The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier!


We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A book set in a country you’ve never been.”

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We’re traveling the world through books from Mexico to Antarctica to Ghana.

Where will you go?

Ghana: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Botswana: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Egypt: Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff (This book can also be counted for the category “A nonfiction book about history before 1500)

Iraq: Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

China: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

India: A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

Laos and Thailand: The Latehomecomer: a Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang

Russia: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Antarctica: The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick

Australia: The Dry by Jane Harper

Guernsey (an island off the coast of Normandy in the English Channel, a UK Crown dependency): The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Germany: Gutenberg’s Apprentice by Alix Christie

Spain: The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Mexico: Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork

Columbia: Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vásquez 

Chile: Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende

Brazil: Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin

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