#RogersReads2021: Read A Book You Meant To Read In 2020

#RogersReads2021: Read A Book You Meant To Read In 2020

If your 2020 was anything like ours, you may have been too preoccupied to catch all of the awesome new releases. We are now over halfway through 2021, but it is not too late to get excited about these books. It’s not even too late to get started on your #RogersReads challenges! To be eligible for the grand prize, all you have to do is complete 12 challenges by December 31, 2021. That’s still plenty of time! Here’s a list of some of our most popular books from 2020. You can click on each image to view the catalog entry for each title.

January 2020

One of Us Is Next: The Sequel to One of Us Is LyingThe Conference of the Birds (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children)Long Bright River: A Novel

February 2020

Real Life: A NovelHood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement ForgotThe Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

March 2020

The Kingdom of BackDeacon King Kong: A NovelThe Glass Hotel: A novel

April 2020

How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A NovelHidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American FamilyThe Book of Longings: A Novel

May 2020

Clap When You LandThe Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural WorldAll Adults Here: A Novel

June 2020

Mexican GothicThe Vanishing Half: A NovelA Burning: A novel

July 2020

HamnetThe Only Good IndiansThe Book of Lost Names

August 2020

Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our DiscontentsLuster: A NovelThe Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel

September 2020

Transcendent Kingdom: A novelThe Secret Lives of Church LadiesWhen No One Is Watching: A Thriller

October 2020

Leave the World Behind: A NovelAfrican American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song (LOA #333): A Library of America Anthology (The Library of America)Plain Bad Heroines: A Novel

November 2020

The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and StoriesInterior Chinatown: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)A Promised Land

December 2020

The CousinsPretty Little Wife: A NovelThis Time Next Year

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.

Happy reading!


#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.

Lunch and Learn: September 2021

Lunch and Learn resumes on September 14, 2021 at noon to 1:00 pm with “The Crescent Hotel: What Follows Is True.” Sean Fitzgibbon discusses the tragic history behind his forthcoming graphic novel What Follows Is True: Crescent Hotel. We will meet in the Friends of RPL Community Room. Space is limited, so please register. Bring your lunch if you like; bottled water will be provided.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Rogers Public Library

Here is some info on the book…
What Follows Is True: Crescent Hotel, is a completed, 240-page graphic nonfiction. Channeling classic illustration and art techniques, What Follows Is True uses illustrated panel sequences intertwined with full-page, painted imagery to explore the story of the Crescent Hotel’s strange and tragic two years as the Baker Hospital, a Depression Era cancer hospital.

The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is considered one of the most haunted hotels in the U.S. But the bizarre and tragic story of the years when it operated as a cancer hospital haunts the hotel far more than tales of specters. Norman Baker—inventor, magician, radio announcer, and unlicensed doctor bought the failing hotel in 1937. He promised an outright cure for cancer and earned a fortune by charging exorbitant sums to desperate patients, who were then injected with useless medications. After Baker was imprisoned for fraud, the Crescent reopened as a hotel—but the place has never escaped the dark shadows of those hospital years, and apparitions of nurses, patients and crazed medical practitioners are evoked during the hotel’s nightly ghost tours.

For more information visit www.seanfitzgibbonart.com/work#/what-follows-is-true/