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Chill out with some great reads!

Put the WIN back into WINTER!

Shovel a bunch of books onto your to-read list!

Is that enough? Can we call it good?

How It Works

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ARO is open to readers ages 16 and up.


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!

Newest List

Winter Winnings

It’s your mandatory holiday must-read list for the year. Tis the season for family and miracles as we look at these titles that encapsulate these feelings. Enjoy!  


Thanksgiving by Janet Evanovich

When Megan Murphy discovered a floppy-eared rabbit gnawing on the hem of her skirt, she meant to give its careless owner a piece of her mind, but Dr. Patrick Hunter was too attractive to stay mad at for long. Soon the two are making Thanksgiving dinner for their families. 



Thanksgiving : the holiday at the heart of the American experience

While the rites and rituals have evolved, the essence of Thanksgiving remains the same: family and friends feasting together in a spirit of hospitality and gratitude. Kirkpatrick’s exploration of America’s oldest tradition offers a fascinating look into the meaning of the holiday we celebrate on the fourth Thursday of November. 



Christmas : a biography

Christmas is all things to all people: a religious festival, a family celebration, a period of eating and drinking. In Christmas, bestselling author and acclaimed social historian Judith Flanders casts a sharp eye on its myths, legends and history, deftly moving from the origins of the holiday in the Roman empire, through the first appearance of Christmas trees in Central Europe, to what might be the origins of Santa Claus – in Switzerland – to draw a picture of the season as it has never been seen before. 



The Twelve Topsy-Turvy, Very Messy Days of Christmas by James Patterson and Tad Safran

At Christmastime, a family of three are missing someone dear to them. Until unexpected guests begin to arrive at their empty house, filling it with Christmas memories in the making.   

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The Christmas Boutique by Jennifer Chiaverini

Just weeks before Christmas, severe wintry weather damages the church hall hosting the Christmas Boutique–an annual sale of handcrafted gifts and baked goods that supports the county food pantry. Determined to save the fundraiser, Sylvia Bergstrom Compson offers to hold the event at Elm Creek Manor, her ancestral family estate and summertime home to Elm Creek Quilt Camp.  


List Archives


Winter Winnings

It’s your mandatory holiday must-read list for the year. Tis the season for family and miracles as we look at these titles that encapsulate these

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Microhistories are popular nonfiction books that allow readers to engage with the world by focusing on a very specific subject. There is something for everyone

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Female Rage in Fiction

Female rage has gained popularity across all media in recent years. While women’s anger has been used in storytelling for centuries, it often mirrored gender

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At first blush, this list might seem wide-ranging and a little quirky.  But hopefully it gets you thinking about those experiences and moments, both big

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Wish Amish

Read an Amish fiction or nonfiction book of your choice. Amish fiction is a calm escape from this busy world. Inspirational in content these stories

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Humorous Mysteries

Sick of serious mysteries? This curated list of books is designed to tickle your funny bone while keeping you engaged in the puzzling world of mysteries.

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Outdoor Fun!

It is that time of year to get outside, explore, and play. But don’t forget your books! Read a book that inspires ideas and motivates

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I Can’t Remember

Failing memory provides infinite stories, both fictional and factual, classic, and new. These are a collection of fiction, memoirs, and films with characters living with memory

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Punny Mysteries

Enjoy a good laugh when you see pun-filled titles? Here’s a list of cozy mysteries with very punny titles that will give you a giggle.

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