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Davis Library Summer Reading Challenge 2023: Booklist

Guidelines and recommended booklist for 2023's Summer Reading Challenge through the University of Rio Grande's Davis Library.


We have done our research, and though it was a challenge, we have narrowed our list of recommended reading for this challenge down to 30 books (well, 31 books if you count the tie because of Emily Henry, but we like the sound of 30 better...sooooo, thanks for just letting us have this one).

Below, you will find the list divided by genre for easy browsing. Under each book title, you will find links to book reviews, synopses, and other information to help you choose your next favorite read! We hope you'll join us this summer in your hammock or cozy corner with your favorite beverage and have adventures through the written word!

Graphic Novels

  1. Ain't Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds (Poetry)


  1. Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History


  1. Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection edited/illustrated by Matt Dembicki



  1. Educated by Tara Westover (Memoir)




  1. Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience by Brené Brown (Personal Development/Psychology)




  1. Spare by Prince Harry (Memoir)




  1. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed (Memoir/Self Help)




  1. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg (Self Help)





  1. Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón (Poetry)


Historical Fiction

  1. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver 




  1. Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson 





  1. Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan 





  1. The Echo of Old Books by Barbara Davis 





  1. The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese 


Contemporary Fiction

  1. The People We Keep by Allison Larkin 





  1. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig 





  1. Lucky Girl by Irene Muchemi-Ndiritu 




  1. Emily Henry's Happy Place OR Book Lovers 








  1. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin 





  1. Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano 





  1. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 


  1. Man Made Monsters by Andrea L. Rogers


  1. Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister


  1. The Housemaid by Freida McFadden


  1. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave


Literary Fiction

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