If you follow me on Instagram (and you should!!) then you will have seen that I set myself a new monthly challenge that will hopefully help me with my Goodreads Reading Challenge too. I am making more of an effort to read books from genres that I wouldn’t normally reach for, in the hopes that it will expand my reading preferences and I can learn exciting, new things. I started this month and I already ticked off a few books from the different genres which is awesome because I feel like I am making progress! But wait, what was my point…?
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Oh, Yes! Since I started the challenge, I’ve been keeping up to date with the new books to be released each month so that I will know what to expect. I have to say, there are so many interesting books that are going to be released this year! But I am going to take it one month at a time and share with you the new releases that I have my eye on during the month of April:
NON-FICTION: THE GENIUS OF BIRDS BY JENNIFER ACKERMAN
I am really excited about this book, but the main reason I am looking forward to reading it is this: My husband doesn’t trust birds. His record involving birds will leave you in stitches! So when I came by this book on Goodreads I immediately added it to my “want to read” list. I’d love to know if there is something more to his mistrust and hilarious history with these feathery creatures.
FICTION: ELIGIBLE – A MODERN RETELLING OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICE BY CURTIS SITTENFELD
I am embarrassed to admit that I never read Pride and Prejudice but it’s on my list of classics to read as soon as possible. I’m not sure if I want to read this book before or after I read the original, but I’ve been reading quite a few retellings lately and I enjoyed every one of them. It would be interesting to see if one would learn the same lessons after reading both versions.
AUTOBIOGRAPHY/ MEMOIR: LAB GIRL BY HOPE JAHREN
I am a royal member of the nerd club – whatever that may mean to the next person – and I am proud of it! I love science, mathematics and technology; I love asking questions and looking for the answers. Which is why Lab Girl caught my eye as soon as I saw it. Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist in paleobiology, and her autobiography is not only about her research and work life; but it is also about love and childhood memories that shaped the person that she is today.
ROMANCE/ YOUNG ADULT: WHEN WE COLLIDE BY EMERY LORD
I’m combining Romance and Young Adult because there was nothing that caught my attention in the former genre. When We Collide was actually in the YA genre of new releases for April but it’s supposed to be a romance too. I’ve seen this book all over Instagram, and I am not sure if it’s because the book is good or because everyone in my entire Bookstagram feed enjoyed Emery Lord’s previous book called The Start of Me and You. Just for the record, I was not a fan of the book, but I am prepared to keep an open mind and give this new one a fair chance to wow me.
MYSTERY: THE DROWNING GIRLS BY PAULA TREICK DEBOARD
I’ve neglected the Mystery genre this year, and I am trying (and failing) to understand why that is. But when I read the synopsis of this mystery novel by Paula Treick DeBoard, I knew it will make the list of books to read sometime this year. The Drowning Girls is a book of one upmarket neighbourhood’s secrets, lies and obsessions that makes it sounds like a really dark and disturbing read.
You’ll probably be reading more about this challenge of mine which I am incredibly excited about (can you tell I am excited??). So I thought I’d extend this challenge to anyone else who would like to make more of an effort to broaden their reading horizons. Link back to this website so that I can check out your progress!