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As the Adult Summer Reading Challenge: The Spectacular Reading Race wraps up after August 31st, we thought we’d show off some of the spectacular covers chosen by participants for this reading challenge category. We hope you enjoyed some truly spectacular titles on this spectacular summer reading journey. Thanks to all for participating!
Emily St. John Mandel
David D. Levine
Christopher J. Yates
One of the most popular Adult Summer Reading Challenge categories has been to read a nonfiction book. You truly can “travel” with a variety of true stories! Below is just a small assortment of what participants have been reading for this summer reading challenge category.
Spirit Run by Noé Álvarez
A debut memoir by the son of working-class Mexican immigrants describes his upbringing in Washington State, membership in the Peace and Dignity Journeys movement and competition in the Native American cultural marathon from Canada to Guatemala.
Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds by Ian Wright
An atlas of 100 infographic maps that reveal something surprising about our world–how many countries have bigger economies than California; who drives on the wrong side of the road; and where you can find lions in the wild–all offering little-known insights and analysis about our world
Emperor Of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
A historical assessment of cancer addresses both the courageous battles against the complex disease and the misperceptions and hubris that have compromised modern understandings, covering such topics as ancient-world surgeries and the developments of present-day treatments.
Never Home Alone by Rob Dunn
Even when the floors are sparkling clean and the house seems silent, our domestic domain is wild beyond imagination. In Never Home Alone, biologist Rob Dunn introduces us to the nearly 200,000 species living with us in our own homes. Yet, as we obsess over sterilizing our homes and separating our spaces from nature, we are unwittingly cultivating an entirely new playground for evolution.
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Presents a true account of the early 20th-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones
The co-host of BuzzFeed’s AM to DM, award-winning poet and author of Prelude to Bruise documents his coming-of-age as a young, gay, black man in an American South at a crossroads of sex, race and power.
If You Tell by Gregg Olsen
In the gripping true crime story, three courageous and strong sisters band together to escape their sadistic mother’s unimaginable abuse, degradation, torture and psychic terrors, which resulted in multiple murders.
“Read a Classic – Of Any Decade” is one of the reading challenge categories for the Adult Summer Reading Challenge: The Spectacular Reading Race! Here is a sampling of some classics first published in different eras:
Kindred by Octavia Butler (1979)
Dana, a Black woman, finds herself repeatedly transported to the antebellum South, where she must make sure that Rufus, the plantation owner’s son, survives to father Dana’s ancestor.
Slaughterhouse Five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)
Billy Pilgrim, a chaplain’s assistant during the Second World War, returns home only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present.
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko (1977)
On a New Mexico reservation, one Navajo family–including Tayo, a World War II veteran deeply scarred by his experiences as a Japanese POW and by the rejection of his own people–struggles to survive in a world no longer theirs in the years just before and after World War II.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1847)
Heathcliff, an orphan, is raised by Mr Earnshaw as one of his own children. Hindley despises him but wild Cathy becomes his constant companion, and he falls deeply in love with her. When she will not marry him, Heathcliff’s terrible vengeance ruins them all – but still his and Cathy’s love will not die…
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (1989)
After being drawn together by the shadows of their past, four women start meeting every week in San Francisco to engage in hobbies they all enjoy. After one of the four members dies, her daughter takes her place to fulfill her mother’s dying wish. After the revelation of a secret, the women are forced to think back to their pasts and remember the sometimes painful events of their lives.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1965)
Presents Capote’s masterful account of the senseless 1959 murders of four members of a farm family in Holcomb, Kansas, and the search for the killers, Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith.
1984 by George Orwell (1949)
Orwell’s classic novel of one man’s nightmare odyssey through a world ruled by warring states and a power structure that controls not only information but individual thought and memory.
Be sure to add all the titles you’ve read between June 1st through August 31st for Summer Reading on Beanstack!
Below is only a sampling of the top books read for the Adult Summer Reading Challenge: The Spectacular Reading Race. These titles were pulled from a total of 1,209 books read so far! The Summer Reading Challenge ends on August 31st this year, so be sure to enter all your books you’ve read on Beanstack!
William Kent Krueger
The Book Woman of
Kim Michelle Richardson
Where The Crawdads Sing
Fun fact: the term “graphic novel” was coined in the late 1970s. Category K. for the Adult Summer Reading Challenge contains the challenge to read a graphic novel. Not sure where to start? Below are a handful of titles that might help you get reading!
If You Like Feel Good Stories…
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, And The Horse
by Charlie Mackesy
Charlie Mackesy offers inspiration and hope in uncertain times in this book based on his famous quartet of characters, as they explore their unlikely friendship and learn poignant, universal lessons together.
Adulthood Is A Myth
by Sarah Andersen
Collects strips from the webcomic that documents the horrors and awkwardness of young modern life.
If You Like Science Fiction…
Descender, Volume one: Tin Stars
by Jeff Lemire
A decade after planet-sized robots wreaked havoc across the galaxy, a young android awakens to find that all robots have been outlawed and goes on the run with his robot dog.
The Best We Could Do
by Thi Bui
An intimate look at one family’s journey from their war-torn home in Vietnam to their new lives in America. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.
If You Like Romance…
by Tee Franklin
When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-’60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.
If You Like Dystopian Stories…
The Handmaid’s Tale
by Renee Nault
Illustrated with high-contrast artwork, a graphic-novel adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s modern classic depicts the terrifying realities of women consigned to childbirth roles in the occupied Republic of Gilead.
If You Like Horror…
Through The Woods
by Emily Carroll
Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. Emily Carroll brings you tales of old-school folklore and horror, presented in an illustrated style that’s both unsettling and deceptively soothing.
by Craig Thompson
Loosely based on the author’s life, chronicling his journey from childhood to adulthood, exploring the people, experiences, and beliefs that he encountered along the way.