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ARO brings the heat!

Wait...would you rather hear about chilling out?
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Hot or Cold, ARO is your summer jam!

How It Works

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ARO is open to readers ages 16 and up.

Mission

Earn points by completing reading challenges.

We have a variety of reading challenges with accompanying reading lists for you to choose from.

Don’t see a challenge you like? Don’t worry! We publish new challenges and lists monthly!

Earn 1 point per challenge completed.

5 points is all you need to complete ARO for the year, but you can complete as many challenges as you like!

You are not required to select any specific challenge. Please pick the top 5 challenges that align with your reading preferences.

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Reading Lists

Looking for some great books to help you complete the challenges? We’ve got some librarian-recommended titles that should suit just about any reader. You don’t have to pick from these lists to finish the challenges, we just wanted to give you some good options!

Science-y Books for Non-Scientists

Whether you regard yourself as a scientist or not, we all have an inherent interest in the world around us. These riveting reads will bring out your inner scientist and inspire you to delve deeper into some fascinating scientific topics. 

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

How is it possible that a sample of someone’s cells could lead to the most important advances in science without the world knowing their name? How could these cells launch an industry worth billions without their family receiving any profit? An absolute must-read, the shocking story of Henrietta Lacks confronts readers with issues of consent, ownership, and morality in the medical and scientific fields, and ensures that her name and the legacy of her contributions to science will live on. 

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The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

After its discovery by Pierre and Marie Curie, radium was marketed as a miracle cure and used extensively in everyday products from paint to cosmetics. Around World War 1, many young women considered themselves fortunate to have jobs painting watch dials with glowing radium paint…until they started to develop strange symptoms. The Radium Girls illuminates the lives of these brave women who found the strength to battle for workers’ rights and lay the groundwork for modern health and safety regulations, even as their bodies were being eaten away by radium. 

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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Cadavers have contributed to many great scientific strides: through experimentation, dissection, and decomposition, scientists can study aspects of the natural world without risking lives. Stiff highlights specific uses for cadavers, from testing France’s first guillotines to analyzing plane crash sites, in order to examine ethical and moral issues related to postmortem bodies, and highlight the ways our lives have been quietly improved thanks to the dead. 

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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

There aren’t many of us who would voluntarily pick up a Physics book, but this book might be the exception. Not many people would voluntarily pick up a physics book, but this one might be an exception. In less than one hundred pages, Seven Brief Lessons in Physics offers a refreshingly playful introduction to modern physics, with simple explanations of Einstein’s general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, and the role of humans in this fascinating world. To quote Rovelli, “Here, on the edge of what we know, in contact with the ocean of the unknown, shines the mystery and the beauty of the world, and it’s breathtaking.” 

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The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Madness, Love and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of Elements by Sam Kean

Behind the seemingly dull periodic table lie fascinating tales of treachery, obsession and adventure. The Disappearing Spoon takes a fun and humorous approach in its look at the development of the table and the history of the mad scientists who discovered the elements. This lighthearted book would make a great, if somewhat unusual, beach read. 

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The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

Is there anything Bill Bryson can’t write about in a comfortable and approachable way? Here he takes us on a field trip of the human body, and in true Bryson style, this book is full of astonishing facts, and interesting trivia. Written in layman’s terms, The Body: A Guide for Occupants is a brilliant, sometimes terrifying, and often humorous way to learn about our wondrous bodies. 

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The Light Eaters: How the Unseen World of Plant Intelligence Offers a New Understanding of Life on Earth by Zoe Schlanger

The Light Eaters takes a deep dive into the hidden world of the plant kingdom. Recent discoveries have revealed remarkable information about plant communication, memory, and adaptations for survival, challenging our understanding of intelligence and consciousness. It’s obvious that we need plants, but what do they get from us? A fascinating read, this book will completely change the way you look at plants. 

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The Sounds of Life: How Digital Technology is Bringing us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants by Karen Bakker

In seeking to improve our knowledge of the world around us, scientists are using groundbreaking digital technologies to study the sounds made by our fellow creatures, many of which are beyond the range of human hearing. The Sounds of Life shares fascinating stories about the animal and plant kingdoms that expand our understanding of different species and give us a deeper glimpse into their lives. Despite being somewhat technical, this book is an informative and engaging read. 

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