Welcome to Mrs. Brecht's Bookshelf. Here you can read reviews of books that I read personally and books that I enjoy reading to my sons. Read more about our Caldecott journey here and about my decision to read banned/challenged books here. I'll also periodically post fun reading-related activities and ideas. Who knows, I may even start doing some book giveaways if I get enough readers!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

My summer reading challenge

This is my fourth year participating in the Maricopa County Library District's adult summer reading program. I'm so glad my library has a summer program for adults as well as for kids! I think it was just our local Queen Creek library that did the program for adults during my first two years of participation, but then the other libraries in the county decided it was a great idea, so now the adult summer reading program is county-wide.

The theme this year is "Groundbreaking Reads". The goal is to read four books. I kind of wish the library would give more guidelines and/or suggestions, but they probably want to keep the program relatively open and free to attract a larger audience. However, since I love specific challenges, I have decided to add an additional requirement to my "Groundbreaking Reads" summer program. I will try to read at least four books off the list of Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century. I can't take ownership of this idea, however; I did a Google search about "Groundbreaking Reads" and discovered that a library in Georgia, or Virginia, or somewhere like that was asking their adult summer reading participants to read banned or challenged books. I thought this was a fun idea, so here I go!

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