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#RogersReads2020: Read a Book That is the First in a Series

Nov 16, 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! 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 the First in a Series.

It’s a great time to start something new, and these series give you a great place to begin. Nearly every genre has series to offer, so you can stick with whatever makes you comfortable or start something brand new.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, In the Woods by Tana French, and Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear all open a series of mysterious stories that will keep you guessing.

Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler, Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey, The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin are the first addition to science fictions series that are–sometimes literally–out of this world.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle, and The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter are all fantastic introductions to a new fantasy series.

Many graphic novels are part of a series, but Sandman by Neil Gaiman, Monstress by Marjorie Liu, and Saga by Brian K. Vaughan are some of the most iconic titles on our shelves.

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn are all the first installments in romance series.

If you enjoy historical fiction, you can get something old and something new when you start a series with Poldark by Winston Graham, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, and Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.

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

Happy reading!

The rest of this year’s challenges are listed below with links, when possible, to suggestions that can fulfill them.

Read a book with “Bronze,” “Silver,” or “Gold” in the title.

Read a book set in the “Jazz Age” (1920s).

Read a book first published in the year you were born.

Read a book that includes a map.

Read a book with a title that is only one word.

Read a book that is the first in a series.

Read a book, fiction or non-fiction, about a historical figure.

Read a book someone you know dislikes.

Read a book from the Young Adult section.

Read a book that is not written in traditional prose.

Read a book that has a season in the title.

Read a book about what you wanted to “grow up to be” when you were a kid.