I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten;
even so, they have made me.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
The library is offering readers the choice of three different year-long reading challenges:
- Book of the Month: 1 book/month for a total of 12 books
- Read More!: 20 books/year with an option of a bonus 21st book (21 books in '21)
- Read Harder: 1 book/week for a total of 52 books
Read or listen to different, previously unread young adult or adult-level fiction or non-fiction books from the categories as indicated within each challenge. Record the titles in the space provided and return completed challenges by January 7, 2022. Individuals successfully completing their choice of challenge will receive a collectible mug and a ticket for the grand prize drawing to be held on January 10, 2022.
Readers may also complete the reading challenge by accessing the library's Beanstack app or using reading logs available below or at the library. A non-exhaustive book list of suggestions for most categories is also available by scanning QR codes or by calling the library.
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Love to talk about books? Looking for your next read? Need to gush (or vent) about a book? Join other local readers for all this and other bookish chats at Page Turners (Marshall, TX), an off-shoot of MPL's Facebook page.
Curiously Creative provides an ultimate list of hobby ideas along with how-tos and resources for further learning.
GCFGlobal offers essential skills instruction--from standard school subjects to Microsoft Office, smartphone basics, and email--using lessons, videos, and interactive games.
Khan Academy provides users a chance to learn or refresh their memory of reading, writing, and arithmetic (and more!).
Still hunting and pecking? Try Typing Club, a free online resource that provides users with interactive experiences to improve their skills.
Book Page is a monthly publication featuring reviews of the best new books in such categories as crime fiction, book club reads, romance, children's and teens as well as author interviews and other features. Print copies are available at the library at no cost.
Great American Read is an eight-part 2018 PBS series which used viewer votes to select America’s favorite novel from a list of 100 best-loved novels. These books are searchable in the library catalog with the keyword "Great American Read". Print the 100 book checklist (PDF) and join the challenge!
The Lariat is a list of outstanding current fiction, as designated by the Texas Library Association (TLA), of published books that merit special attention from adult readers.
New York Times Best-Sellers authoritatively ranks lists of books sold in the United States sorted by format, genre, and audience.
Oprah's Book Club established in 1996 has selected books that often become best-sellers.
Read with Jenna features contemporary books selected by Jenna Bush Hager which she hopes will connect people with great books.
Reading Group Choices offers curated discussable book selections especially with book clubs in mind.
Reese's Book Club from Reese Witherspoon features books with a woman at the center of the story.
The Texas Topaz List is a list of recommended non-fiction titles by TLA for children and adults that stimulate reading for pleasure and personal learning.