Welcome to 2018!  A brand new year of reading!

I have looked at umpteen reading challenges over the years and never chosen to participate.  Partly it was an attitude of “I just want to read what I like, and I like a lot of books”.  But this year we at Jake Epp Library made up our own reading challenge.  We have listed 12 ideas for you and you can do it in any order.  It is one book a month. If you are not a huge reader and find that daunting, just pick 6 of the categories for this year.


Since I was part of creating our challenge I figured I should actually participate.  I hope you do too.  And I hope you will share some of your discoveries with us as well. In fact, for anyone who takes the time to give us just a couple of lines of feedback on what you have read the previous month, we will enter all those names in a draw.  On the 4th of each month someone will win a book. All the information is available on our website https://jakeepplibrary.com/explore/reading-challenges/, or you can pick up a paper copy at the library.  We can even email it to you.  Drop a line at [email protected].

One of the challenges is to read a Young Adult book, and I chose this for my first challenge.  Over the last few years as I have ordered and catalogued books for our collection I have been intrigued by many of the stories written for teens.  I have chosen a fantasy entitled Seraphina, written by Rachel Hartman.  Our copy of the book is checked out right now, but I found it on eLibraries Manitoba so I am reading it on my iPad.  I am enjoying it so far and the only thing I am going to say is…… it has dragons!

Stay tuned and later in the month I will give my review of this book.  Now it’s your turn.  Get the list, pick a book, and find some gems that you might never have read on your own.

About the Authors

Hi - my name is Carolyn Graham and I am the Head Librarian and I love my job! One of the best parts of my job is that I am the first one to see all the beautiful new books as they arrive. I have always loved to read and my favorite way to relax is with a good book. I strongly believe that having good reading skills is an integral part of all learning. Being able to share good books and authors that I have enjoyed is great fun. Feel free to come and ask for suggestions.

Hi - I’m Aubrey Walker, Assistant Librarian at the Jake Epp Library. I’m a librarian and coffee guzzler by day, a reader and tea sipper by night. Reading and writing (and talking endlessly about both) are passions of mine, so I’m rather lucky to have a job where those things are relevant and important. I’m also the voice behind our Facebook page, and I love connecting with people about books both online and off.

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