Adult Summer Reading Challenge

We invite you to read the recommendations from this list.  Each book you read entitles you to an entry into our prize draws.  The more you read the more chances you have to win! The book with the highest rating will be included in the Grand Prize and prominently displayed for the month of September.  First weekly prize draw will be July 2 and the Grand Prize will be drawn August 27.

Rules and Instructions

  1. You must be a current Devon Public Library/TRAC member.
  2. You must read a title in order to fill out a ballot.  You may fill out 1 ballot per book read.
  3. For each book read you will be entered into our weekly Prize Draws. Reading can start June 7! The more titles you read the more chances you have to win!  If one of your ballots is chosen for the weekly prize it will be removed from the Grand Prize draw, so the more you read, the more ballots you have and the greater the chances of winning the Grand Prize!
  4. We invite you to post book reviews of the titles on our Facebook page OR on the ballot (we would love to share your review anonymously on Facebook).  Each book review you post entitles you to an additional Prize Draw entry.  You may get 1 extra ballot per each book review.
  5. Grand Prize of $100 Gift card to Marci’s will be drawn August 27, 2021.

FILL OUT A BALLOT HERE 


Book Selections

 


Playing with Fire by Theo Fleury

In Playing With Fire, Theo Fleury takes us behind the bench during his glorious days as an NHL player, and talks about growing up devastatingly poor and in chaos at home.

 
 


An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

The first to document the appearance of the Carls, giant robot-like statues popping up around the world, April May finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight that puts her relationships, identity and safety at risk.

 


We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib

Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself. As an Ahmadi Muslim growing up in Pakistan, she faced regular threats from Islamic extremists who believed the small, dynamic sect to be blasphemous. When her family came to Canada as refugees, Samra encountered a whole new host of challenges.

 


The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick

A shy librarian whose kind heart is often exploited receives a mysterious book of fairytales from the beloved grandmother she believed dead and embarks on a perspective-changing journey of astonishing family secrets.

 


Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

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.

  The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter, who has been adopted by an American couple, tracing the very different cultural factors that compel them to consume a rare native tea that has shaped their family's destiny for generations.

 


Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Two sisters, one who trades self-respect for a wealthy husband and one who discovers a kindred spirit in the pages of a book, struggle with intimate human dramas at the sides of their community members and a returned Lucy Barton.

 

Ignited by Education By Eileen K. Omosa

A captivating and inspirational women’s fiction on change and adaptation as Africa embraces education, especially for a young girl child. What it means to be an educated career woman and the nature of expectations from family and society.

 


The Nightingale by Kristin Hanna

The story of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance. Each embarking on their own dangerous path toward survival, love and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France. A heartbreaking beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit.

 


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

When tow young men from town become intrigues by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life-until the unthinkable happens. A heartbreaking coming-of-age story and a surprising tale of possible murder.

 


Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy tells the story of EJI, from the early days with a small staff facing the nation’s highest death sentencing and execution rates, through a successful campaign to challenge the cruel practice of sentencing children to die in prison.

 


The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews, tow ordinary people living in an extraordinary time, deprived of their freedom, their dignity, their families, and even their names.


Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Two sisters, one who trades self-respect for a wealthy husband and one who discovers a kindred spirit in the pages of a book, struggle with intimate human dramas at the sides of their community members and a returned Lucy Barton.

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Two sisters, one who trades self-respect for a wealthy husband and one who discovers a kindred spirit in the pages of a book, struggle with intimate human dramas at the sides of their community members and a returned Lucy Barton.