Do you want to read outside your comfort zone in 2020?  Take Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge—a list of 24 categories of books that you may not have read before.  To keep you motivated, we’ll feature one of the categories each week in the e-newsletter along with suggestions from our collection and beyond.  We’re going to feature the categories in order of how they appear on the list, but feel free to tackle the them in any order you like!  For the full list from Book Riot, click here.

Google it: a history of Google by Anna Crowley Redding

Think. Invent. Organize. Share. Don’t be evil. And change the world. Larry Page and Sergey Brin started out as two Stanford college students with a wild idea: They were going to organize the world’s information. From that one deceptively simple goal, they created one of the most influential and innovative companies in the world. The word “google” has even entered our vocabulary as a verb. Now, find out the true history of Google from its humble beginnings as a thesis project made out of “borrowed” hardware and discount toys through its revolution of the world’s relationship with technology to a brief glimpse of where they might take us next. In Google It, award-winning investigative reporter Anna Crowley Redding shares an inspiring story of innovation, personal and intellectual bravery, and most importantly, of shooting for the moon in order to change the world.

A few red drops: the Chicago Race Riots of 1919 by Claire Hartfield

Examines the events and forces leading up to 1919 race riots in Chicago.

Year-round indoor salad gardening: how to grow nutrient-dense, soil-sprouted greens in less than 10 days by Peter Burke

The Low-Tech, No-Grow-Lights Approach to Abundant Harvest.

Girling up: how to be strong, smart and spectacular by Mayim Bialik, PhD.

Learn how to be strong, smart, and spectacular girls.

Witch-hunt: mysteries of the Salem witch trials by Marc Aronson

Sifting through the facts, myths, and half-truths surrounding the 1692 witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, a historian draws on primary sources to explore the events of that time.

Dear bully: 70 authors tell their stories edited by Megan Kelley Hall & Carrie Jones

Presents top authors for teens as they share their stories about bullying–as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators.

The fangirl’s guide to the galaxy: a handbook for girl geeks by Sam Maggs

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes, including: • How to make nerdy friends • How to rock awesome cosplay • How to write fanfic with feels • How to defeat Internet trolls • How to attend your first con And more! Plus, insightful interviews with fangirl faves, like Jane Espenson, Erin Morgenstern, Kate Beaton, Ashley Eckstein, Laura Vandervoort, Beth Revis, Kate Leth, and many others.

The teen’s guide to world domination: advice on life, liberty, and the pursuit of awesomeness by Josh Shipp

Presents advice for teenagers on their relationships with peers, parents, and teachers, with insight on how to deal with bullies, chronic complainers, and negative friends, and create a strong sense of identity and self-worth.