It can be hard to read outside of your comfort zone, but this #RogersReads Reading Challenge asks you to do just that! It is always good to try new things, and we are going to try to make this as painless as possible. The following is a list of ideas that can help you tackle a genre that is not your favorite. In the name of fairness, these are listed in no particular order, but you should know that we do have our own least favorites and they are on this list.
It’s still not too late to get started on your #RogersReads challenges! To be eligible for the grand prize, all you have to do is complete 12 challenges by December 31, 2021. That’s still plenty of time! Here are some books with animals on their covers to help you get started.
“Book Club” Books
This isn’t an official “genre,” but these are books that you don’t like primarily because they are just liked by everyone. Maybe they just don’t live up to the hype or you are just tired of hearing about them all the time. The good news is these books are usually popular for a reason, and there are loads of them. So even though the genre may not be your favorite, you can probably find one that is at least in your wheelhouse.
For a genre that is all about love, Romance books are pretty divisive. The good news is that authors and publishers have been much more creative lately with their contributions to the genre. That means it is easy to find contemporary romance books that aren’t just romance books.
Maybe dragons and elves aren’t up your alley, but there are plenty of Fantasy books that are “fantastic” while still being mostly realistic. Here are some awesome books that blend fantasy with historical fiction and romance to create something that may fit your needs.
WWII Books with Ladies Walking Away
Okay. I know this one sounds weirdly specific, but it is definitely a sub-genre of historical fiction that has taken off lately. Do these covers look familiar? It is because this template has become a favorite of cover-designers and publishers everywhere. Here are three examples that feature the ubiquitous WWII lady walking away that have been popular with our patrons.
Plenty of our patrons are wary of scary stories or movies, so Horror may be a good genre to explore for this challenge. The good news is that you can often find Horror books that are blended with another genre that you may enjoy more. These Horror books are all combinations of Horror and Science Fiction.
“Oh, But Everyone Has Read _______” Books
Some books are just too big for their britches, and that can be annoying to some readers. You may find the hype around a book daunting or maybe you’ve put off reading it because you just aren’t interested. This challenge is your chance to finally get those “How have you not already read this book” books off of your TBR list.
If you haven’t already, you can join the #RogersReads reading challenge by registering and entering the books you read at rpl.readsquared.com under “missions.” Each month, prizes will be awarded to two readers who complete a mission online by the end of the month. If you complete all twelve missions by December 31, 2021, you will be entered for the grand prize that will be awarded at the end of the challenge. You can finish the challenges in any order over the course of the year with eBooks, audiobooks, or print copies of a title.
#RogersReads Reading Challenges for 2021
1. Read a book that makes you laugh.
2. Read a book that is about food or has food in the title.
3. Read a book set in or about space.
4. Read a book that is about or based on mythology or folklore.
5. Read a book whose author is known for something other than writing.
6. Read a book, fiction or non-fiction, about nature.
7. Read a fictional retelling of a historical event.
8. Read a book you meant to read in 2020.
9. Read a book with an animal on the cover.
10. Read a book from your least favorite genre.
11. Read a book that, for better or worse, you judged by its cover.
12. Read a book with a body of water on the cover or in the title.