The PolyWogg Reading Challenge was a small reading group on Facebook that I ran for three years.

Some of us read a lot, some read a little, some just want to see book recommendations from other people. To encourage trying new books, or just to read more in general, each month I named “books of the month” based on a category plus a couple of challenge books. There was also always “reader’s choice” to read whatever you want and share. I tried to vary the book choices, tracked people’s achievements, and awarded badges monthly to help reinforce the member’s efforts to “read more”.

At the end of 2020, I asked for feedback through a series of short polls of members, and they told me:

  1. Keep lots of choice –> First category will be “reader’s choice”;
  2. Simplify –> Second category will be a special focus of the month;
  3. Keep challenges –> Keeping, with challenge books or three books in total;
  4. Keep badges –> You get Level 5 (Orange) for 1 book of reader’s choice; Level 4 (Green) for one of the named books; Level 3 (Yellow) for 2 books of reader’s choice; Level 2 (Blue) for 2 books of which one is a named book; and Level 1 (Red) for a challenge book or three books in total.

In terms of categories, people showed preferences for some non-fiction, mystery, award winners, and best-sellers. There was less interest in classic, fantasy, adventure, alt-history, thriller, and sci-fi. People also showed preferences for Indigenous, travel or locations, and historical fiction, with less interest in gender, BLM, food, or holidays.

A suggestion to create a spreadsheet for people to enter their book titles was voted down, but I tried to keep the website list more up-to-date that year. Here’s the overview for the year:

Titles Read by the Members by Month


The three categories for January were:

A. Reader’s choice – any book

B. Category: Humour

Book 1: Any book by David Sedaris (Amanda G’s suggestion: When You Are Engulfed In Flames)

Book 2: Any book by Harlan Coben (My suggestion: Deal Breaker, the first in the Myron Bolitar series)

C. Challenge books

Book 1: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Book 2: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson


  1. Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben (PS, CG)
  2. Reconstructing Amelia” by Kimberly McCreight (TK)
  3. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (VS)
  4. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (VS)
  5. The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian (AR)
  6. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (CG)
  7. The Last Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett (AR)
  8. Hit List by Laurell K Hamilton (LM)
  9. Kiss the Dead by Laurell K Hamilton (LM)
  10. A Shiver of Light by Laurell K Hamilton (LM)
  11. When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (AH, CA)
  12. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (CA, LM)
  13. The Body by Bill Bryson (CA)
  14. The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz (CA)
  15. The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz (CA)
  16. A Curious Incident by Vicky Delaney (CA)
  17. The Guest List by Lucy Foley (CA)
  18. The Exile by Christina Baker Kline (CA)
  19. The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell (CA)
  20. The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult (CA)
  21. All Together Now by Alan Doyle (CA)
  22. This is Not the End of Me by Dakshana Bascaramurty (CA)
  23. Right Side Up by Paul Wells (CA)
  24. One on One by Peter Mansbridge (CA)
  25. Extraordinary Canadians by Peter Mansbridge (CA)
  26. 44 Scotland St by Alexander McCall Smith (CA)
  27. Espresso Tales by Alexander McCall Smith (CA)
  28. Love over Scotland by Alexander McCall Smith (CA)
  29. The World according to Bertie by Alexander McCall Smith (CA)
  30. The Unbearable Lightness of Scones by Alexander McCall Smith (CA)
  31. The Importance of Being 7 by Alexander McCall Smith (CA)
  32. Bertie Plays the Blues by Alexander McCall Smith (CA)
  33. Sunshine on Scotland St by Alexander McCall Smith (CA)
  34. Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers by Alexander McCall Smith (CA)
  35. The Revolving Door of Life by Alexander McCall Smith (CA)
  36. The Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith (CA)
  37. A Time of Love and Tartan by Alexander McCall Smith (CA)
  38. Peppermint Tea Chronicles by Alexander McCall Smith (CA)
  39. A Promise of Ankles by Alexander McCall Smith (CA)
  40. Murder in C Major by Susan Hoskin Frommer (CA)
  41. Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (JPM)


The three categories for February were:

A. Reader’s choice – any book

B. Category: Non-fiction

Book 1: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (suggested by Laura M)

Book 2: Any biography, self-help or other non-fiction title

C. Challenge books

Book 1: Galileo: And the Science Deniers by Mario Livio

Book 2: Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall


  1. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis by Izabella Wentz (AR)
  2. The Guest List by Lucy Foley (AR)
  3. The Hike by Drew Magary (TK)
  4. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi (CG)
  5. One by One by Ruth Ware (AR)
  6. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (AR)
  7. Five Second Rule by Mel Robbins (CA)
  8. The New Rules for Aging Well by Dr. F. Lipman & Danielle Clare (CA)
  9. Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White (CA)
  10. They Said This Would be Fun by Eternity Martis (CA)
  11. Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall (CA)
  12. Solutions and other Problems by Ali Brosh
  13. Dolly Parton, Songteller by Dolly Parton (CA)
  14. Hashimoto’s Protocol by Izabella Wentz (CA)
  15. Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology by Izabella Wentz (CA)
  16. Good Boy, My Life in 7 Dogs by Jennifer Finlay Boylan (CA)
  17. Remain Silent by Susan Steiner (CA)
  18. Tom Clancy: Shadow of the Dragon by Marc Cameron (CA)
  19. Human Remains by Miranda Li (CA)
  20. A Time for Mercy by John Grisham (CA)
  21. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (CA)
  22. Homicide in Hard Cover by Kate Carlisle (CA)
  23. If Books Could Kill by Kate Carlisle (CA)
  24. Lies that Bind by Kate Carlisle (CA)
  25. Murder Undercover by Kate Carlisle (CA)
  26. Pages of Sin (e-novella) by Kate Carlisle (CA)
  27. One Book in the Grave by Kate Carlisle (CA)
  28. Peril in Paperback by Kate Carlisle (CA)
  29. Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle (CA)
  30. The Book Stops Here by Kate Carlisle (CA)
  31. Ripped from the Pages by Kate Carlisle (CA)
  32. Books of a Feather by Kate Carlisle (CA)
  33. Once Upon a Spine by Kate Carlisle (CA)
  34. Buried in Books by Kate Carlisle (CA)
  35. The Book Supremacy by Kate Carlisle (CA)
  36. The Grim Reader by Kate Carlisle (CA)
  37. Becoming by Michelle Obama (LM)
  38. Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Carline Fraser (AH)
  39. Gutter Child by Jael Richardson (TK)
  40. The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis (TK)
  41. Foundation by Mercedes Lackey (LM)
  42. Swindle by Gordon Korman (LM)


The three categories for March were:

A. Reader’s choice – any book

B. Category: Mystery

Book 1: Any of the mysteries by Ian Rankin (good detective series) or Ben Aaronovtich (police with supernatural twist, both suggested by Paul M)

Book 2: Any mystery

C. Challenge books

Book 1: Arsène Lupin, The Gentleman Burglar by Maurice Leblanc

Book 2: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie


  1. Arsene Lupin: Gentleman cambrioleur by Maurice Leblanc (CG)
  2. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch (AH, PS, LM)
  3. The Exploits of Arsene Lupin by Maurice Leblanc (AH)
  4. Social, Civil and Savvy by Laura VanArendonk Baugh (JM)
  5. Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris (AH)
  6. The Mysterious Affair At Styles by Agatha Christie (CG, LM, CA)
  7. Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood (LM)
  8. Simplify by Jonathan Becker (CA)
  9. Unbelievable by Dr. John Shelby Spong (CA)
  10. Shame on Me by Tessa McWatt (CA)
  11. Lean Out by Lena Henley (CA)
  12. Dearly by Margaret Atwood (CA)
  13. A Catered Book Club Murder by Isis Crawford (CA)
  14. The Lost Boys by Faye Kellerman (CA)
  15. Serpentine by Jonathan Kellerman (CA)
  16. The Ancient Dead by Barbara Fradkin (CA)
  17. Cold as Ice by Allison Brennan (CA)
  18. The World that We Knew by Alice Hoffman (CA)
  19. If I Knew Then by Jann Arden (CA)
  20. How We Got Here: The 70’s by David Frum (CA)
  21. Dirty South by John Connolly (CA)
  22. The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner (CA)
  23. How to Pronounce Knife by S. Thamogvonssa (CA)
  24. The 4% solution by Karma Brown (CA)
  25. The Morning and the Evening by Ken Follett (CA)
  26. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (AH)
  27. The Hormone Reset Diet by Dr. Sara Gottfried (AR)
  28. Mistakes to Run With by Yasuko Thanh (TK)
  29. The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnely (TK)
  30. Death in an English Countryside by Sara Rosett (CA)
  31. Death in an English Cottage by Sara Rosett (CA)
  32. Death in an English Country Home by Sara Rosett (CA)
  33. Death in an Elegant City by Sara Rosett (CA)
  34. Menace at the Christmas Market by Sara Rosett (CA)
  35. Death in an English Garden by Sara Rosett (CA)
  36. Death at an English Wedding by Sara Rosett (CA)
  37. Cherry Ames x 16 (CA)
  38. The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg (AR)


The three categories for April were:

A. Reader’s choice – any book

B. Category: History

Book 1: Any book written before 1956

Book 2: Any book set before 1956

C. Challenge books

Book 1: A book written by Anne Perry, Diane Gabaldon, Dorothy L Sayers, Dianne Day or Dorothy Gilman

Book 2: Any in the Bandy Papers series by Donald Jack


  1. In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear (AR)
  2. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (PS)
  3. The Strange Files of Fremont Jones by Dianne Day (PS)
  4. Mini Bike Hero by Claire Mackay (PS)
  5. The Greenglass Hotel by Kate Milford (PS)
  6. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch (CG)
  7. Literary Murder by Batya Git (AR)
  8. Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry (AH)
  9. The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly (TK)
  10. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (AR)
  11. Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch (CG)
  12. The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner (TK)
  13. The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jemoff (AR)
  14. The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson (AH)
  15. No Time Like the Future by Michael J Fox (CA)
  16. What I Would Tell You by Julie Keon (CA)
  17. A Promised Land by Barack Obama (CA)
  18. How to Avoid a Climate Change Disaster by Bill Gates (CA)
  19. Can you Hear Me Now by Celia Ceaser-Chevannes (CA)
  20. Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell (CA)
  21. A Wild Rose by Jennifer Donnelly (CA, TK)
  22. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (CA)
  23. Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear (CA)
  24. This Time Next Year We Will Be Laughing by Jacqueline Winspear (CA)
  25. Hush-hush by Stuart Woods (CA)
  26. Double Jeopardy by Stuart Woods (CA)
  27. Five Little Indians by Michelle Good (CA)
  28. The Billionaire Murders by Kevin O’Donahue (CA)
  29. Not On My Watch by Alexandra Morton (CA)
  30. A Simple Murder by Linda Costillo (CA)
  31. An Orphan’s Guilt by Archer Mayor (CA)
  32. Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes by Karen Rose Smith (CA)
  33. Picture Perfect Frame by Lynn Calhoon (CA)
  34. Moving is Murder by Sara Rosett (CA)
  35. Staying Home is a Killer by Sara Rosett (CA)
  36. Getting Away is Deadly by Sara Rosett (CA)
  37. Magnolias, Moonlight, and Murder by Sara Rosett (CA)
  38. Mint Juleps, Mayhem, and Murder by Sara Rosett (CA)
  39. Mimosas, Mischief, and Murder by Sara Rosett (CA)
  40. Mistletoe, Merriment, and Murder by Sara Rosett (CA)
  41. Milkshakes, Mermaids, and Murder by Sara Rosett (CA)
  42. Marriage, Monsters-In-Law, and Murder by Sara Rosett (CA)
  43. Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch (CG, LM)
  44. A Sudden Fearful Death by Anne Perry (AR)
  45. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (CG)
  46. Code Blues by Melissa Yi (CM)
  47. Dear Life by Rachel Clarke (CM)
  48. This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay (CM)
  49. The Chalet School and Robin by Caroline German (LM)
  50. Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon (LM)


The three categories for May were:

A. Reader’s choice – any book

B. Category: Geography

Book 1: Any book with a place in the title;

Book 2: Any book set on a continent (* or sub-continent) where you haven’t lived for at least 3 years; OR

Book 3: Any book by an author from a continent other than North America

C. Challenge books

Book 1: A book written by a native African author

Book 2: A book written by a native Asian author


  1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (AR)
  2. The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson (AR)
  3. The Piano Teacher by Janice Y K Lee (AR)
  4. Code Blues by Melissa Yi (CM)
  5. Dear Life by Rachel Clarke (CM, CA)
  6. This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay (CM)
  7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (AR)
  8. The Breakdown by BA Paris (TK)
  9. Through the Dark Wood: Finding Meaning In The Second Half of Life by James Hollis (TK)
  10. The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi (AR)
  11. Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear (CA)
  12. Messenger of the Truth by Jacqueline Winspear (CA)
  13. Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear (CA)
  14. Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear (CA)
  15. The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear (CA)
  16. A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear (CA)
  17. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (CA)
  18. Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear (CA)
  19. A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear (CA)
  20. The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Genoff (CA)
  21. The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Genoff (CA)
  22. The Diplomat’s Wife by Pam Genoff (CA)
  23. The Kommandant’s Girl by Pam Genoff (CA)
  24. The Ambassador’s Daughter by Pam Genoff (CA)
  25. Hidden Affair by Pam Genoff (CA)
  26. Mother’s Day, Muffins and Murder by Sara Rosett (CA)
  27. On Deadly Tides by Elizabeth Duncan (CA)
  28. Death by Chocolate Snickerdoodle by Sarah Graves (CA)
  29. Death by Chocolate Frosted Donut by Sarah Graves (CA)
  30. Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown (CA)
  31. The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Myerson (CA)
  32. Ocean Prey by John Sandford (CA)
  33. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn (CA)
  34. Find You First by Linwood Barclay (CA)
  35. 21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act by Bob Joseph (CA)
  36. Equal to the Challenge, an Anthology of Women’s Experiences in WWII (CA)
  37. Secret War of WWII by National Geographic (CA)
  38. Canada by Mike Myers (TK)
  39. The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard Marais (AR)
  40. The Light Through The Leaves by Glendy Vanderah (TK)
  41. The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry (PS)
  42. A Dangerous Mourning by Anne Perry (PS)
  43. Defend and Betray by Anne Perry (PS)
  44. A Sudden, Fearful Death by Anne Perry (PS)
  45. Sins of the Wolf by Anne Perry (PS)
  46. Cain His Brother by Anne Perry (PS)
  47. Weighed in the Balance by Anne Perry (PS)
  48. The Silent Cry by Anne Perry (PS)
  49. A Breach of Promise by Anne Perry (PS)


The three categories for June were:

A. Reader’s choice – any book

B. Category: Indigenous

Book 1: Any book written by an Indigenous AUTHOR

Book 2: Any book with an Indigenous CHARACTER

C. Challenge books

Book 1: Anything by Thomas King

Book 2: The Clay We Are Made Of by Susan M. Hill


  1. The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton (AH)
  2. River of London series Book 8 (LM)
  3. Up and Down by Terry Fallis (AR)
  4. Out of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming (AR)
  5. Vanishing Act by Thomas Perry (PS)
  6. Dance for the Dead by Thomas Perry (PS)
  7. Shadow Woman by Thomas Perry (PS)
  8. The Face-Changers by Thomas Perry (PS)
  9. Blood Money by Thomas Perrry (PS)
  10. Runner by Thomas Perry (PS)
  11. Poison Flower by Thomas Perry (PS)
  12. A String of Beads by Thomas Perry (PS)
  13. Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch (CG)
  14. We Are Perfectly Fine by Dr. Jillian Horton (CM)
  15. Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson (TK)
  16. The Orenda by Joseph Boyden (TK)
  17. Perfume by Patrick Suskind (AR)
  18. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares (AR)
  19. Uiesh Quelque part by Joséphine Bacon (CG)
  20. Breaking the Lore by Andy Redmith (CG)
  21. Violence Against Indigenous Women by Allison Hargreaves (CA)
  22. Call Me Indian by Fred Sasakamoose (CA)
  23. Indians on Vacaton by Thomas King (CA)
  24. Journey to Munich by Maisie Dobbs (CA)
  25. In This Grave Hour by Maisie Dobbs (CA)
  26. To Die But Once by Maisie Dobbs (CA)
  27. The American Agent by Maisie Dobbs (CA)
  28. The Consequences of Fear by Maisie Dobbs (CA)
  29. Spoils of the Dead by Dana Stabenow (CA)
  30. Twenty by James Grippando (CA)
  31. Almost Midnight by Paul Doiron (CA)
  32. A Matter of Life and Death by Philip Margolin (CA)
  33. The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff (CA)
  34. The Grasmere Grudge by Rebecca Tope (CA)
  35. The Patterdale Plot by Rebecca Tope (CA)
  36. Dark Sky by C J Box (CA)
  37. Autopsy of a Boring Wife by Marie Renee Lavoie (CA)
  38. Not Dark Yet by Peter Robinson (CA)
  39. Find Me Dead by Peter James (CA)
  40. Dead at First Sight by Peter James (CA)
  41. Left You Dead by Peter James (CA)
  42. Death in the Garden City by Jeanette Dam (CA)
  43. 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad (CA)
  44. Assaulted Caramel by Amanda Flower (CA)
  45. Lethal Licorice by Amanda Flower (CA)
  46. Premeditated Peppermint by Amanda Flower (CA)
  47. Criminally Cocoa by Amanda Flower (CA)
  48. Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower (CA)
  49. Botched Butterscotch by Amanda Flower (CA)
  50. Marshmallow Malice by Amanda Flower (CA)
  51. Candy Cane Crime by Amanda Flower (CA)
  52. Lemon Drop Death by Amanda Flower (CA)
  53. Matchmaking Can be Murder by Amanda Flower (CA)
  54. Courting Can Be a Killer by Amanda Flower (CA)
  55. Plain Death by Amanda Flower (CA)
  56. Plain Scandal by Amanda Flower (CA)
  57. Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flower (CA)
  58. Crafter Knits a Clue by Holly Quinn (CA)
  59. A Crafter Hooks a Killer by Holly Quinn (CA)
  60. A Crafter Quilts a Crime by Holly Quinn (CA)
  61. Peach Cobbler by Ann Gerard (CA)
  62. A Killer Cupcake by Fiona Grace (CA)
  63. Murderous Macaroons by Fiona Grace (CA)
  64. For Batter or Worse by Jenn McKinlay (CA)
  65. Deadly Ever After by Vicky Delaney as Eva Gates (CA)
  66. This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay (CA)
  67. Cleaning up your Mental Mess by Dr. Caroline Leaf (CA)
  68. What Happened To You by Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Perry (CA)
  69. Elizabeth and Margaret by Andrew Morton (CA)
  70. What Happened by Hilary Rodham Clinton (CA)
  71. MentalPause by Laura Jensens (CA)
  72. My Mother’s Daughter by Perdita Felicien (CA)
  73. Keep This, Toss That by Jamie Novak (CA)
  74. The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  75. God Save the Child by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  76. Mortal Stakes by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  77. Promised Land by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  78. The Judas Goat by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  79. Looking for Rachel Wallace by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  80. Early Autumn by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  81. A Savage Place by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  82. Ceremony by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  83. The Widening Gyre by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  84. Valediction by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  85. A Catskill Eagle by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  86. Taming a Sea-Horse by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  87. Pale Kings and Princes by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  88. Crimson Joy by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  89. Playmates by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  90. Stardust by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  91. Pastime by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  92. Double Deuce by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  93. Paper Doll by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  94. Walking Shadow by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  95. Thin Air by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  96. Chance by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  97. Small Vices by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  98. Sudden Mischief by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  99. Hugger Mugger by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  100. Potshot by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  101. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell (TK)
  102. The Law of the Dead by Tess Collins (AR)
  103. Know Your Rites (Inspector Paris) (CG)
  104. Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King (AH)
  105. Room for One More by Monique Polak (AH)
  106. From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle (CGo)
  107. Second Chances by Kerry Gladue (CGo)
  108. The Clay We Are Made Of by Susan M. Hill (CGo)
  109. The Marrow Thieves by Cherrie Dimaline (CG)
  110. Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin (AR)
  111. The Kingdom of Back by xxx (PM)


The three categories for July were:

A. Reader’s choice – any book

B. Category: Canada

Book 1: Any book set in Canada

Book 2: Any book by a Canadian author

C. Challenge books

Book 1: Any book nominated for the ScotiaBank Giller Prize

Book 2: Any book nominated for the Governor General’s Award


  1. The Marrow Thieves by Cherrie Dimaline (CG, JM)
  2. Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin (AR)
  3. Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch (LM)
  4. False Value by Ben Aaronovitch (LM)
  5. The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch (LM)
  6. What Abigail Did Last Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (LM)
  7. Tales from the Folly by Ben Aaaronovitch (LM)
  8. The Love Season by Elin Hilderbrand (AR, CA)
  9. Indians on Vacation (CA)
  10. Pull of the Stars (CA)
  11. Five Little Indians (CA)
  12. How to Pronounce Knife (CA)
  13. A Boring Wife Settles the Score by Marie-Renee Lavoie (CA)
  14. Dreadful Water by Thomas King (CA)
  15. The Red Power Murders by Thomas King (CA)
  16. Cold Skies by Thomas King (CA)
  17. A Matter of Malice by Thomas King (CA)
  18. Obsidian by Thomas King (CA)
  19. The White Plague by Frank Herbert (TK)
  20. The Race by Richard North Patterson (AR)
  21. The Answer Is by Alex Trebek (AH)
  22. 50 States, 5000 Ideas by Joe Yogerst (CA)
  23. How to Outline A Cozy Mystery by Sara Rossett (CA)
  24. Thirteen Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do by Amy Morin (CA)
  25. The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner (CM)
  26. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (TK, CA)
  27. Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (CG)
  28. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part I (CG)
  29. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part II (CG)
  30. The Final Judgement by Richard North Patterson (AR)
  31. The Stonecutter by Camille Lackberg (AR)
  32. Jackpot by Stuart Woods (CA)
  33. Someone To Watch Over Me by Ace Atkins (CA)
  34. The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser (CA)
  35. One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak (CA)
  36. That Summer by Jennifer Weiner (CA)
  37. Where the Grass is Green and the Girls are Pretty by Lauren Weisberger (CA)
  38. Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear (CA)
  39. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (CA)
  40. Fallen by Linda Costello (CA)
  41. The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristen Hammel (CA)
  42. Tell No Lies by Allison Brennan (CA)
  43. The Hunt by Allison Brennan (CA)
  44. The Prey by Allison Brennan (CA)
  45. The Kill by Allison Brennan (CA)
  46. The Cure for Death by Lightning by Gail Anderson Dargatz (CA)
  47. Turtle Valley by Gail Anderson Dargatz (CA)
  48. The Stalker by Gail Anderson Dargatz (CA)
  49. The Devil You Know by Elizabeth deMariaff (CA)
  50. Land Beyond the Sea by Kevin Major (CA)
  51. One for the Rock by Kevin Major (CA)
  52. Two for the Tablelands by Kevin Major (CA)
  53. The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery (CA)
  54. Between Sisters (CA)
  55. Home Again (CA)
  56. The Things We Do for Love (CA)
  57. The Winter Garden (CA)
  58. Comfort and Joy (CA)
  59. The Home Front (CA)
  60. Summer Island (CA)
  61. Night Road (CA)
  62. The Great Alone (CA)
  63. The Nightingale (CA)
  64. At Mystic Lake (CA)
  65. The Albatross by Terry Fallis (TK)
  66. The Bourne Evolution by Brian Freeman (AH)
  67. Back Story by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  68. Bad Business by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  69. Chasing the Bear by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  70. Cold Service by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  71. Death in Paradise by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  72. High Profile by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  73. Hundred-Dollar Baby by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  74. Night and Day by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  75. Night Passage by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  76. Now and Then by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  77. Painted Ladies by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  78. The Professional by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  79. Rough Weather by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  80. School Days by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  81. Sea Change by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  82. Silent Night by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  83. Sixkill by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  84. Split Image by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  85. Stone Cold by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  86. Trouble in Paradise by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  87. Widow’s Walk by Robert B. Parker (PS)
  88. Code Name Cassandra by Meg Cabot (PS)
  89. Haunted by Meg Cabot (PS)
  90. Reunion by Meg Cabot (PS)
  91. Ninth Key by Meg Cabot (PS)
  92. Proposal by Meg Cabot (PS)
  93. Remembrance by Meg Cabot (PS)
  94. Safe House by Meg Cabot (PS)
  95. Twilight by Meg Cabot (PS)
  96. When Lightning Strikes by Meg Cabot (PS)
  97. Missing You by Meg Cabot (PS)
  98. Lullaby by Ace Atkins (PS)
  99. Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline (PS)
  100. Sprinting Through No Man’s Land by Adin Dobkin (PS)
  101. The Lost Files: Six’s Legacy by Pittacus Lore (PS)
  102. The Lost Files: Nine’s Legacy by Pittacus Lore (PS)
  103. The Lost Files: The Fallen Legacies by Pittacus Lore (PS)


The three categories for August were:

A. Reader’s choice – any book

B. Category: Awards

Book 1: Any book that won National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize, or Man Booker Award;

Book 2: Any mystery book that won an Agatha, Shamus, Macavity, Edgar or a Hammett;

C. Challenge books

Book 1: Any book on the BBC Greatest British Novels list or Guardian’s 100 Best Novels Written in English or Time Magazine’s All-Time 100 Novels;

Book 2: Any book on “Abe Book’s list of top 100 Fiction Books to read in a lifetime” or Radcliffe Publishing’s 100 Greatest Novels;


  1. We Are All Perfectly Fine by Jill Hunter (CA)
  2. Nice Racism by Robin DiAngelo (CA)
  3. A Really Good Brown Girl by Marilyn Dumont (CA)
  4. Premonition by Michael Lewis (CA)
  5. How To Write A Series by Sarah Rosset (CA)
  6. Ozisms by Cy Tymony (CA)
  7. Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things by Mel Lumsden (CA)
  8. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey (CA)
  9. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell (CA)
  10. Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand (CA)
  11. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (CA)
  12. Beach Read by Emily Henry (CA)
  13. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (CA)
  14. Her Last Breath by Hilary Davidson (CA)
  15. Dog Eat Dog by David Rosenfelt (CA)
  16. A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson (CA)
  17. Dark August by Katie Tallio (CA)
  18. The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff (CA)
  19. Hid From Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming (CA)
  20. Deeper Fear by Allison Brennan (CA)
  21. The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard Morais (CA)
  22. Up and Down by Terry Fallis (CA)
  23. The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis (CA)
  24. Kuespian by Naomi Fontaine (CA)
  25. The Break by Katherena Vernette (CA)
  26. The Race by Richard North Patterson (CA)
  27. Final Judgement by Richard North Patterson (CA)
  28. Conviction by Richard North Patterson (CA)
  29. Dark Lady by Richard North Patterson (CA)
  30. The Lasko Tangent by Richard North Patterson (CA)
  31. Beyond a Reasonable Donut by Ginger Bolton (CA)
  32. A Perilous Cake Pop by Fiona Grace (CA)
  33. Flipped for Murder by Maddie Day (CA)
  34. Candy Slain Murder by Maddie Day (CA)
  35. Nacho Average Murder by Maddie Day (CA)
  36. Strangled Eggs and Ham by Maddie Day (CA)
  37. Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah (CA)
  38. Distant Shores by Kristin Hannah (CA)
  39. True Colours by Kristin Hannah (CA)
  40. Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah (CA)
  41. Fly Away by Kristin Hannah (CA)
  42. The Gilded Cage by Camilla Lackberg (AR)
  43. The Shape of Snakes by Minette Walters (AR)
  44. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (AR)
  45. Think of a Number by John Verdon (AR)
  46. The Secret Orphan by Glynis Peters (AH)
  47. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (TK)
  48. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah (TK)
  49. The Lies of Lock Lamora (TK)
  50. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (CM)
  51. The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch (CG)
  52. Tales from the Folly by Ben Aaronovitch (CG)


The three categories for September were:

A. Reader’s choice – any book

B. Category: Science Fiction or Fantasy

Book 1: Any sci-fi book that was made into a movie

Book 2: Any fantasy book that is part of a series where there are MORE than three books in the world

C. Challenge books

Book 1: Anything from Star Wars series (canon or expanded series)

Book 2: Anything from Star Trek series (canon or expanded series)

Book 3: Anything sci-fi or fantasy from Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett


  1. Educated by Tara Westover (LM)
  2. Always Looking From The Other Side by Jacob Horton (AH)
  3. The Glass of Time by Michael Cox (AR)
  4. Half Spent Was the Night by Ami McKay (AR)
  5. Destiny Awakened by C.J. Cooke (PS)
  6. The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly (AR)
  7. Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer (AR)
  8. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn (CM)
  9. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (CG)
  10. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (TK)
  11. A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (TK)
  12. Dear Canada, These Are My Words by Ruby Slipperjack (CA)
  13. One Good Story, That One by Thomas King (CA)
  14. The Border by Natasha Donaldson (CA)
  15. Betty by David Robertson (CA)
  16. One Native Life by Richard Wigmore (CA)
  17. Indian Horse by Richard Wigmore (CA)
  18. Dream Wheels by Richard Wigmore (CA)
  19. Medicine Walk by Richard Wigmore (CA)
  20. Starlight by Richard Wigmore (CA)
  21. Murder in a Teacup by Vicky Delaney (CA)
  22. Ice and Stone by Marcia Mueller (CA)
  23. Winter Wives by Linden MacIntyre (CA)
  24. My Remarkable Life by Katherine Johnson (CA)
  25. The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny (CA)
  26. Bone Code by Kathy Reichs (CA)
  27. Marilla Before Anne by Louise Micholos (CA)
  28. The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier (CA)
  29. The Push by Ashley Audrain (CA)
  30. Biscuits and Slashed Browns by Maddie Day (CA)
  31. When the Grits Hit the Fan by Maddie Day (CA)
  32. Death Over Easy by Maddie Day (CA)
  33. Grilled for Murder by Maddie Day (CA)
  34. Booktown by Lorna Barrett (CA)
  35. Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett (CA)
  36. Bookmarked for Death by Lorna Barrett (CA)
  37. Not the Killing Type by Lorna Barrett (CA)
  38. Book Clubbed by Lorna Barrett (CA)
  39. Title Wave by Lorna Barrett (CA)
  40. A Just Clause by Lorna Barrett (CA)
  41. Poisoned Pages by Lorna Barrett (CA)
  42. The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg (CA)
  43. The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg (CA)
  44. The Stonecutter by Camilla Lackberg (CA)
  45. The Stranger by Camilla Lackberg (CA)
  46. The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg (CA)
  47. The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg (CA)
  48. Poles Apart by Terry Fallis by Camilla Lackberg (CA)
  49. The High Road by Camilla Lackberg (CA)
  50. Women of the Pandemic by Lauren McKeon (CA)
  51. Talk Money To Me by Kelley Keehn (CA)
  52. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey (LM)
  53. Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey (LM)
  54. White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey (LM)
  55. Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey (LM)
  56. Sandman by Anne McCaffrey (LM)


The three categories for October were:

A. Reader’s choice – any book

B. Category: Women

Book 1: A book by a female author from your To Be Read pile

Book 2: A book of inspiration for women

Book 3: A book with a female lead

C. Challenge books

Book 1: A book that is/was the debut novel by a female author

Book 2: A book by a female author published under a male pseudonym


  1. Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica (TK)
  2. The Witch Elm by Tana French (TK)
  3. Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel (TK)
  4. Why Him, Why Her by Helen Fisher (TK)
  5. Harbinger by David Mack (CG) ** September
  6. All Systems Red by Martha Wells (CG) ** September
  7. Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (CG)
  8. Et si c’était ça le bonheur by Francine Ruel (CG)
  9. A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor (CG)
  10. Anatomy of Love by Helen E Fischer (AR)
  11. Daughter of Australia by Harmony Verna (AR)
  12. The Year of Fob by Michelle Redmond (AR)
  13. The Break by Katherena Vermette (KE)
  14. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman (KE)
  15. Notorious D.O.C. by Melissa Ye (CM)
  16. Terminally Ill by Melissa Ye (CM)
  17. Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (LM)
  18. Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez (AH)
  19. The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon (CA)
  20. 7 Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon (CA)
  21. Scone of Contention by Lucy Burdette (CA)
  22. No Grater Crime by Maddie Day (CA)
  23. One for the Hooks by Betty Hetchman (CA)
  24. Little Black Book by Kate Carlisle (CA)
  25. Buried Angels by Camilla Lackenberg (CA)
  26. The Ice Child by Camilla Lackenberg (CA)
  27. The Girl in the Woods by Camilla Lackenberg (CA)
  28. For Joshua by Richard Wagamese (CA)
  29. One Story One Song by Richard Wagamese (CA)
  30. The Next Sure Thing by Richard Wagamese (CA)
  31. Keeper’n’Me by Richard Wagamese (CA)
  32. Sufferance by Thomas King (CA)
  33. Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas Muller (CA)
  34. Black Water by David Robertson (CA)
  35. Unreconciled by Jesse Wente (CA)
  36. The Strangers by Katerena Vermette (CA)
  37. Stone’s Throw by Mike Diluca (CA)
  38. Denial by Beverly McLauchlin (CA)
  39. Masked Man by Archie Mayor (CA)
  40. The Sixth Wedding by Elin Hildebrand (CA)
  41. Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (CA)
  42. Brave New World by Adolf Huxley (CA)
  43. An Embarassment of Critches by Mark Critch (CA)
  44. All Over the Map by Ron James (CA)
  45. Off the Record by Peter Mansbridge (CA)
  46. Canadian Courage by Linda Pruessen (CA)
  47. Barbarian Lost by Alexandre Trudeau (CA)
  48. Over the Boards by Haley Wickenheiser (CA)


The three categories for November were:

A. Reader’s choice – any book

B. Category: Best sellers in 2021

  1. 10 from current New York Times fiction list
    1. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty — Missing mother, siblings suspect father
    2. The Jailhouse Lawyer by James Patterson and Nancy Allen — Lawyer in crowded Alabama jail
    3. Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead — Furniture salesman with new clientele
    4. Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune — Seven days to live
    5. Billy Summers by Stephen King — Killer for hire seeks redemption
    6. Enemy at the Gates by Kyle Mills — US President doesn’t trust hunt for traitor
    7. Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney — Group of 4 dealing with change
    8. Bewilderment by Richard Powers — Single father considers treatment for son
    9. Daughter of the Morning Star by Craig Johnson — Part of long series, high school basketball player is threatened
    10. A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins — Murdered man, three women are suspects
  2. Top 10 from books on New York Times list this year with the most weeks
    1. 133w Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens — Girl raised in nature
    2. 50w The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett — Twin black girls run away, lead different lives
    3. 35w American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins — Bookstore owner meets drug lord
    4. 24w Anxious People by Fredrik Backman — Bank robbery, hostages, and missing robber
    5. 22w The Return by Nicholas Sparks — Navy doctor in love
    6. 20w If It Bleeds by Stephen King — Four novellas
    7. 19w A Time for Mercy by John Grisham — Teenager accused of killing deputy sheriff
    8. 16w Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir — Astronaut with no memory
    9. 16w Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid — Summer party of famous siblings
    10. 13w The President’s Daughter by Bill Clinton and James Patterson — Abducted daughter
  3. Top 10 from Amazon so far in 2021
    1. American Marxism by Mark Levin — Non-fiction, hard-core US conservatism
    2. Atomic Habits by James Clear — Self-help (habits)
    3. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz — Self-help (thinking)
    4. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk — Self-help (trauma)
    5. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah — Fiction, set in Great Depression
    6. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig — Fiction, semi-fantasy about life choices (the life you lived, the life you didn’t)
    7. It Ends With Us by Collect Hoover — Fiction, romance for workaholic
    8. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave — Fiction, mystery of missing husband
    9. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene — Self-help-ish
    10. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T Kiyosaki — Self-help (finances)

C. Challenge books

Book 1: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab — Immortality with a catch

Book 2: The Guest List by Lucy Foley — Island wedding turns deadly


  1. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron (AR, CA)
  2. To Cut A Long Story Short by Jeffrey Archer (AR)
  3. Stockholm Syndrome by Melissa Ye (CM)
  4. A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor (CGa)
  5. The Midnight Library by Crystal Gomes (CGo)
  6. The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (CGo)
  7. Milkman by Anna Burns (JM)
  8. Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer (AH)
  9. The Cold Dish (Longmire) (LM)
  10. Book 2 (Longmire) (LM)
  11. A Closed andCommon Orbit by Becky Chambers (TK)
  12. Indian Horse (TK)
  13. The Sandman Act II (TK)
  14. GoTell the Bees that I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon (CA)
  15. Beautiful World Where Are You by Sally Rooney (CA)
  16. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by Victoria Schwaab (CA, PS)
  17. The Devil to Pay by Barbara Fradkin (CA)
  18. An Image in the Lake by Gail Bowen (CA)
  19. Lightening Strike by William Kent Kreuger (CA)
  20. The Dark Hours by Michael Connelley (CA)
  21. Better Off Dead by Lee and Andrew Childs (CA)
  22. State of Terror by Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton (CA)
  23. The Lincoln Highway by Amer Towles (CA)
  24. Silverview by John LeCarre (CA)
  25. Best in Snow by David Rosenfelt (CA)
  26. Operation Angus by Terry Fallis (CA)
  27. Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler (CA)
  28. Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler (CA)
  29. A Slipping Down Life by Anne Tyler (CA)
  30. What Comes From Spirit by Richard Wagamere (CA)
  31. Ragged Company by Richard Wagamere (CA)
  32. Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares (CA)
  33. A Perfect Plan by Jeffrey Deaver (CA)
  34. Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez (CA)


The three categories for December were:

A. Reader’s choice – any book

B. Category: Classics

Book 1: Any book published before 1900

Book 2: Any book on Time Magazine’s All-Time Best 100 Novels

Book 3: Any book on BBC’s 100 Greatest British Novels

C. Challenge books

Book 1: Any book from Project Gutenberg

Book 2: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Book 3: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie


  1. Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott (AR)
  2. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (AR)
  3. A Tail Throught Time by Jodi Taylor (CG)
  4. And Then There Were None (CG, CA)
  5. No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor (CG)
  6. The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson (KE)
  7. Brain Wave by Poul Anderson (TK)
  8. Aces by Craig Alanson (TK)
  9. Critical Role: Vox Machina – Kith and Kin (TK)
  10. I am Mine by Eddie Veder (TK)
  11. Heaven’s River by Dennis E Taylor (TK)
  12. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham (TK)
  13. Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones (CM)
  14. Erase and Rewind by Meghan Bell (AH)
  15. How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa (AH)
  16. Middlemarch by George Elliot (CA)
  17. Persuasion by Jane Austen (CA)
  18. Bees by Diane Gabaldon (CA)
  19. Game On: Tempting 28 by Janet Evanovich (CA)
  20. The Wish by Nicholas Sparks (CA)
  21. The Judges List by John Grisham (CA)
  22. Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer (CA)
  23. The Joy and Light Bus Company by Alexander McCall Smith (CA)
  24. Monogamy by Sue Miller (CA)
  25. Three for Trinity by Kevin Major (CA)
  26. The Long Call by Ann Cleeves (CA)
  27. Probably Ruby by Lisa Bird-Wilson (CA)
  28. Bearskin Diary by Carol Daniels (CA)
  29. Happily This Christmas by Susan Mallery (CA)
  30. Thunder Island by Meryl Sawyer (CA)
  31. Inherit the Sun by Maxwell Grant (CA)
  32. No One Wins Alone by Mark Messier (CA)
  33. Broken Circle by Theodore Fontaine (CA)
  34. Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have by Tatania Schlossberg (CA)
  35. Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown (CA)
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