Book List for 2022 Online Reading Challenge

Book Lists for the Online Reading Challenge 2022    

JANUARYThe Orphan Train by Christina Kline – theme of belong and connection, found family. Additional titles: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

FEBRUARYA Gentleman in Moscow – theme of isolation and resilience. Additional titles: Wild by Cheryl Strayed, The Martian by Andy Weir and Walden by David Henry Thoreau.

MARCHStation Eleven by Emily St John Mandel – theme of individuals reactions to pandemics/post-apocalyptic survival. Additional titles: Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, Ghost Map by Steven Johnson, As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner, The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue.

APRILThe Alice Network by Kate Quinn – theme of female spies, intelligence, sacrifice. Additional titles: Code Girls by Liza Mundy, Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams, American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

MAYJust Mercy by Bryan Stevenson – theme of racial injustice, advocacy, civil rights. Additional titles: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy Tyson and  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

JUNERelish by Lucy Knisley – theme of food and connection. Additional titles: Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag, The Master Butcher’s Singing Club by Louise Erdrich and The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan.

JULYWe Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter – theme of surviving the Holocaust. Additional titles: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton and Night by Eli Wiesel.

AUGUSTThe Library Book by Susan Orlean – theme of connection through books and reading. Additional titles: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Ann Shaffer, Fahrenheit 451 by RAy Bradbury and The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

SEPTEMBERMy Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand – theme of alternate history/viewing history from a different perspective. Additional titles: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susan Clarke and First Impressions by Charles Lovett.

OCTOBERFlight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver – climate change, extreme weather and consequences/adaptations. Additional titles: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin.

NOVEMBERThere, There by Tommy Orange – theme of issues facing modern Native Americans. Additional titles: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown, This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger.

DECEMBERFuriously Happy by Jenny Lawson – theme of mental health compounded by feelings of isolation and stigma. Additional titles: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.