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!
HUGE THANK YOU to the Marigold Library System for their generous prize donations!
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 June 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 Facebook Page. 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!
Feeding my Mother by Jann Arden - Paula`s Pîck
A frank, funny, inspirational and piercingly honest account of the transformation in Jann Arden`s life that has turned into the primary `parent` to her mom, who is in the grip of Alzheimer`s.
Beartown by Fredik Backman - Michelle W`s Pick
In the tiny forest community of Beartown, the possibility that the amateur hockey team might win a junior championship, bringing the hope of revitalization to the fading town, is shattered by the aftermath of a violent act that leaves a young girl traumatized.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald - Whitney`s Pick
Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy`s funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist--even if they don`t understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that`s almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend`s memory.
A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo - Aline`s Pick
A deadly fire resulting in the death of an Amish teen exposes the dark side of the community to which Chief of Police Kate Burkholder once belonged.
Elevation by Stephen King - Dawn`s Pick
A riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together--a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences.
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande - Kelly`s Pick
A prominent surgeon argues against modern medical practices that extend life at the expense of quality of life while isolating the dying, outlining suggestions of freer, more fulfilling approaches to death that enable more dignified and comfortable choices.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan - Lindsey`s Pick
Envisioning a summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry Chinese American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming clan that strongly opposes their son`s relationship with an American girl.
Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot - Michelle C`s Pick
Terese Mailhot`s debut memoir chronicles her struggle to balance the beauty of her Native heritage with the often desperate and chaotic reality of the life on the reservation.
The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer - Wanda`s Pick
Discovering that a military artist-in-residence who had officially declared dead by the government is actually alive and on the run, Zig, a worker at Dover Air Force Base, uncovers disturbing facts about the young woman`s past before learning that she witnessed something she was not supposed to see.
Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion - Lisa`s Pick
An Artist reeling from her husband`s sudden death and an engineer recovering from a messy divorce embark on the centuries-old Camino de Santiago pilgrim route from France to Spain, tackling unanticipated challenges and their own difficulties with trusting strangers along the way.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett - Cindy`s Pick
Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white women, team up for a clandestine project.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skool - Sarah`s Pick
Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas of cancer research, in vitro fertilization and gene mapping.
Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance - Lara`s Pick
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.