Spring is known to be great for a lot of different things. Cleaning, gardening, refreshing your look, and more. One of the activities I like to do is reflect on the goals and intentions I had on my mind at the beginning of the year. It gives me time and space to figure out if it’s something that I still want to pursue this year. If it’s not, I let it go. If I still want to achieve whatever the goal is, Spring gives me an opportunity to reset and refocus. Does anyone else do this?
One of those goals I am refocusing on is reading. What better way to get back on track with a reading goal than to do a reading challenge?
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- Introducing the GenTwenty Spring Reading Challenge
- A Book Set During Spring
- A Book With a Flower or Plant Name in the Title
- A Book About Cleaning
- A Book With a Plant or Flower on the Cover
- A Book Set in a Place You Want to Travel To/About Traveling
- A Book That Is a New Release
- A Book from Reese’s or Oprah’s Book Club
- A Book About Personal Growth/Motivational
- A Book You Read When You Were Younger
- A Book You Own But Haven’t Read Yet
- Join us for the GenTwenty Spring Reading Challenge!
Introducing the GenTwenty Spring Reading Challenge
Since this season has a lot of activities, and growth associated with it, I think it would be a great theme for a reading challenge! The challenge is simple: see how many books you can read from this list. I’ve got a checklist you can use to track your progress throughout the next few months as well.
Here are the categories on the checklist, as well as some suggestions if you need ideas on what to read.
A Book Set During Spring
I couldn’t start off a spring reading challenge without a book set in the springtime. The book you pick here can be about anything and any genre, it just needs to take place in the springtime.
Here are a few ideas if you aren’t sure of what to read in this category:
- Queen Bee by: Dorothea Benton Frank
- The Language of Flowers by: Vanessa Diffenbaugh
- Marry Me (Covington Falls Chronicles #1) by: Kristin Wallace
- Meet Me in Monaco: A Novel of Grace Kelly’s Royal Wedding by: Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
A Book With a Flower or Plant Name in the Title
How long would it take you to think of flowers, plants, or gardening when you hear the word spring? I’m willing to bet it was at least in your top 10, if not the top five. So it’s definitely a theme perfect for this reading challenge!
These books may not have anything to do with Spring, or maybe it’s the main theme. Basically anything goes as long as there is a flower in the title. Here are a few books for you to consider:
- Lilac Girls: A Novel Paperback by: Martha Hall Kelly
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by: Stephen Chbosky
- Violets Are Blue (Alex Cross #7) by: James Patterson
- A Fall of Marigolds by: Susan Meissner
- Daisy Jones & The Six by: Taylor Jenkins Reid
A Book About Cleaning
Spring cleaning anyone? For this category I want you to read a book about topics like cleaning, organizing, decluttering, etc.. It doesn’t just have to be about your physical space either!
Here are a few different examples of cleaning books that would work for this category:
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by: Marie Kondō
- Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by: Cal Newport
- Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking (Mindfulness Books Series Book 1) by: S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport
- Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess: 5 Simple, Scientifically Proven Steps to Reduce Anxiety, Stress, and Toxic Thinking by: Dr. Caroline Leaf
- The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals by: Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin
A Book With a Plant or Flower on the Cover
I must admit that I am drawn to flowers on book covers, especially in the springtime. However, just because the book looks bright and full of spring vibes, doesn’t mean that’s what it is. The phrase “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” definitely applies here.
All that to say, in this category you have a variety of different options to read. Anything from a romance novel to a book about gardening. Just be sure to read the book description to make sure it’s something you’ll like!
- November 9 by: Colleen Hoover
- The Stars We Steal Hardcover by: Alexa Donne
- Flowerevolution: Blooming into Your Full Potential with the Magic of Flowers by: Katie Hess
- Truth Be Told by: Kathleen Barber
- Flower Gardening for Beginners: The Essential 3-Step System on How to Plant Flowers, Grow from Seeds, Design Your Landscape, and Maintain a Beautiful Flower Yard by: Plantgenics
A Book Set in a Place You Want to Travel To/About Traveling
There is something about reading a book set in a place that you want to travel to. The wanderlust feeling is even better in the springtime, at least in my opinion.
Here are a few books to get you started in this reading category:
- The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by: Eric Weiner
- Eat, Pray, Love by: Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country By: Helen Russell
- The Golden Hour by: Beatriz Williams
- The Alchemist by: Paulo Coelho
A Book That Is a New Release
New releases are exciting because you, for the most part, get to form your own opinion on the book before other opinions sway you. It’s also fun to be part of a new viral book craze before, or right as, it goes viral.
Here are some new releases for this spring. You can find more here:
- The Maid by: Nita Prose
- Family of Liars by: E. Lockhart
- This Time Tomorrow by: Emma Straub
- You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by: Akwaeke Emezi
- Set on You by: Amy Lea
If a book is on one of these lists you know it’s going to be a good one. I want to challenge you to go for a book that is different than what you usually read.
Here are a few options:
- Lucky by: Marissa Stapley
- The Light We Lost by: Jill Santopolo
- Such a Fun Age by: Kiley Reid
- Becoming by: Michelle Obama
- Wild : From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by: Cheryl Strayed
A Book About Personal Growth/Motivational
We at GenTwenty love personal growth books. We’ve got many reviews, like this one, on the blog that you can check out.
Here are few personal growth books to consider for this spring reading challenge:
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by: Stephen R. Covey
- Believe It by: Jamie Kern Lima
- You Are a Badass by: Jen Sincero
- Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by: David D. Burns
- Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success by: John C. Maxwell
These last two are categories that are personal to you, so I can’t give you specific recommendations.
A Book You Read When You Were Younger
Revisiting these books can be very nostalgic. With this time of year bringing lots of changes and milestones, like graduations, it’s fun to look back.
A Book You Own But Haven’t Read Yet
I can’t be the only one that owns seven or more books that haven’t been touched yet!This spring reading challenge is the perfect way to read what I already have.
Join us for the GenTwenty Spring Reading Challenge!
Will you be joining me? Let me know by commenting what book you are starting with.