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Cozy Winter Reading Challenge - Reading Suggestions

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Read a new book (or just pick one from our new book shelf)

    The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson

    Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

    Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

    The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris

    The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

    Pastoral Song by James Rebanks

    Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi

    When the Stars go Dark by Paula McLain

    The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Read a mystery (here’s mystery authors with lots to choose from)

    Tony Hillerman and Anne Hillerman

    Louise Penny

    James Patterson

    Sue Grafton

    Robert B. Parker

    Stuart Woods

    William Kent Krueger

    M.C. Beaton

    Mary Higgins Clark

    Janet Evanovich

Read a book recommended by a friend

    …or ask staff or volunteers at the library front desk!

Read a historical novel

    Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini

    The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak

    The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

    Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

    The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

    The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

    The Help by Kathryn Stockett

    Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

    The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Read a book in your pajamas

    Don’t forget a snuggly blanket!

Read a children’s book

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

    Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

    The Mysterious Benedict’s Society  by Trenton Lee Stewart

    Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

    The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

    The War that Saved My Life by  Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

    The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

    Matilda by Roald Dahl

    Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

    Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson

    The Inquisitor’s Tale  by Adam Gidwitz

    Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

    Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Read a teen book

    Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

    The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

    Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

    All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

    Free Lunch by Rex Ogle

    Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

    Bloom by Kenneth oppel

    Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

    Dear Martin by Nic Stone

    With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Read a book by an Oregon author

    Ursula K. le Guin

    Ken Kesey

    Beverly Cleary

    Kate Wilhelm

    Nina Kiriki Hoffman

    Karen Thompson Walker

    Cheryl Strayed

    Bob Welch

    Bill Sullivan

    Carola Dunn

    Dorcas Smucker

    Laurie Notaro

    Dav Pilkey

    Suzie Remis

    Molly Gloss

Read a book with a white or blue cover

    It by Stephen King

    Summer of ‘69 by Elin Hilderbrand

    Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams

    City of Endless Nights by Preston & Child

    Appleseed by Matt Bell

    When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

    Timepiece by Richard Paul Evans

    Shift by Hugh Howey

    Miss Austen by Gill Hornby

    All the Devils Lie Here by Louise Penny

Read a book about someone from another culture or place

    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

    I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

    The Taste of Sugar by Marisel Vera

    There There by Tommy Orange

    The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky

    Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

    The Dry by Jane Harper

    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

    Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Read a book by a new author

    Pick one from any of these lists or choose one at random from the shelves!

Read a nonfiction book about history or science

    Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

    Radium Girls by Kate Moore

    Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginsbotham

    You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe

    Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

    The Blue Valley: A History of Creswell by George Ross

    Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid by Thor Hanson

    Fossil Men by Kermit Pattison

    What if? by Randall Munroe

    Stiff by Mary Roach

    Pastoral Song by James Rebanks

Listen to an audiobook

    Feel free to check out the Libby app or use the audiobooks in CD format on our shelves!

Read an ebook

    Ask us about getting started with Libby if you’re not already set up!

Read a book published in the year (or decade) you were born


    For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway (1940)

    The little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1943)

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (1947)

    The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (1948)


    I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (1950)

    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (1951)

    Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (1954)

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (1958)


    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1961)

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964)

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964)

    Dune by Frank Herbert (1965)


    Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach (1970)

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by 1971)

    The Shining by Stephen King (1977)

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1979)


    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)

    A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (1988)

    The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (1989)

    The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (1989)


    American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (1991)

    Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding (1996)

    Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (1997)

    Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (1999)


    Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (2000)

    The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (2003)

    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (2003)

    The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006)

Read a motivational/inspirational/self-help book

    Such a Pretty Fat by Jen Lancaster

    Educated by Tara Westover

    The Subtle art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson

    Breath by James Nestor

    The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama XIV

    Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

    Easy Crafts for the Insane by Kelly Williams Brown

    Wait, What? By James E. Ryan

    Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

    Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker

    Poke the Box by Seth Godin

Read a book that takes place in winter

    City of Thieves by David Benioff

    A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

    Snow Falling on Cedars by david Guterson

    Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

    A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

    One by One by Ruth Ware

    Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

    Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

    Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Read a book set in someplace warm

    28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

    Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

    Holes by Louis Sachar

    Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

    Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

    The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

    Camino Winds by John Grisham

    Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen

    Out of Africa by Karen Blixen

Read a classic

    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    1984 by George Orwell

    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Little Women by Lousisa May Alcott

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

    Dracula by Bram Stoker

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Read a book with a little romance

    The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

    The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken

    Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

    The Next Always by Nora Roberts

    The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

    It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

    Call Me by Your Name by Andre Achman

    Bridgerton by Julie Quinn

    Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

    The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

    Enchantment by Orson Scott Card

Write a review of a book you read to share with others in the challenge

    Share your review with a friend or with someone at the library front desk!

Read a book that was made into a movie

    Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

    The Painted Veil by William Somerset Maugham

    The Princess Bride by William Goldman

    Timeline by Michael Crichton

    Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

    Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani

   12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

   Shopgirl by Steve Martin

   The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

   Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Watch a movie that was based on a book you read

    (See above list)

Read a story to a child (or partner, pet, pet rock, or potted plant)

    Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

    Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz

    Guess Again by Mac Barnett

    Hello, George by Jules Pfeiffer

    Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

    I Just Ate My Friend by Kate McKinnion

    Whoops! by Suzi Moore

    Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

    Shh, We Have a Plan by Chris Haaghton

    The Bad Seed by Jory John

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