Here are our recommendations for the Waterloo 2021 Reading Challenge prompt: Read a book published in the decade you were born.

We invite anyone over age 16 to participate in this year’s reading challenge, which means some participants will read books from as recent as the 2000s!

Click on the book covers below to access each title in our catalog and place a hold. You are not limited to the books listed here – they are simply recommendations to spark your interest!

The 2000s:

Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Prodigal Summer – Barbara Kingsolver
Eragon – Christopher Paolini

The 1990s:

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – John Berendt
Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith

The 1980s:

Beloved – Toni Morrison
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan

The 1970s:

All the President’s Men: The Greatest Reporting Story of All Time – Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York – Robert A. Caro

The 1960s:

I Know Why the Caged Bird
Sings – Maya Angelou
A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

The 1950s:

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
Night – Elie Wiesel
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

The 1940s:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
1984 and Animal Farm – George Orwell

The 1930s:

Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner

All book descriptions were borrowed from Goodreads.com.

Learn more about the 2021 Reading Challenge here.

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