2024 Reading Challenge: A book in verse or a book of poems

Are you participating in the 2024 Reading Challenge? We have 12 challenges to complete throughout the year and every month we’ll feature one of the challenge prompts. This month we’re featuring the prompt “Read a book in verse or a book of poems.” Listed below are just a few books that fit the prompt but there are plenty of other books you can pick up! 

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Poetry Collections

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An American sunrise : poems /Poems to live your life by / Claw the System: Poems from the Cat Uprising /Solstice to solstice to solistice : a year of sunrises in poetry / Shout : a poetry memoirMusic I once could dance to

YA Books in Verse

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Alma presses play / Me (Moth) /We are all so good at smiling / Wings in the wild / African TownMuted 

JF Books in Verse

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Aniana del Mar jumps in /Rez dogs / Odder /AloneRed, white, and wholeRima’s rebellion : courage in a time of tyranny

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Books with Autistic Representation

The month of April is World Autism Month. There are many people in the world with autism and oftentimes they can be overlooked by society. Take time this month, and every month, to accept and lift up voices of those with autism. Below are some books featuring characters on the autistic spectrum.


Picture Books

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A friend for Henry / My brother CharlieIt was supposed to be sunnyBenji, the bad day, and meLooking after Louis 

Middle Grade

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Rain reign /A kind of spark / The someday birds / Planet earth is blue / On the edge of gone

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 The London Eye mystery  / Mockingbird / A boy called Bat / Ellen outside the linesSpeak up!

Young Adult

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What to say next / The many half-lived lives of Sam Sylvester / Unseelie / The secret life of Kitty GrangerWhen my heart joins the thousand

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Something more /The spirit bares its teethQueens of geek Here’s how I see it : here’s how it is / The state of grace 


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Act your age, Eve Brown / The kiss quotient / Ginny MoonThe bride testInto the drowning deep


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Book Review: Bride by Ali Hazelwood

Bride by Ali Hazelwood

A Review by Mina Nguyen


Misery Lark, daughter to the most powerful Vampyre councilman of the Southwest, has grown up being a collateral between Vampyres and Humans. Instead, she is called in after living among the Humans as an outcast to be wed to the Alpha of the pack, Lowe Moreland, in order to uphold an alliance between the Vampyres and Werewolves. Misery, initially against this idea, realizes the benefit of this marriage after her best friend, Serena, has mysteriously disappeared with the name L.E. Moreland on her calendar, which so happens to be the initials of her future husband. What starts out as this marriage of convenience, turns into something different and foreign to Misery, who realizes that love exists in multiple ways while unraveling the disappearance of her best friend.

Ali Hazelwood has consistently written the same “blueprint” romance with brooding and grumpy male love interests with the sunshine main character- all STEM-based romance.

However, Ali Hazelwood brings something original to what she’s written before. She writes a paranormal romance- not STEM based- with both slightly grumpy and protective characters. Her usage of two characters that have similar traits challenges her to write a different dynamic, which allows her characters interact differently around each other. With her other writing, it was predictable how these characters react to one another, but with Bride, readers don’t know exactly how these two characters from different species with similar traits will react around one another. While it is a bit predictable, as all rom-coms are, it is definitely different from what Hazelwood has produced in the past, which makes it a more interesting read. Additionally, she adds a mystery aspect as a subplot rather than her typical STEM subplot. With Bride, there’s still a lot of romance, but there’s a mystery subplot which keeps readers more engaged. The chemistry between Lowe and Misery is off-the-charts! The tension is great and the personal character development is what makes this book strong. This book started strong and ended strong and leaves room for her to further explore the Omegaverse. While not a fan of this type of genre of book, I still enjoyed it. I’m not a big fan of “mates,” but Hazelwood does a good job of keeping me engaged. The side characters were extremely likable and had nuances that made them memorable. While I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone, this book is geared towards those who have read Hazelwood’s books in the past and want to continue to explore her future works and those who would like a romance-centered read and those who may be interested in reading something from the Omegaverse with werewolves and vampires.



Books similar to Bride:

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer/ Any book by Ali Hazelwood! The Fake Mate by Lana Ferguson /Powerless by Lauren Roberts

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