Adult Summer Reading Challenge

Adult Summer Reading Challenge

The Staff at the Okotoks Public Library have chosen 13 titles to compete in our sixth annual ADULT SUMMER READING CHALLENGE! We invite you to read our recommendations and give us your ratings. The book with the highest average rating will win.

Each book you read entitles you to an entry into our prize draws. The more you read the more chances you have to win!

Rules & Instructions

1. You must be a current Okotoks Public Library/TRAC member

2. You must read a title in order to fill out a rating ballot. You may fill out 1 ballot per book read.

3. For each book read (and rating ballot entered) you will be entered into our Weekly Prize Draws starting May 28th (The more titles you read the more chances you have to win!)

4. We invite you to post book reviews of the titles on our BRAND NEW Instagram account @okotoksadultreadingchallenge. Each book review you post entitles you to an extra Prize Draw entry! You may fill out 1 book review ballot per book.

5. At the end of the contest, the book with the highest average rating will be the ADULT SUMMER READING CHALLENGE WINNER

Stop by the library beginning May 10th, 2021 and check out our Adult Summer Reading Challenge display in the window!

Book Selections

Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown

In a captivating dual-narrative novel, a modern-day woman finds inspiration in hidden notes left by her home’s previous owner, a quintessential 1950s housewife, causing her to question the foundation of her relationship with her husband.

Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Agreeing not to pursue a relationship after one date, unlikely lovers Min Dobbs and Cal Morrisey are thrown together again in the wake of such factors as a jealous ex-boyfriend, a determined psychologist, and a bizarrely intelligent cat.

Playing with Fire by Theo Fleury

In Playing With Fire, Theo Fleury takes us behind the bench during his glorious days as an NHL player, and talks about growing up devastatingly poor and in chaos at home.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

The first to document the appearance of the Carls, giant robot-like statues popping up around the world, April May finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight that puts her relationships, identity and safety at risk.

We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib

Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself. As an Ahmadi Muslim growing up in Pakistan, she faced regular threats from Islamic extremists who believed the small, dynamic sect to be blasphemous. When her family came to Canada as refugees, Samra encountered a whole new host of challenges.

Circling the Sun by Paula McLean

Raised by her father and the Kipsigis tribe in1920s Kenya, Beryl endures painful losses before entering a passionate love triangle and discovering her unconventional true calling.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Fighting an ugly custody battle with an artistic tenant who has little regard for the strict rules of their progressive Cleveland suburb, a straitlaced family woman who is seeking to adopt a baby becomes obsessed with exposing the tenant's past, only to trigger devastating consequences for both of their families.

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

The author reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution: our libraries.

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick

A shy librarian whose kind heart is often exploited receives a mysterious book of fairytales from the beloved grandmother she believed dead and embarks on a perspective-changing journey of astonishing family secrets.

Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce

An adventurous young woman takes a typist job to assist the war effort and lands in the employ of a renowned advice columnist before she begins secretly replying to heart-wrenching letters rejected as unsuitable.

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Shares the poignant story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle-class life and the collective demons of the past.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter, who has been adopted by an American couple, tracing the very different cultural factors that compel them to consume a rare native tea that has shaped their family's destiny for generations.

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Two sisters, one who trades self-respect for a wealthy husband and one who discovers a kindred spirit in the pages of a book, struggle with intimate human dramas at the sides of their community members and a returned Lucy Barton.

Click here to submit a ballot (Voting begins May 19th)

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