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2012 Adult Summer Reading

Between the Covers title image with two storybook characters reading in bed

Stay tuned for Summer 2013 plans!

Why should kids get to have all the fun this summer?  Calvert Library will be hosting a reading contest for adults that features great book and prizes!  Come pick up a game board (or two or three) at your local Calvert Library branch from May 15th through August 31st and enter as many times as you can. 

We hope you'll join us for a summer Between the Covers.

How to Play

Read or listen to 12 books that have characteristics listed on the game board squares:               

Genre:  the book must feature this element

Character:  the book must have this type of character somewhere in the story

Location:  the book has to take place somewhere specific
Cover:  the book’s cover has to have this element

The contest begins May 15th and ends August 31st.

Participants must be age 18 or older.

Books used to fill in the game board may be adult fiction, nonfiction, biography, young adult, or graphic novel.  Children’s books may not be used.

Before turning your completed game board in to your local Calvert Library branch, please completely fill out your contact information, titles, and authors.   Incomplete boards will not be eligible for prizes.

After you turn in your completed game board, be sure to pick up another!  The more you turn in, the more chances you have to win!

Recommended Reading

Genre | Character | Location | Cover


1st to Die (Women’s Murder Club series) Patterson, James
The Blue Rose (English Garden Mystery Series) (Eglin, Anthony)
Murdered of a Creped Suzette (Swanson, Denise)
No Rest for the Wiccan (Alt, Madelyn)
Hollywood Buzz (Liesche, Margit)

Scottsboro (Feldman, Ellen)
True History of the Kelly Gang (Carey, Peter)
Silver: My Own Tale as Written by Me with a Goodly Amount of Murder (Chupack, Edward)
White Doves at Morning (Burke, James Lee)

The Sweet by and by (Evans, Sara)
Night Tales series (Roberts, Nora)
Herself (Carroll, Leslie Sara)
Logan’s Outlaw (Levine, Elaine)

Night Circus (Morgenstern, Erin)
Dead until Dark (Harris, Charlaine)
The Remembering (Cash, Steve)
The World House (Adams, Guy)

The 6th Man (Baldacci, David)
The Black Stiletto (Benson, Raymond)
13 ½ (Barr, Neveda)
They’re Watching (Hurwitz, Gregg)

Young Adult
Invincible Summer (Moskowitz, Hannah)
Divergent (Roth, Veronica)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Alexie, Sherman)
Shelter (Coben, Harlan)

Through my Eyes (Tebow, Tim)
Unbroken: a WWII Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption (Hillenbrand, Laura)
The Dirty Life: on Farming, Food and Love (Kimball, Kristen)
Bossypants (Fey, Tina)
Drop Dead Healthy (Jacobs, AJ)

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June (Benway, Robin)
Texas Gothic (Clement-Moore, Rosemary)
Personal Effects: Dark Art (Hutchins, JC)
Children of the Sea series (Kantra, Virginia)
The Lovely Bones (Sebold, Alice)

Realistic Fiction
The Arrivals (Moore, Meg Mitchell)
Art of Fielding (Harbach, Chad)
Little Children (Perrotta, Tom)



The Art of Racing in the Rain (Stein, Garth)
The Choice (Sparks, Nicholas)
My Sister’s Keeper (Picoult, Jodi)

Police Officer
The Lucky One (Sparks, Nicholas)
Officer Down (Schwegel. Theresa0
Blockade Billy (King, Stephen)

Rot and Ruin (Maberry, Jonathan)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Foer, Jonathan Safran)
Body Surfing (Shreve, Anita)

Happy Birthday (Steel, Danielle)
A Reliable Wife (Goolrick, Robert)
Resolution (Parker, Robert B.)
The Imperfectionists (Rachman, Tom)

Defening Jacob (Landay, William)
Save Me (Scottoline, Lisa)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (Shriver, Lionel)

Save Me (Scottoline, Lisa)
Minding Frankie (Binchy, Maeve)
Fall from Grace (Patterson, Richard North)
Room (Donoghue, Emma)

2666 (Bolano, Roberto)
Misery (King, Stephen)
Smooth Play (Hart, Regina)
The Marriage Plot (Eugenides, Jeffrey)

The Nine Lives of Christmas (Roberts, Sheila)
Dinosaur Cat (Garrison, Allen)
Pet Sematary (King, Stephen)
Water for Elephants (Gruen, Sara)

How to Eat a Cupcake (Donohue, Meg)
The Orphan Master’s Son (Johnson, Adam)
The Wedding Quilt (Chiaverini, Jennifer)


Heading Out to Wonderful (Goolrick, Robert)
Coldest Night (Olmstead, Robert)
The Cove (Rash, Ron)
Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West (Wickenden, Dorothy)
Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal (Grennan, Conor)

Bag of Bones (King, Stephen)
Midnight Alley (Corwin, Miles)
Now You See Her (Patterson, James)
Swapping Lives (Green, Jane)
Cross Fire (Patterson, James)

Miss Fuller (Bernard, April)
Waiting for Sunrise (Boyd, William)
You are not like Other Mothers (Schrobsdorff, Angelika)
Another Time, Another Life: a Story of a Crime (Persson, Leif G. W.)

Until the Next Time (Fox, Kevin)
Cain at Gettysburg (Peters, Ralph)
Headstone (Bruen, Ken)
The Forgotten Waltz (Enright, Anne)

Inn Boonsboro trilogy (Roberts, Nora)
The Right-Hand Shore (Tilghman, Christopher)
The Beginner’s Goodbye (Tyler, Anne)
Death, Island Style (Toussaint, Maggie)

The Da Vinci Code (Brown, Dan)
Due or Die (McKinlay, Jan)
Zombie (Angellela, JR)
Heading out to Wonderful (Goolrick, Robert)
All Woman and Springtime (Jones, Brandon W.)
What Doesn’t Kill you (Johansen, Iris)

Afterwards (Lupton, Rosamund)
Hide me Among the Graves (Powers, Tim)
A Surrey State of Affairs (Radford, Ceri)
A Good American (George, Alex)

Coffee Shop
The Good Father (Chamberlaine, Diane)
A Cup of Friendship (Rodriguez, Deborah)
Donut Shop mysteries (Beck, Jessica)
The Best of Evil (Wilson, Eric)

Jurassic Park (Crichton, Michael)
The Shape of Desire (Shinn, Sharon)
Lone Wolf (Picoult, Jodi)
Always Something There to Remind me (Harbison, Elizabeth M.)


Post Office (Bukowski, Charles)
The Boy who Fell Out of the Sky (Dornstein, Ken)
Astonishing Splashes of Colour (Morrall, Clare)
Killing Yourself to Live: and 85% True Story (Klosterman, Chuck)

The Mystic Arts of Erasing all Signs of Death (Huston, Charlie)
The Short Novels of John Steinbeck (Steinbeck, John)
Indecision (Kunkel, Benjamin)
It’s Superman (De Haven, Tom)

The Last King of Scotland (Foden, Giles)
The Autograph Man (Smith, Zadie)
Palo Alto (Franco, James)
The Loss of Leon Meed (Emmons, Josh)

The Leftovers (Perrotta, Tom)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Chbosky, Stephen)
Blue Shoes and Happiness (Smith, Alexander McCall)
The Gin and Chowder Club (Rossiter, Nan)

Adirondack Chair
Off Season (Siddons, Anne Rivers)
The Beach House (Green, Jane)
Folly Beach: a Lowcountry Tale (Frank, Dorthea Benton)
Barefoot Season (Mallery, Susan)

One Mississippi (Childress, Mark)
Aloft (Lee, Chang-Rae)
Freedom (Franzen, Jonathan)
Model Home (Puchner, Eric)
Perfect Life (Shattuck, Jessica)
Hell’s Corner (Baldacci, David)

Sail (Patterson, James)
The Tidewater Tales (Barth, John)
Blue Water (Ansay, A. Manette)
Dune Road (Green, Jane)

Lullaby (Palahniuk, Chuck)
The Final Solution (Chabon, Michael)
To See Every Bird on Earth: a Father, a Son and Lifelong Obsession (Koeppel, Dan)
Adland: the Search for the Meaning of Life on a Branded Planet (Othmer, James P.)
Supermarket (Azuchi, Satoshi)
On Wings of Song

Blood’s a Rover (Ellroy, James)
Pictures at an Exhibition (Houghteling, Sara)
Say You’re One of Them (Akpan, Uwem)
How to Cook Your Daughter (Hendra, Jessica)
The View from the Seventh Layer (Brockmeier, Kevin)