Read Harder in 2019

Many of us have created New Year resolutions involving our reading habits. Perhaps you decided to stop buying books and use the library more to save money, to try using an ebook reader, or you may have created an official "reading challenge goal" number on your GoodReads account. We ask you consider this: read more diversely in 2019.

Book Riot's "Read Harder Challenge" encourages us to read in different genres and keep track of the titles. Ever read a manga book? Or a book by a trans or non-binary author? What about a book written by an author while they were in prison?  "Read Harder has 24 tasks designed to help you break out of your reading bubble and expand your worldview through books. With new genres, new authors, and new points of view, the challenge will (hopefully) help you discover amazing books you wouldn’t have otherwise picked up."

Print the challenge list and tack it up on your bulletin board or set reminders in your cell phone or gmail calendar to select and start a new book. If you need help finding a book check our catalog, browse the "Popular Reading Collection" or New Books shelves on the main floor of the library, or ask a librarian for help! Remember, if we don't own the book you want we can still try to get you access to it through our free service, Interlibrary Loan.

One of our recent book displays, "Read this If..." , (now replaced with the One Book One Town display) included a box for visitors to drop the name of a book that they recommended to read over the winter break. Here is the list:

  1. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  2. The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante
  3. Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Bayle
  4. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (graphic novel)
  5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  6. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  7. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
  8. A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy by VE Schwab
  9. The Oxygen Thief
  10. Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
  11. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  12. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

So, what are you planning to read next?