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Winter Reading Challenge Cheat Sheet

So you think you're ready to master the Winter Reading Challenge? Pick up a form at your nearest branch library starting January 2. Get started by selecting books that meet at least five criteria from the following list of 15. 

  1. Listen to a book  
  2. Teaches you something new
  3. Graphic novel or comic book
  4. First in a series
  5. In another time or place
  6. Recommended 
  7. Author new to you
  8. Outside your comfort zone
  9. Under 200 pages
  10. Made into a movie
  11. Always meant to read
  12. Retelling of a story
  13. Set in an imaginary world
  14. Author of color
  15. Winter setting

Feel a little overwhelmed? Don't! One book can meet more than one criteria. In fact, you could actually complete the list by reading just three books. That’s right - three books. Not only that, with a little careful planning you could find one book that will satisfy the five necessary to qualify for the prize! Don't believe us? Take a look at the book collections below.

Collection #1: 

Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup 

Always meant to read
Author of color
Listen to a book 
Made into a movie
Teaches you something new

 

Half a king by Joe Abercrombie

First in a series
Set in an imaginary world
Winter setting
Outside your comfort zone
In another time or place 

 

Hark a vagrant by Kate Beaton

Graphic novel or comic book
Retelling of a story
Author new to me
Recommended 
Under 200 pages

 



Collection #2: 

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

First in series
Outside your comfort zone
Recommended
Winter setting
Retelling of a story

 

The best we could do by Thi Bui

Graphic novel/comic book
Author new to you
Author of color
In another time or place
Teaches you something new

 

Animal Farm by George Orwell

 

Listen to a book
Under 200 pages
Made into a movie
Always meant to read
Set in an imaginary world



Collection #3: 

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Author of color
Listen to a book
Always meant to read
In another time or place
Made into a movie

 

A meal in winter by Hubert Mingarelli

Under 200 pages
Retelling of a story
Outside your comfort zone
Teaches you something new
Winter setting

 

Saga by Brian K. Vaughn

Graphic novel or comic book
First in series
Recommended
Author new to you
Set in an imaginary world



Collection #4: 

Flashed : sudden stories in comics and prose

Graphic novel or comic book
Outside your comfort zone
Recommended
Winter setting
Under 200 pages

 

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Listen to a book
Made into a movie
Author new to you
Always meant to read
Teaches you something new

 

Trail of lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

First in a series
In another time or place
Retelling of a story
Set in an imaginary world
Author of color


Collection #5: 

Winter Street by Ellen Hilderbrand

First in series
Winter setting
Author new to you
Teaches you something new
Listen to a book

 

Sense and sensibility by Stacy King

Graphic novel or comic book
Author of color
Outside your comfort zone
Retelling of a story
Always meant to read

 

The little prince translated by Richard Howard

Recommended
Under 200 pages
Made into a movie
Set in an imaginary world
In another time or place



Additional options: 

The giver by Lois Lowry
First in a series
Set in an imaginary world
Made into a movie
Under 200 pages
Recommended

 

The swerve: how the world became modern by Stephen Greenblatt
Listen to a book
Teaches you something new
In another time or place
Recommended
Author new to you

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Always meant to read
Author of color
Made into a movie
Author new to you
Teaches you something new

 

Lincoln in the bardo by Geouge Saunders
Listen to a book
In another time or place
Recommended
Set in an imaginary world
Winter setting

 

Rust. Visitor in the field by Royden Lepp
Author new to you
Graphic Novel or comic
First in a series
Under 200 pages
In another time or place

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