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Readers Dozen – March 2023

Whether you use a wand, a nose wiggle, or the whole crossing-your-arms-and-blinking system (yes, we’ve watched a lot of classic tv), make some magic for yourself in March by participating in this month’s Readers Dozen challenge. You can find magic in all sorts of genres – from epic fantasy to Latin American magic realism to contemporary romance. But if you need ideas, check out the links below or drop in to the Library and we’ll help you find something to spark your imagination.

Here’s the entry form – make sure to complete it before the spell is broken midnight on Apr 7!


Magic Books (Goodreads)

13 Books that Feel Magical (Mind Joggle)

10 Books for Harry Potter fans (Bustle)


Readers Dozen 2023- February

It’s a short month, but we’ve given you a big topic for your February Readers Dozen challenge: read a book set in Asia. With so many great places – Japan, Indonesia, Nepal, Mongolia, Turkey, and so many more – to choose from, you might find it difficult to narrow down your choice. Here are a few ideas, and don’t forget to check our display inside the Library for more ideas.

Books Set in Asia (Goodreads)

Books Set in Asia (Read the World)


Then, fill out the form before Mar 7 to enter the contest. Happy Reading!


Readers Dozen 2023!

Another year, another Readers Dozen! We’ve set new 12 monthly goals and challenge you to read a book that fits each goal. Complete all 12 and you’ll automatically win one of our yearly prizes; if you miss a month, you may still win in our second-chance drawing. Check this blog for links to the forms each month.


For January, your challenge is to read a classic you’ve never read before. Need ideas? Here are a few: Penguin’s 100 Must-Read Classics, Goodread’s Lists: Classic Literature, Waukegan Public Library: BBC’s 100 Books to Read Before You Die.

January’s form (complete it by Feb 7!):

Happy New Year’s Reading!


Readers Dozen – December 2022

It’s the last month of Readers Dozen 2022! Have you kept up this year? Even if you missed a month or two (or five), you can still enter our final drawing, and the more entries, the better your chances. So, we’re making this last challenge fairly easy  – all you have to do is read a book with a cover in your favorite color. It can be any genre, nonfiction or fiction, adult, young adult, graphic novel or audio.

Just make sure to post your entry here by January 7. Enjoy your read – and look for info about the 2023 challenge in a couple of weeks!

Readers Dozen – November 2022

This month, we challenge you to learn a little more about living with a disability. Whether the character or real person is dealing with emotional/mental trauma or a physical limitation, find a book that highlights their stories. We’ve pulled a few lists below (as well as our display in the Library), to give you a start.

Characters with Disabilities (Goodreads)

23 New and Upcoming Novels with Disabled Main Characters (Buzzfeed Books)

Adult Nonfiction with Disabilities Representation (Ypsilanti District Library)


Fill out the form for November’s read by Dec 7. One more month in this year’s challenge!

Readers Dozen – October 2022

Fall is finally in the air – just in time to cozy up with a great read! This month, we’re making the challenge really easy for you.

We all have a (way too long) list of TBR books; you know, books we’ve meaning, wanting, or trying to read. It’s your chance in October to raid the pile! Choose one from home or drop in and find one in the Library, and then set aside some time to enjoy yourself.

Here are a couple of great tools to help you find an interesting title:

     • Subscribe to one of our monthly/bimonthly NextReads newsletters to get the details on awesome new books in a variety of genres.

• Check out the monthly Booklist Reader for recommendations for all ages from libraries and librarians across the U.S.

Then, don’t forget to fill out the entry form by Nov 7 for eligibility for our yearly prize!

Readers Dozen – September 2022

Since Banned Books Week (which is Sep 18-24), is so short, we’re giving you the entire month to complete the September Readers Dozen challenge to read a banned book! So, this month read a little irresponsibly and find a book – using the lists below, if you like – to find out why people want a certain title removed from the shelves.

Need ideas? Here are a few:

Top 10 Most Challenged Books (ALA – Office for Intellectual Freedom)

Banned Books (FIRE)

List of Book Banned by Governments (Wikipedia)

30 Banned Books You Should Probably Read Right Now (Readers Digest)

You can also come into the Library for more recommendations. Make sure you fill out your entry form by Oct 7 to be eligible for the yearly prize. Read free!

Readers Dozen August 2022

Just in time for back-to-school, our Readers Dozen challenge is tasking you with a fun assignment: read a book about a topic you know little to nothing about. Forget about the three “Rs” – teach yourself something fun in August. Whether you’ve always wanted to learn more about a subject, or wished you had time to delve into something new, now’s the time to dip into our vast collection of books-about-things-you-never-knew-existed.

Don’t know what you don’t know? Here are a few suggestions. Or, call us or drop in and we’ll help you find a match! Fill out your entry form here by Sep 7.


Forbidden Hollywood: The Pre-Code Era (1930-1934) When Sin Ruled the Movies – Mark A. Vieira

The Children’s Blizzard – David Laskin

13: The Story of the World’s Most Popular Superstition – Nahaniel Lachenmeyer

The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World’s Most Astonishing Number – Mario Livio

Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park – Lee H. Whittlesey

The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg – Nicholas Dawidoff

The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World’s Great Drinks – Amy Stewart

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary – Simon Winchester

The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon’s Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of WWI – Lindsey Fitzharris

The Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between – Jeff Kurtti

Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of 80s and 90s Teen Fiction – Gabrielle Moss

Pandora’s Jar: Women in Greek Myths – Natalie Haynes

The Last Slave Ship: The True Story of How Clotilda Was Found, Her Descendants, and an Extraordinary Reckoning – Ben Raines

How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question – Michael Schur

The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket – Benjamin Lorr

Readers Dozen – July 2022

Four score and 79 years ago, on July 1st, the battle of Gettysburg began. This year, we’re asking you to take on a challenge not quite as fraught as that – reading a book that was set during the Civil War. Choose fiction or nonfiction, told from those who fought or those on the homefront, all of whom were witnessing momentous changes.

Below are some suggestions. Finish your book and the don’t forget to fill out the entry form before August 7.


Some of our favorites:

Battle Cry of Freedom – James McPherson (nonfiction)

Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier (fiction)

The Good Lord Bird – James McBride (fiction)

An Extraordinary Union – Alyssa Cole (fiction)

The Killer Angels – Michael Shaara (fiction)

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy – Karen Abbott (nonfiction)

March – Geraldine Brooks (fiction)

The March – E.L. Doctorow (fiction)

This Republic of Suffering – Drew Gilpin Faust (nonfiction)

A Stillness at Appomattox – Bruce Catton (nonfiction)


Other Lists:

Civil War Fiction (Goodreads)

Civil War Book List (New York Times)

Start Reading About the Civil War (American Battlefield Trust)





Readers Dozen – June

June’s Readers Dozen challenge is to read a book about medicine. Fiction titles could involve doctors or mysterious illnesses or even zombies, while nonfiction could feature doctors, mysterious illnesses, or – you guessed it – zombies (well, sort of… :). Regardless of your interest, find a good book to “cure” your summer doldrums! Here are a few ideas:


50 Books to Read if You Love Medicine (Book Riot)

Medical Books (Goodreads)

Medical Fiction Books (Goodreads)

The Ultimate List of 35 Medical Nonfiction Books (A World Adventure by Book)


Make sure you enter your choice in the June form by July 7 for a chance at the Readers Dozen 2022 prize!