Off the Shelf: Explore new books with the Genre Challenge

Challenge yourself to read beyond your favorite types of books by joining the Genre Challenge with the North Olympic Library System (NOLS).

This fun program offers a little nudge to reach beyond your favorites to discover new authors and titles. It’s easy to sign up; go to

Track your reading online and make it a goal to try a new genre each month. Every format counts: books, audiobooks and downloadable e-books!

Library staff are always happy to help you find your next read, especially if you’re looking for something a little different from what you usually choose.

To get you started, consider one of these titles available for checkout at the library in a physical book or downloadable through the Libby app.


“Being Henry: The Fonz … and Beyond” by Henry Winkler

From Emmy-award winning actor, author, comedian, producer, and director Henry Winkler, a deeply thoughtful memoir of the lifelong effects of stardom and the struggle to become whole. — From the publisher.

Historical fiction

“March” by Geraldine Brooks

From Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic “Little Women,” Geraldine Brooks has animated the character of the absent father, March, as he leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause in the Civil War. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. A lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time. — From the publisher.


“The Empress of Salt and Fortune” by Nghi Vo

A young royal from the far north is sent south for a political marriage in an empire reminiscent of imperial China. Her brothers are dead, her armies and their war mammoths long defeated and caged behind their borders. Alone and sometimes reviled, she must choose her allies carefully. — From the publisher.


“The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club. When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. — From the publisher.


“The Wedding Date” by Jasmine Guillory

Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist. After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about the other … — From the publisher.

For more

Find these books and more at the Sequim Branch Library, at 630 N. Sequim Ave.

For more information, visit or call 360-683-1161.

Emily Sly is the Sequim Library branch manager.