FRC: A book with song lyrics in the title

Are you ready for a challenge? Our fall reading challenge is your path to a reading adventure! More information here. Pick up a flyer in the library for the list of sixteen categories and the full rules, and here for all posts on the Fall Reading Challenge!
Each week we will feature a different category with a few suggestions.
A Book with Song Lyrics in the Title
Sometimes, you see a book title, and then you have a song stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Here are some suggestions for a good book and maybe also an earworm!
Some resources online:
 A reverse search: If you are not sure if your book title is a song lyric, try this lyric sear ch. Type in the title and it will tell you if the phrase appears in song lyrics.
Beatles fans may be interested in this list of Beatles songs that appear as book titles.


FRC # 16: A Book With Food in the Title

Are you ready for a challenge? Our fall reading challenge is your path to a reading adventure! More information here. Pick up a flyer in the library for the list of sixteen categories and the full rules.
Each week we will feature a different category with a few suggestions.
16. A book with food in the title.

Punny cozy mysteries come immediately to mind, featuring titles like “Feta Attraction” or “Assaulted Caramel”. Browse the paperback mystery section for a good laugh and lots of choices.If cozies are not your favorite, there are many other choices in many genres!

Some online resources:

This list from Good Reads (Food in Book Title).Lots of good choices, although not all items in this list are appropriate for this category.
20 Books with Food in the Title from World’s Best Story.
Bakery/Dessert themed cozy mysteries from Cozy mysteries unlimited
See our newsletter with suggestions here, or stop by the library to check out the display!

Fall Reading Challenge 2018

Are you ready for a challenge? Our fall reading challenge is your path to a reading adventure! Pick up a flyer in the library for the list of sixteen categories and the full rules. Read books that fill the categories between September 10 and November 10. Turn in your reading log to enter a drawing for a fabulous prize!

You do not need to read all of the categories to enter!
GRAND PRIZE:  All readers who complete all 16 categories will be entered into a drawing for four new books of your choice! (restrictions apply, see below*)
FIRST PRIZE: All entries with at least five categories filled will be entered into a drawing for the first prize, three new books of your choice! (restrictions apply*)
PLUS, a bonus special prize for the reader who finds and reads a book that fills the most categories.
The Categories:
1. A book by a Maine author or set in Maine.
2. Historical fiction set in the 19th Century
3. A book set in Australia or by an Australian author.
4. A Fantasy novel
5. A book originally published before you were born
6. A Book about art or an artist
7. A book with song lyrics in the title
8. A book set during World War II
9. Fiction based on a real person
10. A book featuring an animal or animals
11. A book from your “to be read” list
12. A book set at sea
13. A book about siblings
14. A book you judged by its cover
15. A young adult book
16. A book with food in the title
Looking for suggestions?
  • Check out the display in the library for ideas
  • Ask us!
  • Sign up for weekly emails, each will cover a different category
  • We will also feature a category or two each week on our website.

Fall Reading Challenge entries due by Jan. 10

It’s time to turn in your Fall Reading Challenge entries! All entries are due in by January 10. Not sure if you read enough titles for the grand prize? If you’ve read in at least four categories, turn in your reading list and you will be entered for the runner up prize, one book of your choice.* 
Books used to fill categories must have been read between September 1 and December 31, 2016. 
The reader filling the most categories could win four new books of their choice* to start the new reading year out right (random drawing in the event of a tie). And all readers who log at least four categories will be entered in a drawing for one book of their choice.*
Titles may only be used to fill one category, but we will have a special prize for the title that fills the most categories.
The list is also available here to print out: Fall Reading Challenge. We also have flyers available at the Lending Desk if you need a fresh copy.
THANK YOU to all who participated! It’s been fun reading along!
*Selected books must be available at library discount rate from our wholesaler.

FRC: A Mystery set in Maine

Maine provides an ideal backdrop for all sorts of mysteries. A cozy set at a coastal inn, or noir in the North Woods, it’s a state full of mystery!

Here are a few sources:


FRC: set in Asia

Asia is the largest continent, consisting of many cultures, religions and languages, so it is no surprise to see the huge range of books available for this category.

Here are a few resources to get you started!




FRC: Short books

There are two categories in the Fall Reading Challenge that call for a short book:

  • A book with less than 150 pages
  • A book you can read in a day

A recent New York Times article had this to say on short books:

True to its essence, the very short book does not pretend to have more to say than it does. This is as charming as encountering the rare person who knows when to speak and when to be silent.

While the amount you can read in a day will vary (depending on, among other things, how much you are enjoying the book and how much you are willing to put off doing other things), here are some lists of short books that you’ll have a good chance of finishing.

On the slightly longer side:


What I read: 

My under 150 page book was Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal, clocking in at 88 pages. It seemed a little too short to me, I was still a little unsure of what just happened at the end. To even things out, the book I read in a day was 724 pages (in large print), The Trespasser by Tana French. I found it hard to put down! Also, I am a new fan of large print, it really is easy to read.




FRC: A Book Set on an Island

An island is a great setting for a novel — with characters cut off from the mainland, the novel may either evoke a sense of escape and calm, or, dread and claustrophobia. There may be a strong sense of community among residents, or a sense of isolation and often both. Mysteries set on islands may have the occupants cut off, knowing that the killer is among them.


And don’t miss our author visit next Monday with Andrew Vietze!

Our past Fall Reading Challenge Newsletters:


FRC: A Book set in the 17th or 18th Century

Historical fiction can whisk you away to another time, by providing the small details of life that might be missing in nonfiction history. Historical fiction is always a blend of facts and speculation, with some leaning more to one or the other, but in all the time period becomes a major factor in the novel.

The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries were times of great change and upheaval, and provide a rich backdrop for historical fiction. From the English Civil War to the Napoleonic Wars, from the colonization of the New World to the American Revolution, it was an era full of drama and conflict, perfect for historical fiction!


The library catalog is a great resource if you are looking for fiction based on a particular event. For example, here are some searches for a few events.

United States — History — Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 — Fiction.

United States — History — Revolution, 1775-1783 — Fiction.

Great Britain — History — Civil War, 1642-1649 — Fiction.

France — History — Revolution, 1789-1799 — Fiction. has extensive lists of historical fiction from both centuries.

Although not arranged by century, 50 Essential Historical Fiction Books has some good choices, including The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet, set in Japan and just squeaking in at 1799.


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