Adult Summer Reading Challenge 2017

The Staff at the Okotoks Public Library have chosen 12 titles to compete in our fifth 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!

HUGE THANK YOU TO  Okotoks Public Library Board, The Co-Operators, Okotoks Insurance and Financial Servivces Inc.
and Marigold Library System for their generous prize donations!

 


CLICK HERE to submit a ballot form.


Brain on Fire : my month of madness
by Susannah Cahalan

A dramatic account of a young New York Post reporter's struggle with a rare brain-attacking autoimmune disease traces how she woke up in a hospital room under guard with no memory of baffling psychotic symptoms, describing the last-minute intervention by a brillian doctor who identifies the source of her illness.


 

Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.


 

First Grave on the Right
by Darynda Jones

Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. And it's her job to convince them to 'go into the light'. But when these very dead have people have died under less than ideal circumstances (like murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.


 

First Star I See Tonight
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Discovered by the former Chicago quarterback she was hired to tail, ambitious detective Piper Dove pretends to be the athlete's stalker and is subsequently hired as his bodyguard, an arrangement that is threatned by their growing chemistry and a portfolio of eccentric clients.


 


The Glass Castle : a memoir
by Jeannette Walls

The second child of a scholarly, alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing from the Arizona desert, to Las Vegas, to an Appalachian mining town, during which her siblings and she fended for themselves while their parents outmanouvered bill collectors and the authories.


 

Lullabies for Little Criminals
by Heather O'Neill

Living with her heroin addict father, Jules, thirteen year old Baby catches the eye of the charmistic Alphonse, who possesses a string of girls who do his bidding, and is sent to reform school, but when she ultimately gains her freedom, she begins to discover that only she possesses the power to save herself.


 

A Mother's Reckoning : living in the aftermath of tragedy
by Sue Klebold

The mother of one of the two shooters at Columbine High School draws on personal recollections, journal entries, and video recordings to piece together what led to her son's unpredicted breakdown and shares insights into how other families might recognize warning signs.


 

The One Man
by Andrew Gross

When a World War II physics professor with information
vital to Allied forces is sent to a Nazi concentration camp, intelligence officer Nathan Blum is sent undercove to infilitrate Auschwitz and bring the professor to safety.


 

The Orenda
by Joseph Boyden

Abandoned by his native guides a year after arriving in the New World, a 17th century Jesuit missionary is taken prisoner by a Huron warrior in the Canadian wilderness and made to work as an emissary between rival nations at the side of an orphaned Iroquois girl.


 

The Rainbow Comes and Goes : a mother and son
on life, love, and loss.
by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

A poignant correspondence between the CNN jouranlist and his iconic designer mother, exchanged in the aftermath of the latter's brief illness, shares a rare window into their relationship and the life lessons imparted by an aging mother to her son.


 

The Shoemaker's Wife
by Adriana Trigiani

This intricately woven tapestry of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny follows star-crossed lovers Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy who, after their first meeting in the italian Alps, find their destinies inexplicably entwined as they build their lives in America.


 

Summerland
by Elin Hilderbrand

Follows the lives of four high school students, their friends and families after a fatal car accident on graduation night on Nantucket has lasting repercussions for everyone involved.