Adult Summer Reading




From now until September 1, 2021, keep track of books you read by writing the title and author in the matching square. Book titles may be used only once per card and only one entry per person, 18 and older.

Complete as many horizontal, vertical or diagonal lines as you can! Each completed line enters your name into a raffle to win a $25, $50, or $75 Cape Ann Gift Certificate.





Need some inspiration for getting started? Check out the book bingo categories below. If you find a book you’d like to read, click on the cover to place a hold and pick it up at the library.


SFL Staff Recommendation

Heat wave : a novel
The sandcastle girls : a novel
The Martian : a novel
Where the crawdads sing
When you read this
The silent patient
Naturally Tan
Ayesha at last
Red at the bone
Black sands

Set by the sea

A perfect planet : the story of Earth's power and fragility by
The guest book : a novel by Blake, Sarah
A stranger on the beach by Campbell, Michele
Migrations by McConaghy, Charlotte
Dangerous crossing : a novel by Rhys, Rachel
The Island of sea women by See, Lisa
A cruise to die for by Elkins, Charlotte.
Of women and salt by Garcia, Gabriela
Blue mind : the surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected and better at what you do by Nichols, Wallace J.
The sea around us by Carson, Rachel
The ocean of life : the fate of man and the sea by Roberts, Callum.
Atlantic : great sea battles, heroic discoveries, titanic storms, and a vast ocean of a million stories by Winchester, Simon.
The wave : in pursuit of the rogues, freaks, and giants of the ocean by Casey, Susan
The soul of an octopus : a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness by Montgomery, Sy
The outlaw ocean : journeys across the last untamed frontier by Urbina, Ian
The lost coast by Capetta, Amy Rose


A man called Ove : a novel by Backman, Fredrik
The three musketeers by Dumas, Alexandre
My brilliant friend by Ferrante, Elena
Les miserables by Hugo, Victor
Beauty is a wound by Kurniawan, Eka
Convenience store woman by Murata, Sayaka
The thief by Nakamura, Fuminori
Drive your plow over the bones of the dead : a novel by Tokarczuk, Olga
Fever dream : a novel by Schweblin, Samanta
The alchemist by Coelho, Paulo.

Philosophy or spirituality

You are your best thing : vulnerability, shame resilience, and the black experience : an anthology by
The enlightenment : the pursuit of happiness, 1680-1790 by Robertson, Ritchie.
Until the end of time : mind, matter, and our search for meaning in an evolving universe by Greene, B.
Probable impossibilities : musings on beginnings and endings by Lightman, Alan P.
The Socrates express : in search of life lessons from dead philosophers by Weiner, Eric
The three questions : how to discover and master the power within you by Ruiz, Miguel,  Jr.
Almost everything : notes on hope by Lamott, Anne
Made for goodness : and why this makes all the difference by Tutu, Desmond.
Examined life : excursions with contemporary thinkers by
The wisdom of Sundays : life-changing insights from super soul conversations by Winfrey, Oprah
The depositions : new and selected essays on being and ceasing to be by Lynch, Thomas
Straight up : honest, unfiltered, as-real-as-I-can-put-it advice for life's biggest challenges by Shelton, Trent.

Graphic novel

Dancing after ten : a graphic memoir by Chong, Vivian
Billionaires : the lives of the rich and powerful by Cunningham, Darryl
The sacrifice of darkness by Gay, Roxane
After the rain by Jennings, John
Guerilla green : an urban gardening survival guide by Kalkair, Cookie
Spider-Man noir : twilight in Babylon by Stohl, Margaret
The swamp by Tsuge, Yoshiharu
Be more chill : the graphic novel by Vizzini, Ned
Shang-Chi.  brothers & sisters  Volume 1, by Yang, Gene Luen


Living nations, living words : an anthology of first peoples poetry by Harjo, Joy (EDT)/ Hayden, Carla D. (FRW)/ The Library of Congress (COR)
100 poems to break your heart by Hirsch, Edward
What kind of woman : poems by Baer, Kate
I had a brother once : a poem, a memoir by Mansbach, Adam
Upstream : select essays by Oliver, Mary
African American poetry : 250 years of struggle & song by
Every day we get more illegal by Herrera, Juan Felipe
Devotions : the selected poems of Mary Oliver by Oliver, Mary
Not go away is my name by Ríos, Alberto
Owed by Bennett, Joshua  (Poet)
Homie : poems by Smith, Danez
Lean against this late hour by ʻAbd al-Malikiyān, Garūs
Me dicen Güero : poemas de un chavo de la frontera by Bowles, David

About music or musicians

A visit from the Goon Squad by Egan, Jennifer
The ensemble : a novel by Gabel, Aja
Juliet, naked by Hornby, Nick
The music shop by Joyce, Rachel
Utopia Avenue : a novel by Mitchell, David
Daisy Jones & the Six : a novel by Reid, Taylor Jenkins
The musical human : a history of life on Earth by Spitzer, Michael
Nothin' but a good time : the uncensored history of the '80s hard rock explosion by
She come by it natural : Dolly Parton and the women who lived her songs by Smarsh, Sarah
Just kids by Smith, Patti.
Dangerous melodies : classical music in America from the Great War through the Cold War by Rosenberg, Jonathan
Nobody ever asked me about the girls : women, music, and fame by Robinson, Lisa  (Music journalist)
Redbone : la verdadera historia de una banda de rock indigena estadounidense by Staebler, Christian,  (Illustrator)
Can't stop won't stop : a hip-hop history by Chang, Jeff

Debut author younger than 30

The tiger's wife [a novel] by Obreht, Téa.
Half of a yellow sun by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
Sense and sensibility by Austen, Jane
The Icarus girl by Oyeyemi, Helen.
White teeth : a novel by Smith, Zadie.
Caul baby : a novel by Jerkins, Morgan
Open water by Nelson, Caleb Azumah
The other black girl : a novel by Harris, Zakiya Dalila

Short book

All grown up by Attenberg, Jami
The marrow thieves by Dimaline, Cherie
The grownup by Flynn, Gillian
The friend by Nunez, Sigrid
Dept. of speculation by Offill, Jenny
And then there were none by Christie, Agatha
We should all be feminists by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
How to be a good creature : a memoir in thirteen animals by Montgomery, Sy
The house on Mango Street by Cisneros, Sandra.
Her body and other parties : stories by Machado, Carmen Maria
We are okay : a novel by LaCour, Nina.
Men explain things to me by Solnit, Rebecca.

Book includes magic

The midnight library by Haig, Matt
The memory of fire by Bates, Callie
A deadly education : a novel by Novik, Naomi
Stormsong by Polk, C. L.
The rise of magicks by Roberts, Nora
A gathering of shadows by Schwab, Victoria
Popisho by Ross, Leone
Science of the magical : from the holy grail to love potions to superpowers by Kaplan, Matt
The gilded ones by Forna, Namina.
Blackbird.  The great beast  Volume 1, by Humphries, Sam

By an indigenous author

Living nations, living words : an anthology of first peoples poetry by Harjo, Joy (EDT)/ Hayden, Carla D. (FRW)/ The Library of Congress (COR)
The marrow thieves by Dimaline, Cherie
The painted drum by Erdrich, Louise.
The round house by Erdrich, Louise.
The bone people by Hulme, Keri.
There there by Orange, Tommy
The removed : a novel by Hobson, Brandon
New poets of Native nations by
Braiding sweetgrass by Kimmerer, Robin Wall
The heartbeat of Wounded Knee : native America from 1890 to the present by Treuer, David
#NotYourPrincess : voices of Native American women by
When the light of the world was subdued, our songs came through : a Norton anthology of Native nations poetry by
Walking the clouds : an anthology of indigenous science fiction by

Tail or Tale in the title

The scorpion's tail : a Nora Kelly novel by Preston, Douglas J.
Tell tale by Archer, Jeffrey
The handmaid's tale by Atwood, Margaret
The daughter's tale : a novel by Correa, Armando Lucas
The serpent's tale by Franklin, Ariana.
Winter's tale by Helprin, Mark.
The orphan's tale by Jenoff, Pam
Tall tail : a Mrs. Murphy mystery by Brown, Rita Mae
Tail Gait : a Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Brown, Rita Mae
Tail of the tip-off by Brown, Rita Mae.
TailSpin by Coulter, Catherine.
The tale teller by Hillerman, Anne
Thereby hangs a tail by Quinn, Spencer
Living to tell the tale by García Márquez, Gabriel


The Martian : a novel by Weir, Andy
The white tiger : a novel by Adiga, Aravind.
When you read this by Adkins, Mary
Last Christmas in Paris : a novel of World War I by Gaynor, Hazel
This is how you lose the time war by El-Mohtar, Amal
An American marriage by Jones, Tayari
A tale for the time being by Ozeki, Ruth L.
Where'd you go, Bernadette : a novel by Semple, Maria
On earth we're briefly gorgeous : a novel by Vuong, Ocean
The turn of the key by Ware, Ruth
American spy : a novel by Wilkinson, Lauren
Illuminae by Kaufman, Amie
Gabi, a girl in pieces by Quintero, Isabel
Everything, everything by Yoon, Nicola

Written by an author from another country

A long petal of the sea : a novel by Allende, Isabel
Ordesa by Vilas, Manuel
Americanah by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
A man called Ove : a novel by Backman, Fredrik
The lying life of adults by Ferrante, Elena
The searcher by French, Tana
Erotic stories for Punjabi widows by Jaswal, Balli Kaur
The namesake by Lahiri, Jhumpa.
What Alice forgot by Moriarty, Liane.
The god of small things by Roy, Arundhati.
The labyrinth of the spirits : a novel by Ruiz Zafón, Carlos
The life-changing magic of tidying up : the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Kondō, Marie

DIY (gardening, cooking, crafting)

Beer at my table : recipes, beer styles and food pairings by Wilson, Tonia
East : 120 vegan and vegetarian recipes from Bangalore to Beijing by Sodha, Meera
A good bake : the art and science of making perfect pastries, cakes, cookies, pies and breads at home by Weller, Melissa
Mending life : a handbook for repairing clothes and hearts by Montenegro, Nina
Wear, repair, repurpose : a maker's guide to mending and upcycling clothes by Fulop, Lily
Storey's curious compendium of practical and obscure skills : 214 things you can actually learn how to do. by Storey Publishing (COR)
Duct tape bags : 40 projects for totes. clutches, messenger bags, and bowlers by Morgan, Richela Fabian
Rustic wrappings : exploring patina in wire, metal, and glass jewelry by Bogert, Kerry.
Stitch 'n bitch : the knitter's handbook by Stoller, Debbie.
How to be a gardener by Titchmarsh, Alan.

By an author of color

Klara and the sun by Ishiguro, Kazuo
The city we became by Jemisin, N. K.
The water dancer : a novel by Coates, Ta-Nehisi
The kiss quotient by Hoang, Helen
Hitting a straight lick with a crooked stick : stories from the Harlem Renaissance by Hurston, Zora Neale
The Moor's account : a novel by Lalami, Laila
After dark by Murakami, Haruki
The Joy Luck Club by Tan, Amy.
In West Mills by Winslow, De'Shawn Charles
Red at the bone by Woodson, Jacqueline
March.   Book One by Lewis, John
The Black church : this is our story, this is our song by Gates, Henry Louis,  Jr.
Memorial Drive : a daughter's memoir by Trethewey, Natasha D.
Searching for Sylvie Lee : a novel by Kwok, Jean

An uplifting story

A man called Ove : a novel by Backman, Fredrik
Dream when you're feeling blue : a novel by Berg, Elizabeth.
Beach read by Henry, Emily
Dusk, night, dawn : on revival and courage by Lamott, Anne
Memorial Drive : a daughter's memoir by Trethewey, Natasha D.
Anxious people : a novel by Backman, Fredrik
Keep moving : notes on loss, creativity, and change by Smith, Maggie
Braving the wilderness : the quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone by Brown, Brené.
Stitches : a handbook on meaning, hope and repair by Lamott, Anne.
The soul of an octopus : a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness by Montgomery, Sy
From scratch : a memoir of love, Sicily, and finding home by Locke, Tembi
Know my name : a memoir by Miller, Chanel
Whiskey in a teacup : what growing up in the South taught me about life, love, and baking biscuits by Witherspoon, Reese
Temple Grandin : how the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world by Montgomery, Sy.
With the fire on high by Acevedo, Elizabeth

Color in the title

Lavender blue murder by Childs, Laura
The red book by Patterson, James
Half of a yellow sun by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
Purple hibiscus by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
Green by Graham-Felsen, Sam
Red pill : a novel by Kunzru, Hari
Red, white & royal blue : a novel by McQuiston, Casey
Black dahlia & white rose by Oates, Joyce Carol
The yellow bird sings by Rosner, Jennifer
Orange world and other stories by Russell, Karen
Blood orange by Tyce, Harriet
A spool of blue thread : a novel by Tyler, Anne.
The woman in blue : a Ruth Galloway mystery by Griffiths, Elly
Yellow wife : a novel by Johnson, Sadeqa
Red Island House : a novel by Lee, Andrea
The devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America by Larson, Erik.
Red comet : the short life and blazing art of Sylvia Plath by Clark, Heather L.
Elizabeth Widville, Lady Grey : Edward IV's chief mistress, and the 'Pink Queen' by Ashdown-Hill, John

Set during summer

Invincible summer : a novel by Adams, Alice
The mothers : a novel by Bennett, Brit
Light in August : the corrected text by Faulkner, William
Summerland by Hilderbrand, Elin
Prodigal summer : a novel by Kingsolver, Barbara.
Still summer by Mitchard, Jacquelyn.
Summer days and summer nights : twelve love stories by
Big summer by Weiner, Jennifer
The Summer wives by Williams, Beatriz.
Painting summer in New England by Fairbrother, Trevor J.
Summer by Knausgård, Karl Ove
This one summer by Tamaki, Mariko

Animal as the main character

Tales from Watership Down by Adams, Richard
The travelling cat chronicles by Arikawa, Hiro
Hollow kingdom by Buxton, Kira Jane
A dog's purpose by Cameron, W. Bruce
Grief is the thing with feathers : a novel by Porter, Max
The art of racing in the rain : a novel by Stein, Garth.
Pride of Baghdad : inspired by a true story = Kibriyāʼ Baghdād by Vaughan, Brian K.
Three bags full : a sheep detective story by Swann, Leonie
Animal farm by Orwell, George
Maus : a survivor's tale, I : my father bleeds history by Spiegelman, Art.

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