Reading Around the World

You want to be a worldly reader, but where to start?  Throughout 2018, the library’s HUSH podcast will release 10 episodes with recommendations for the 10 categories for the Reading Around the World challenge. Print your tracking form or pick one up at the library!

2018 Reading Around the World Challenge

Read one book from each region in 2018.
  1. Midwest United States: includes Kansas and surrounding states, St. Louis, Chicago
  2. Mexico and Canada: stories from our neighboring countries to the south and the north
  3. Europe: includes the great works of Russia, German classics, Italian, Spanish, sensational Swedish, and almost every book about World War I.
  4. Northeast United States: includes Boston, New York City, Washington DC
  5. Southern United States: includes Mississippi, southern Appalachia, New Orleans, Florida and Texas
  6. British Isles: includes Great Britain, London settings, Ireland, Scotland, Celtic stories
  7. Asia and Australia: includes classical Chinese, Japanese and Indian stories as well as modern Asian literature
  8. Western United States: includes California, Alaska, Hawaii
  9. Africa: includes with more than 50 countries and a time space dating back to the recorded history of early civilization
  10. Central and South America: includes literature from the Caribbean.

“You get to feel things, visit places and worlds you would never otherwise know. You learn that everyone else out there is a me, as well. You’re being someone else, and when you return to your own world, you’re going to be slightly changed.” – Neil Gaiman

How does the Reading Around the World challenge work?

  • Read a print book, an ebook or listen to an audiobook. Choose fiction or non-fiction. Choose a book set in the region for each category.
  • Find your own books or use the library catalog, book lists of recommendations from the library, listen to the podcast discussions, or Novelist through the library’s website.
  • Create a list in the library catalog of the titles you read. Complete the challenge between September and December 2018 to claim your book reward and enter the grand prize drawing. Winners will be announced on January 2, 2019.   Print your tracking form or pick one up at the library!
  • Email for personalized recommendations for any category or more information.

Sign up now to receive:

  • Regional book recommendations to help you find books from around the world
  • New episodes of the library’s podcast HUSH with recommendations for each Reading Around the World category
  • Encouragement from your local engaged community of readers
  • Reminders to enter to win! Prizes for completing a book in each of the 10 categories will be awarded September 1 – December 31, 2018. Choose your book when you turn in your form at the Red Carpet Desk in the library.

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