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:

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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)
Mañanaland – Pam Muñoz 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)
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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)
 
 
 

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.

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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.

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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

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Some of our favorite essayists:

David Sedaris

James Baldwin

Christopher Buckley

Samantha Irby

Annie Dillard

Joan Didion

Maya Angelou

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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: https://forms.gle/sAEdKaPdkLPXAq3fA.

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? https://bit.ly/3hO1qtR

Here’s the link to the entry form: https://forms.gle/KKrzFk1U3xFQx86m8.

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!

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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:

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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

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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

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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:

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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)

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