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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If you can't make it to the Charleston Literary Festival . . .

This year's Charleston Literary Festival, running from 5-14 November, features a stellar lineup of speakers, with an admirable mix of fiction and nonfiction authors, ranging from icons such as Paul Auster and Walter Isaacson to recent stars such as Yaa Gyasi and Patricia Lockwood. But if you can't make it to the festival, don't worry - Richland Library features many titles by the participating authors.  Check out the list below; given the variety of the author list, you're sure to find something to intrigue you.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021- October Staff Suggestions

Find your next favorite book and fulfill the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 prompt to "Read a book suggested by a Library staff member" with these personal recommendations from our colleagues!

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Remembering Gary Paulsen (May 1939 - October 2021)

            Gary Paulsen, a well-known YA fiction author, passed away on the morning of October 13, 2021.  A list has been created to recognized the amazing contributions he has made to many readers throughout the world. 
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#OwnVoices: Clean Getaway by Nic Stone (A Review)

How to Go on an Unplanned Road Trip with Your Grandma:
    Grab a Suitcase: Prepacked from the big spring break trip that got CANCELLED.
    Fasten Your Seatbelt: G'ma's never conventional, so this trip won't be either.
    Use the Green Book: G'ma's most treasured possession. It holds history, memories, and most important, the way home.

What Not to Bring:
    A Cell Phone: Avoid contact with Dad at all costs. Even when G'ma starts acting stranger than usual.

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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - One Word Titles (Poetry)

Books with One Word Titles span genres. Here are some Poetry titles that are only one word.    Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - One Word Titles (Romance)

Books with One Word Titles span genres. Here are some Romance titles that are only one word.    Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - One Word Titles (Fiction)

Books with One Word Titles span genres. Here are some General Fiction titles that are only one word.    Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - One Word Titles (Horror)

Books with One Word Titles span genres. Here are some Horror Fiction titles that are only one word.    Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - One Word Titles (Fantasy)

Books with One Word Titles span genres. Here are some Fantasy titles that are only one word.   Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - One Word Titles (Young Adult)

Books with One Word Titles span genres. Here are some fiction titles that are typically marketed to young adults.   Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - One Word Titles (Nonfiction)

Books with One Word Titles span genres. Here are some non-fiction titles that are only one word. (Some have subtitles but we're not counting those.)    Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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What to Read While You Wait for 'DUNE'

As the US prepares for the release of Dune on October 22, here are a few books to read if you've already finished the series.  Also included are some of the books in the Dune series.    Be careful with how much spice you consume...
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Independent Press Graphic Novels

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these Graphic Novels.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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🌍World Environmental Health Day [September 26, 2021]🌍

Here is a list to jump-start your dive into learning more about the biosphere you live in, and the ecosystems surrounding you (and also living within you). In addition, for those that are familiar with environmental science, there are additional books to expand your knowledge while possibly making an activist out of you.
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Fall and Rise: 9/11, 20 Years On

As the nation prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, consider these titles from our collection to learn more about what happened on that day, both from the perspective of the immediate aftermath and from mor
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Aspiring Female Pilots

✈️Zara Rutherford, a 19-year old Belgian pilot, may become the world's youngest female pilot to fly around the world to date. Currently the title is held by Captain Shaesta Waiz, an Afghan refugee, who completed the trip in 2017 at age 30. Rutherford mentioned a huge reason for doing this flight was to help encourage more girls/young women to go into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)✈️
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NPR's 50 Best Sci-fi and Fantasy of the Decade

📚NPR ran a Summer online poll to see what the top 50 Sci-fi and Fantasy reads were for the decade. Their list included multiple book series and some standalone novels.  📚Below you will find all the books in each series. Most of the formats listed are in physical books, but be sure to click on the titles if you prefer another format such as eBook, eAudio, and/or Audiobooks. 📚Find your next adventure! 
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National Wellness Month: Black Women's Health

August is National Wellness Month⚕️ Here is a list on systemic racism and the history on the battle for control of black women's health throughout the centuries. Also, included are some wellness guides promoting self-care and healing. 
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Must Read Love Triangles❤️

Whether you're here because of a book suggestion from Tik-Tok or for a bit of fun, we have just the list to keep you entertained with a hint of drama! Decisions...Decisions...Decisions...! 🤔
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Independent Press Westerns

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these Westerns. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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Herbal Aficionado

With the season of Summer beaming down on us and more time outdoors, grab a hold of a fiction read that will encourage a little foraging in the woods.🍃
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New in Science

New titles by best-selling authors Michael Pollan (This Is Your Mind on Plants),
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Japan 2021 for Olympics 2020

We now get to see Japan, her culture and history after seeing China and Korea present their cultures in previous Olympic Games.  What do you want to learn about first, anime, manga, the language, the food, and the places they all come together in?  Looking for more, and in different formats? Check out our personalized recommendations here or call us at 799-9084.
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Tokyo Olympics 2020

Tokyo Olympics 2020 games are about to begin!  The trials for the USA team members are going on now.  You can pick and choose which parts of the games you watch, the gymnastics, track and field, soccer, equestrian, or one of the new sports like surfing.  Looking for more? Check out our personalized recommendations here or call us at 799-9084.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Independent Press Sports

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these sports titles. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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New in Biography and Memoir

Featured in this roundup of new titles are memoirs by two authors with ties to the Midlands: Columbia native and Today Show anchor Craig Melvin, who writes of his complicated relationship with his father in Pops: Learning
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Independent Press Biography

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these biographies This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: New Press Biography

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these biographies from New Press.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.  
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021:Read a Book by a Journalist (Fiction)

One of our prompts for the 2021 #BroaderBookshelf Challenge is to read a book by a journalist, but if nonfiction is not your game then try your hand at these fiction offerings.   There are some great middle grade titles here if you want to try your hand at something different or if you have a kiddo with whom you would like to share the reading experience.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021:Read a Book by a Journalist (Nonfiction)

Here is a list of nonfiction books that will help you complete the 2021 #BroaderBookshelf prompt of reading a book by a journalist.  These were the titles that didn't make it onto the other Read a Book by a Journalist lists...here you'll find books about a host of other subjects including business, food, music, sports and travel.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Akashic Noir

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these Akashic Books titles. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021:Read a Book by a Journalist (Histories)

One of the reading prompts for the 2021 #BroaderBookshelf Challenge is to read a book by a journalist.  Here's a list of histories to get you started.  In these offerings you will find intricate plotting, fast and slow pacing, compelling writing, thorough research and rich detail.  Enjoy the challenge!
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Being Vietnamese-American

For Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, representation matters in our books.

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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Local Presses

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these titles from regional presses.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Mysteries from Soho Press

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these mysteries from Soho Press. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Independent Press Mysteries

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these mysteries. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - Antihero's and Villains as the protagonist

Do you believe there's always an "other" side to each story?  Well here they are. Read some titles that talk about the perspective of the villain or an antihero. Some are tricksters and some are downright murderers. All are darkly enjoyable.   Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: New Press Poetry

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these books of poetry from New Press.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Graywolf Poetry

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these poetry books from Soho Press. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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The Asian & Asian American Experience through Novels for Middle Grade and Teens

For many children the first glimpse into the lives of others is through books. Taking time to read about, learn and appreciate others' differences is a stepping stone to equality, inclusion and acceptance of all. The booklist below focuses on novels for middle grade readers and teens about the Asian and Asian American experience in hopes of being able to create a window into the lives of others.
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The Asian & Asian American Experience in Picture Books

As important as having the hard conversations about racism, hate and discrimination with children is, they are very difficult topics to discuss. Taking time to learn about and appreciate others' differences is a stepping stone to equality, inclusion and acceptance of all. The booklist below focuses on picture books about the Asian and Asian American experience in hopes of being able to create a window into the lives of others.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: New Press Fiction

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these fiction titles from New Press.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - March Staff Suggestions

Find your next favorite book and fulfill the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 prompt to "Read a book suggested by a Library staff member" with these personal recommendations from our colleagues!

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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Akashic Fiction

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these titles from Akashic Books.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.  
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Graywolf Fiction

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these fiction titles from Graywolf Press.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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Read Woke Across America Week

Let’s show out children a world where everyone does not look the same, worship the same, or even think the same—and that this is the beauty of the world. Let’s teach them that in spite of our differences, we’re more alike than different, and learning brings us closer together. Let’s join together and Read WOKE Across America!

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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: The Feminist Press

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these titles from The Feminist Press.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Fiction from Soho Press

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these fiction titles from Soho Press.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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Read Woke Across America Week: Woke Books for Tweens & Teens

Are you looking for a way to #ReadWoke Across America? This booklist will help guide you to finding great books for tweens and teens that challenge the status quo and gives representation to the underrepresented and/or oppressed. Read Woke Across America Week starts the first week of March in honor of Zero Discrimination Day. 
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Read Woke Across America Week: Picture Books

"So many picture books have powerful messages about immigration, racism, and other social justice issues. From English Language Learners to high school students and those with learning disabilities, all can benefit from picture books." -Cicely Lewis (Read Woke creator) Read Woke Across America Week starts the first week of March in honor of Zero Discrimination Day. 
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - Young Adult Romance Novels

Fulfill the "Read a Romance Novel" prompt for this year's Broader Bookshelf challenge with one of these young adult romances!  They're great books for teens and they also have a lot of crossover appeal for adults.  All of the subgenres in adult romance appear in YA romance as well, so you're sure to find something you love here!
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - Romantic Suspense

Fulfill the "Read a Romance Novel" prompt for this year's Broader Bookshelf challenge with one of these romantic suspense novels!  Romantic suspense books still have a central romance plot, but they also have a thriller or suspense element that shares the spotlight.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Independent Press Essays

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these essay collections. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - Contemporary Romance Novels

Fulfill the "Read a Romance Novel" prompt for this year's Broader Bookshelf challenge with one of these contemporary romances.  A contemporary romance is set in the time it was written in, but can be about anything - this list has books about cowboys, cosplayers, yarn store owners, and princes!  (A surprising number of princes.)  
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#OwnVoices: Bring On the Blessings (Book #1 of Blessings series)

When a post-Reconstruction African-American community succumbs to a desperate need for funds and purpose, its mayor puts the small town up for sale and finds a buyer in Bernardine Brown, who believes the town's sale to be a sign from God. 🏠🏠

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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - Historical Romance Novels

Fulfill the "Read a Romance Novel" prompt for this year's Broader Bookshelf challenge with one of these historical romances!  They're set in a wide variety of times and places (it's not all Regency!), so you're sure to find one that makes your heart sing!
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Independent Press History

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these history titles. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.