2019 A Year of Reading

A New Year is a fresh start.  It’s the time to make those good old New Year’s resolutions, the time to pick up some new habits (and maybe even get rid of some old ones), and most excitingly, the time to start a brand new reading challenge full of possibilities!  This year, why not make your reading challenge the best one ever?

The first step in any well planned reading challenge is to set your reading goal.  How many books do you plan on reading in 2019?…25? 45? 105? This is your basis. There are many free apps that can help you keep track of what you read and even keep your reading stats from year to year.  One popular app is GoodReads, but you can read more about others here.  

The next step in any well thought out reading challenge is deciding what you want to spend your year reading.  Do you want to read more of those classics that everyone “should read?” Do you want to expand your reading tastes to other genres?  Or do you want to spend a relaxing year of only reading genres and books that you love?

Here’s some reading challenges that might inspire you:

Other Ideas:

  • A-Z Book Titles
  • A-Z Author Names

The possibilities are endless.  Comment below and tell us what you are looking forward to reading in 2019!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

Livi Lit

Have you checked out what the Livingston Public Library librarians are reading? Our Livi Lit videos are posted on the library’s Instagram account @LivingstonLibrary and offer readers a quick insight into what they are reading!  

In case you missed it, in the previous Livi Lit video, Librarians Gina and Jessica discussed To Make Monsters Out of Girls, a collection of poetry by Amanda Lovelace, and The Wild Robot by Peter Brown, which was our Xtreme Readers book club choice for grades 4-5!

In the most recent Livi Lit video, librarians Gina and Jessica talked what they are Adultscurrently reading.  Jessica told us about The Adults by Caroline Hulse. This book opens with an emergency call because someone has been shot with a bow and arrow.  But who? And why? In this novel, Claire and Matt are divorced and they have a daughter. The ex-couple decides to go on a holiday with their daughter, her imaginary (and really tall) rabbit, and their new significant others.

the immortalistsGina discussed The Immortalists by Chole Benjamin.  In this novel, four siblings see a fortune teller who tells them each when they are going to die.  This prediction shapes the choices that they make and the way that they live their lives.

So, travel on over to the library’s Instagram, check out what we’re reading, and comment below with what’s in your to-read pile!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

December Reading Picks: Books For Chilly Nights

When we think of December reads, we often think of the fluffy holiday novel. They’re grab & go, and you can read them in about a day because they all pretty much have the same story line to a degree. But what if you’re looking for something chilly with a little more substance?

Here are a few handpicked reads for the upcoming winter months:

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah –  Although it might be argued that Kristin Hannah recently grew to literary fame with her two most recent novels, The Great Alone and Twinter gardenhe Nightingale, her older novels are spectacular.  Curling up with this read during the winter months is fitting because of the title, but also because of the story line.  In Winter Garden, you will meet Meredith and Nina Whitson, two sisters who are quite different.  When their father falls ill, their mother, often cold and standoffish, offers  them little comfort. The sister’s find themselves making a promise to retell a Russian  fairy tale they used to love to hear as children.  This then begins to unravel a story of family relationships, of the past, and of a historical setting during the Cold War which may give the sister’s insight into the life of their mother.

220px-Mists_of_Avalon-1st_edThe Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – While not primarily set in winter, fantasy fiction fans will devour this novel.  When you crack open the hefty pages of The Mists of Avalon, you will be transported into the world of the legend of King Arthur, but told from the perspective of Arthur’s sister Morgana Le Fey (Morgaine in the novel).  Something about the chilly months just makes it the perfect time to visit a mythical world.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware –  You may have recently read The Woman in Cabin 10, but have you read Ware’s earlier novel in a Dark, Dark Wood? Claire hasn’t spoken to her one friend in years.  So it’s surprising when she gets an invitation for a weekend away at an old friend’s house in the woods.  For some reason, Claire decides to go and wakes up 48 hours later in a hospital bed knowing that someone is dark dark wooddead. Here’s some advice: If someone you haven’t spoken to in years asks you to go in the woods, you probably shouldn’t.  What you should do is stop by the library and pick up this read.

So stop on by the library and pick up one of these reads to cozy up with, and don’t forget to let us know what you’re reading this winter!

 

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian