Read Harder 2018: An Assigned Book You Hated or Never Finished

Can you believe it?  We’re already at the end of our Read Harder 2018 challenges!  The final challenge asks readers to tackle an assigned book that they hated or never finished (remember those book lists, way back when in high school?)  This one’s going to be different for everybody, but we’ve compiled an extended list of books that frequently show up on assigned reading lists.  Who knows – you may love it now!  As always, click on a cover or a title to place a hold.

The Odyssey by Homer
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“The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home. In this fresh, authoritative version – the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman – this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way.”


A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

“Presents Dickens’ classic tale of love, courage, and sacrifice set against the cataclysmic events of the French Revolution.”



Lord of the Flies by William Golding

“The classic study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island.”



To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“A young girl growing up in an Alabama town in the 1930s, learns of injustice and violence when her father, a widowed lawyer, defends a black man falsely accused of rape.”

1984 by George Orwell

“Eternal warfare, the price of bleak prosperity in satire of totalitarian barbarism.”




Happy Reading!
-Amanda, Adult Reference