It's only March, but a few dedicated readers have already finished this year's 10 to Try reading challenge! Priya M., who uses the Kirkland Library, finished a few weeks ago and agreed to answer some questions about the challenge for us.
What was your favorite category this year? Read a book about family. The Leavers by Lisa Ko was so beautiful and engrossing. As someone raised by Asian parents, I could easily connect to the "tough love" shared by the lead character and his mother. And as an immigrant and a mom, I was heartbroken for how their family suffered as a result of the mother being in the detention center.
Which category was the most challenging for you? Read a book about a crime - I'll Be Gone in the Dark was fascinating and beautifully written, but very disturbing. I slept with the light on for days! I also didn't realize it was posthumously published, so I felt a sense of loss when I came to the end and realized the author was no more.
Did you read anything out of your comfort zone for 10 to Try? What was it, and what did you think about it? Read a book about poetry - I've not read poetry outside of school (for assignments) and I was so sure I'd not enjoy it. But A Poem for Peter moved me from the very first page. I finished the book in one sitting and felt so many emotions!
Check out the rest of Priya's picks for 10 to Try 2019 below!
Read a book about history
Read a children's book
Read a book about a subject that can be difficult to discuss
Read a book of poetry
Read a book recommended by KCLS staff
What are you reading for the challenge this year?