Seymour Library is kicking off its 2018 reading challenge with 26 categories. This year’s categories include a book featuring royalty, a re-read from your childhood, a book by an author of a different ethnicity than you, and more. We picked the themes, you pick the books! Read old favorites or push yourself out of your comfort zone. Fill out your Read More! 2018 reading log, available online or at the library, and return it by Jan. 4, 2019, to win a prize. Share your progress with us online using the hashtag #readmore2018 and check out the library’s podcast "We Need To Talk About Books" for reading challenge recommendations and updates.

Looking to carve out more time to read in 2018? Finding time to read throughout your day can sometimes be challenging. That’s OK: We have some tips to help you carve out more time to read:

• Carry a book with you wherever you go. Setting aside a chunk of time everyday to read might not be doable with your busy schedule. However, a couple minutes of reading here and there can really add up. Waiting in line for your morning coffee? On your lunch break? Stuck in the doctor’s office? All great opportunities to crack open a good book! Don’t want to carry around a book with you all day? You don’t need to! You can download ebooks (and e-audio) right to your smartphone or tablet with OverDrive or Hoopla and start reading. For more information about our e-library, visit the library’s website at seymourlibrary.org/elibrary.

• Read in place of social media. Do you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through social media during your day? Replace some of that time with reading and you will be well on your way to meeting your 2018 goals.

• Try an audiobook. Audiobooks provide a hands-free option for reading! Working out at the gym? You can download an audiobook to listen to while you exercise. Maybe a Stephen King title will get you moving faster on that elliptical! Seymour Library offers audiobooks, e-audios and playaways, for easy, on-the-go listening.

• Join a book club. Feeling daunted by your reading goals? Get moral support at one of Seymour Library’s five books clubs: Coffee and Crime, Tea and Tales, History Book Club, Read More Book Club and Coffee and Conversation. For more information about our book clubs, visit the library’s website at seymourlibrary.org/book-clubs.

Now it is time to read! Here are some Seymour Library staff favorites from 2017. For the complete list, visit the library’s website at seymourlibrary.org/staff-picks.

• "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood

• "The Secret History of Twin Peaks" by Mark Frost

• "March" by John Lewis

• "Binti and Binti: Home" by Nnedi Okorafor

• "The Way I Used to Be" by Amber Smith.

• "13 Reasons Why" by Jay Asher

• "Rumble" by Ellen Hopkins

• "We are all Made of Stars" by Rowan Coleman

• "FanGirl" by Rainbow Rowell

• "A Court of Wings and Ruin" by Sarah J Maas

• "Bright Side" by Kim Holden

• "Lilac Girls" by Martha Hall Kelly

• "Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore" by Robin Sloan

• "Commonwealth" by Ann Patchett

• "The Bear and the Nightingale" by Katherine Arden

• "We Are the Ants" by Shaun David Hutchinson

• "They Both Die at the End" by Adam Silvera

• "Chemistry" by Weike Wang

• "The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough

• "Scarweather" by Anthony Rolls

• "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach

• "Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman

• "The Waste Lands" by Stephen King

• "Norse Mythology" by Neil Gaiman

• "Ice Ghosts" by Paul Watson

• "Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman

• "See What I Have Done" by Sarah Schmidt

Jackie Kolb is community services coordinator at Seymour Library in Auburn. For more information, visit seymourlibrary.org or call (315) 252-2571.

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