Reading Challenge Finisher Amanda S. Recommends

Kent Library user Amanda S. recently finished this year's 10 to Try reading challenge! She agreed to answer some questions about the books she read and share her list with us.

What was your favorite category this year? My favorite category this year was Read a Book About Family. I read The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin for this category, and I was captivated by how she depicted the lives of each member of the Gold family-especially Simon's and Klara's-and made me question the interplay between destiny versus our own choices in our lives. I didn't want that book to end! 
Which category was most challenging for you? Read a Book By An Immigrant Author was the most challenging category for me. It took me a long time to decide which book to read, but I finally settled on Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It was the most intimidating book for me to start because I didn't know what to expect from it, but once I started I couldn't stop! I fell in love with these characters and learned so much from how they experienced living in America, contrasting with their experiences in Nigeria. 
Did you read anything out of your comfort zone for 10 to Try? What was it, and what did you think about it? Quite a few of the categories this year were outside of my comfort zone, which is why I love the 10 to Try. The book that was most definitely outside of my comfort zone was Jon Krakauer's Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, which I read for the Subject that is Difficult to Discuss category. I usually do not like to read nonfiction, but this book was very well written and had a compelling narrative. While this book was a very uncomfortable read, it was a necessary one.

Check out the rest of Amanda's reading list for 10 to Try 2019 below!

10 to Try 2019: Amanda's List

Read a Children's Book

Read a Book by a Journalist

Read a Book About Crime

Read a Book of Poetry

Read a Book Recommended by KCLS Staff

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