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Winter Reaching Challenge – February

We’re one month down out of three, and with the onset of February, we’re excited to present the next leg of the Winter Reading Challenge! 

Once you’ve turned in your reading logs for the previous month, stop by any of our library branches – Marshall, Balaton, or Cottonwood – to pick up the guidelines for the February portion of the challenge. As before, you may choose from four of the available criteria below – trust us, they’re fun! We’ve included a few examples with each of the criteria as well, just to pique your interest and get you started on the hunt for your next good read.

Winter Reading Challenge: February

1. A fiction title and… 

2. A nonfiction title on the same subject.

The Water-Dancer: A Novel, by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Adult Fiction, COATES)
Remember Slavery, edited by Ira Berlin, Marc Favreau, Steven F. Miller (Adult Non-fiction, 326.0973 REM) 

3. A title that has been adapted into a film.

Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding (Adult Fiction, FIELDING)
Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton (Adult Fiction, CRICHTON)
Fast Food Nation, by Erich Schlosser (Adult Non-fiction, 394.1 SCH)  

4. A title from a genre you do not normally read! Give your favorite genre a brief rest and allow yourself to be surprised! Here are a few genre selections worth considering… 

Romance: The Bride Test, by Helen Hoang (Adult Fiction, HOANG) or Red, White & Royal Blue, by Casey McQuiston (Adult Fiction, MCQUISTON)
Literary: Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami (Adult Fiction, MURAKAMI)
Mystery: In a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware (Adult Fiction, WARE)
Sci-fi: The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Adult Fiction, LE GUIN)
Fantasy: Sabriel, by Garth Nix (Teen Fiction, NIX)
InspirationalThe Lacemaker, by Laura Frantz (Adult Fiction, FRANTZ)

5. Re-read a title that you read years ago.

– Can you think of a title you read years ago, that might be worth a re-read? I recall, years ago, the first time I read Beloved, by Toni Morrison (Adult Fiction, MORRISON) and it rocked my world!  

6. A title about libraries, books, and/or reading.

The Body in the Library, by Agatha Christie (Adult Fiction, Mystery, CHRISTIE)
The Library at the Edge of the World, by Felicity Hayes-McCoy (Adult Fiction, HAYES-MCCOY)
Library: An Unquiet History, by Matthew Battles (Adult Non-fiction 027.009 BAT) 

The same option is available from January – you may also choose to read ten titles of your own choosing (just no titles from our juvenile collection!) Audiobooks are fair game as well, which is great news for our avid listeners.

Once you’ve completed four of the above criteria, or a reading log of ten titles that you’ve chosen, drop them off at any of our library branches in Marshall, Balaton, or Cottonwood!

And if you haven’t yet taken a look, the MLCL 2020 Goodreads Challenge is also underway! Follow the link for more information, and instructions on how to sign up.