TPL Reading Challenge 2020: A Year in Review

January 19, 2021 | Nalini

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And it's a wrap! 2020 has finally ended, and our 2021 TPL Reading Challenge is already underway. But, let's take a moment to look back at last year's Challenge. 331 participants filled out our year-end survey. Based on those results alone, over 3,900 books were read! Here are the 10...

Two Books on the Same Topic by Different Authors: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2020

December 7, 2020 | Despina

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Have you ever sifted through library or book store displays and it seems every author under the sun is writing about the same city, the same war, the current US president, the same historical figure, the same current event? At least it means there are many options for "two books...

A Book Related to Vision: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2020

November 30, 2020 | M. Elwood

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When I think of 2020, I think of eyesight probably because mine hasn't been 20/20 for most of my life. There are a lot of other possibilities for this category: you can play around a with words. Eye witness, eyeliner, insight, second sight, love at first sight, sight-seeing--even bird-watching. You...

An Experimental or Unusual Book: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2020

November 20, 2020 | M. Elwood

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For me this category is both intimidating and exhilarating. There are so many possibilities and I'm scared of most of them. I worry that I'm not smart enough to understand them. Like most readers I have specific likes and dislikes. I like stories; I hate stream of consciousness. Quirky books...

A Book About History: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2020

November 12, 2020 | Christie

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I have to be honest, I couldn't wait to get to this category of the TPL Reading Challenge. I love the wide array of subjects, people, and events that make up this extensive genre. Whether you're a non-fiction aficionado, or a historical fiction enthusiast, or just a history buff like...

A Book About Climate Change: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2020

November 6, 2020 | Myrna

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Reading about climate change can feel overwhelming, but when the future of our planet is at stake being informed is essential. Our picks for "a book about climate change" will help you make sense of our changing world. A Fire Story by Brian Fies A memoir about the consequences of...

A Book About Current Events: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2020

October 22, 2020 | Nalini

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When the TPL Reading Challenge staff team finalized the 2020 categories last year, we had no idea current events would be... what's the word?... unprecedented. So much has happened this year. Here are some recent topics we've been reading about. Rising Strong by Brené Brown 2020 has been a challenge...

A Dystopian or Utopian Book: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2020

October 16, 2020 | Christie

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Dystopian books, both classic and temporary, are interesting yet terrifying reads. This is because they often depict a future that feels like it could plausibly occur. While most are science fiction or fantasy and take place in futuristic society, there is no shortage of selection for dystopian or utopian reads...

A Book Based on a Fairy Tale, Myth or Legend: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2020

October 9, 2020 | Myrna

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Fairy tales, myths and legends have been told and retold by storytellers around the world. These familiar stories can be a powerful framework for exploring themes of gender, disability, family and more. Our picks for "a book based on a fairy tale, myth or legend" are a combination of twisted...

A Book for Young Adults: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2020

October 5, 2020 | Christie

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Young adult fiction is a popular genre among adult readers. Whether it's for evoking nostalgia, tackling serious issues, or simply keeping up with what your teens are reading. If you've never ventured into the young adult section of your local library branch, you may be missing out. There are absolute...