Readers Dozen: September 2021

Take a ride in the way-back machine for September! The Readers Dozen challenge this month is to read a book that made one of the Best Sellers Lists of the year 2000. Need some reminders?

2000 Weekly Fiction and Nonfiction Lists from the New York Times

Amazon Best Sellers of 2000

Most Popular Books Published in 2000 (Goodreads)


Have fun and don’t forget to record your entry before Oct 7!


August Readers Dozen

Need a little energy during the dog days of August? We have just the cure – check out a book with a verb in the title. That way, you satisfy the requirements for this month’s Readers Dozen, and you also get a little action without breaking a sweat. Ideal, right? šŸ™‚

Here’s a list of ideas to help you find just the right read:

Goodreads: Titles using -ing verbs

Cosmoquest: Stories with verbs in the title

Look for:

  • Infinitive verbs: “to” + the verb, as in To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Past tense: “-ed” + verb, as in Marked for Death
  • Helping verbs: “should, will, have” + verb, as in Then She Was Gone
  • Negating word: “not” + verb, as in All the Light We Cannot See

Remember to read and fill out your entry form by Sep 7:

Readers Dozen – July

We have a really easy challenge for July’s Readers Dozen! All you have to do is pick up and read a book whose author has the same name – first or last – as a family member. So, it’s totally up to you whether you choose a mystery by Agatha Christie because of your Aunt Kristy or because of Great-Grandma Agatha or , well you get the idea.

Then, sit back, read while sipping a nice cool beverage, and then fill out the form to enter the monthly drawing. Happy July!

Readers Dozen – June

Summer is (almost) here! Our Summer Reading program starts up June 7 (check here for more info), but in the meantime, you can totally get ready for warm weather with the Readers Dozen challenge. Just read any book – nonfiction, fiction; light or serious – with a beach on the cover.

Stop into the Library for a look at our rotating display, or wade into one of these websites for ideas:

Beach Covers (Goodreads)

9 Books with Beachy Covers (Bustle)

Beach Covers (Google Images)

Once you’re done, don’t forget to enter your book:

Readers Dozen – May

Love is in the air this month! Your challenge is to pick up a romance novel – not just a book with a love story, but a genuine romance genre book. Basically, it should involve characters that fall in love and leave you with a happy ending. If all you remember are the Danielle Steel ones your grandma read, check out one of the lists below for a look at the ever-changing, all-character-encompassing, awesomely-inspiring books that make up the genre today (including Danielle Steel!)


50 Best Romance Novels of 2021, So Far! (Oprah Daily)

Best Romance Novels of 2021, So Far (Vulture)

Romance (Goodreads)

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Romance Junkies


Or, check at the Reference Desk for recommendations!


Here’s the link for this month’s entry:

Readers Dozen – April 2021

Were you forced to read {insert book title here} in junior high or high school? Did you actually read it? Or, did you read it and wonder why in the world it was considered a classic?

This month’s challenge is a chance to see if you wronged a good book – or if you were totally justified in writing an essay claiming that the book was trash. So, if Ivanhoe, or Don Quixote, or Wuthering Heights just didn’t work for you then, give it another shot! You might just discover your teenage self was perhaps a little too judgy!

Here’s the entry form for when you’re done:

Readers Dozen – March 2021

Take a journey into the heart of any big city with this month’s Readers Dozen challenge. Choose any city around the world – Paris, Prague, Phnom Penh, Port-au-Prince, even Portland! You can read fiction or non-fiction, historical or contemporary, silly or serious – just as long as it has an urban setting. Once you’ve finished reading, don’t forget to enter it into the March Readers Dozen form by April 7.


Need some ideas? Check these out:

Novels by City of Setting (Wikipedia)

10 Best City Novels (The Guardian)

10 Novels Where the City is Key (Afar)

Books Based on a City (Goodreads)

Best Books to Read in 12 Cities Around the World (Travel & Leisure)

Readers Dozen February

Are you hungry for a good book? Then, you should find the February Readers Dozen challenge satisfying: read a book about food! It could be fiction, like a cozy mystery with recipes, or nonfiction, like a chef’s memoir. As long as it has to do with food, you’re good to go. The form is here, and you have until Mar 7 to enter. Take-out a good read today!


Here are some ideas to whet your appetite:

15 Book Recommendations for Food Lovers –

Best Food Books that Are Not Cookbooks –

10 Great Food Books of 2020 – Guardian

Food Book Lists – Goodreads


All New Readers Dozen!

It’s a New Year (yay!), so here’s a great way to start as you mean to go on, especially if you’ve set a resolution to read more. Join us for Readers Dozen, a year-long reading challenge that gets you to read more – and sometimes outside of your comfort zone.

Each month we’ll post a different challenge. All you have to do is read a book that fits the challenge and fill out a brief form by the 7th of the following month. We’ll do a drawing for a small prize every month, and if you complete all 12 challenges, you’ll automatically win one of our yearly prizes. Here’s more information.

Kick-off the year with January’s challenge to read a book that you bought or were gifted and haven’t read yet. Fill out the form, and you’re on your way. Have fun reading!

Staff Favorite Books 2020

Each December, we poll the staff to find out what they enjoyed reading over the past year. And, though 2020 was tough, it seems we still found time to read, even if it was to reread some of our old favorites (there’s nothing wrong with a few “comfort food” reads!). Here’s what the staff chose as their favorites for this crazy year:



Published in 2020:

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Suzanne Collins (Grace)
Battle Ground – Jim Butcher (Jason and Erica)
Brother’s Keeper – Julie Lee (Melanie)
Christmas Cupcake Murder– Joanne Fluke (Kathleen)
Coconut Layer Cake Murder – Joanne Fluke (Kathleen)
A Divided Loyalty – Charles Todd (Jennifer)
Don’t Burn This Book – Dave Rubin (James)
Into the Fire – Gregg Hurwitz (Jennifer)
MaƱanaland – Pam MuƱoz Ryan (Melanie)
The Old Truck – Jarrett Pumphrey (Kasi)
The Oldest Student – Rita Lorraine Hubbard (Kasi)
The One and Only Bob – Katherine Applegate (Erica)
Peace Talks – Jim Butcher (Jason)
The Prince’s Servant – Dani Dracogal (Dani)
Promised – Leah Garriott (Justine)
Race to the Sun – Rebecca Roanhorse (Melanie)
Rhythm of War – Brandon Sanderson (Jason)
This Is How You Lose the Time War – Amal El Motar and Max Gladstone (Jennifer)
Wintersteel – Will Wight (Jason)
You Brought Me the Ocean – Alex Sanchez (Macey)
You Matter – Christian Robinson (Kasi)

Favorite Older Books:

The Book Woman of Troublesome CreekKim Michele Richardson (Justine)
A Cry in the Night – Mary Higgins Clark (Abbi)
Divergent – Veronica Roth (Grace)
Firefly Lane – Kristin Hannah (Justine)
Fountains of Silence – Ruta Sepetys (Abbi)
It Began with a Page – Kyo Maclear (Melanie)
Jerusalem’s Queen – Angela Hunt (Grace)
Judah’s Wife – Angela Hunt (Grace)
The Marvels – Brian Selznick (Macey)
Pokko and the Drum – Matthew Forsyth (Kasi)
Promise of Blood – Brian McClellan (James)
Renegades – Marissa Meyer (Erica)
That Boy – Jillian Dodd (Abbi)
12 Rules For Life – Jordan Peterson (James)
Wealth, Poverty & Politics – Thomas Sowell (James)
The Westing Game – Ellen Raskin (Macey)
The Way I Heard It – Mike Rowe (Justine and Erica)