Readers Dozen – November

It’s November – and right off the bat, we’ve got shortened evenings – what a great time to sit down with a good book! And, since we’re so close to the end of the Readers Dozen year, we want to remind everyone to get your entries in. Here’s the link for November’s entry.

This month we’re reading a book about a specific historical event, and it could be fiction or nonfiction. So, if you’ve ever been curious about an event/person/place, we can help you find a book that fits.


Here are a few of our nonfiction favorites:

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown – The quest of eight young men and their journey to glory at the 1936 Olympics.

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson – A look at the 20th century migration of African-Americans from the agrarian South to the Industrial North.

The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin – The tale of an epic snowstorm in the Great Plains in 1888.

The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough – McCullough details the building of the Panama Canal.

Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard – Relates the immediate cause and effect of the assassination of President Garfield.

The Circus Fire by Stewart O’Nan – The tragic story of the great Hartford circus fire of 1944.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – A look at the women “computers” of NASA and their contributions to the Space Race.


And a few of our fiction favs:

Pompeii by Robert Harris – An account of the lead-up to the famous volcano eruption.

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende – A love story told with the backdrop of the California Gold Rush.

Darktown by Thomas Mullen – The story of some of the first black police officers in Atlanta in 1946.

City of Thieves by David Benioff – Relates an account of two soldiers during the siege of Leningrad during WWII.

Regeneration by Pat Barker – A look at an asylum of injured and shell-shocked WWI soldiers.

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks – Relates one woman’s tragedies and triumphs during the plague year of 1666.

The Moon in Our Hands by Thomas Dyja – A true account of an African-American man who investigates a lynching in 1918 Tennessee.


Don’t see anything here? Check out our catalog – just enter an event, person, or place – or give us a call (208-733-2964 ext 200) and we’ll find you something!

Readers Dozen – October

It’s the 1st of the month, and you know what that means! It’s a new Readers Dozen challenge! (Okay, yeah, the mortgage is probably also due, but that’s not quite as fun.) This month, we’re challenging you to read a book that everyone’s read but you. It could be a recent best seller that you haven’t gotten your hands on yet, a book that family and friends keep begging you to try, or even a classic that you’ve never gotten around to.

If you need ideas, check out this great compilation of New York Times Best Seller lists – going all the way back to 1931!

Once you’ve finished, don’t forget to let us know – fill out the entry form by Nov 7 to be eligible for prizes.

Readers Dozen – September

It‘s a new month, so it’s time for a new Readers Dozen challenge! This month, pick up a book of essays – funny, serious, strange, enlightening, or everything combined. Need some ideas? Here are a few lists to get you started:~~

The 10 Best Essays of the Decade – Literary Hub

50 Must-Read Contemporary Essay Collections – Book Riot

11 Essay Collections for Essay Haters – Bustle

Best Book of Essays – Goodreads


Some of our favorite essayists:

David Sedaris

James Baldwin

Christopher Buckley

Samantha Irby

Annie Dillard

Joan Didion

Maya Angelou


Don’t forget to submit your entry when you’re done. You’ll be eligible for our monthly prize, and if you complete all 12 challenges, you’ll automatically win our final prize. Entry form is here:

Readers Dozen – August

The Readers Dozen August challenge is to read a book with a name in the title. Books like Emma, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, and Life of Pi are a few good (recommended) choices. Need more?

Here’s the link to the entry form:

Complete by Sep 7 for a chance at our monthly prize!

Readers Dozen – July

We’re halfway through 2020 – and if you don’t already feel like time has been shifting in wild ways already this year, you might want to take on this month’s challenge to read a book about time travel.

You can always pick up a classic; we like Time and Again by Jack Finney, or The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, or Kindred by Octavia Butler. Find more via the links below and then don’t forget to enter it before August 7!


20 of the Best Time Travel Books (Book Riot)

Time Travel Books (Goodreads)

25 of the Best Time Travel Books (Top SciFi Books)

A Reading List on Time Travel (Electric Literature)

50 Best Time Travel Books (Bibliofile)

Readers Dozen June

Readers Dozen for June is to read a book translated from another language. This is perhaps easier than you think, since several “classic” authors have written in languages other than English. Here are a few to try:


Homer – The Iliad, The Odyssey
Alexandre Dumas – The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo
Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina, War and Peace
Jules Verne – Around the World in 80 Days, The Mysterious Island
Isabel Allende – The House of the Spirits, Zorro


Or, pick up one of these titles:

So Long a Letter – Miriama Ba

Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel

My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Malice – Keigo Higashino

The Dinner – Herman Koch

The Three-Body Problem – Cixin Lui

The Cairo Trilogy – Najib Mahfouz

In the Country of Men – Hisham Matar

The Housekeeper and the Professor – Yoko Ogawa

We – Yevgeny Zamyatin

Suite Francaise – Irene Zemirovsky


Or, take a look at these lists:

Women in Translation (Goodreads)

Best Translated Books You Missed in 2019 (Words Without Borders)

Translated Literature (National Book Awards)

20 Best Books in Translation You’ve Never Read (Publishers Weekly)


Here’s the link for the June Readers Dozen online entry form. Read on!

Summer Reading 2020!

We are gearing up for another great Summer Reading program this year, and even though it’s not going to look exactly like it has in years past, we’re still going to offer fun, cool ideas, and of course, good books to read!

Check out our Summer Reading page for more information, and join us on our social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – for an awesome season!

Readers Dozen – May

It’s May 1st, so it’s time for our next Readers Dozen challenge and this month we’re challenging you to read a book set at sea. So, whether you choose fiction or nonfiction, adventure or disaster, silly or serious, choose a seaworthy craft, and sail on!

We’re also continuing on with our very first online Book Club – we’re reading Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. It’s not too late to join us, either here on the blog or on our Facebook Group TFPL Book Buffet, and if you do, you can count this book towards the May Readers Dozen! Here’s the online form for May.

If you’re not set on Treasure Island, here are a few suggestions:


Nautical Novels (Goodreads)

Narrative Nonfiction: Set at Sea (Goodreads)

7 Books About Disasters at Sea (Electric Literature)

Mystery Books at Sea (Cozy Mystery List Blog)



Readers Dozen – April

Readers, you probably know that we should never judge a book by it’s cover, but that’s definitely easier said than done (even with two clichés in one sentence!). Still we’re asking you to take on that challenge this April by tackling a book with a tacky cover!

Of course, ugly covers are always subjective (but we’re including a couple of links below, anyway), so it’s all up to you to decide the worthiness of what you choose. Maybe it’s a book you inherited from a great-uncle, or a book you picked up at a garage sale, or even one that’s a reprint of a classic you always thought you’d read. For whatever reason, if the cover has been preventing you from trying it out, April’s the time to finally do it!

Then, when you’re done, fill out our online form before May 7. Maybe you’ll find that love at first site is overrated!


Check out these links for some fun with ugly covers:

Read Harder 2018: A Book with a Cover You Hate (Book Riot)

When Bad Covers Happen to Good Books (Crushing Cinders)

These Book Covers Are So Terrible, You Won’t Believe They’re Real (Electric Literature)

Readers Dozen March

Spend some of your self-isolating time with a good book and get rewarded for it! March’s Readers Dozen challenge is to read a book published in the 1990s – and you might even have one or two lying around the house that will fit that bill. If not, take a look through the lists below to find a cool read:


Lithub: A Century of Reading: The 10 Books That Defined the 1990s

Book Riot: 100 Must-Read Books from the ’90s

Goodreads: Best Books of the Decade: 1990’s

Buzzfeed: 19 Quintessential Books Of The ’90s

HuffPost: 20 Books That Are As Great Today As They Were In The 90s


Check our Overdrive service for e-books and e-audiobooks, and RBDigital for e-audiobooks. Also, remember that you can complete your entry form online, instead of coming into the Library! You have until April 7 to complete the form.

And, you might even be able to get started on April’s challenge – Read a book with a cover you hate!