May 21 - August 31, 2020
Why let kids have all the fun? 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 May 21 and August 31, 2020 and be entered to win a membership for Milwaukee Film, one of 14 $50 gift cards from The Bronzeville Collective generously donated by MKE Black, and other fun Milwaukee Public Library goodies.
To participate, sign up for Book by Book online and complete the Book by Book challenge under “Activity Badges” by August 31, 2020. Watch the video for help in signing up.
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 2020 prize sponsors!
Explore Our Booklists:
- Literary Fiction
- Short Story Collections
- Beach Reads
- Wisconsin Author
- Science Fiction & Fantasy
Leave the World Behind
by Rumaan Alam
Sheltering in a New York beach house with a couple that has taken refuge during a massive blackout, a family struggles for information about the power failure while wondering if the cut-off property is actually safe.View on CountyCat
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
Explores the places where black women and girls dare to follow their desires and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good. Nine stories feature four generations of characters grappling with who they want to be.View on CountyCat
by Don DeLillo
Five people gathered together in a Manhattan apartment in 2022 react to a mysterious, catastrophic event that severs all of modern life’s digital connections.View on CountyCat
The Invisible Life of Addie Larue
by V E Schwab
Making a Faustian bargain to live forever but never be remembered, a woman from early eighteenth-century France endures unacknowledged centuries before meeting a man who remembers her name.View on CountyCat
by Yaa Gyasi
A PhD candidate grappling with the childhood faith of the evangelical church while researching the science behind the suffering that has devastated her Ghanaian immigrant family.View on CountyCat
by Lyssa KayAdams
Restaurant employee Liv Papandreas is fired for reporting sexual harassment before teaming up with Bromance Book Club member Braden Mack to turn the tables on an abusive celebrity chef.View on CountyCat
My Dark Vanessa
by Kate Elizabeth Russell
Asked to help defend an older high-school English teacher with whom she had an affair at age 15, Vanessa struggles to choose between her romantic teen illusions and harrowing adult perceptions.View on CountyCat
The Mirror and the Light
by Hilary Mantel
Inspired by Thomas Cromwell, this describes how after the execution of Anne Boleyn and death of Queen Jane, the former blacksmith’s son orchestrates a plot to fortify England and save his own life.View on CountyCat
The Wild One
by Nick Petrie
Traumatized war veteran Peter Ash tracks a murderer from a criminal family through the icy landscapes of Reykjavik, where he is confronted by government officials who would block his investigation.View on CountyCat
by Tarryn Fisher
A woman in a voluntarily bigamous marriage befriends one of her husband’s other wives by chance, only to discover that the gentle husband she knows may be abusing his other families.View on CountyCat