Monday, February 29, 2016

Read Harder Challenge Check In (4 out of 24)

This year, the Readers' Services Staff is encouraging all staff at my library to do the 2016 Read Harder Challenge - a list of 24 challenges that are intended to stretch your reading boundaries. To add a little incentive, we'll be doing a drawing each quarter for staff who turn in what they've read so far. It's a great way for us, as librarians and recommenders of books, to learn about books outside of the genres and topics we gravitate toward. Here's what I've read so far:

Challenge #18: Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie.

The Martian 
by Andy Weir

Mark Watney is left on Mars after his crew evacuates for safety, mistaking him for dead. A gripping survivor story that's out of this world - literally! This was this year's Read Across Lawrence pick for adults, and the library partnered with a number of organizations in the community on several fantastic programs.  (I admit, I haven't watched the movie yet - but I intend to once it's out on DVD.)

Challenge #15: Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900.

by Janice Young Brooks

Set in 1898 (cutting it close I kow!), 29 year old spinster Janet Sullivan leaves her overprotective aunt and uncle to follow a gold-seeking man she's only known for 3 days into the Yukon. In order to survive on her own and ward off unwanted attention, she dresses as a man and calls herself John Glory. An adventurous romance!

Challenge #5: Read a middle grade novel.

The Shadowhand Covenant
by Brian Farrey

The second book in Farrey's Vengekeep Prophecies trilogy about an unforgettable family of thieves turned heroes. Jaxter gets caught in a conspiracy when a highly secretive clan of thieves known as the Shadowhands recruits his mother for a mission. The trilogy is a perfect "next read" for fans of Harry Potter!

Challenge #10: Read a book over 500 pages long.

The Bone Clocks
by David Mitchell

Fifteen year old Holly Sykes runs away from home and encounters the "Radio People" - a group of psychics who follow her throughout her life. I found Mitchell's prediction of the future world most fascinating. A number of shifts in perspectives and jumps through time settings - this is a dense one!

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