March 2023 Mini-Challenge
A new month means new reads! This month we are celebrating the furry, fluffy, and feathered friends in our lives, and are bringing you three new animal-themed prompts!
What is a mini-challenge:
Mini-challenges are small, month-long reading challenges. They usually contain two or three prompts built around a specific theme. Match one book to each prompt, getting as creative as you like. If you think the book fits the prompt, it does! These mini-challenges are released sporadically and not every month will have one. (The surprise and anticipation are part of the fun!)
Ready to see our March challenge?
March 2023 Mini-Challenge:
1. From an animal’s point of view
2. A feather on the cover
3. A character who works with animals
Match one book to each of the prompts (for a total of three books). Share your picks in our Facebook group, Goodreads group, or on Instagram using the hashtag #the52bookclub2023. You can also find these listed as bonus prompts on our StoryGraph challenge.
You can choose to read these books in addition to your regular 52 Book Club reads (this mini-challenge makes 58 prompts for the year so far), or you can combine them with prompts still left on your 2023 list. As always, get creative and have fun!
Need some help interpreting these prompts?
- From an animal’s point of view: Have you ever wondered what animals think about? For this prompt, find a book that is narrated by an animal. The entire book may be from their perspective, or, there may only be certain chapters or sections from their point of view. Any animal works for this prompt. (Example: You may choose a book featuring a pet, a wild animal, a fantasy or mythical creature, etc.)
Examples: The Bees, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Lessons in Chemistry, Black Beauty, The White Bone
Goodreads List: From an animal’s point of view
- A feather on the cover: Any book with a feather (or feathers) on the cover will work for this prompt! This may be a part of the title, a publisher’s logo, the author’s name, or the cover design. You might choose a book with a very prominent feather on the cover. Or, you might decide on a book with a bird on the cover (even if the specific feathers aren’t individually distinguishable.) In addition to birds, the feather may be part of an angel wing, a quill on a pen, a character wearing a feather boa or a feathered hat, the wing of a fantastical beast, etc.
Examples: There There, Our Missing Hearts, The Feather Thief, Iron Gold, Of Manners and Murder
Goodreads List: A feather on the cover
- A character who works with animals: For this prompt, find a character who works with animals. This may be the main character or a secondary character. Their work may or may not be significant to the plot.
Some examples include but are not limited to: veterinarians, animal shelter workers, dog walkers, pet sitters, pet shop owners, animal advocates or wildlife conservationists, farmers, ranchers, bull riders, animal trainers, police dog handlers, etc. There are many options for interpreting this prompt. As with all our prompts, this could be a fiction or non-fiction read.
Examples: The Invincible Miss Cust, The Elephant Whisperer, All Creatures Great and Small, What Remains True, Turn to Me
Goodreads List: A character who works with animals
Other Mini-Challenge Tips:
– Do I have to complete this challenge in March?
Nope! You can complete this mini-challenge whenever you like! If you don’t finish this mini-challenge in March, feel free to carry the prompts over into the coming months. Some members also prefer to complete their full 52 book challenge first and then go back to complete the mini-challenges after. Do whatever works best for you!
– Is this a part of the main 52 books challenge?
Mini-challenges are related to our full 52 books in 52 weeks challenge but they’re also completely optional. You can choose to add it to your main challenge or not. If fifty-two books already feels like a stretch, feel free to skip the mini-challenges or double up the prompts. (Some members use one book to cross off a 52 prompt and a mini-challenge prompt. Your challenge, your rules!)
What books will you be reading for this month’s prompts?