Do you want to read outside your comfort zone in 2021?  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.

Here are some books set in the Midwest.  Enjoy!

My Antonia by Willa Cather

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Something wicked this way comes by Ray Bradbury

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Cold cold heart by Tami Hoag

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (join us on January 28 for a Zoom author talk with Christina Baker Kline!  Click here for more info).

The Road Home by Jim Harrison

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellows

Heat Lightning by John Sanford

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams


Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank. Baum