SouthsideReads202

Past Recommendations

Did you miss a month from our year long challenge? No worries! You can start at any time during the challenge. Want to catch up but need some help? You'll find our recommendations by month/theme in each box with four tabs for each group (Adult, Teen, Middle Grade, and Picture Books). 

Each image of the book cover is a link to a description and more book details from Goodreads.  The Library Availability will give you details of format and availability by library.  Pick your title and start reading! 

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Key for Local Library Availability

Locations:
  • CVRL - Central Virginia Regional Library
  • LU - Longwood University: Greenwood Library
  • HSC - Hampden-Sydney College: Bortz Library
Services: *LU Overdrive is available for current students, faculty and staff only.

Book with a Number in the Title (January) Recommendations

Books with a Number in the Title (January)

For January, we want you to read a book with a number in the title. No restrictions other than that. Want to read a nonfiction work with a number in the subtitle? That works! Want to read a book with a year in the title? Years are made up of numbers! Want to read a book that uses the term first, second, etc.? We’re fine with that! To review the recommendations, pick the tab you wish to view and use the arrow buttons at the bottom to scroll through the selections. 

Books about Relationships (February)


For February, we want you to read a book about relationships. No restrictions other than that. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines relationships as “connections formed between two or more people or groups based on social interactions and mutual goals, interests, or feelings.” Want to read a memoir about the writer’s family? That works! Want to read a book about a group of friends coming together to solve a problem? That seems to line up with “social interactions and mutual goals.” Want to read a romance to celebrate Valentine’s Day? We’re fine with that!

Go out and find a book, but if you want some suggestions, check out these titles!  Each section is divided by age group (Adult, Teen, Middle Grades, and Picture). In each section, there are arrow buttons pointing left and right, letting you scrolling through the selections.  Each image of the book cover is a link to a description and more book details from Goodreads.  The Library Availability will give you details of format and availability by library.

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Adult Reads

Teen Reads

Middle Grade Reads

Picture Book Reads Recommendation

Books to Screen (March)

 

For March, we want you to read a book that has been adapted to film or TV. No restrictions other than that. Want to read a classic that has been adapted hundreds of times? That works! Want to read a book that has a movie or TV show that’s been put on hold because of COVID-19? If your choice has been delayed because of the pandemic, isn’t that the way of things right now? Read it anyway! Want to read a novelization of a movie or TV show? We’re fine with that! 

Go out and find a book, but if you want some suggestions, check out these titles!  Each section is divided by age group (Adult, Teen, Middle Grades, and Picture). In each section, there are arrow buttons pointing left and right, letting you scrolling through the selections.  Each image of the book cover is a link to a description and more book details from Goodreads.  The Library Availability will give you details of format and availability by library.

Don't forget to share your titles on social media using #southsidereads21

Adult Reads

Teen Reads

Middle Grade Reads

Picture Book Reads Recommendation

Books about Humor (April)

For April, we want you to read a book that is humorous. No restrictions other than that. They say laughter is the best medicine, so during a pandemic why not turn to funny books. Want to read comics or cartoons? That works! Want to read a comedian’s memoir? I’m sure it will elicit laughter! More interested in subtle humor? Hey, if it amuses you, we’re fine with that!

Go out and find a book, but if you want some suggestions, check out these titles!  Each section is divided by age group (Adult, Teen, Middle Grades, and Picture). In each section, there are arrow buttons pointing left and right, letting you scrolling through the selections.  Each image of the book cover is a link to a description and more book details from Goodreads.  The Library Availability will give you details of format and availability by library.

 

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Adult Reads

Teen Reads

Middle Grade Reads

Picture Book Reads

Books about the Environment (May)

For May, we want you to read a book about the environment. No restrictions other than that. Want to investigate the relationship between humans and nature through nonfiction? That works! Want to read dystopian climate fiction? If your psyche can handle it, we won’t stop you! Like novels that use natural disasters as a plot device? We’re fine with that!
Each section is divided by age group (Adult, Teen, Middle Grades, and Picture). In each section, there are arrow buttons pointing left and right, letting you scrolling through the selections.  Each image of the book cover is a link to a description and more book details from Goodreads.  The Library Availability will give you details of format and availability by library.

Don't forget to share your titles on social media using #southsidereads21

Adult Reads

Teen Reads

Middle Grade Reads

Picture Book Reads

Books about the Healthy Habits (June)

For June, we want you to read a book about healthy habits. No restrictions other than that. Want to read an athlete’s memoir? That works! Want to read mystery set at a wellness retreat? If you like your health books served up with a side of murder, we won’t judge! Like nonfiction that teaches you about a different way to live? We’re fine with that!
Each section is divided by age group (Adult, Teen, Middle Grades, and Picture). In each section, there are arrow buttons pointing left and right, letting you scrolling through the selections.  Each image of the book cover is a link to a description and more book details from Goodreads.  The Library Availability button will give you details of format and availability by library.

Don't forget to share your titles on social media using #southsidereads21

Adult Reads

Teen Reads

Middle Grade Reads

Picture Book Reads

July Past Reads

Books about the Community

Welcome to Southside Reads! We’re challenging you to read a variety of books in 2021 by assigning a different category to every month, but don’t worry! The categories are broad enough to put your own spin on them.
For July, we want you to read a book about community. No restrictions other than that. Want to read a cozy mystery or romance set in a small town? That works! How about the real story of how a group came together to make a difference? A body of people working collectively sounds like the dictionary definition of community! Like stories about different cultures and societies? We’re fine with that! Go out and find a book, but if you want some suggestions to get you thinking, check out the list below.
Each section is divided by age group (Adult, Teen, Middle Grades, and Picture). In each tab, there are arrow buttons pointing left and right, letting you scrolling through the selections.  Each image of the book cover is a link to a description and more book details from Goodreads.  The Library Availability button will give you details of format and availability by library.

Don't forget to share your titles on social media using #southsidereads21

Adult Reads

Teen Reads

Middle Grade Reads

Picture Book Reads