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Unrequired Reading

Each month, the Unrequired Reading Group sets up browsing displays on the 1st and 2nd floors. The 1st floor display is near the entrance and the 2nd floor display is in the Knowledge Commons, opposite the elevators. A tagged list acts like a virtual display, grouping like books together in Usearch. Below we have included several tagged lists, with a few mimicking the live displays. Please contact us if you would like to see a display or tagged list on a certain subject of interest. 

The Great Outdoors

50 Classic Hikes in Nevada

Mid-spring/early summer (and year-round too) is a great time to explore Utah and the surrounding areas. This list includes climbing, hiking, canyoneering, and mountain biking guidebooks as well as tips on biking, swimming, running & triathlons. Also included are inspiring stories of all types of adventurers. 

Deep and Dark December

The Bell JarBasically, sad/depressing books (primarily novels, but with some memoir mixed in there). The opposite of light summer reading. Great for rainy May & June days too.


Downton Abbey

The House of MirthFiction and nonfiction that reflects the time period & themes of the miniseries. Historical events (from a British point of view) covered include the sinking of the Titanic, World War I and its aftermath, Women's Suffrage, the Irish Revolution, and the flu epidemic. 

The Mother (and Father) Load: Books about Parenting and Families

The attachment parenting bookThese books offer perspectives into different parenting theories and styles. They also address different types of families.

In the Kitchen

People's PopsWith classes to attend and papers to write, it’s easy to end up eating spaghetti every night of the week…if you make it to your kitchen at all. These cookbooks will help get you busy in the kitchen and out of your food rut.

Nordic Crime Fiction

Nordic Crime

So you've read all of Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander books—or you haven't, because they're always checked out. Don't despair. There's plenty of mayhem to go around in Sweden and neighboring countries. The success of Larsson's "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," as well as Henning Mankell's Wallander series, has created a big demand for Scandinavian (or Nordic, if you count Iceland, which we do) crime fiction. Here's just a sample of what you can find in the library's Browsing Collection on Level 1. 


Unrequired Reading Group


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