by Stacey Embry,
Director,
Morgan County Library
By this point, if you have had a chance to write a check or sign a document, you probably have done the magic trick of transforming a 7 into an 8. Yep, it is a new year. A new year, a new you. Okay, I get that, but I have something better: a new list of books to read.
Last week, I shared about a podcast that answers the question “What Should I Read Next?” If you had a chance to check it out, you should have been directed to the website, modernmrsdarcy.com. At the top of the page you will find, “The 2018 MMD Challenge is here!” I shared this link on our Facebook page, I have downloaded the kit for myself, and when I came to work last Saturday, Amy had done a display highlighting the challenge. So, if you are looking for something to read, we have a list and some books already picked out for you:
1. A classic you’ve been meaning to read. For me, I have a couple of choices in mind, “Fahrenheit 451” or “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Yep, I have read neither. I will probably go with Ray Bradbury, it is a dystopia and you know how I love a good dystopian novel.
2. A book recommended by someone with great taste. Well, that is subjective, your taste is great if it is similar to mine. I am probably going to go with Jessica on this one. When I interviewed her, she mentioned “Salt to the Sea” was the best book she had read recently. Emma also liked this book and I enjoy her so much at our book discussions.
3. A book in translation. “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry,” by Swedish author Fredrik Backman has also been recommended by some other people I know with great taste; Natasha said I would cry.
4. A book nominated for an award in 2018. Hmmm. Looks like I might have to make this decision later in the year.
5. A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection. I will go with an essay collection, or a collection of short stories as I prefer to call it, such as the book I checked out a few weeks ago (that I have yet to crack open) about the paintings, “Alive in Shape in Color.”
6. A book you can read in a day. In the display case Amy picked, “I Wish You More” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Read this lovely book, then follow it up with the letter she wrote to her husband before her death; you will cry.
7. A book that is more than 500 pages. On my Kindle, with my large type, all my books are more than 500 pages! Stephen King likes to write some big books. Maybe I’ll read his latest, “Sleeping Beauties.” I could go really big with “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand, a book I have tried before, but gave up on.
8. A book by a favorite author. My favorites are ever-changing. I used to love Clive Cussler, but was unable to read the last book I checked out. Maybe I will go with Stephanie Garber as she releases her second book after “Caraval.” Is she a favorite? We have yet to see, but I loved “Caraval!”
9. A book recommended by a librarian or indie bookseller. I got this one! I will give you a few: “The Martian,” “The Nightingale,” or “We Were the Lucky Ones.” All great books.
10. A banned book. So many choices, classic and new. I will probably go new and with a Young Adult selection. There a lot of them for various reasons. Pick your “poison.”
11. A memoir, biography, or book of creative nonfiction. “Pastrix” and “Priest Daddy” have both been calling my name. We have a whole row of biographies, one of my favorite sections of non-fiction, so who knows what will be my final pick.
12. A book by an author of a different race, ethnicity, or religion than your own. We have a nice collection of bestsellers that meet this category, but seldom get checked out. Hopefully, this challenge will broaden our thoughts and perceptions of the world we live in. “The Kite Runner” will probably be my choice.
A new year, some new books. Come by, we will help you with number 9 for sure!
For more information, visit the Morgan County Library, 600 N. Hunter, in Versailles; call 573-378-5319; or see the library’s website at morgancountylibrary.org. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.