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2021 Reading Challenge: Read an author’s debut novel published in 2021.

There are so many new authors to discover in 2021. Try something new by reading a debut novel this year! A debut novel is the first novel a novelist publishes. The recommendations below fulfill the Waterloo 2021 Reading Challenge prompt: read an author's debut novel published in 2021. The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr. Isaiah … Continue reading 2021 Reading Challenge: Read an author’s debut novel published in 2021.

2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book adapted into a movie or TV series.

There's no greater feeling than learning that a book you love is being adapted for the big (or little) screen. The recommendations below are books being adapted for film or television in 2021, giving you something to look forward to this year! They fulfill the Waterloo 2021 Reading Challenge prompt: read a book adapted into … Continue reading 2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book adapted into a movie or TV series.

2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book about animals, nature, science, or the environment.

Consider the great outdoors by diving into a book about your favorite animal, science phenomena, or place on earth. The recommendations below fulfill the Waterloo 2021 Reading Challenge prompt: read a book about animals, science, nature, or the environment. The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think by … Continue reading 2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book about animals, nature, science, or the environment.

2021 Reading Challenge: Read a nonfiction book written by a woman.

When you think of nonfiction, you may think of large tomes about long-gone presidents. Spruce up your nonfiction experience by reading a work of nonfiction written by a woman! This can include science writing, essays, memoirs and biographies, history, or anything rooted in true events and ideas. The recommendations below are just a few reads … Continue reading 2021 Reading Challenge: Read a nonfiction book written by a woman.

2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book you’ve been intimidated to read.

We all have one... that book on your to-be-read list that stares you down, year after year. Perhaps it's the length, or subject matter, or even the book's age that keeps you from picking it up out of fear it will be to challenging or uncomfortable. This challenge prompt will allow you to finally check … Continue reading 2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book you’ve been intimidated to read.

2021 Reading Challenge: Listen to an audiobook.

Audiobooks are a great way to fit more reading into your life. Whether you listen while driving, doing chores, or exercising, audiobooks engage your senses and offer a new format to enjoy books. You can listen to audiobooks through our library by checking out books on CD, or by downloading the free Libby app and … Continue reading 2021 Reading Challenge: Listen to an audiobook.

2021 Reading Challenge: Read a collection of essays or short stories.

If you're in a reading slump, don't have much time to read, or simply want to try out a new format, a collection of essays or short stories may be the perfect challenge for you! These bite-size works of fiction or nonfiction are a great way to get reading in at the end of the … Continue reading 2021 Reading Challenge: Read a collection of essays or short stories.

2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book set in a country different than your own.

While your dream vacation or travel plans may have been disrupted by COVID-19, reading is a great way to jet across the globe! These books are set in countries outside of the United States. Choose a book based on a country you'd like to visit, or one that you don't know much about. The possibilities … Continue reading 2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book set in a country different than your own.

2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book by a Native American/First Nations/Indigenous author.

Did you know that Waterloo, NE sits on Omaha and Otoe (Jiwere) ancestral lands? These books by Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous authors are important stories not only about racial justice, but about joy and magic and the realities of Indigenous life. Native American literature is not a genre itself, but rather enhances every … Continue reading 2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book by a Native American/First Nations/Indigenous author.

2021 Reading Challenge: Read a memoir by someone you’d like to meet.

Celebrity memoirs are a wonderful way to escape reality and pretend to be great friends with someone you admire. Check out one of these memoirs to fulfill the 2021 Reading Challenge prompt: read a memoir by someone you'd like to meet. A memoir is a historical account or biography written from personal knowledge. PS: Want … Continue reading 2021 Reading Challenge: Read a memoir by someone you’d like to meet.