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Posted on: August 7, 2017

Summer Swap Challenge


Looking for something new to read?

Every summer Irving Public Library encourages everyone to pick up books and participate in the Summer Reading Challenge. This year we introduced a twist on reading just for staff. Besides reading books of our own choice in July, many of us were randomly assigned an anonymously suggested title. The common factor among our first ever Summer Swap Challenge is each book was enjoyed and nominated by a co-worker.

Why take the challenge? To become better at assisting you with finding great books when you visit the library. While a few staff members actively read many different books across many different genres, there are others who just stick with a limited range, such as YA dystopia, tea cozy mysteries or hard science fiction. The Summer Swap challenge is an opportunity for staff to read something new and learn more about the library's collection.

Now that we're finished with the Summer Swap, many of our favorite books are back on the shelf, ready for you to check out!

Adult Fiction titles

The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

Rise and Shine Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick

Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead

Station Eleven by Emily Mandel

Fantasy / Science Fiction titles

The Queen's Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Storm Front (Dresden Files book 1) by Jim Butcher

Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner

The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett

Juvenile Fiction titles

The Dogs by Allan Stratton

Mystery & Suspense titles

Dead Man's Dance by Robert Ferrigno

Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard

Shooting at Loons by Margaret Maron

Non-Fiction titles

The Captured: A True Story of Indian Abduction on the Texas Frontier by Scott Zesch

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

West with the Night by Beryl Markham

Romance titles

Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer

Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught

Young Adult titles

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

A Song to Take the World Apart by Zan Romanoff

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