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Past Recommendations

Did you miss a month? 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.  Click on the heading to expand the selection with the recommendations.   

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! 

One Word Title (January)

Welcome to Southside Reads! We’re challenging you to read a variety of books in 2022 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 January, we want you to read a book that has a one word title. No restrictions other than that. Go out and find a book, but if you want some suggestions to get you thinking, check out the list below (with information about local library availability*):

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.

Travel & Adventure (February)

Welcome to Southside Reads! We’re challenging you to read a variety of books in 2022 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 February, we want you to read a book about travel and/or adventure. No restrictions other than that. Go out and find a book, but if you want some suggestions to get you thinking, check out the list below (with information about local library availability*):

Less cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Exit West cover art wtith link to Goodreads description page
Somewhere in the Darkness cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Bud, Not Buddy cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Summer in Baden Baden cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Getting Mother's Body cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Stranger than Fanfiction cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Girls Burn Brighter coverr art with Goodreads description page link
Briar Rose cover art with Goodreads description page link
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage cover art with Goodreads description link
The Only Road cover art with linkt to Goodreads description page
Hippie cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Freeman cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Always and Forever cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Lalani of the Distant Sea cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Hell of a Book cover art with link to Goodreads description page
The Wangs vs. the World cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Caramba cover art with link to Goodreads description page
The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela cover art with link to Goodreads description page

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.

True Stories (March)

Welcome to Southside Reads! We’re challenging you to read a variety of books in 2022 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 March, we want you to read a book about a true story. No restrictions other than that. Go out and find a book, but if you want some suggestions to get you thinking, check out the list below (with information about local library availability*):

Seven Fallen Feathers cover art wtith link to Goodreads description page
Real Queer America cover art with link to Goodreads description page
The Undocumented Americans cover art with link to Goodreads description page
A Few Red Drops cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Heavy cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Over the Top cover art with link to Goodreads description page
March cover art with link to Goodreads description page
The Address Book cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor coverr art with Goodreads description page link
This Is What I Know About Art cover art with Goodreads description page link
The Hidden History of Burma cover art with Goodreads description link
A Dream Too Big cover art with linkt to Goodreads description page
Born a Crime cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse cover art with link to Goodreads description page
The Sun Does Shine cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Poet Warrior cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Winter Pasture cover art with link to Goodreads description page
The Disordered Cosmos cover art with link to Goodreads description page
Black Birds in the Sky cover art with link to Goodreads description page

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.

Award Winners (April)

Welcome to Southside Reads! We’re challenging you to read a variety of books in 2022 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 April, we want you to read an award winner. Go out and find a book, but if you want some suggestions to get you thinking, check out the list below (with information about local library availability*):

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.

Heroes vs. Villains (May)

Welcome to Southside Reads! We’re challenging you to read a variety of books in 2022 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 May, we want you to read something that makes you think of heroes, villains, or both. Go out and find a book, but if you want some suggestions to get you thinking, check out the list below (with information about local library availability*):

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.