January 2022 – Readers Dozen

Happy New Year, Readers! Kick 2022 off with a bang – or at least with the goal of tackling your resolution to read more. We have 12 great monthly challenges for you – complete one each month and you’re eligible for a grand prize.


This month, we’re asking you to read a book with a 2-word title, including the word “the”. Then, fill out this form by Feb 7. That’s it – that’s all you have to do!


Enjoy your book – and a sense of accomplishment!

Readers Dozen 2022!

If you’re in a reading rut, spice up your life with the TFPL READERS DOZEN 2022 challenge! Each month, we offer a different reading task – you choose a book that fits, read it by the end of the month. and fill out a simple form. Do this for the entire year and you’ll win one of our fabulous Final Prizes – and come away with a sense of accomplishment! Contact the Adult Services/Reference Dept for questions (tfpl@tfpl.org or 208-733-2964 ext 200).

Here’s what we’re challenging you to take on in 2022:

Staff Favorites 2021

Staff Favorites for 2021

The Staff here at TFPL is thankful for another great year for books! We hope that even with all the uncertainty around us, everyone was able to escape reality just a little with a good read. In case you’re looking for something to get you through the rest of the month (or winter!), here are books we love and recommend!


Favorites Published in 2021

100 Boyfriends by Brontez Purnell (CJ)

Bloodline by Will Wight (Jason)

Boys Run the Riot by Keito Gaku (Jude)

Broken (in the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson (Sabrina)

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr (Jessica)

Friends Forever by Shannon Hale (Jude)

Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells (Jason)

The Guncle by Steven Rowley (CJ)

Hardly Haunted by Jessie Sima (Sabrina)

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead (Jennifer)

Hooked by Sutton Foster (Erica)

If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy (Erica)

Indentured Students by Elizabeth Tandy Shermer (Melody)

Lore of the Wild: Folklore and Wisdom from Nature by Claire Cock-Starkey (Kasi)

Reaper by Will Wight (Jason)

A Tapestry of Light by Kimberly Duffy (Grace)

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke (Kathleen)

What the Devil Knows by C.S. Harris (Jennifer)

Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson (Justine)

You’d Be Home Now by Kathleen Glasgow (Abby)


Favorites Published Before This Year

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Marie Remarque (Maverick)

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Abby)

The Art of Drag by Jake Hall (CJ)

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse (Jennifer)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Abby)

Cell by Stephen King (Jude)

Chainsaw Man by Tatsuki Fujimoto (Jude)

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs (Sabrina)

Followed by Frost by Charlie Holmberg (Jessica)

The Giver by Lois Lowry (Grace)

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (Erica)

Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan (Maverick)

House of Light by Mary Oliver (Kasi)

If I Were You by Lynn Austin (Justine)

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell (Melody)

The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt (Katie)

The Magician’s Guild by Trudy Canavan (Jason)

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Jennifer)

The Misinformation Age by Caitlin O’Connor (Melody)

The Moonshiner’s Daughter by Donna Everhart (Justine)

Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer (Sabrina)

The Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan (Maverick)

The Selection by Kiera Cass (Grace)

The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut (CJ)

This Alien Shore by C.S. Friedman (Jason)

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (Erica)

Readers Dozen – December

Since the nights are so long, we figure December is a great month to take on a creepy tale. Our Readers Dozen challenge this month is to read a ghost story.

Though the Victorians didn’t invent ghost stories, who can think of Christmas and specters without bringing to mind A Christmas Carol, a perfect book to end the year with – short and with enough of the holiday spirit to convince a humbug to change his attitude (plus, did we mention a ghost or two?).

Need some more ideas? Check out the following lists – and then don’t forget to enter your book by Jan 7.


Best Ghost Novels of All Time (Douglas County Libraries)

Ghost Stories (Goodreads)

18 Horror Novels About Ghosts (Buzzfeed)


And – keep your eyes posted for a treat in mid-December when we’ll announce the Readers Dozen challenges for 2022!

Readers Dozen – November 2021

It’s a good time to get in the way-forward machine and take a trip into the unknown: this month’s Readers Dozen challenge is to read a book set in the future. Whether it’s dystopian, science-fiction, or pure speculation, futuristic books offer a look at a possible world to come. Need some ideas? Check out these sites:

Future Fiction Books (Goodreads)

21 Futuristic Books (Epic Reads)

20 Good Nonfiction Books About the Future (Mal Warwick on Books)


Looking ahead, don’t forget to get your book read and entered before Dec 7 to enter the prize drawing. Happy Reading!

Readers Dozen – October

Get ready for an exciting October! If ghosts and ghouls aren’t thrilling enough, take on our Readers Dozen Challenge, which is to read a book about a natural disaster. Of course, you can always find a book about tornados or tsunamis, earthquakes or eruptions (just throw one of those terms into the TFPL catalog for tons of results), but don’t forget about some of the truly bizarre, like:


The Year Without Summer – William Klingaman

Death in the Air – Kate Winkler Dawson

The Children’s Blizzard – David Laskin


Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 – Stephen Puleo


If you need more ideas, look at Natural Disaster Books (Goodreads) or Books About a Natural Disaster (Book Riot: Read Harder). And don’t forget you have until Nov 7 to get your entry in (here’s the form)!

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? 🙂

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: https://forms.gle/N1EEqqWxoRte83DT8

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: https://forms.gle/GsF4LF8BMycGqo9Y6.