#RogersReads2021: Read A Book That Makes You Laugh

#RogersReads2021: Read A Book That Makes You Laugh

It’s time to sign up for our #RogersReads Reading Challenge for 2021! Register and enter the books you read at rpl.readsquared.com under “missions” for the chance to win monthly and grand prizes. 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 before December 31, 2021, you will be entered for the grand prize that will be awarded at the end of the challenge.

Each month, we will highlight one of the twelve challenges here with some ideas of titles that could fulfill that prompt, but you can finish the challenges in any order over the course of the year with eBooks, audiobooks, or print copies of a title. Share your own ideas and show off your progress by tagging us on social media with #RogersReads. We are excited to see what you select to fulfill these challenges!

Read A Book That Makes You Laugh

At the library, we have a great sense of humor, and we hope you do too! It’s hard to guess what will books will tickle your funny bone, but we can try! Here’s a list of books from different categories that we hope can make you smile.

Some authors, like David Sedaris, are known for their humorous writings. You can check out books like Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.

Black Widow by Leslie Streeter, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by W. Kamau Bell, and The Facts of Life: And Other Dirty Jokes by Willie Nelson are great blends of memoir and humor.

Other humorous non-fiction books are also available. I Like You by Amy Sedaris, Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss, and A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson are all great selections that will have you laughing.

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, and The Princess Bride by William Golding are humorous science fiction and fantasy books that are so popular they are considered classics.

Looking for a romance with a good sense of humor? Check out Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison, and Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella.

Just because there’s a murder doesn’t mean it can’t be funny! My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, An Elderly Lady Is Up To No Good by Helene Tursten, and The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde are mystery books that may make you smile.

We are looking forward to a year full of challenging new reads with you!

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.

Sightseers Wanted!

Sightseers Wanted! Are you tired of sitting at home? We know it’s hard to travel right now, so we want to invite you to read your way through the United States with us. You can tour this list of fun titles that are set in each state to explore somewhere new or familiar from the comfort of your home. Click on a title and it will take you to our catalog where you can place a hold on the book. Come enjoy the States with us!

Alabama

March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydia

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café  by Fannie Flagg

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Alaska

Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival  by Velma Wallis

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

The Great Alone  by Kristin Hannah

Arizona

The Devil’s Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

These is My Words by Nancy E. Turner

Arkansas

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield

True Grit by Charles Portis

California

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Colorado

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

Centennial by James Michener

Connecticut

The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

Last Romantics by Tara Conklin

Delaware

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

West of Rehoboth by Alexs D. Pate

Florida

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Florida by Lauren Groff

Marley & Me by John Grogan

Georgia

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Hawaii

Moloka’I by Alan Brennert

The Winds of War by Herman Wouk

The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Idaho

Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson

Educated by Tara Westover

All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki

Illinois

Black Girl Magic edited by Mahogany L. Browne, Idrissa Simmonds, and Jamila Woods

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

Indiana

The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn

The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mohja Kahf

A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel

Iowa

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

Kansas

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty

Blessings by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Kentucky

Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio

Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan

Clear Springs by Bobbie Ann Mason

Louisiana

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

Bayou Folk by Kate Chopin

Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

Maine

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

The Taker by Alma Katsu

Cider House Rules by John Irving

Maryland

Song Yet Sung by James McBride

Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman

Massachusetts

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Wedding by Dorothy West

The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem by Stacy Schiff

Michigan

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Minnesota

The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang

Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Mississippi

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Missouri

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

Montana

Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans

A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean

Nebraska

My Antonia by Willa Cather

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett

Nevada

Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark

November Road by Lou Berney

New Hampshire

The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve

Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving

New Jersey

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Family Life by Akhil Sharma

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

New Mexico

Old Man’s Love Story by Rudolfo Anaya

American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett

New York

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jazz by Toni Morrison

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

North Carolina

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

Incidents in the life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

North Dakota

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

LaRose by Louise Erdrich

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

Ohio

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison

Oklahoma

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Maria Tallchief: America’s Prima Ballerina by Maria Tallchief and Larry Kaplan

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Oregon

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

The Shack by William P. Young

Pennsylvania

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Allison Bechdel

Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Rhode Island

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

South Carolina

Some Sing, Some Cry by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza

Saints at the River by Ron Rash

Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

South Dakota

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

Lakota Woman by Mary Brave Bird

The Work of Wolves by Kent Meyers

Tennessee

A Death in the Family by James Agee

The Blind Side by Michael Lewis

Bloodroot by Amy Greene

Texas

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger

Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Utah

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka

Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams

Vermont

The City Baker’s guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

Family Tree by Susan Wiggs

Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

Virginia

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

Wish You Well by David Baldacci

Washington

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Marie Semple

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

West Virginia

John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead

Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr.

Strange as This Weather Has Been by Ann Pancake

Wisconsin

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

Wyoming

Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx

Open Season by C.J. Box


Safe travels!