It’s easy to get stuck in a reading rut. We find ourselves saying, “But I always read mysteries”, or worse, “I don’t like Westerns”. Choosing a genre that we know and love is safe and comforting, but it’s also predictable and a little boring. This year I challenge you to spread your reading wings and complete the 2024 Reading Challenge. Choose one book per month (more if you’re ambitious) and read from all sections of the library. You just might discover a new favorite!

Here are some titles to get you started:

A book about an athlete/sport

  • “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” by Christopher McDougall (nonfiction)
  • “Beartown” by Fredrik Backman (fiction and CD fiction)

A book with a map in it

  • “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman (fantasy)
  • “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson (nonfiction)

A book about a vacation

  • “A Year in Provence” by Peter Mayle (nonfiction)
  • “The Villa” by Rachel Hawkins (fiction and large print fiction)

A book featuring pirates

  • “Guardian Angel” by Julie Garwood (romance)
  • “The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast” by Michael Scott Moore (nonfiction)

A book about science

  • “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren (nonfiction)
  • “Zero Sum Game” by S. L. Huang (science fiction)

A book with a tree on the cover

  • “Overstory: by Richard Powers (fiction)
  • “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate: Discoveries from a Secret World” by Peter Wohlleben (nonfiction)

A book set in winter

  • “Glass Houses” by Louise Penny (mystery)
  • “Cruel Winter of the Mountain Man” by William J. Johnstone (Western)

A book featuring an indigenous character

  • “There There” by Tommy Orange (fiction)
  • “Carry” by Toni Jensen (nonfiction)

A book told from a child’s point of view

  • “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith (fiction)
  • “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” by Maria Semple (fiction)

A book that makes you happy

  • Read the genre or topic that makes YOU happy!

A book published in 2024

  • Keep an eye on our New Books shelf for new fiction and nonfiction, all year round.

An SPL staff pick

  • Look for our Staff Picks display for a wide variety of options. The display will be up from March-August.

Visit our website for more recommendations and enter to win prizes!