Challenge yourself in the new year to broaden your reading horizons by exploring our diverse library collection. Try to read 12 of the 13 prompts below. Stop at the Reference Desk if you need help finding a title and to share your favorites with us!
Click on a prompt for a list of suggested titles.
1. Read a modern gothic novel published after 1950.
- Mexican Gothic / Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Fiction MOR
- Beloved: a novel / Toni Morrison. Fiction Mor
- Coraline / Neil Gaiman. J Gai
- The Optimist’s Daughter. Complete novels / Eudora Welty. Fiction Wel
- As I Lay Dying : The corrected text / William Faulkner. Fiction Fau
- Bellefleur / Joyce Carol Oates. Fiction Oat
2. Read a crime novel by a marginalized author (BIPOC or LGBTQIA+).
3. Listen to an audiobook that is less than six hours long.
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- For one more day / Mitch Albom. CD Book Fiction Alb
- The sense of an ending / Julian Barnes. CD Book Fiction Bar
- Never change / Elizabeth Berg. CD Book Fiction Ber
- A war of gifts : an Ender story / Orson Scott Card. CD Book Science Fiction Car
- Gentlemen of the road / Michael Chabon. CD Book Fiction Cha
- A wild swan : and other tales / Michael Cunningham. CD Book Fiction Cun
4. Read a Women’s Prize for fiction winner from any year.
- Piranesi / Susanna Clarke. Fantasy Cla
- An American marriage : a novel / Tayari Jones. Fiction Jon
- The tiger’s wife : a novel / Téa Obreht. Fiction Obr
- Half of a yellow sun / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Fiction Adi
- On beauty : a novel / Zadie Smith. Fiction Smi
- Fugitive pieces / Anne Michaels. LP Fiction Mic
5. Read a memoir written by someone who is trans or nonbinary.
- Tomorrow will be different : love, loss, and the fight for trans equality / Sarah McBride. 306.76 McB
- Self-ish : a transgender awakening / Chloe Schwenke. 306.76 Sch
- Redefining realness : my path to womanhood, identity, love & so much more / Janet Mock. B Mock
- Rebent Sinner / Coyote, Ivan. o/o
- Fairest : a memoir / Meredith Talusan. 305.3 Tal
- I’m Afraid of Men / Shraya, Vivek o/o
- Growing Up Trans: In our Own Words / Dr. Lindsey Herriot T 306.76 Gro
- Being Jazz / Jazz Jennings YA 306.76 Jen
- Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out / Susan Kuklin YA 306.76 Kuk
- Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen YA 306.76
6. Read a book of poetry in translation by an Asian poet.
7. Read a graphic novel retelling of a fairytale, folklore, or myth.
- Hansel & Gretel : a Toon graphic / Neil Gaiman. Graphic Fiction Gai
- Silk tapestry and other Chinese folktales / Patrick Atangan. Graphic Fiction Ata
- Pinocchio / Winshluss. Graphic Fiction Win
- Once & future. Volume one, The king is undead / Kieron Gillen. Graphic Series Onc
- The Hobbit : an illustrated edition of the fantasy classic / J.R.R. Tolkien. Graphic Fiction Dix
- Slaughterhouse-five : or the children’s crusade : a duty-dance with death / Kurt Vonnegut. Graphic Fiction Von
- Frankenstein: The Graphic Novel / Mary Shelley YA Graphic Fiction She
- The Odyssey: A Graphic Novel / Gareth Hinds YA Graphic Fiction Hin
- Romeo & Juliet / Gareth Hinds YA Graphic Fiction Hin
8. Read a romance novel whose main character has a chronic illness or physical disability.
- Never seduce a Scot / Banks, Maya. PROM BAN (Deafness)
- The kiss quotient / Helen Hoang. Fiction Hoa (Asperger’s)
- Perfect match / Fern Michaels. Fiction Mic (Parapelegic)
- Too lucky to live / Annie Hogsett. Mystery Hog (Blindness)
- The fault in our stars / John Green. YA Gre (Cancer)
- Lizzie & Dante : a novel / Mary Bly. Fiction Bly (Cancer)
9. Read a biography of an indigenous person.
- Poet warrior : a memoir / Joy Harjo. B Harjo
- American Indian warrior chiefs : Tecumseh, Crazy Horse, Chief Joseph, Geronimo / Jason Hook. 970.1 Hoo
- Spirit run : a 6,000-mile marathon through North America’s stolen land / Noe Alvarez. 796.42 Alv
- You don’t have to say you love me : a memoir / Sherman Alexie. B Alexie
- Indian voices : listening to Native Americans / Alison Owings. 970.004 Owi
- The patriot chiefs; a chronicle of American Indian leadership / Alvin M. Josephy, Jr. 970.1 Jos
10. Read a non-fiction book about a real person that is from an Arabic country or an historic event that took place in an Arabic country.
- The fox hunt : a refugee’s memoir of coming to America / Mohammed Al Samawi. 953.3 Al
- Guests of the Ayatollah : the first battle in America’s war with militant Islam / Mark Bowden. 955.05 Bow
- The wind in my hair : my fight for freedom in modern Iran / Masih Alinejad with Kambiz Foroohar. 955.06 Ali
- Six days of war : June 1967 and the making of the modern Middle East / Oren, Michael. 956.04 Ore
- Once upon a revolution : an Egyptian story / Thanassis Cambanis. 962.05 Cam
- Of beetles & angels : a boy’s remarkable journey from a refugee camp to Harvard / Mawi Asgedom. T 973.049 Maw
11. Read an Afrofuturism or Afrofantasy novel.
- The Upper World / Femi Fadugba. YA Fad
- Beasts of Prey / Ayana Grey. YA Gre
- Children of Blood and Bone / Tomi Adeyemi. YA Ade
- Raybearer / Jordan Ifueko . YA Ifu
- An unkindness of ghosts / Rivers Solomon. Science Fiction Sol
- The prey of gods / Nicky Drayden. Science Fiction Dra
- Parable of the Sower / Butler. Science Fiction But
- Remote control / Okorafor. Science Fiction Oko
12. Read a speculative novel by a Latinx author.
- Children of Chicago / Cynthia Pelayo. New Books Fiction Pel
- Lotería / Karla Arenas Valenti. J Val
- Sanctuary / Paola Mendoza. YA Men
- The inheritance of Orquídea Divina : a novel / Zoraida Córdova. New Books Fiction Cor
- Chilling effect / Valerie Valdes. Science Fiction Val
- Gods of jade and shadow / Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Fantasy Mor
13. Read a Young Adult novel that has been adapted into a television show.
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda / Becky Albertalli. YA Alb (show Love, Victor on Hulu)
- Looking for Alaska / John Green. YA Gre (show Looking for Alaska on Hulu)
- One of Us is Lying / Karen McManus. YA McM (show One of Us is Lying on Peacock)
- Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares / David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. YA Coh (show Dash & Lily on Netflix)
- Shadow and bone / Leigh Bardugo. T Bar (show Shadow and Bone on Netflix)
- The bad beginning / Lemony Snicket J Sni (show A series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix)