As anyone who knows me or has read my work knows, I am a major fan of the library, The Field Library in particular (it’s my home library, as well as my employer!). I have loved libraries since I was a kid in New Jersey, and I can’t imagine living anywhere without a library. I love working here: I love buying the new fiction, I love seeing all the new books as soon as they come out, I love giving people library cards, I love recommending books to people (especially when people come back and tell me they enjoyed the recommendations), I love giving people the items they’ve put on hold. In many ways, this is my dream job.
But even I, after working at the library for 11 years, am not familiar with all the good stuff on the shelves here. When I look for something to read, I, like many other patrons and readers in general, tend to stick to the same books, the same genres, the same type of books. I wouldn’t say I’m in a rut, exactly, but I would say that I, like many other readers, sometimes need a little push to get me out of my reading comfort zone.
Which is why I’m setting up the 2019 Field Library Reading Challenge. Those of you who have done the challenges in the last couple of years know what to expect, and for those who haven’t done this before, the rules are simple enough. I’m posting a list of categories, and your goal is to read at least one book in each category. I will be regularly posting lists of books that fulfill the different categories here on the blog, and, if you sign up with your email address (send to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add you to the list), I’ll send the list to your email on a regular basis as well. There will be displays of books in each category at the library, but of course you’re welcome to put any of the books on hold to receive wherever and whenever you want.
Give it a try: stretch your mind, try different books, different authors, different kinds of books. Let’s make 2019 a year in which we all find new books to love!
Here’s the list (you can pick up a copy at the Circulation Desk, too):
Read a Book about Mental Health
Read a Book about Astronomy
Read a Book about Games
Read a Book about Photography
Read a collection of short stories
Read an epistolary novel OR collection of letters
Read a book involving Math
Read a book about philosophy
Read a book about history other than US History
Read a book about money
Read a book about espionage
Read a book about law
Read a book about movies
From time to time over the year, I’ll also be highlighting different categories here in the blog, so keep watching this space, and keep reading.
Happy New Year!