This summer, the Library is challenging you to expand your reading horizons! Hunt down titles to meet the challenge of your choice, chat with staff for help, browse our displays, or check out the picks below.
For every week you try something new, enter our prize draws at any WPL branch!
Week 4 is Genre Week, so try out a new genre!
- Challenge 10: A romance book
- Challenge 11: A western book
- Challenge 12: A science-fiction book
*All of the picks below can be requested for pickup at your closest branch! Search and place holds with our catalog.
Staff picks for Challenge 10: A romance book
THE WEDDING CHAPEL by Rachel Hauck
For sixty years, a wedding chapel sat silent, waiting for love. But times have changed and the hour has come when it just might be too late…
In 1901, Isabella is the sole survivor of a shipwreck off the sun-drenched
Queensland coast. In 2011, Libby returns to her beachside hometown, where
strange noises and activity at the abandoned lighthouse rouse her curiosity.
SWEET TALK by Julie Garwood
When tough attorney Olivia MacKenzie stumbles into the middle of an FBI sting operation, she makes quite an impression on Agent Grayson Kincaid. But after she asks questions of the wrong people, her life is suddenly endangered.
PREY by Linda Howard
Montana wilderness guide Angie Powell wants nothing to do with ex-soldier Dare Callahan, especially as she blames him for her failing business. But she has to put her feelings aside when they are suddenly thrust together to stop an animal with a thirst for blood—of a human variety.
FOOL ME TWICE by Meredith Duran
A lady on the run, Olivia takes a position as housekeeper in the home of a notorious duke whose files might hold the key to her salvation. The only catch in her plan is the duke himself…
TRUE LOVE by Jude Deveraux
When Alix Madsen inherits a beautiful 19th century Nantucket home for one
year, she discovers the secret of what happened to her ancestor Valentina two
centuries ago. A story of the Montgomerys and Taggerts.
Staff picks for Challenge 11: A western book
HONDO by Louis L’Amour
Hondo is the epitome of a cowboy—a tough, squinty-eyed loner with an underlying gentleness—who comes upon a woman and her son struggling in hostile circumstances.
RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE by Zane Grey
The story of Jane Withersteen, a Utah rancher whose livelihood is threatened by a proposed marriage she does not want, until a lone cowboy named Lassiter comes to town. Often credited for kick-starting the Western genre.
THE SISTERS BROTHERS by Patrick deWitt
During the American Gold Rush in the Sierra Nevada, Eli and Charlie Sister are hired killers on their way to San Francisco to nail their latest target.
LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurtry
This Pulitzer Prize winner novel follows ex-Texas Rangers Gus and Call as they go on one last cattle drive. At once a story of brotherhood and the enduring cowboy spirit, it is also pays homage to a fading frontier.
ALL THE PRETTY HORSES by Cormac McCarthy
At sixteen, John Grady Cole is the last of a long line of Texas ranchers, now cut off from the only life he has ever imagined. So with two companions, he sets off for Mexico on a sometimes idyllic, sometimes comic journey.
TRUE GRIT – Charles Portis
Wilful fourteen-year-old girl, Mattie Ross, hooks up with colourful and subtly comic U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn, and heads off in seek of revenge.
Staff picks for Challenge 12: A science-fiction book
THE TELEPORTATION ACCIDENT by Ned Beauman
Egon Loeser’s romantic misfortunes push him from the experimental theatres of 1930s Berlin to the physics laboratories of LA. A humorous, and (mostly) coherent novel about sex, violence, space, and time.
THE DISPOSSESSED: An Ambiguous Utopia by Ursula Le Guin
A bleak moon settled by utopian anarchists, Anarres has long been isolated from its mother planet, war-torn yet powerful Urras. Now one brilliant physicist is determined to tear down the walls of hatred that have kept them apart.
THE WINDUP GIRL by Paolo Bacigalupi
In a future where food is scarce, Anderson Lake comes into conflict with Jaidee, an official of the Environmental Ministry, and encounters Emiko, an engineered girl who has been discarded by her creator.
ANGELMAKER by Nick Harkaway
Avoiding the lifestyle of his late gangster father by working as a clock repairman, Joe Spork fixes an unusual device that turns out to be a former secret agent’s doomsday machine and incurs the wrath of the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator.
REDSHIRTS: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi
A new lab tech on the prestigious starship Intrepid starts to worry about the number of low-ranking officers dying during away missions, and other goings on.
SEVENEVES by Neal Stephenson
Five thousand years after a catastrophic event sends a small surviving remnant of humanity into outer space, the progeny of those survivors–seven distinct races now three billion strong–embark on a journey into the unknown to return to Earth.