Adult Summer Reading Challenge 2018

The Staff at the Okotoks Public Library have chosen 12 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!

 


HUGE THANK YOU to the Marigold Library System
for their generous prize donations!


 

CLICK HERE to submit a ballot form.


Alias Grace
by Margaret Atwood

It's 1843, and Grace Marks has been
convicted for her involvement in the vicious
murders of her employer and his housekeeperand mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders.


 

The Stranger in the Woods : the extraordinary
story of the last true hermit
by Michael Finkel

Many people dream of escaping modern life.
In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight did just that when he left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another person for the next twenty-seven years.


 

The Saboteur : a novel
b
y Andrew Gross

Putting aside his personal needs to join the Norwegian resistance during World War II, engineer Kurt Nordstrum makes a daring escape to England to transmit secret evidence of the Nazis' progress towards building an
atomic bomb.


 

Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience and redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. 


 


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman

Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of an out of the ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open your heart.


 

They Left Us Everything
by Plum Johnson

After almost twenty years of caring for elderly parents-author Plum Johsnson and her three younger brothers experience conflicted feelings of grief and relief when their mother, the surviving parent, dies. Now they must empty and sell the beloved family home, which hasn't been de-cluttered in more than half a century.


 

Furiously Happy : a funny book about horrible things
by Jenny Lawson

In Furiously Happy, a humour memoir tinged with just enough tragedy and pathos to make it worthwhile, Jenny Lawson examiners her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life to the fullest.


 

The Couple Next Door
by Shari Lapena

When a terrible crime committed on the night of a dinnery party casts suspicion on a young couple who seemed to have it all, Detective Rasbach discovers that the panicked duo had been hiding dangerous secrets from each other for years.


 

Finding Gobi : the amazing true story
by Dion Leonard

While racing through the Gobi Desert in China and Mongolia, the author, a seasoned ultramarathoner, encounters a stray dog who, keeping pace with him for nearly 80 miles, gives him a new perspective on life, causing him to fight to bring her home with him with the help of strangers and a viral outpouring on the internet.


 

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.


 

Artemis
by Andy Weir

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. LIfe on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.


 

The Apple Orchard
by Susan Wiggs

Set to inherit half of Bella Vista, a 100-acre apple orchard in a town called Archangel, along with a half-sister she's never heard of, Tess Delaney, who makes a living restoring stolen treasures to their rightful owners, discovers a world filled with the simple pleasures of food and family.