Booklist Online just published a list of reading suggestions that I loved and wanted to share. These aren’t suggestions about particular titles or even specific genres; they’re ideas that provide a framework while leaving plenty of room for choice.
The list as published suggests one of these idea for each month, but there’s no need to do them in order, or even to read one a month: you could take much longer to do this project, or, if you’re ambitious and have the time, read all twelve books in one month. (If you do that, please come back and leave a comment telling us which you liked best!)
- Read a book published the same year you were born.
- Read a book recommended on a blog. Like our very own Robbins Library blog, for example!
- Read a book that has been made into a movie. There are so many to choose from these days…
- Reread your favorite book from childhood.
- Read a book from another country. Check out the display of international books in the fiction room.
- Read that classic you never read.
- Read a book you found via a library database, website, or social reading account. Access library databases through the library website; try Books and Authors or NoveList for good reading suggestions. Several Robbins librarians also contribute to a Goodreads account, where you can see what we’ve read and what we thought of it. There are more reading suggestions and links on our Book Recommendations page.
- Read a genre or format you don’t usually read. Mystery, memoir, romance, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, graphic novel or graphic memoir…
- Read a book from an opposing viewpoint. Ann Coulter, meet Al Franken. Al, meet Ann.
- Read a selection from a local book club. Did you know the library has six (6) book groups? Of course you can read the books without coming to the meeting, but we’d love to see new faces!
- Read an award winner. Remember to check the Book Recommendations page for links to several awards, including the Pulitzer and the Man Booker prize, among others.
- Read someone else’s favorite book. Organized book clubs are great, but a book club of two can also be fun. Ask a grandparent, parent, kid, sibling, cousin, friend, teacher…or librarian.
What do you think? Are any of these ideas exciting or inspiring? Let us know if you embark on this reading project – we’d love to hear from you!