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#RogersReads 2020: Read a Book That Is Not Written in Traditional Prose

Mar 3, 2020

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 that is not written in traditional prose

Even when we exclude regular prose—the style that most books are written in—there is still a startling amount of options available for you to enjoy. Poetry, plays, graphic novels, and epistolary novels abound. Anything from Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss could fulfill this prompt, so it is a wonderful chance to try something new. Plenty of classics, like Dracula by Bram Stoker, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, are fictional novels that are presented as a collection of journal entries, letters, or newspaper clippings.

This style has continued to be a popular way to make characters and their surroundings seem especially realistic and compelling. Some of these novels are written primarily as letters sent between characters. Some novels that follow this method are Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher, 84, Charing Cross Rd by Helene Hanff, and When You Read This by Mary Adkins.

Novels like House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and Journal: Amy Zoe Mason by Kristine and Joyce Atkinson are made up of documents that are “found” or “collected.”

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn, Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones, and Can I Be Your Dog by Troy Cummings are epistolary stories available in our children’s library.

Graphic novels tell stories primarily through images, with text and dialogue often taking a backseat. At the library, you have a great selection of fiction and nonfiction graphic novels that could fulfill this prompt like Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker, and Through the Woods by Emily Carroll.

Any plays or screenplays you read are not written in traditional prose. This means you could explore Sophocles, Shakespeare, Death of a Salesman, and everything in between.

Be it haiku or sonnet, any kind of poetry will fulfill this prompt. Classic epic poems like The Iliad can fulfill this prompt just as easily as Rupi Kaur or novels comprised of poems like Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X.

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

Happy reading!