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Adult Summer Reading
Reading By Design
San Anselmo Public Library

Adult Summer Reading Game

June 15-August 31, 2017

The Adult Summer Reading Game is BACK! Read, play, and solve word puzzles throughout the summer for chances to win terrific prizes in our end of summer raffle drawing!


How it works

Starting Thursday, June 15, you can sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Game at the Reference Desk and pick up your reading log.

  1. Earn a raffle ticket for every book you read and log in your pyramid!
  2. Choose a topic or genre from the "What to Read? Sneak a Peek" windows. We have book lists for each option to help. You can choose multiples topics at once (up to five) or choose one topic at at time. The windows will change every Thursday so come back often for more topics!
  3. Write the title and author of the book you read (or listened to) in the pyramid. Come into the library to enter a raffle ticket and choose another topic from the windows.
  4. The Adult Summer Reading Game can be played multiple times! If you complete a pyramid, visit the Reference Desk for another reading log.
  5. Another way to earn raffle tickets: Weekly Word Puzzles are back! Complete a weekly word puzzle at the Reference Desk. New Work puzzles will be released on Thursdays throughout the Summer Reading Game. 1 completed word puzzle = 1 raffle ticket.

    Winners of the raffle drawing will be contacted on Friday, September 1 . Prizes are gift cards to local restaurants, puzzles, puzzle books, and more!

What to Read? Sneak a Peek Instructions:
Check out the "What to Read? Sneak a Peek?" display for suggested reading topics/genres. Lift the flaps of the windows on the centennial flag to see what the recommended topics and genres are for the week! Flaps will change every Thursday. Below is a list of topics/genres with links to booklists to help you find the perfect book to read.

  • American Classics: Here's a list of 10 American novels of the 20th century that are must reads!!
  • Apocalypse Now! Dystopian Fiction for Adults: Dystopian fiction (or apocalyptic fiction) is the creation of an utterly horrible or degraded futuristic society that is generally headed to an irreversible oblivion, or dystopia.
  • As Seen/Read/Heard: Heard about a book on NPR? Trying to recall the novel the NY Times was raving about? Wondering what the blogosphere is hyping? Check out these newly mentioned titles from all forms of current media.
  • Birds and Birding: Nonfiction books and stories about all things birds.
  • California Fiction: Love California? Check out these stories of people and places in the Golden State.
  • Cozies: Find out "who dunnit" with these cozies, or cozy mysteries, a humorous subgenre of crime fiction.
  • Dystopian: Novels for which the setting is a futuristic, imagined world in which there is oppressive societal control. Often-times the dystopia presents an exaggerated worst-case scenario, criticizing a current or historical trend, societal norm, or political system.
  • Graphic memoirs: Graphic memoirs are nonfiction graphic novels (or comics) that tell an autobiographical or semi-autobiographical story through words and illustrations.
  • Heartwarming Tales: Looking for a feel good story that will leave you warm and fuzzy inside? Try one of the tales on this list.
  • How Very Foreign: Travel to new lands with these translated books by foreign authors.
  • Humor: Laugh out loud with these funny reads!
  • Life After 50: You've reach the half-century mark, now what? Here are some titles to provide inspiration for life's great journey into the realm of the wise, beautiful, viable, and slightly creaky.
  • Microhistories: Microhistories are historical accounts which zero in on a very specific subject, event, person, or cultural change.
  • Poetry: Enjoy these collections of poetry for thought on life, love, and the world.
  • Something short: Great short story collections have the lasting power of novels. The stories build upon themselves moving you from the first to the last page. Their characters are situations linger with you for years to come. These short story collections are not to be missed!
  • Traveling Writing: Want to travel but don't have the time? Vacation at home with these memorable works of faraway (and not so-faraway) places and people.
  • War Stories: Discover the lives and stories of soldiers, lovers, and battles with these novels of wars throughout the centuries.
  • Weird Names: Unusual names are common in novels and help shape a character's identity. Take a look at some of our favorite books and characters with weird names!
  • What the book?!: Books about books!