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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!



Readers Dozen – May 2022

This May, celebrate Mother’s Day and complete our latest Readers Dozen challenge by reading a book beloved by your Mom or Grandma. Maybe you can remember a book they kept dog-eared on the nightstand or one they quoted all the time, or even one they kept trying to convince you to borrow. Well, this month you should take their advice and read one of their favorites. Then, enter the book in our Readers Dozen form by June 7.


In case you need something to spark your memory, here are:

  • Lists of children’s classics read during the 20th Century, from the website What We Do All Day.
  • New York Times Best Sellers from 1931 to the present, from the Hawes Publications website.

April 2022 Readers Dozen

We’re heading into April – are you ready for a new Readers Dozen challenge?

This month, we’re asking you to read a book by an author who is the same age as you. Whatever genre or subject, you’re sure to find some common ground – and maybe even memories! We know it’s not always easy to search by birth date, but we have a couple of tricks for you to try.

First, you can check with Wikipedia. For the 20th and 21st centuries, Wikipedia has a page dedicated to each year, listing not only publications, but births and deaths as well. Here’s a link to “1984 in Literature” – notice the other years listed on the right – to get you started.

Next, you can try a search in our catalog. Instead of searching with a name in the author field, try the year of your birth. This won’t always result in an exact match (it could pull up death dates or publication dates), but it does give you a ton of authors who aren’t listed on Wikipedia. When you get the results page, be sure to narrow your search for just “books” on the left.

Once you’ve read your book, don’t forget to enter it in our April form by May 7th to be eligible for the 2022 Final Prize! We wish you good reading!

March Readers Dozen

This month, we’re reading legal thrillers. While there are plenty of thrillers out there – political, military, psychological – we’re asking you to concentrate on one that deals with the ins and outs of the justice system (think: John Grisham or Scott Turow). Don’t forget to enter your choice when you’re done – the form is here: Complete this by April 7 and you’ll be eligible for our 2022 grand prize!

Need some ideas? Here are a few lists:

The Best Legal Thrillers (That Aren’t by John Grisham) from Bookriot

Legal Thrillers from Goodreads

Recommended Reads: Legal Thrillers from NoveList Plus

Legal Thrillers Booklist and Legal Thrillers Series from TFPL

Readers Dozen – February

It’s February and to honor the month of love, we’re celebrating something that humans have loved for centuries (and even longer!) – jewels. Whether they’re used to express undying emotion or just worn to show off their sparkle, gemstones of all kinds have graced the fingers, necks, and other body parts of people all over the world since the beginning of time. This month, we’re asking you to find another place to admire them – on the cover of a book.

Need some ideas? Here are a few lists to help you “unearth” a good read. Also, check out our display next time you’re in the Library! Don’t forget to read your book by Mar 7 and then fill out the entry form.


Jewellery – Diamonds, Stones, and Gold on Covers (Goodreads)

Best Jewel Thief Novels (Goodreads)

Jewels and Gemstones (Goodreads)

All That Sparkles – Romances (Goodreads)

Jewelry (Goodreads)

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 ( or 208-733-2964 ext 200).

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