Challenge Accepted!

It’s January, which means resolution time!  My main resolution is to read more often and read a larger variety of books. Working at a library has helped, but I’m still not great about reading regularly. This year, I’m changing that by attempting one of the many reading challenges I found online. I’m beginning my challenge with the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Kindred  and will share what I’ve been reading with you monthly.

I’ve chosen the Popsugar Challenge (although there are a variety of challenges to choose from) for a few reasons:

  • Flexibility – I can use one book for multiple categories and don’t have to read a book a week to finish by the end of the year.
  • Variety – I tend to read murder mysteries and non-fiction. This forces me to branch out leading to something new!
  • Social (Facebook and Goodreads) – This will help with ideas for different categories since I’m unfamiliar with several of them.

I am fortunate to have access to our entire BCPL collection, as are you!  Plus I’ve purchased a few books over the years that I’ve never gotten around to reading. So I don’t think I will need to spend any additional money on this challenge!

BCPL can help you with your reading goals by providing access to materials.  Books are available via print, ebooks, and audiobooks. If you can’t access a book immediately, you can put it on hold and later modify the hold if you need to finish what you’re reading. The best part is that BCPL helps you avoid spending any extra money to accomplish your reading goals!

One of the Library’s greatest assets is staff. Each BCPL location (Main in Burlington, Scheben in Union, Hebron, Florence, Walton, and Chapin in Petersburg) has amazing staff available to help you find items outside of your regular reading routine. They can also offer suggestions for many of the different categories listed in any year-long reading challenge. Staff knows of the most popular or newest titles and can at least point you in the right direction for whatever category you may be looking for. If you don’t have time to stop in, fill out our Reading Recommendations form and our staff will provide suggested titles.

Maybe the challenge will inspire you to try reading something different this year! The goal of any reading challenge is always to complete it, but life happens. At least this is one New Year’s resolution you can pursue for free with resources from the Library.

As I mentioned, I’m beginning my challenge with the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Kindred.  I will share what I’ve been reading with you monthly and hope you will comment on your challenge or what you are reading.

Do you have any reading goals for 2021?


Kelsey Shackelford is the Community Events Liaison for Boone County Public Library.

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