The #RogersReads reading challenge prompt we are focusing on this month offers some true variety. Honestly, at first we were struggling to think of titles written by authors with a different career. But when we started searching and asking around, we found too many to even include in this list! These authors are from various backgrounds and experts in various fields, so you really have all kinds of options to fulfill this prompt. If you need help finding the perfect book, we’ve listed a few below to help you get started.
There are several recent releases from authors who you may know primarily as internet personalities. Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal have gained popularity from their daily YouTube show, Good Mythical Morning, but one of their more recent creative ventures was The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek, a semi-autobiographical suspense novel. Baking All Year Round is a cookbook from Rosanna Pansino, YouTube baker extraordinaire of delicious nerdy treats. You may listen to the McElroy brothers on one of their many (many!) podcasts, but you may not know that they have several graphic novel adaptations of their Dungeon and Dragons adventures as well as their more recent “how-to” book, Everybody Has a Podcast (Except You). Caitlin Doughty, the internet’s favorite mortician, answers common questions with honesty and humor on her YouTube channel, but she also has several books on the topic of death including From Here to Eternity and Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?
It turns out that plenty of actors who you may recognize from the screen have tried their hand at writing fiction. You probably know Molly Ringwald from—like—every movie in the ‘80’s, but she also has a fiction book called When It Happens to You that features some more grown-up drama. Someday, Someday, Maybe was written by Lauren Graham, who may be more familiar as a popular Stars Hollow resident on Gilmore Girls. Postcards from the Edge and The Best Awful were written by the galaxy’s favorite Princess and General, Carrie Fisher. One More Thing is a collection of stories from BJ Novak from The Office. If you like story collections, you can also check out Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks, well known from being—you know—Tom Hanks.
Plenty of famous people have made their first foray into writing with books geared towards younger readers. The Land of Stories is an entire fantasy series written by Chris Colfer, an award-winning actor and songbird from Glee. Picture books may be too short for your taste, but you may be interested in The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak, Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond (the eponymous woman from the Pioneer Woman cooking show), and Elbow Grease by John Cena (WWE wrestler turned actor). Playground is a book about bullying from rapper 50 Cent. Me & Mr. Cigar is a fever dream of a young adult novel by musician Gibby Haynes.
If you haven’t already, you can join the #RogersReads reading challenge by registering and entering the books you read at rpl.readsquared.com under “missions.” Each month, prizes will be awarded to two readers who complete a mission online by the end of the month. If you complete all twelve missions by December 31, 2021, you will be entered for the grand prize that will be awarded at the end of the challenge. You can finish the challenges in any order over the course of the year with eBooks, audiobooks, or print copies of a title.
We are looking forward to a year full of challenging new reads with you!
#RogersReads Reading Challenges for 2021
1. Read a book that makes you laugh.
2. Read a book that is about food or has food in the title.
3. Read a book set in or about space.
4. Read a book that is about or based on mythology or folklore.
5. Read a book whose author is known for something other than writing.
6. Read a book, fiction or non-fiction, about nature.
7. Read a fictional retelling of a historical event.
8. Read a book you meant to read in 2020.
9. Read a book with an animal on the cover.
10. Read a book from your least favorite genre.
11. Read a book that, for better or worse, you judged by its cover.
12. Read a book with a body of water on the cover or in the title.
Rogers Public Library would like to recognize an important effort by MTV along with other sponsors; this event is Mental Health Awareness Action Day. This endeavor will include various activities which are meant to bring about greater consciousness of and support for mental health. The first official Mental Health Action Day will take place on May 20, 2021.
As you may have heard, many individuals have experienced an increase in underlying personal mental health concerns during the pandemic. Our library has also noted concerns about this in one of our Wellness Journey programs where we looked at research on various ways of coping with increased stress during the pandemic.
We plan to offer some further information on this topic in the near future.
Take a moment today to take action on your own mental health. From taking a yoga class to reaching out to a friend, taking action on your mental health can be easy. If you don’t know where to start, take action at MentalHealthIsHealth.us. “Mental Health is Health” is an MTV Entertainment Group initiative rooted in the reality that we all have mental health and need to take care of it like we do our physical health. The initiative aims to normalize conversation, create a connection to resources and inspire action on mental health.