If you haven’t signed up for the #RogersReads reading challenge for 2020, now is the time! Click the #RogersReads image on the library website or use this link to begin logging your completed challenges and enter for monthly prizes! The first prize drawing will be March 1. Each month, prizes will be awarded to two readers who enter a new book into their online log by the end of the month. If you complete all twelve prompts before February 2021, you will be entered for the grand prize that will be awarded at the end of the challenge.
Each month we will be highlighting one of the twelve reading prompts along with some ideas of titles that could fulfill that prompt. Share your own ideas and show off your progress by tagging us on social media with #RogersReads. Please remember that you can complete the #RogersReads prompts in any order using eBooks, audiobooks, or print copies of a title. We are excited to see what you select to fulfill this prompt!
Read a book set in the “Jazz Age” (1920s)
As we begin the 2020s, the first #RogersReads prompt we will highlight asks us to look back to the iconic 1920s. There may be some classic “Jazz Age” titles that stick out as obvious solutions to this prompt. The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Sun Also Rises (1926) by Ernest Hemingway, The Age of Innocence (1920) by Edith Wharton are all classic texts by authors who helped define the 20s as a historical period.
Perhaps you are still interested in classics, but you want something in a genre that interests you. If you are interested in solving some classic crimes, the 1920s were a hotbed for detective fiction. Agatha Christie wrote some of her most well-known titles, like The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920) and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926), during the 20s. Dorothy Sayers, another popular author of detective fiction in the 20s, has titles–including the first entry in her Sir Peter Whimsy series, Whose Body? (1923)– available to download through Library2Go with the Libby app or OverDrive app.
There are a lot of newer historical fiction titles set in the 1920s that have been so popular in recent years that they may have already made their way onto your “To Be Read” lists. The Chaperone (2012) by Laura Moriarty, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (2013) by Therese Anne Fowler, and The Paris Wife (2011) by Paula McLain have all been recent picks for several popular book clubs.
These children’s books that were written in or set in the 1920s may be nostalgic, quicker reads, but they are no less important for their short length. The Story of Doctor Dolittle (1920) by Hugh Lofting and Hitty, Her First Hundred Years (1929) by Rachel Field are both children’s classics from the 20s. Emily of New Moon (1923) by Lucy Maud Montgomery is available to download through Library2Go with the Libby app or OverDrive app. Ship of Dolls (2017) by Shirley Parenteau and Written in Stone (2014) by Roseanne Parry are both more recent publications that are set in the 20s.
If you are interested in a non-fiction selection with a more realistic view of the Jazz Age, you may want to check out these titles. The Ghosts of Eden Park (2019) by Karen Abbott, Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo“ (2018) by Zora Neal Hurston, and Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South (2012) by Brooks Blevins all deal with historical events from the 1920s. There are too many nonfiction titles to count, but you can rest assured that titles about Al Capone, Bootlegging, Flappers, the Harlem Renaissance, and Jazz will likely tend to center around the 1920s.
We are looking forward to a year full of challenging new reads with you!
Are you looking for something fresh to add to your “To Be Read” list? Here are a few of the great new releases scheduled for this month. You can always come browse our New Arrivals collection to stay updated on our newest titles. If you are interested in joining the Bestsellers Club or placing holds on any of these items, please let us know.
Museum of Desire by Jonathan Kellerman
In the 35th installment in his series following Alex Delaware, the psychologist partners with Lieutenant Milo Sturgis to solve an elaborate crime. When they answer a call to an empty mansion, they find a limousine with four bodies staged in a horrific scene. The victims seem to have nothing in common, including the method of their murder. Find out if the duo can untangle this mystery when Museum of Desire releases on February 4.
Golden in Death by JD Robb
The 50th book in JD Robb’s series following Eve Dallas comes out on February 4. When a seemingly saintly pediatrician dies after a mysterious golden egg delivered to his house spews out poisonous fumes, Eve must find the mystery sender while the lab tries to identify the mystery toxin. When another victim is killed in the same way, Eve must find the mystery sender before more people die.
Crooked River by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Reluctantly pulled away from his vacation early to investigate a nearby crime, Agent Pendergast finds he cannot ignore the puzzle presented to him. When dozens of severed feet, wash up on the shore of a Florida island, there is little indication of where in the Atlantic they originated nor the current state of the dismembered victims. Crooked River, the 19th installment in Preston & Child’s bestselling series following Pendergast, arrives February 4.
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
The newest title from Erik Larson, the author of some popular nonfiction titles like The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts, is set to arrive on February 25. Here, Larson takes on another historical event with his retelling of Winston Churchill’s rise to power and the London Blitz. It is both a picture of a fraught historical moment and an intimate imagining of the daily life of Churchill and his family as they are both literally and metaphorically bombarded.