#KillYourTBR2016: March’s Reading Challenge

#KillYourTBR2016: March’s Reading Challenge


How are you guys doing on your reading challenges for 2016? Keep us posted using #KillYourTBR2016 on social media—we love hearing about the books you’re reading!

Before we get to March, let’s take a look at how our editors did during February’s challenge, which was to read books we were embarrassed we hadn’t read yet:

Kelly’s February Challenge
I hit it out of the park this month. I only read three of the five books I listed (Dolores Claiborne, The Book Thief, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks), but I found each one to be completely captivating. Plus, I feel really accomplished for finally having checked them off of my TBR list.

Elizabeth’s February Challenge
Well, guys, it’s time for me to ‘fess up. I didn’t read any of the books I told you I was going to read for this challenge in February, which feels oddly appropriate—I’m now just doubly embarrassed not to have read those books. Forgive me, readers. March will be better.

Want to know what we thought of the books we read? Check out our Friday Reads tag.

Speaking of March, we imagine you’re all excited for this month’s challenge: Read books based on their covers. If you need inspiration, we have a few articles that showcase excellent book covers. Or you can take a look at what we plan on reading and why:

Kelly’s March Goals

A Darker Shade of Magic

Why I like the cover: This is a story about jumping between parallel universes, and I think this cover captures that essence in a creative and clever way. I love the colors, the maps within the circles, and the way Kell’s coat fans out like an arrow, pointing the reader towards adventure.


Six of Crows

Why I like the cover: This entire book is absolutely stunning, from the black-edged pages to the gorgeous clouds that turn to buildings beneath the crow’s wings. I’m going to be very careful while I read it; I don’t want to ruin the perfection.

Cuckoo’s Calling

Why I like the cover: I love everything about this cover, from the typography to the blinding flash of the paparazzi’s cameras. This is also one of the books I wanted to read in February and didn’t get the chance to, so I’m rolling it over into March.

Elizabeth’s March Goals

Clarice Lispector: Complete Stories

Why I like the cover: Who isn’t obsessed with the cover of this book? It is (as you probably noticed from our Bookish Oscars) one of my favorite book covers from 2015. I loved Agua Viva when I read it, and can’t wait to dip into more of Lispector’s work to see what I encounter.

Between the World and Me

Why I like the cover: I love a good, minimalist book cover. Sometimes you don’t need fancy illustrations or graphics—sometimes just the text is enough. I’m intrigued by this book, and it has been on my list for months. I hope to finally dive into this in March!


Why I like the cover: I’m simultaneously grossed out and fascinated by the cover of Gulp, with its huge mouth, pearly whites, and promise of pop science within. I was also lucky enough to hear Mary Roach speak a few weeks ago, which got me really interested in her work. I’d love to get around to reading Gulp this month!

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.


  1. So many books are calling my name
    Citizens of London (1/2 read)
    Ordinary Grace
    Dogs of Riga
    These are my must reads for March

  2. I started my own book challenge this year. Each week I have a new word, and I choose a book that somehow relates to that word. I’ve been keeping up quite well so far, though sometimes I don’t end up reading the book I’m going to read. Last week was success, and I read Yes Please which I adored. :) If anyone wants to join me in the Year of Words challenge, I set up a group and you’re welcome. :) It’s always more fun with friends.

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