Check It Out Category: Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading Bonus Category Spotlight: Choose Book by Cover

reading colors your world

Want to stretch your reading this summer? Adult Summer Reading offers bonus categories for this very goal, and one of the playful ways to start is to choose by book cover: Color your world by trying a Millennial Pink book. [Wondering what ‘millennial pink’ may be? Try here for a lighthearted explanation.] Following are a few of the eye-catching titles that have millennial pink covers. For more summer reading suggestions, email readers@mppl.org or find the links for each bonus category in Beanstack or in Lists & Suggestions.

severance book cover

 

Severance by Ling Ma

A survivor of an apocalyptic plague maintains a blog about a decimated Manhattan before joining a motley group of survivors to search for a place to rebuild, a goal that is complicated by an unscrupulous group leader.

Character-driven; Witty

 

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird book cover

 

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

A woman grieving the loss of her fiancé finds herself swapping back and forth between parallel lives, including one in which her first love has survived and another involving a new person who is asking her to move on.

Engaging; Thoughtful

 

gingerbread book cover

 

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

Draws on the classic fairy-tale element of gingerbread in the story of a British family whose surprising legacy and secret past are tied to a favorite recipe.

Compelling; Lyrical

 

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me book cover

 

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki

Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley’s dream girl, but Freddy is learning she is not the best girlfriend, so she seeks help from a mysterious medium and advice columnists to help her through being a teenager in love.

Angst-filled; Character-driven

 

lovely war book cover

 

Lovely War by Julie Berry

Meeting in a World War II-era Manhattan hotel for a forbidden tryst, immortals Ares and Aphrodite are caught by the latter’s jealous husband before she defends her actions by imparting the tale of four young humans who became connected during World War I.

Moving; Romantic

 

city of margins book cover

 

City of Margins by William Boyle

The lives of several lost souls intersect in gritty 1990s south Brooklyn, from a disgraced ex-cop with blood on his hands to the grieving mother of a suicide victim.

Compelling; Gritty

Adult Summer Reading is Here!

reading colors your world

Calling all summer readers: MPPL Summer Reading 2021 will most certainly color your world! Adults, don’t let the kids and teens have all the fun. We have options for every kind of reader. Some of us have lots of book time, while others can only squeeze in reading or listening around constant demands of the day. Whether you want to stretch a little bit, a lot, or not all that much, your Beanstack program invites you to easily customize how you tint your world with reading! For added color, sneak a peek at a sampling of the optional bonus categories you might choose:

Read about a person or character with a disability.

Read about a person or character struggling with mental health issues.

Read a millennial pink book.

Read a biography or a memoir.

 

Summer Reading: G. Spectacular Covers

spectacular reading journey - read a book with a spectacular cover (a summer reading challenge category)

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!

The Glass Hotel book coverThe Glass Hotel
Emily St. John Mandel
Arabella of Mars book coverArabella of Mars
David D. Levine
In the Hall with the Knife book coverIn The Hall With
The Knife

Diana Peterfruend
Headliners book coverHeadliners
Lucy Parker
Pleasantville book coverPleasantvillle
Attica Locke
Watch Me Disappear book coverWatch Me Disappear
Janelle Brown
Mexican Gothic book coverMexican Gothic
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Black Chalk book coverBlack Chalk
Christopher J. Yates
Untamed book coverUntamed
Glennon Doyle

Summer Reading: F. Travel With True Stories, Read A Nonfiction Book

travel with true stories - read a nonfiction book, a summer reading challenge category

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: A 6,000-mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land book cover

 

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 brilliant maps for curious minds: 100 new ways to see the world book cover

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 Maladies book cover

 

 

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
Never Home Alone: from mibrobes to millipedes, camel crickets, and honeybees, the natural history of where we live book cover
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 book coverKillers 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 book cover

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: A true story of murder, family secrets, and the unbreakable bond of sisterhood book cover

 

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.

Summer Reading: K. Turn Back Time, Read A Classic – From Any Decade!

read a classic from any decade - a summer reading challenge category

“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 book cover

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 book cover

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 book cover

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 book cover

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…

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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 book cover

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 book cover

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!