Whether you’re an avid reader or haven’t picked up a book in months, a reading challenge is a great way to get you back into books or to keep the pages turning in 2017.

We’ve come up with a list of reading tasks and a few suggestions that are available from the library to make 2017 your best reading year yet.

A prize winning book

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The natural way of things, Charlotte Wood

Winner, 2016 Stella Prize

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The sellout, Paul Beatty

Winner, The Man Booker Prize 2016

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The sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen

Winner, The Pulitzer Prize 2016 (Fiction)

A book that will be released as a film in 2017

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A dog’s purpose
, W. Bruce Cameron

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The gunslinger (Dark tower series), Stephen King

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The bell jar, Sylvia Plath

A book recommended by a librarian

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Take a page out of our book and pick up one of these great reads recommended by library staff in Current November 2016-February 2017, or just ask our staff for a recommendation next time you’re in the library.

A book written by someone under 30

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Extremely loud & incredibly close, Jonathan Safran Foer

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A confederacy of dunces, John Kennedy Toole ; foreword by Walker Percy

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The luminaries, Eleanor Catton

A book written in a foreign language and translated into English

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Buddenbrooks, Thomas Mann (translated from German)

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1Q84, Haruki Murakami (translated from  Japanese)

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A death in the family, Karl Ove Knausgaard (translated from Norwegian)

A book published in 2017

View new titles on our catalogue using the links below:

A book published before you were born

Did you know you can search our catalogue by publication year?

Follow the instructions below to find titles that were published before you were born.

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  • In the ‘Year’ field, enter the year you were born preceded by the ‘<‘ symbol.
  • Under ‘Collection’, select ‘Fiction’ or ‘Non-fiction’
  • Click ‘OK’ to begin your search

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A non-fiction science book

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Thinking, fast and slow, Daniel Kahneman.

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The man who mistook his wife for a hat, Oliver Sacks

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A Brain for life, Nicola Gates

A book of short stories

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A Chinese affair, Isabelle Li

 

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The prank: the best of young Chekhov, Anton Chekhov

 

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After the carnage, Tara June Winch

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