Wednesday, January 02, 2019

2019 Reading Challenge: An Orange Cover

January has always been known as a month to make changes. Now that it's 2019 we invite you to challenge yourself with your book choices! Are you the type of person who sticks to one author or one genre? Are you looking to discover new titles? Then our 2019 Reading Challenge is for you! We've picked 20 random categories and it's your goal to try and read a book from each one. Some will be easy. Some will be hard. Others might really stretch you out of your comfort zone! Who knows, you may just find your new favorite book! Follow us on Blogger if you need help picking a book from each category. We'll share book suggestions to help make your journey that much easier.

Let's start off easy. Here are a few suggestions for books with orange covers:


The Martian by Andy Weir

Stranded on Mars by a dust storm that compromised his space suit and forced his crew to leave him behind, astronaut Watney struggles to survive in spite of minimal supplies and harsh environmental challenges that test his ingenuity in unique ways.

Aloysious and Lillian Binewski, proprietors of a traveling carnival, attempt to reduce overhead by breeding their own freak show, with tragic results.

A novel that grapples with the complex history and identity of Native Americans follows twelve characters, each of whom has private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow.

Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family, is given ownership of Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, on her eleventh birthday. The novel follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist).

Living with his grandparents and sister on a Gulf Coast farm, Jojo navigates the challenges of his mother's addictions and his grandmother's cancer before the release of his father from prison prompts a road trip of danger and hope.

One morning, Deming Guo's mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. Set in New York and China, the Leavers is the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he's loved has been taken away--and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.

Caught in the crossfire of a megacorporation rivalry in 2575, Kady and Ezra, who have just broken up, flee their home planet on an evacuation ship that is quickly overwhelmed by a fast-spreading plague.


The critically acclaimed author and poet recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums.

Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization and gene mapping.

The author describes his bizarre coming-of-age years after his adoption by his mother's psychiatrist, during which he witnessed such misadventures as a fake suicide attempt and front-lawn family/patient sleepovers.

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