May 21 - August 31, 2020
Why let kids have all the fun? Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) is here to help grown-ups celebrate this summer with the best books around. Read or listen to five books between May 21 and August 31, 2020 and be entered to win a membership for Milwaukee Film, one of 14 $50 gift cards from The Bronzeville Collective generously donated by MKE Black, and other fun Milwaukee Public Library goodies.
To participate, sign up for Book by Book online and complete the Book by Book challenge under “Activity Badges” by August 31, 2020. Watch the video for help in signing up.
Explore our Bonus Challenges! Are you a History Buff, Poetry Lover, or a Maker Extraordinaire? Then we have fun bonus challenges just for you! Look under “Activity Badges” for more ways to have fun this summer.
Winners will be contacted on how to obtain their prize.
The Book by Book Adult Summer Reading Program supports the library’s goal of creating a city of readers and lifelong learners by encouraging adults to read based on their interests, visit the library during the summer, and model positive reading habits. Past program participants have shared that the program helped reignite their passion for reading with the added benefit of fun prizes!
A special thank you to our 2020 prize sponsors!
Explore Our Booklists:
- Literary Fiction
- Short Story Collections
- Wisconsin Author
- Science Fiction & Fantasy
by Helen Oyeyemi
Honeymooning aboard a historic former tea-smuggling train, newlyweds Otto and Xavier enjoy the locomotive’s fantastical accommodations before encountering a secretive fellow passenger, who imparts a surprising message.View on CountyCat
by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Flora Mancini finds everything she thought she knew about her husband, her marriage and her relationship with her best friend upended when she makes a startling discovery.View on CountyCat
by N K Jemison
Head into the dark underbelly of New York City, where a roiling, ancient evil stirs in the halls of power, threatening to destroy the city and her six newborn avatars.View on CountyCat
by Abby Jimenez
Gaining an unexpected online following after quitting her job to travel the world, a woman anticipating a short life becomes the guardian of her infant niece before her resolve to avoid relationships is tested by a baby-savvy lawyer.View on CountyCat
by Ishiguro, Kazuo
Waiting to be chosen by a customer, an Artificial Friend programmed with high perception observes the activities of shoppers while exploring fundamental questions about what it means to love.
by Patricia Engel
Moving their family to what they believe will be a safer but temporary home in Houston, two young parents are forced to choose between an undocumented status in America and returning to the violence of war-torn Bogotâa.View on CountyCat
by Dantiel W. Moniz
A debut collection explores such topics as human connections, race, womanhood, inheritance and inner darkness in a series of intergenerational tales featuring protagonists in the sultry cities and suburbs of Florida.View on CountyCat
by Torrey Peters
A trans woman, her detransitioned ex, and his cisgender lover build an unconventional family together in the wake of heartbreak and an unplanned pregnancy.View on CountyCat
by Rachel Hawkins
Supplementing her modest income by stealing small valuables from her gated-community clients, a broke dog-walker endeavors to win the heart of a wealthy bachelor before learning his late wife’s own rags-to-riches story.View on CountyCat
by Ashley Audrain
A devoted mother with a painful past gradually realizes that something is very wrong with her daughter, a fear that is complicated by her husband’s dismissive views and the birth of a healthy son.View on CountyCat