reading books in a genre you don’t own a lot of. But more on that in a minute; first let’s recap our editors’ goals for March.

Kelly’s March Challenge
Bookish readers, I have failed you. Struck down by the plague, I got very little reading done this month. I did manage to read one of the titles on my goal list, A Darker Shade of Magic, and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to jump into the sequel, A Gathering of Shadows, rather than picking up the other two books I intended to read. I have no regrets.

Elizabeth’s March Challenge
I promised I would do better this month, and I’m happy to report that I read (or at least dipped into) all three books I planned to read in March. I was most moved by Between the World and Me, which I read in one sitting and haven’t been able to stop thinking about. I was entertained and grossed out by Gulp, which taught me more about digestive systems than I ever thought I would know.

How about you guys? Comment below or share your progress with us on social media using #KillYourTBR2016.

And now, onto April. This month the focus is simple: Read a genre outside of your comfort zone. Look at your TBR piles and take note of which genre you own the least of. Maybe you’re an avid romance reader with a small sci-fi collection you’d like to tackle, or an adult reader who wants to know what the young adult hype is all about. Depending on how many books you own in that genre, you may be able to knock out an entire genre in a single month!

In need of inspiration? Here’s a look at what books our editors plan on picking up.

Kelly’s April Goals

Anna and the Swallow Man

This month I’m reading from my middle grade pile. It’s a genre that’s always close to my heart because these are books that kids read in some of their most formative years. Plus there are so many great titles (such as Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming) which transcend age and are simply beautiful, moving books. From what I’ve heard Anna and the Swallow Man is exactly that type of book.

The Glass Sentence

I’ve had this on my shelf for a while. Kirkus called it one of the best books of 2014 and described it as “marvelous beyond compare.” I’m ready to be blown away.



I’m a sucker for fairy tale reimaginings and anything that remotely resembles a Disney princess, which means this retelling of Rapunzel is right up my alley.

Elizabeth’s April Goals

As I Lay Dying

If left to my own devices, I will read a lot of nonfiction. Like, a LOT. This month, I’ll try to pick up more fiction titles since I certainly read fewer of them. My plan is to start with As I Lay Dying, since I haven’t read (or understood) enough William Faulkner to call myself a fan just yet. Yoknapatawpha County, here I come.  


This is one of the spring titles that piqued my interest, and I just snagged an advance reader’s edition. If anyone is looking for me, I’ll be outside in a park somewhere enjoying the nice weather with Sweetbitter.

The Mare

I’ll cut to the chase: I love Mary Gaitskill. Veronica was excellent. Bad Behavior was incredible. I can’t wait to dive into her newest novel.

Kelly Gallucci
Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of Bookish.com, where she oversees Bookish's editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors like Leigh Bardugo, V.E. Schwab, and Sabaa Tahir. She's just coming off of moderating an author panel at New York Comic Con. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and binging Netflix with her pitbull. She is a Gryffindor.


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