Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge: A Book about Books, Libraries, or Bookstores

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier!

 

We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A book about books, libraries, or bookstores.”

 

Some of our favorite books are ones that feature books, libraries, and bookstores. Here are a few of our favorites:

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett

Murder at the 42nd Street Library by Con Lehane

The Paris Librarian by Mark Pryor

Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower

Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler

Scones and Scoundrels by Molly MacRae

The Liar in the Library by Simon Brett

The Library Card by Jerry Spinelli

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer

Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern

Murder at the Library of Congress by Margaret Truman

The Library: A Catalog of Wonders by Stuart Kells

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan

The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton

The Library Book by Suan Orlean

 

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Library Board rules on materials challenges

The Andover Public Library Board of Directors ruled that the books George by Alex Gino (Scholastic Press 2015), Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart (Delacorte Press 2016) and I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, Illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas (Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin) 2014) will remain located where they are in the Juvenile Fiction and Juvenile Nonfiction sections.  The boards’ decision is final.

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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Challenge: A Book You Chose Based on the Cover

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier!

 

We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A book you chose based on the cover.”

 

We’ve all heard the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Now is your chance to do just that! You can pick a book whose cover you find visually appealing, a book whose cover reminds you of a favorite moment or person, or a book whose cover reminds you of another favorite book, or for any other reason the book catches your eye. There are many different ways to interpret this theme! Here are a few books whose covers you might find appealing:

If one of these covers sparks your interest, click on the image to find the item in our catalog!

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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Challenge: A Book Set in a Country You’ve Never Been

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier!

 

We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A book set in a country you’ve never been.”

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We’re traveling the world through books from Mexico to Antarctica to Ghana.

Where will you go?

Ghana: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Botswana: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Egypt: Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff (This book can also be counted for the category “A nonfiction book about history before 1500)

Iraq: Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

China: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

India: A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

Laos and Thailand: The Latehomecomer: a Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang

Russia: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Antarctica: The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick

Australia: The Dry by Jane Harper

Guernsey (an island off the coast of Normandy in the English Channel, a UK Crown dependency): The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Germany: Gutenberg’s Apprentice by Alix Christie

Spain: The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Mexico: Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork

Columbia: Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vásquez 

Chile: Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende

Brazil: Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin

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