Ready to broaden your reading horizons? Every year we offer up fresh reading prompts as part of our #BroaderBookshelf reading challenge. Use these staff recommendations and reviews to get started, and don't forget to check out our special events and author visits related to the challenge. 

 

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Smithsonian Magazine Best Science Books of 2023

Check out these recently published science titles that Smithsonian Magazine has singled out for praise.  The list includes Of Time and Turtles, by best-selling author Sy Montgomery, and the thought-provoking Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of O
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#BroaderBookshelf 2024 - Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

Check out a book from this list to fulfill the 2024 Broader Bookshelf prompt "Read a book by a Pulitzer or Nobel Prize winning author".  These books were all awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2024 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2024 - Pulitzer Prize in Biography

Check out a book from this list to fulfill the 2024 Broader Bookshelf prompt "Read a book by a Pulitzer or Nobel Prize winning author".  These books were all awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Memoir.This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2024 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.

Jun 13 6:30 p.m.

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Richland Library Northeast

Northeast Book Group

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, Finlay Donovan is Killing It, by Elle Cosimano.

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May 01 6:30 p.m.

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Richland Library Northeast

Northeast Book Group

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, Midnight Library, by Matt Haig.

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#BroaderBookshelf 2024 - Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

Check out a book from this list to fulfill the 2024 Broader Bookshelf prompt "Read a book by a Pulitzer or Nobel Prize winning author".  These books were all awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction or Novel.This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2024 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2024 - Memoirs by Indigenous Authors

Check out a book from this list to fulfill the 2024 Broader Bookshelf prompt "Read a book by or about someone from an Indigenous culture".This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2024 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.

May 28 6:00 p.m.

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Richland Library North Main

Page Turners Book Group

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, Down the River, Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley.

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May 16 2:00 p.m.

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Richland Library Sandhills

Third Thursday Book Group

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, My Sister, the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite.

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#BroaderBookshelf 2024 - Nobel Laureates in Something Besides Literature

Check out a book from this list to fulfill the 2024 Broader Bookshelf prompt "Read a book by a Pulitzer or Nobel Prize winning author".  These are written by laureates who won non-literary Nobels, including Medicine, Economics, Physics, and the Peace Prize.This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2024 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2024 - Nonfiction by Indigenous Authors

Check out a book from this list to fulfill the 2024 Broader Bookshelf prompt "Read a book by or about someone from an Indigenous culture".This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2024 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2024 - Books with If in the title

Check out one of these titles and fulfill the #BroaderBookshelf 2024 Reading Challenge prompt, "Read a book with If or When in the title".This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2024 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.

Apr 09 6:00 p.m.

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Richland Library Main

Cover to Cover Book Group

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, In Every Mirror She's Black by Lola Akinmade Åkerström.

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#BroaderBookshelf 2024 - Nobel Laureates in Literature

Check out a book from this list to fulfill the 2024 Broader Bookshelf prompt "Read a book by a Pulitzer or Nobel Prize winning author".  Please note that the Nobel Prize in Literature is given to an author, not a specific book.This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2024 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2024 - Literary Fiction by Indigenous Authors

Check out a book from this list to fulfill the 2024 Broader Bookshelf prompt "Read a book by or about someone from an Indigenous culture".This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2024 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2024 - Books with When in the title

Check out one of these titles and fulfill the #BroaderBookshelf 2024 Reading Challenge prompt, "Read a book with If or When in the title".This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2024 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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BroaderBookshelf 2024: War in Nonfiction

Fulfill the "read a book about war" prompt with these titles.This list is part of the BroaderBookshelf 2024 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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BroaderBookshelf 2024: War in Fiction

Fulfill the "read a book about war" prompt with these titles.This list is part of the BroaderBookshelf 2024 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2024 - Pulitzer Prize Winning History

Check out one of these history books to fulfill the Broader Bookshelf prompt "Read a book by a Pulitzer or Nobel Prize winning author" - they've all been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in History.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2024 - Young Adult Books by Indigenous Authors

Check out a book from this list to fulfill the 2024 Broader Bookshelf prompt "Read a book by or about someone from an Indigenous culture".This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2024 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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BroaderBookshelf 2024: Death in Nonfiction

Fulfill the "read a fiction or nonfiction title that confronts the topic of aging or death" prompt with these titles.This list is part of the BroaderBookshelf 2024 reading challenge. Find more lists here. 
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BroaderBookshelf 2024: Death in Fiction

Fulfill the "read a fiction or nonfiction title that confronts the topic of aging or death" prompt with these titles.This list is part of the BroaderBookshelf 2024 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2024 - Books set on a college or university campus

Check out one of these titles and fulfill the #BroaderBookshelf 2024 Reading Challenge prompt, "Read a book that takes place on a college or university campus".This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2024 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2024 - Pulitzer Prize Winning Drama

If you love reading plays, fulfill the "Read a book by a Pulitzer or Nobel Prize winning author" with one of these books, all of which won the Pulitzer in the Drama category.This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2024 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.

Apr 11 6:30 p.m.

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Richland Library Northeast

Northeast Book Group

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, Murder in Old Bombay, by Nev March.

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#BroaderBookshelf 2024 - Poetry by Indigenous Authors

Check out a book from this list to fulfill the 2024 Broader Bookshelf prompt "Read a book by or about someone from an Indigenous culture".This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2024 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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BroaderBookshelf 2024: Aging in Nonfiction

Fulfill the "read a fiction or nonfiction title that confronts the topic of aging or death" prompt with these titles.This list is part of the BroaderBookshelf 2024 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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BroaderBookshelf 2024: Aging in Fiction

Fulfill the "read a fiction or nonfiction title that confronts the topic of aging or death" prompt with these titles.This list is part of the BroaderBookshelf 2024 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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Richland Library Main

New Year, New Reading Goals

A new year means new goals. Expand your reading horizons by taking the #BroaderBookshelf challenge!

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Financial Times Best Business Books of 2023

London’s Financial Times has released a list of the year’s best business titles.  It includes books treating such timely topics as AI (The Coming Wave), cryptocurrency (

Nov 06 7:00 p.m.

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Online

#BroaderBookshelf Book Group

The #BroaderBookshelf reading challenge encourages you to expand your reading horizons. Join us as we discuss this month’s title, The Round House by Louise Erdrich.

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Oct 02 7:00 p.m.

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Online

#BroaderBookshelf Book Group

The #BroaderBookshelf reading challenge encourages you to expand your reading horizons. Join us as we discuss this month’s title, Beautiful Boy by David Sheff.

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Sep 04 7:00 p.m.

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Online

#BroaderBookshelf Book Group

The #BroaderBookshelf reading challenge encourages you to expand your reading horizons. Join us as we discuss this month’s title, The Colossus of New York by Colson Whitehead.

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Aug 07 7:00 p.m.

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Online

#BroaderBookshelf Book Group

The #BroaderBookshelf reading challenge encourages you to expand your reading horizons. Join us as we discuss this month’s title, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Soldier Boy by Ishmael Beah.

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Jul 03 7:00 p.m.

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Online

#BroaderBookshelf Book Group

The #BroaderBookshelf reading challenge encourages you to expand your reading horizons. Join us as we discuss this month’s title, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.

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Jun 05 7:00 p.m.

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Online

#BroaderBookshelf Book Group

The #BroaderBookshelf reading challenge encourages you to expand your reading horizons. Join us as we discuss this month’s title, The Devil and Webster by Jean Hanff Korelitz.

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May 01 7:00 p.m.

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Online

#BroaderBookshelf Book Group

The #BroaderBookshelf reading challenge encourages you to expand your reading horizons. Join us as we discuss this month’s title, Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig.

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Apr 03 7:00 p.m.

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#BroaderBookshelf Book Group

The #BroaderBookshelf reading challenge encourages you to expand your reading horizons. Join us as we discuss this month’s title, When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole.

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New in Science

In addition to titles from perennial best-sellers Carlo Rovelli (White Holes) and Neil deGrasse Tyson (To Infinity & Beyond), recent science publications include a new edition of a monumental classic,
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New and Notable Biographies and Memoirs

You’ve probably already heard of the new memoirs by Barbra Streisand (My Name Is Barbra) and Britney Spears (The Woman in Me), but here are some other recent releases you might find worth a read.

Apr 09 6:30 p.m.

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Richland Library St. Andrews

Book Banter

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, Of Women and Salt, by Gabriela Garcia.

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Mar 12 6:30 p.m.

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Richland Library St. Andrews

Book Banter

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, The Death of Vivek Oji, by Akwaeke Emezi.

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Richland Library Main

South Carolina Cartoonist Jak Smyrl

Jak Smyrl (1923–2007) delighted readers of The State newspaper with his illustrations for more than thirty-seven years.  His reputation was such that the South Carolina State Legislature passed a resolution honoring him in what turned out to be the last year of his life.

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Richland Library Main

8 Books for October

Here's a tiny selection of October's bounty of new releases...

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2023 Charleston Literary Festival Authors

The Charleston Literary Festival, which will run from 3 to 12 November, has entered the lit-fest big leagues, to judge from the roster of writers participating this year.  In addition to contemporary fiction stars such as Rebecca Makkai and Claire Keegan, luminaries such as Lorrie Moore, Richard Ford, and Margaret Atwood are also on the list.  Nonfiction is well represented too, with noted historians Simon Schama and Simon Sebag Montefiore, public TV regular Lucy Worsley, perennial best-seller Tracy Kidder, and New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik
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Richland Library Main

7 Books for September

Exploring the wilderness and family drama are hot topics in this crop of new releases.

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Richland Library Main

Ten New Books for August

August is jam-packed with new releases. Including a new title from James McBride!

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2023 Booker Prize Longlist

The longlist for the 2023 Booker Prize has just been announced.  This major award recognizes English-language fiction published in the UK and Ireland.  The winner will be announced in November; in the meantime, check out the following longlist titles from our collection.
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2023 First Novel Prize Longlist

The longlist for the 2023 First Novel Prize has just been announced.  This prize, created by the Center for Fiction to honor the best debut novel of the year, was first awarded in 2006.  This year's prizewinner will be announced in December.  In the meantime, check out these longlist titles from our collection.
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While You're Waiting for...Lessons in Chemistry

Lessons in Chemistry was a GMA book club pick and a TV series is coming out later this year. Check out theses similar titles while you wait for your hold...
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2023 International Booker Prize

Bulgarian novelist Georgi Gospodinov's Time Shelter has won the 2023 International Booker Prize.  This prize was created in 2004 to recognize works of fiction that weren't eligible for the regular Booker Prize (awarded to books by authors hailing from anywhere in the British Commonwealth).  Check out this prizewinning title, as well as these other nominees for the 2023 prize.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2023 - Medieval Historical Fiction

Check out one of these titles about the Middle Ages and fulfill the 2023 Broader Bookshelf prompt "Read a historical fiction novel set before 1900"!This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2023 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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2023 Pulitzer Prizes

Check out the 2023 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists in the categories of fiction, history, biography, memoir/ autobiography, poetry, and general nonfiction.
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New in Science

Ben Wilson is a historian and the subject of much acclaim for previous books such as Metropolis.  Now he has ventured into science with Urban Jungle: The History and Future of Nature in the City, an intriguing look at how hu
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#BroaderBookshelf 2023 - Protagonists Over 50 Mysteries

Check out one of these mystery titles and fulfill the 2023 Broader Bookshelf prompt "Read a book where the protagonist or subject is age 50 or older"!This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2023 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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Notable New Biographies & Memoirs

Among the new biographies/memoirs I’m looking forward to reading are Anne de Courcey’s Magnificent Rebel, about shipping line heiress Nancy Cunard’s tumultuous life in 1920s Paris, and New Yorker writer Burkhard Bilger’s Fatherland, about his discovery of hi
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#BroaderBookshelf 2023: National Book Award Nominees, Part Three

Check out these fiction titles and fulfill the prompt "read a book written by a Booker Prize or National Book Award nominated author".This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2023 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2023: National Book Award Nominees, Part Two

Check out these fiction titles and fulfill the prompt "read a book written by a Booker Prize or National Book Award nominated author".This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2023 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2023: National Book Award Nominees, Part One

Check out these fiction titles and fulfill the prompt "read a book written by a Booker Prize or National Book Award nominated author".This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2023 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2023: Booker Nominees, Part Three

Check out these fiction titles and fulfill the prompt "read a book written by a Booker Prize or National Book Award nominated author". This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2023 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2023: Booker Nominees, Part Two

Check out these fiction titles and fulfill the prompt "read a book written by a Booker Prize or National Book Award nominated author". This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2023 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2023: Booker Nominees, Part One

Check out these fiction titles and fulfill the prompt "read a book written by a Booker Prize or National Book Award nominated author". This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2023 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2023 - Technology (Information)

Check out one of these titles and fulfill the #BroaderBookshelf 2023 Reading Challenge prompt "read a fiction or nonfiction book about technology".  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2023 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.