April Book Challenge 2015

I’ve been up to something. I participated in a bookish photo-a-day challenge on Instagram. What’s this, you ask? Well, a calendar was posted listing a particular type of book or a book + something, etc. for each day, and the idea was to share a photo of said books/items. My friend Julie at MyBookRetreat put the challenge out there, and it was hosted by @msbooklover and @crochetandbooks. The tags were #AprilBookChallenge2015 and #SpringTimeReaders, and, of course, I was in!

I jumped in this thing spur of the moment (imagine that) because it’s been a while since I’ve tried anything new or outside my proverbial, comfy little box. And you know what? It was an incredibly positive experience! It not only tugged me back to taking some creative photos, but it also got me thinking about books again. Books I’ve read, what I liked about them, and how they touched me. I’ll share a few of my favorite photos with you here, and if you’d like to see the entire month, check me out on Instagram at @kellygropp.

A calendar with a type of book noted for each day
le calendrier

Here are a few of my favorites–they turned out nice!

An open book with the pages looped back on themselves to create a heart shape
April 5 was “heart page.” I had no idea what a heart page was until this challenge. I grabbed an old book, “Yankee From Olympus,” and chose a page with a gentleman’s photo.
April 6 was "Books & skies." I chose a pristine journal against the beauty of giant trees against the sky. Some of the best stories are yet to be written.
April 6 was “books & skies.” I chose a pristine journal with tall, beautiful trees against the sky as the background. Some of the best stories are yet to be written.
Red book, Robert Kennedy and His Times, and my father's watch
April 21 was “bookish watches.” I have a watch that belonged to my father, and chose another old book from my shelves, “Robert Kennedy and His Times.” Dad and Bobby Kennedy were contemporaries, so it seemed fitting to pair the two.
Book "all the light we cannot see" and army photo of my dad along with letter he wrote home during war
April 29 was “favorite book of April.” That was easy! “All the Light We Cannot See” is a novel set during World War II that I could not put down. In another nod to Dad, I paired it with a photo of him along with a letter written to his parents while serving in the US Army during World War II.

You can read my review of All the Light We Cannot See here.

Those are a few of my favorites, but there are 26 total (I missed a few days). Take a peek at @kellygropp over on Instagram to see them all…and more!