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
- Wisconsin Author
- Science Fiction & Fantasy
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 absentee father collects his son from boarding school after a shocking act of violence. A nanny to a celebrity family hides out in Laurel Canyon in the aftermath of a tabloid scandal. A young woman sells her underwear to strangers. A notorious guest ar
by Jhumpa Lahiri
Follows a woman over a year as she restlessly walks her city, finding some solace in the streets, bars, and piazzas. But she's torn between wanting and resisting connection to others, including a mysterious man readers know only as "him."
by Helen Oyeyemi
Honeymooning aboard a historic former tea-smuggling train, newlyweds Otto and Xavier enjoy the locomotive’s fantastical accommodations before encountering a secretive fellow passenger, who imparts a surprising message.View on CountyCat
by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Flora Mancini finds everything she thought she knew about her husband, her marriage and her relationship with her best friend upended when she makes a startling discovery.