Hello, my  fellow Iggles, especially my Iggleworms! Elizabeth again, to update you on this month’s IGGPPC reads. Sorry for this being a bit late, but hopefully you guys also check our Goodreads (which is updated much more, so make sure to keep an eye on it). We have an extremely active community on Goodreads, and I’d love to see more lovely Iggles join in on our conversations there. So, to get on with it, these are the books for April, which include our monthly pick, a graphic novel this month, and April’s IGGPPC reading challenge. Also, don’t forget our Twitter, which is mostly updated daily!

First, I’ll post the discussion pages for our March books, since I didn’t do a blog post last month(sorry!).

Now, this month’s main book theme was Strictly Sci-Fi, and once again, we had tons of suggestions! After a very close tie between The Handmaid’s Tale and Ender’s Game, The Handmaid’s Tale won by just a few votes. (discussion post)

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

As for graphic novel, it seems like some Iggles were ready to travel back to the Whedonverse, because Fray won by quite a few. (discussion post)

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Fray by Joss Whedon, Karl Moline & Andy Owens

Hundreds of years in the future, Manhattan has become a deadly slum, run by mutant crime-lords and disinterested cops. Stuck in the middle is a young girl who thought she had no future, but learns she has a great destiny. In a world so poisoned that it doesn’t notice the monsters on its streets, how can a street kid like Fray unite a fallen city against a demonic plot to consume mankind? Joss Whedon, the celebrated creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, brings his vision to the future in this unique tale. As inventive in the comics medium as in that of television of film, Whedon spins a complex tale of a skilled thief coming of age without the help of friends or family, guided only by a demonic Watcher.

As for this month’s challenge, it is….*dun dun dun*….animation! If you haven’t figured it out, the reading challenges are based on that month’s IGGPPC theme, so your challenge for April will be to read the story or fairy tale your favorite animated movie or TV show is based on. This can be Disney, Studio Ghibli, the manga from your favorite anime- tons of choices! To make sure that what you want to read will count, just ask Michelle who runs the challenge! Also don’t forget to have fun and read something you normally wouldn’t! These challenges are a chance for all us Iggleworms to break free from books we usually read, and try something new! Feel free to post it down below. 🙂 (discussion post)

That’s it for now! Check the blog once again in May to see what we’ll have our noses in(suggestions are up until April 15), and also make sure to keep your eye out for book/comic swaps. Michelle is hosting them and you still have until April 14 to sign up for the first comic swap right here! I’ll leave you with this cute hedgehog until next month. <3

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book covers from Goodreads, hedgehog from Twitter