The Kenosha Public Library Summer Reading Challenge is in full swing. If you are looking for a way to spice up the summer as we reach the midway point of the challenge, consider checking out one of our book clubs.

Wait — before you tell me you hate book clubs, hear me out. Our book clubs are different! You can read any book you want and you can get as far in that book as you would like. That’s right. This isn’t a room full of people that have all finished “Wuthering Heights” 17 times. Everyone is welcome to read any book they would like and you are more than welcome to come, even if you have only read three pages of “Wuthering Heights” before deciding it’s the worst book you have ever read.

That being said, here is a list of our books clubs plus some unexpected book recommendations you might like to read before visiting each one.

Politics and Military Action Book Club: “We Were 8 Years in Power” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Through his collection of essays, Coates explored what we learned about our need for a multiracial democracy during the Obama Administration.

Mystery Lovers Book Club: “I’ll Be Gone In The Dark” by Michelle McNamara

Fiction isn’t the only place we can explore the depth of damage done by the unanswered questions of a mystery. McNamara, a journalist by trade, shares what she found during years of researching stories in order to help catch the Golden State Killer.

Social Justice Book Club: “March: Book One” by John Lewis

In this graphic novel, Congressman John Lewis recounts his memories as a young man who witnessed the beginning of the nonviolent protest movement that brought us the March on Washington, the Freedom Riders and the civil rights movement.

Fantasy/Scifi Book Club: “Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik

In this retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, Novik gives us three heroines willing to do anything to survive and save the ones they love. Even if that means keeping the impossible promise of spinning gold into silver.

Classic Novels Book Club: “Jane” by Aline Brosh McKenna

In this creative graphic novel retelling of the classic “Jane Eyre,” Jane is an orphaned young woman who becomes the nanny for Adele, the daughter of Rochester, a wealthy New York socialite with secrets of his own.

Off the Shelves is published Sundays. Each week a different Kenosha Public Library or Community Library staff member organizes reviews of a handful of books available through the library system.

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