Once Covid hit and everyone went into quarantine back in March, the Wichita Public Library came up with a way to distract everyone. They added 6 books to their #READICT Reading Challenge, and they are all related to the quarantine in some way.
Here are the bonus categories for 2020:
- A book about a microhistory
- The first book in a series
- A book with charming escapism
- A book about food, bonus if it has recipes!
- A book about a tiger or a king (I didn’t read a book to complete this one)
- A book that allows you to travel vicariously
Fun, right? Once you read a book that fits into one of the categories, you log it using Beanstack and move on to the next book. So here are the next set of books I read for this bonus challenge:
A book about a microhistory:
The Real Education of TJ Crowley – Grant Overstake
*This book takes place in Wichita, KS and deals a lot with the segregation that was so prevalent at the time. It was chosen as one of my book club’s books and it could not have been better timing for us to read it. We had so much good discussion around it.
The first book in a series:
The Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman
*This was such a fun book to read, also as part of my monthly book club. There are so many twists and turns that you don’t expect, and the author creates a fantastical world that keeps you on your toes.
A book with charming escapism:
Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
*This was a book club read and we all really enjoyed it. The serene descriptions of the swamp and the bayou made you wish you were there, and the ending was a surprise for most of us.
A book about food:
Roll with It – Jamie Sumner
*There was so much to love about this spunky main character and her love for baking. I would run into many spots in the book that made me hungry, and I loved how she used every source available to her (apps, cookbooks, cooking magazines) to make the very best treat.
A book that allows you to travel vicariously:
The Magpie Murders – Anthony Horowitz
*Reading this book was a perfect way to escape to the countryside and solve murders while there. The story is actually split into two perspectives (an editor from a publishing company, and the main character within one of the books published at that company) so definitely read the prologue to better understand what is happening.
If you didn’t see my posts on the #READICT Reading Challenge, the links are here, here, and here. Check them out to read more about the challenge and to see the books I read for the it. As a reminder, every year in Wichita, KS the Wichita Public Library partners up with the local newspaper, the Wichita Eagle, to challenge residents to read 12 books in 12 months. Each book you read has to match up with one of the 12 categories they have created, and you have to complete a book in every category by the end of the year. For more information about the 2021 challenge: https://www.wichitalibrary.org/readict#beanstack