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Adult Reading Program

Good Food, Good Books - Good Times

June 12 - August 28, 2022

For ages 14 years and older

Nothing brings people together like good food and good books! Our summer reading program will be a celebration of both. So grab a seat at the table and take a taste -- books are so endlessly delicious!


How to Participate

Registration

Starting Sunday, June 12, 2022, stop by the Adult Services Desk to register for in-person participation. You will receive a log sheet and program materials. Alternatively, you may participate online by filling out our online registration form.

Complete Categories

There are 10 reading categories to choose from:

You are not required to read specific books; you can choose books that fit each category. For example, for Mystery Morsels, you may read any mystery book. You can read, listen to, download, or stream your materials -- we ask only that you check them out from the Elk Grove Village Public Library.

When you have completed 5 categories, you may submit your Completion Form (coming soon!). Upon submitting your Completion Form, we will email you confirmation to pick up your program t-shirt at the Adult Services Desk.

Tickets and Prizes

For every book you read, you will receive a prize ticket to enter in the prize drawing of your choice. Continue reading and earning prize tickets all summer until Sunday, August 28, 2022. We will announce prize winners in September. Due to the number of prize offerings, online participants must enter their prize tickets in person.


Featured Books


Categories

Check out our lists of suggested titles for each category. You don't have to stick to our suggestions. You can choose your own titles that fit each category.

  • Mystery Morsels

    Read any Mystery book, fiction or non-fiction.

    Title Author Call Number
    Hidden Pictures Jason Rekulak New F REKULAK
    The Woman in the Library Sulari Gentill New F GENTILL
    The Paris Apartment Lucy Foley New F FOLEY
    Reckless Girls Rachel Hawkins New F HAWKINS
    The Maid Nita Prose New F PROSE
    The Verifiers Jane Pek New F PEK
    The Night Shift Alex Finlay New F FINLAY
    The Book of Cold Cases Simone St. James New F ST. JAMES
    The Cartographers Peng Shepherd New F SHEPHERD
    The Resting Place Camilla Sten New F STEN
    The Murder of Mr. Wickham Claudia Gray New F GRAY
    The Island Adrian McKinty New F MCKINTY
    Two Nights in Lisbon Chris Pavone New F PAVONE
    The Fields Erin Young New F YOUNG
    A Thousand Steps T. Jefferson Parker New F PARKER
    The Red Canoe Wayne Johnson New F JOHNSON
  • Saucy Science Fiction

    Read any Science Fiction book.

    Title Author Call Number
    Purgatory's Shore Taylor Anderson
    New F ANDERSON, T.
    When Women Were Dragons Kelly Regan Barnhill
    New F BARNHILL, K.
    Sam Gunn Jr. Ben Bova
    New F BOVA, B.
    Saucer Stephen Coonts
    F COONTS
    Constance Matthew Fitzsimmons
    New F FITZSIMMONS, M.
    Light Chaser Peter F. Hamilton
    New F HAMILTON, P.
    The Cabinet Un-su Kim
    New F KIM, O.
    Reboots Mercedes Lackey
    New F LACKEY, M.
    Arabella of Mars
    David Levin
    F LEVIN
    Activation Degradation
    Marina J. Lostetter
    New F LOSTETTER, M.
    Finder
    Suzanne Palmer
    F PALMER, S.
    Noor
    Nnedi Okorafor
    New F OKORAFOR, N.
    Deal with the Devil
    Kit Rocha
    F ROCHA, K.
    Far from the Light of Heaven
    Tade Thompson
    New F THOMPSON, T.
    Salvation Day
    Kali Wallace
    New F WALLACE, K.
    From the Neck Up
    Aliya Whiteley
    New F WHITELEY, A.
  • Reese's Pieces

    Read any book from Reese Witherspoon's Book Club from 2017-2022.

    2017

    Title Author Call Number
    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
    Gail Honeyman
    F HONEYMAN, G.
    The Alice Network
    Kate Quinn
    F QUINN, K.
    The Lying Game
    Ruth Ware
    F WARE, R.
    Little Fires Everywhere
    Celeste Ng
    F NG, C.
    The Rules of Magic
    Alice Hoffman
    F HOFFMAN, A.
    This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
    Ann Patchett
    813.54 PAT
    The Last Mrs. Parrish
    Liv Constantine
    F CONSTANTINE, L.

    2018

    Title Author Call Number
    Braving the Wilderness
    Brene Brown
    158.2 BRO
    The Light We Lost
    Jill Santopolo
    F SANTOPOLO, J.
    Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
    Balli Kaur Jaswal
    F JASWAL, B.
    Happiness
    Heather Harpham
    ON ORDER
    You Think It, I'll Say It
    Curtis Sittenfeld
    F SITTENFELD, C.
    Something in the Water
    Catherine Steadman
    F STEADMAN, C.
    Next Year in Havana
    Chanel Cleeton
    F CLEETON, C.
    Still Lives
    Maria Hummel
    F HUMMEL, M.
    Where the Crawdads Sing
    Delia Owens
    F OWENS, D.
    This is How it Always Is
    Laurie Frankel
    F FRANKEL, L.
    The Other Woman
    Sandie Jones
    F JONES, S.
    One Day in December
    Josie Silver
    F SILVER, J.

    2019

    Title Author Call Number
    The Library Book
    Susan Orlean
    027.4794 ORL
    The Proposal
    Jasmine Guillory
    F GUILLORY, J.
    Daisy Jones and the Six
    Taylor Jenkins Reid
    REID, T.
    The Night Tiger
    Yangsze Choo
    F CHOO, Y.
    From Scratch
    Tembi Locke
    791.45082092 LOC
    The Cactus
    Sarah Haywood
    F HAYWOOD, S.
    Whisper Network
    Chandler Baker
    F BAKER, C.
    The Last House Guest
    Megan Miranda
    F MIRANDA, M.
    The Secrets We Kept
    Lara Prescott
    F PRESCOTT, L.
    Fair Play
    Eve Rodsky
    650.1082 ROD
    A Giver of Stars JoJo Moyes
    F MOYES, J.
    Conviction
    Denise Mina
    F MINA, D.

    2020

    Title Author Call Number
    Such a Fun Age
    Kiley Reid
    F REID, K.
    The Scent Keeper
    Erica Bauermeister F BAUMEISTER, E.
    The Jetsetters
    Amanda Eyre Ward
    F WARD, A.
    Untamed
    Glennon Doyle
    306.893 DOY
    The Henna Artist
    Alka Joshi
    F JOSHI, A.
    The Guest List
    Lucy Foley
    F FOLEY, L.
    I'm Still Here
    Austin Channing Brown
    305.896073 BRO
    Everything Inside
    Edwidge Danticat
    F DANTICAT, E.
    The Last Story of Mina Lee
    Nancy Jooyoun Kim
    F KIM, N.
    His Only Wife
    Peace Adzo Medie
    F MEDIE, A.
    Group
    Christine Tate
    616.89 TAT
    The Chicken Sisters
    KJ Dell'Antonia
    F DELL ANTONIA, K.

    2021

    Title Author Call Number
    Outlawed
    Anna North
    F NORTH, A.
    The Sanatorium
    Sarah Pearse
    F PEARSE, S.
    Infinite Country
    Patricia Engel
    F ENGEL, P.
    Northern Spy
    Flynn Berry
    F BERRY, F.
    The Last Thing He Told Me
    Laura Dave
    F DAVE, L.
    Seven Days in June
    Tia Williams
    ON ORDER
    The Paper Palace
    Miranda Cowley Heller
    F COWLEY HELLER, M.
    We Were Never Here
    Andrea Bartz
    F BARTZ, A.
    L.A. Weather: a Novel
    Maria Amparo Escandon
    F ESCANDON, M.
    Sankofa
    Chibundu Onuzo
    New F ONUZO, C.
    The Island of Missing Trees
    Elif Shafak
    New F SHAFAK, E.
    Lucky
    Marissa Stapley
    New F STAPLEY, M.

    2022

    Title Author Call Number
    Honor
    Thirty Umrigar
    New F UMRIGAR, T.
    The Christie Affair
    Nina de Gramont
    New F GRAMONT, N.
    The Club
    Ellery Lloyd
    New F LLOYD, E.
    True Biz
    Sara Novic
    New F NOVIC, S.
    The Dictionary of Lost Words
    Pip Williams
    F WILLIAMS, P.
    Counterfeit
    Kiersten Chen
    New F CHEN, K.
  • Dixie Delights

    Read a book set in or about the American South - fiction or non-fiction.

    Title Author Call Number
    Better Off Read
    Nora Page
    F PAGE, N.
    The Coyotes of Carthage
    Steven Wright
    F WRIGHT, S.
    Dance Away With Me
    Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    Paperback PHILLIPS, S.
    Don't Know Tough
    Eli Cranor
    New F CRANOR, E.
    Down Range
    Taylor Moore
    New F MOORE, T.
    Everyman
    M Shelley Connor
    New F CONNOR, M.
    Fear thy Neighbor
    Fern Michaels
    New F MICHAELS, F.
    The Girls in the Stilt House
    Kelly Mustian
    F Mustian, K.
    How Lulu Lost Her Mind
    Rachel Gibson
    F GIBSON, R.
    The Hunting Wives
    May Cobb
    New F COBB, M.
    Little Bookshop of Murder
    Maggie Blackburn
    New Large Type BLACKBURN, M.
    Lost Boy Found
    Kirsten Alexander
    F ALEXANDER, K.
    The Roughest Draft
    Emily Wibberley
    New F WIBBERLEY, E.
    Under the Bayou Moon
    Valerie Fraser Luesse
    New F LUESSE, V.
    The View from Coral Cove
    Amy Clipston
    New F CLIPSTON, A.
    The Wrong Side
    Robert Bailey
    New F BAILEY, R.
  • Fresh Films

    Watch a movie from our New Movie Collection.

    Feature Films

    Ambulance
    Belfast
    Cyrano
    Death on the Nile
    Dog
    Desperate Riders
    Father Stu
    Jackass Forever
    A Journal for Jordan
    Licorice Pizza
    Moonfall
    Nightmare Alley
    The Outfit
    Scream
    Spider-Man: No Way Home
    Studio 666

    Documentaries

    Title Call Number
    101 Gadgets that Changed the World
    New 621.9 ONE
    In Balanchine's Classroom
    New 792.82 INB
    Bob Ballard: An Explorer's Life
    New B BALLARD, B.
    Chicken Planet
    New 636.50821 CHI
    The Donut King
    New B NGOY, T.
    Lost Leonardo
    New 759.5 LOS
    The Nobel Prize
    New 001.44 NOB
    Secrets in the Scat
    New 590 SEC
    A Volcano Odyssey
    New 551.21 VOL
    Who We Are
    New 305.800973 WHO
  • Zesty 'Zines

    Read a magazine from our extensive Magazine Collection, which includes both Print and Digital. Download our Flipster, Hoopla and Libby apps for more digital magazines.

    • American Craft
    • Backpacker
    • Bird Watcher's digest
    • Conde Nast Traveler
    • Dogster
    • Family Handyman
    • Fur-Fish-Game
    • Guitar Player
    • HGTV Magazine
    • In Touch
    • Kovel's on Antiques and Collectibles
    • Majesty: the Monthly Royal Review
    • Mojo
    • Opera News
    • Quiltmaker
    • RV Magazine
    • Sea History
    • Sky and Telescope
    • Trains
    • Tropical Fish Hobbyist
  • Flavorful Fantasy

    Read any Fantasy book.

    Title Author Call Number
    Ariadne
    Jennifer Saint
    F SAINT, J.
    Beyond
    Mercedes Lackey
    F LACKEY, M.
    The Book of Magic
    Alice Hoffman
    F HOFFMAN, A.
    Calculated Risk
    Seanan McGuire
    Adult Paperback McGuire, S.
    Capture the Crown
    Jennifer Estep
    New F ESTEP, J.
    The Cartographers
    Peng Shepherd
    F SHEPHERD, P.
    At Death's Door
    Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Adult Paperback KENYON, S.
    Drop Dead Gorgeous
    Rachel Gibson
    New F GIBSON, R.
    The House in the Cerulean Sea
    TJ Klune
    F KLUNE, T.
    House of Earth and Blood
    Sarah J. Maas
    F MAAS
    The Impossible Us
    Sarah Lotz
    New F LOTZ, S.
    The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina
    Zoraida Cordova
    New Large Print CORDOVA, Z.
    Malice
    Heather Walter
    F WALTER, H.
    A River Enchanted
    Rebecca Ross
    New F ROSS, R.
    Siren Queen
    Nghi Vo
    New F Vo, N.
    The Warlord
    Gena Showalter
    New F SHOWALTER, G.
  • Charcuterie Comedy

    Read any Comedy book, fiction or non-fiction.

    Fiction

    Title Author Call Number
    The Cookbook Club
    Elizabeth Harbison
    New F HARBISON, E.
    Disorientation
    Elaine Hsieh Chou
    New F CHOU, E.
    Marrying the Ketchups
    Jennifer Close
    New F CLOSE, J.
    Meet Me in the Margins
    Melissa Ferguson
    F FERGUSON, M.
    Not Your Average Hot Guy
    Gwenda Bond
    F BOND, G.
    Part of Your World
    Abby Jiminez
    New F JIMINEZ, A.
    People We Meet on Vacation
    Emily Henry
    F HENRY, E.
    Made in Manhattan
    Lauren Layne
    New F LAYNE, L.
    Cleopatra and Frankenstein
    Coco Mellors
    New F MELLORS, C.
    Razzmatazz
    Christopher Moore
    New F MOORE, C.
    Wildcat
    Amelia Morris
    New F MORRIS, A.
    The No-Show
    Beth O'Leary
    New F OLEARY, B.
    Asking for a Friend
    Andi Osho
    New F OSHO, A.
    In a New York Minute
    Kate Spencer
    New F SPENCER, K.
    Four Aunties and a Wedding
    Jesse Q. Sutanto
    New F SUTANTO, J.
    The Summer Place
    Jennifer Weiner
    New F WEINER, J.

    Non-Fiction

    Title Author Call Number
    Well, This is Exhausting
    Sophia Benoit
    070.92 BEN
    The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity
    Carlo Cipolla
    153.9 CIP
    The Psychology of Stupidity
    Jean-Francois Marimon
    153.9 PSY
    Stupid Things I Won't Do When I Get Old
    Steven Petrow
    305.2602 PET
    You're Doing Great!
    Tom Papa
    818.602 PAP
    Lessons from Lucy
    Dave Barry
    818.602 BAR
    How to be Perfect
    Michael Schur
    New 818.602 SCH
    Don't Lose your Head
    Harriet Marsden
    942.0520922 MAR

    Biography

    Title Author Call Number
    Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama
    Bob Odenkirk
    New B Okenkirk, B.
    Girl with No Job
    Claudia Oshry
    B OSHRY, C.
    Sicker in the Head
    Judd Apatow
    ON ORDER
  • Infused Inspirationals

    Read any Inspirational book, fiction or non-fiction.

    Fiction

    Title Author Call Number
    The Beginning
    Beverly Lewis
    F LEWIS, B.
    The Book of Lost Friends
    Lisa Wingate
    F WINGATE, L.
    The Broken Road
    Richard Paul Evans
    F EVANS, R.
    A Cowboy for Keeps
    Jody Hedlund
    F HEDLUND, J.
    A Distant Shore
    Karen Kingsbury
    F KINGSBURY, K.
    Freedom's Song
    Kim Vogel Sawyer
    F SAWYER, K.
    The London House
    Katherine Reay
    F REAY, K.
    Make you Feel My Love
    Robin Lee Hatcher
    F HATCHER, R.
    The Pull of the Stars
    Emma Donoghue
    F DONOGHUE, E.
    The Right Kind of Fool
    Sarah Loudin Thomas
    F THOMAS, S.
    The Stranger in the Lifeboat
    Mitch Albom
    New F ALBOM, M.
    Until Leaves Fall in Paris
    Sarah Sundin
    New F SUNDIN, S.
    The Walnut Creek Wish
    Wanda E. Brunstetter
    F BRUNSTETTER, W.
    The Water Keeper
    Charles Martin
    F MARTIN, C.
    With Love, Wherever You Are
    Dandi Daley Mackall
    Large Print MACKALL, D.
    The Woman with the Blue Star
    Pam Jenoff
    F JENOFF, P.

    Non-Fiction

    Title Author Call Number
    Don't Pick Up All the Dog Hairs
    Ronald Dwinnells
    New 158.1 DWI
    Feeding the Soul (Because It's My Business)
    Tabitha Brown
    New 158.1 BRO
    Full Out
    Monica Aldama
    New 791.64 ALD
    Good Morning, Monster
    Catherine Gildiner
    616.8914 GIL
    The Joy of Being Selfish
    Michelle Elman
    158.2 ELM
    Keep the Memories, Lose the Stuff
    Matt Paxon
    New 648.8 PAX
    Omoiyari: the Japanese Art of Compassion
    Erin Niimi Longhurst
    177.7 LON
    Tickled
    Duff McDonald
    New 155.2MCD
    Tip of the Spear
    Ryan Hendrickson
    958.10474 HEN
    The Wilderness Idiot
    Ted Alvarez
    796.5 ALV
  • Gourmet Graphic Novels