Reading Challenge Finisher Ryan F. Recommends

Snoqualmie Library user Ryan recently finished this year's 10 to Try reading challenge. He agreed to answer some questions about the books he read and share his list with us.

What was your favorite category this year?  

Read a book by an immigrant author. I had The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, a Vietnamese Immigrant, on my to-read list for a while now after it won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2016. It was a really excellent story told from the point of view of a North Vietnamese spy which was both an interesting look at the Vietnamese war as well as a page-turner. 

Which category was the most challenging for you? 

Read a book of poetry. I chose The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. Due to law changes by Congress, copyrights were extended by 15 years in 1998 so this was the first year that new books have entered the public domain since 1998. The Prophet was one of the more famous books which this happened to. Poetry has never been easy for me to read, and it wasn't in this case either, but I'm happy I pushed through just to know a little more about a genre I have had very little exposure to.

Did you read anything out of your comfort zone for 10 to Try? What was it, and what did you think about it? 

The book that was recommended to me by a librarian: Heavy by Kiese Laymon. This was an excellent book but was from a very different point of view.

I also read all of my books on audiobook through Libby, which I highly recommend!

Check out the rest of Ryan's list:

Read a Children's Book

Read a book about history

Read a book about a subject that can be difficult to discuss

Read a book by a journalist

Read a book by an LGBTQ+ author

Read a book about family

Read a book about a crime

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