Winter Reading Challenge

Winter Reading Challenge

Read Around the World with our winter reading challenge for adults this year.  We're starting a little later than usual, so we're giving you a little more time (hopefully we don't have snow until then!)

We're excited about the list this year.  Many of the authors are Nobel or other prize winners.  We often chose indigenous authors or those born in the culture about which they write.  We hope all the books evoke a sense of place.

For each book you read, you can enter a slip at the library for a drawing for gift certificates to the bookstore.  Read 10 off the list and enter for the grand prize.  Of course, we hope you try to read all 25!

(One of the 25 books, Ice Bound, is out of print, but you can get it at the library).

Event date: 
Thursday, January 19, 2023 - 9:00am to Friday, May 19, 2023 - 8:00pm
Event address: 
Northwind Book & Fiber
& Spooner Memorial Library
Spooner, WI 54801
An American Sunrise: Poems By Joy Harjo Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393358483
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 18th, 2020

United States. Poet Laureate


A Snake Falls to Earth By Darcie Little Badger Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140923
Availability: We can order this for you!
Published: Levine Querido - November 23rd, 2021

United States.  Newbery Honor book.  Young Adult


The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307278449
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

United States. Nobel prize winning author. Novel.


Indian Horse By Richard Wagamese Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781571311306
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - April 10th, 2018

Canada.  Canadian First Nations Award. Novel.


The Devil's Highway: A True Story By Luis Alberto Urrea Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316010801
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - September 19th, 2005

Mexico.  Pulitzer Finalist. Non-fiction about immigration.


The Last Cuentista By Donna Barba Higuera Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140893
Availability: We can order this for you!
Published: Levine Querido - October 12th, 2021

Mexico. Newbery Award. Middle-grade dystopian science fiction.


One Hundred Years of Solitude (Harper Perennial Deluxe Editions) By Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780061120091
Availability: We can order this for you!
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - May 30th, 2006

Columbia. Nobel prize winning author. Novel. Magical Realism.


The Green House By Mario Vargas Llosa Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060732790
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - February 1st, 2005

Peru. Nobel Prize winning author. Novel.


Afterlives: A Novel By Abdulrazak Gurnah Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593541883
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - August 23rd, 2022

Tanzania. Nobel prize winning author. Novel.


We Should All Be Feminists By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9781101911761
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - February 3rd, 2015

Nigeria.  National Book Critics Circle & other awards. Essay based on TED talk.


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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood By Trevor Noah Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399588198
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - February 12th, 2019

South Africa.  NAACP Award.  Memoir.


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South Pole Station: A Novel By Ashley Shelby Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9781250112811
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Picador - July 3rd, 2018

Antarctica.  Lascaux Fiction Prize.  Novel.


Interpreter Of Maladies By Jhumpa Lahiri Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780358213260
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - October 22nd, 2019

India. Pulitzer Prize. Short Stories.


The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir By Kao Kalia Yang Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894784
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - April 11th, 2017

Laos/Hmong. Memoir.


The Beekeeper of Aleppo: A Novel By Christy Lefteri Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593128176
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - June 23rd, 2020

Syria. Novel.


The Mountains Sing By Que Mai Phan Nguyen Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643751351
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - March 16th, 2021

Vietnam.  Many Best of the Year lists. Epic family novel.


Waiting: A Novel (Vintage International) By Ha Jin Cover Image
By Ha Jin
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375706417
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - September 19th, 2000

China. National Book Award. Novel.


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A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel By Amor Towles Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143110439
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

Russia. Historical novel. (we know the author is American, but we love this book!)


Last Witnesses: An Oral History of the Children of World War II By Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by) Cover Image
By Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399588761
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 16th, 2020

Belarus. Nobel prize winning author. History/Biography.


Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by) Cover Image
By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525541349
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - August 11th, 2020

Poland. Nobel prize winning author. Mystery.


The Cave By José Saramago Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780156028790
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperVia - October 15th, 2003

Portugal. Nobel prize winning author. Dystopian allegory.


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Underland: A Deep Time Journey By Robert Macfarlane Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393358094
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 18th, 2020

Northern Europe/UK/Italy/Slovenia.  New York Times Notable & many other Best of lists. Nature/Geology.


The Secret River (Canons) By Kate Grenville, Diana Athill (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Kate Grenville, Diana Athill (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781782118879
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Canongate Books - February 22nd, 2022

Australia.  Historical Novel.


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The Dry: A Novel By Jane Harper Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250105622
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - January 2nd, 2018

Australia. Mystery.