Reading Challenge Recap

The 2019 Provincetown Library Reading Challenge is drawing to a close, but don’t despair —there will be a 2020 Reading Challenge announced in early January. Meanwhile, here’s one takeaway: the best books read in this Challenge by six intrepid Challengers.

Educated by Tara Westover filled the category of “a juicy memoir,” although better adjectives to describe it might be riveting, incredible, and inspiring.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai was certainly “unputdownable.” This is literary fiction at its most compelling, about a group of gay men during the AIDS crisis, and the sister of one who, 20 years later, is searching for her estranged daughter.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. This heartfelt novel of early love and a long life spans WWII and the internment of Japanese Americans.

Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl is the quintessential “juicy memoir,” full of gossip and name-dropping, about Reichl’s days as the editor of Gourmet Magazine.

The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles is narrated by a woman who mingles with high society in 1930s New York. Reminiscent of The Great Gatsby, but try it even if you don’t like Fitzgerald.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens was almost everyone’s favorite book of the year, prized for its great nature writing as well as a suspenseful story.