Adult Summer Reading

Challenging times call for challenging books, and in 2020, we have two challenging options for our readers — you can read Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace or Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents (also known as The Earthseed Duology) by Octavia Butler. The choice is yours!

As with everything else, COVID-19 has impacted our summer reading plans in myriad ways. For example, many book supply warehouses and publishers have scaled back their production and capacity, meaning that we've had a much longer wait for the books to arrive. That said, we'll let you know when they get here and how to pick them up as soon as possible on our Facebook page and through our Adult Summer Reading blog.

Another big change is that our program will be all online this summer. UCPL is partnering with software called Beanstack to track our summer reading at all age levels. There, you'll find specific challenges related to each of the "paths" you can choose for the Big Book Challenge. Check out the challenges, and get yourself registered here.

UCPL will still offer its Big Book readers the same discussions and scholar presentations — and informative blog posts — you've come to know and love. After all, UCPL is home to the best readers in the world!