June 1 - August 31, 2021
Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) is here to help grown-ups celebrate this summer with the best books around. Read or listen to five books between June 1 – August 31, 2021 and be entered to win a fantastic prize.
To sign up, visit any MPL location for a paper reading log OR sign up online.
- Check-in at any MPL location to receive a coupon* for one free used book from the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library (while supplies last). *Redeemable at any MPL Location.
- Keep track of your books & activities on a reading log, or on Beanstack.
- Return completed log / complete your challenges on Beanstack by August 31st and enter for a chance to win a prize.
- Completing the Book by Book five-book challenge enters the participant in the grand prize drawing. Additional prize opportunities are available on Beanstack.
- One entry per participant (paper or online). Ages 18+
Explore our Bonus Challenges!
Are you a History Buff, Poetry Lover, or a Maker Extraordinaire? Then we have fun bonus challenges just for you! Look under “Activity Badges” for more ways to have fun this summer.
Winners will be contacted on how to obtain their prize.
The Book by Book Adult Summer Reading Program supports the library’s goal of creating a city of readers and lifelong learners by encouraging adults to read based on their interests, visit the library during the summer, and model positive reading habits. Past program participants have shared that the program helped reignite their passion for reading with the added benefit of fun prizes!
A special thank you to our 2021 prize sponsors!
Explore Our Booklists:
- Literary Fiction
- Short Story Collections
- Wisconsin Author
- Science Fiction & Fantasy
by Tia Williams
Running into reclusive author Shane Hall at a literary event, bestselling erotica writer Eva Mercy, over the next seven days, reconnects with this man who broke her heart 20 years earlier until he disappears again, leaving more questions than answers.
by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Wildly successful author Jacob Finch Bonner, who had stolen the plot of his book from a late student, fights to hide the truth from his fans and publishers, while trying to figure out who wants to destroy him.View on CountyCat
by Stacey Abrams
Plunged into an explosive role she never anticipated, Avery Keene, now the legal guardian of power of attorney for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, must unravel the clues he left behind in regards to a dangerous conspiracy that has infiltrated the highe
by Mhairi McFarlane
When one night changes everything between her and her best friends, Eve wonders if she really knew them at all as her future veers in a surprising new direction when someone from the past comes back into her life.View on CountyCat
by Martha Wells
Assisting Preservation Station security when he discovers a murdered body on the premises, Murderbot reluctantly speaks to humans to help identify the victim and determine what happened.View on CountyCat
by Maggie Shipstead
A century after daredevil female aviator Marian Graves’s disappearance in Antarctica, actress Hadley Baxter is cast to play her and immerses herself in the role as their fates — and their dreams — become intertwined.View on CountyCat
by Andy Weir
The sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission to save both humanity and the earth, Ryland Grace is hurtled into the depths of space when he must conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.
by Chloe Benjamin
Chloe is a graduate of Vassar College and the MFA in fiction at the University of Wisconsin. She lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin.
by Kim Bo-young
Four tales of speculative fiction includes the story of an engaged couple trying to fight time and space to get married and a story featuring godlike beings who created Earth and humanity and pass judgement on them.View on CountyCat
by Emma Cline
An anthology of 10 stories includes three original entries and follows a theme of how fateful choices and other disturbances reveal the perversity and violence beneath the surface of everyday life.