Category: Book Suggestions

Winter Reading: Award Winners

So many awards! If you’re looking for an award-winning book to enjoy during Winter reading, here’s a partial list of books that won awards this year. Each of the following books was written for adults and won an award in 2022.

Many of these titles can be used to check other boxes on your card too! There are science fiction award-winners, westerns, books written by women and BIPOC authors, and even some non-fiction for your winter reading bingo. All are available at Adamstown Area Library.

The rabbit hutch / Tess Gunty — National Book Award 2022

Trust / Hernan Diaz — Kirkus Prize 2022

The book of form and emptiness / Ruth Ozeki — Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022

The other black girl : a novel / Zakiya Dalila Harris — American Book Award 2022

Covered with night : a story of murder and Indigenous justice in early America / Nicole Eustace — Pulitzer Prize 2022: History

Invisible child : poverty, survival & hope in an American city / Andrea Elliott — Pulitzer Prize 2022: General Nonfiction

A desolation called peace / Arkady Martine — Hugo Award for Best Novel 2022. Locus Award: SF Novel 2022

A master of djinn / P. Djèlí Clark — Nebula Award for Best Novel of 2021. Locus Award: Best First Novel 2022. Compton Crook Award 2022.

Bonus Title: My heart is a chainsaw/ Stephen Graham Jones — Shirley Jackson Winner 2022. Bram Stoker Award 2022. Locus Award: Horror Novel 2022


Razorblade tears / S.A. Cosby — Macavity Awards: Best Mystery Novel 2022. Barry Awards: Best Mystery/Crime Novel 2022. Hammett Award 2021.

Arsenic and adobo / Mia P. Manansala — Macavity Awards: Best First Mystery Novel 2022

The removed : a novel / Brandon Hobson — Western Heritage Awards (Wrangler Award): Novel 2022

Dark sky : a Joe Pickett novel / C.J. Box — Spur Awards: Best Western Novel 2022

The Orchard House / Heidi Chiavaroli — Carol Award Winner 2022 (historical)

A piece of the moon / Chris Fabry — Carol Award Winner 2022 (contemporary)

The prince of spies / Elizabeth Camden — Carol Award Winner 2022 (historical romance)

All that really matters / Nicole Deese — Carol Award Winner 2022 (romance)


How to Play Winter Reading Bingo

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Winter Reading: Quick Reads

Looking for something to read? We can help!

Here are some short novels for a quick weekend read – to help you fill those squares in Winter Reading Bingo!

Short Classics:


Of mice and men by John Steinbeck – 186 pages, award-winner, banned or challenged

The great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – 172 pages, banned or challenged

The great divorce by C.S. Lewis – 125 pages

Their eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston – 219 pages, banned or challenged, written by a woman, BIPOC author


Even Shorter: Classic Novellas

A Christmas carol : in prose being a ghost story of Christmas by Charles Dickens – 85 pages

The little prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry – 96 pages

The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – 97 pages

Animal farm by George Orwell – 113 pages, banned or challenged


Recent short fiction:


Stella Maris by Cormac McCarthy – 189 pages, 2022

Of women and salt by Gabriela Garcia – 207 pages, 2021, written by a woman, BIPOC author, award-winner

The cat who saved books by Sosuke Natsukawa – 198 pages, 2021, set in another country

The silence by Don DeLillo – 117 pages, 2021



How to Play Winter Reading Bingo

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Winter Reading: Near and Far

Looking for something to read? We can help!

If you’re participating in Winter Reading Bingo, here are some titles to help you fill those squares. The library also offers a resource called Books and Authors that can help you find your next book.

“Read a book that takes place in Pennsylvania”

Here are a few of the top picks from Goodreads:


The lovely bones by Alice Sebold

The Dutch house by Ann Patchett

Life as we knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Long bright river by Liz Moore

“Read a book set in another country”

Here are four that you find at the top of many lists:

One hundred years of solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

The book thief by Markus Zusak

A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

And here are some recent titles for armchair travel and dreams of warmer days:

One Italian summer by Rebecca Serle

Wish you were here by Jodi Picoult

The Paris apartment by Lucy Foley

Reckless girls by Rachel Hawkins



How to Play Winter Reading Bingo

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Feature : Mental Health & Self-Help

Why learn about mental health?

  1. Your mental health affects your physical health, too.

  2. It’s related to your emotional well-being and stress levels.

  3. Mental health plays a crucial role in relationships!

  4. It is connected to productivity and financial stability.

  5. Awareness of mental health can help in curbing suicide rates and helps end the stigma.

Why should you read self-help books?

  1. They can help you interpret yourself and the world more positively.
  2. You’re inspired to make better choices and take positive actions more often.
  3. You don’t improve your mind; you expand it.
  4. Limitations can be embraced and become sources of strength instead of weakness.
  5. They can assist you in creating personal projects that rocket your growth.

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The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care – Anna Borges

Triggered : A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – Fletcher Wortmann

Battlefield of the Mind : Winning the Battle in Your Mind – Joyce Meyer

The Comfort Crisis : Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self – Michael Easter

12 Tiny Things : Simple Ways to Live a More Intentional Life Heidi Barr & Ellie Roscher

Love People, Use Things : Because the Opposite Never Works – Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus

Satisfied : Finding Hope, Joy, and Contentment Right Where You Are – Alyssa Joy Bethke

What Happened to You? : Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing – Bruce D. Perry

Goodbye, Again : Essays, Reflections, and Illustrations – Jonny Sun

Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess : 5 Simple, Scientifically Proven Steps to Reduce Anxiety, Stress, and Toxic Thinking – Caroline Leaf

The Body Keeps the Score : Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma – Bessel A. van der Kolk

Welcome to the United States of Anxiety : Observations from a Reforming Neurotic – Jen Lancaster












Freshwater – Akwaeke Emezi

Pulse – Felix Francis

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt – Beth Hoffman

After You – Jojo Moyes












Depression : A Teen’s Guide to Survive and Thrive – Jacqueline B. Toner & Claire A. B. Freeland

The Anger Workbook for Teens : Activities to Help You Deal with Anger and Frustration – Raychelle Cassada Lohmann

The Confidence Code for Girls : Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self – Katty Kay & Claire Shipman

Your Brain Needs A Hug : Life, Love, Mental Health, and Sandwiches – Rae Earl

Behind Happy Faces : Taking Charge of Your Mental Health – Ross Szabo & Melanie Hall












Lock and Key – Sarah Dessen

After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread my Wings, and Flew Away – Joyce Carol Oates













What to Do When You Worry Too Much : A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety – Dawn Huebner

Right Now, I am Fine – Dr. Daniela Owen

Attention, Girls! : A Guide to Learn All About Your AD/HD – Patricia O. Quinn

Right Now, I am Brave – Dr. Daniela Owen












Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life – Chris Tebbetts & James Patterson

Half a World Away – Cynthia Kadohata












The Boy Who Build a Wall Around Himself – Ali Redford

A Terrible Thing Happened – Margaret M. Holmes




Thanks for Sharing

Love Happens

Yes Man

Rain Man

My Sister’s Keeper

Feature : Graphic Novels

Why read graphic novels?

These books improve literacy skills and encourage kids to dive into books for fun — the perfect recipe for a love of reading. Graphic novels will improve your child’s reading skills like any other book would, and they are fantastic choices for reading outside of class.

  1. Graphic novels are full of text. Sure, they have drawings, illustrations, and sometimes photos, but they also have text that readers must actually decode, analyze, and comprehend. With graphic novels, kids still must follow plots and character development. They must understand cause and effect, and they must learn about perspective. All of these things will improve their reading comprehension.
  2. Graphic novels are engaging. Often, especially for reluctant readers, graphic novels add the extra support kids need to help them through a text. They tend to be particularly captivating for kids, and the combination of text and pictures provides context for stories that they may otherwise not completely understand.
  3. Graphic novels are high-quality reading material. Just like traditional novels, graphic novels have exciting and complex plots, characters, and conflicts. The plots have twists and turns. Characters are developed and dynamic. Conflicts are presented, unwound, and resolved like they are in other texts. The only difference is that graphic novels have more images to support the development.

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Donner Dinner Party – Nathan Hale

Medieval Knights : Europe’s Fearsome Armored Soldiers – Blake Hoena

A Chemical Nightmare : Bald Eagle Comeback – Tim Cooke













Ape and Armadillo Take Over the World – James Sturm

Claudia and Mean Janine – Raina Telgemeier

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle














The Best We Could Do : An Illustrated Memoir – Thi Bui

Solutions and Other Problems – Allie Brosh

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? – Roz Chast













The Black Diamond Detective Agency : Containing Mayhem, Mystery, Romance, Mine Shafts, Bullets – Eddie Campbell

I Love You More Than My Phone – Dante Fabiero

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World : An Introvert’s Story – Debbie Tung














Band Nerds Awards : Nominations from the 13th Chair Trombone Player – DJ Corchin

Invisible Differences : A Story of Asperger’s, Adulting, and Living a Life in Full Color – Julie Dachez

Dancing at the Pity Party : A Dead Mom Graphic Memoir – Tyler Feder














This One Summer – Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki

Eight-Lane Runways – Henry McCausland

A Map to the Sun – Sloane Leong

Feature : Random Reads

Do you tend to stick to the same author or genre? Step outside your comfort zone and read something new! One book has been selected by author’s last name from each letter of the alphabet for both “Adult Fiction” and “Children’s Everybody” books. Try checking out the book that correlates to the first letter of your first name, the last letter of your last name, the first letter of the month you were born in, or the first letter of your favorite food!

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Adult Fiction



Afterlife – Julia Alvarez











Keeping the House – Ellen Baker











No Judgements – Meg Cabot











Song of a Captive Bird – Jasmin Darznik











Lawn Boy – Jonathan Evison











Leave Me – Gayle Forman











Stardust – Neil Gaiman











The NIX – Nathan Hill











You Me Everything – Catherine Isaac











The Girls in the Garden – Lisa Jewell











The Book of Longings – Sue Monk Kidd











The Unpassing – Chia Chia Lin











The Clockmaker’s Daughter – Kate Morton











Cult X – Fuminori Nakamura











The Lonely Hearts Hotel – Heather O’Neill











Reincarnation Blues – Michael Poore











Still Life with Bread Crumbs – Anna Quindlen











Bronte Plot – Katherine Reay











The Murmur of Bees – Sofia Segovia











The Devil and the Dark Water – Stuart Turton











Rabbit, Run – John Updike











Carnegie Hill – Jonathan Vatner











The Animators – Kayla Rae Whitaker











The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X











Black Chalk – Christopher Yates











Sour Heart – Jenny Zhang












Everybody Books



Love is a Handful of Honey – Giles Andreae











Gnome – Fred Blunt











Lena’s Shoes are Nervous – Keith Calabrese & Juana Medina











Love – Matt de la Pena











Planting a Rainbow – Lois Ehlert










I Heart You – Meg Fleming











What’s Up, Maloo? – Genevieve Godbout











Little White Rabbit – Kevin Henkes











The Adventures of an Aluminum Can – Alison Inches











The Man in the Moon – William Joyce











I’ve Loved You Since Forever – Hoda Kotb











A Big Mooncake for Little Star – Grace Lin











If You Hold a Seed – Elly MacKay











Don’t Call me Grandma – Vaunda Micheaux-Nelson











The Not So Quiet Library – Zachariah O’Hora











All Are Welcome – Alexandra Penfold











Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond – Mary Quattlebaum











Nothing Rhymes with Orange – Adam Rex











Your Alien – Tammi Sauer











The Littlest Uninvited One – Charles Tazewell











Interstellar Cinderella – Deborah Underwood











Wishes – Muon Van











Each Kindness – Jacqueline Woodson











Measuring Up – Ann Xu











If I Had a Robot – Dan Yaccarino











I Will Hold You ‘Til You Sleep – Linda Zuckerman










Feature : The Best of 2012

Ten years ago was 2012. During this year, the spacecraft Curiosity landed on Mars, the film “Marvel’s The Avengers” was released and became one of the highest-grossing films, and Carly Rae Jepsen debuted with her song “Call Me Maybe.” Additionally, these following books became the most read and highest voted of the year! Take a look back in time and read one of these books.

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Where We Belong – Emily Giffin

Home Front – Kristin Hannah

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan













Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

11th Hour – James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

The Beautiful Mystery – Louise Penny













The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman

The Secret Keeper – Kate Morton

The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey













The Wind Through the Keyhole – Stephen King

Shadow of Night – Deborah Harkness

Wicked Business : A Lizzy and Diesel Novel – Janet Evanovich













Wild : From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Cheryl Strayed

Paris in Love – Eloisa James

Killing Kennedy : The End of Camelot – Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard













The Pioneer Woman Cooks : Food From my Frontier – Ree Drummond

Paris, My Sweet : A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) – Amy Thomas

Diabetes Cooking 101 : Master Diabetes Cooking with 101 Great Recipes – Perrin Davis













Sacre Bleu : A Comedy D’art – Christopher Moore

America Again : Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t – Stephen Colbert

Stick Man’s Really Bad Day – Steve Mockus













The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein

Insurgent – Veronica Roth













The Mark of Athena – Rick Riordan

Diary of a Wimpy Kid : The Third Wheel – Jeff Kinney

Wonder – R.J. Palacio













The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? – Mo Willems

Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons – Eric Litwin

Creepy Carrots! – Aaron Reynolds

Children’s & Young Adult Book Award Winners

If you’re looking for the best children’s or young adult books, the American Library Association announced the winners of the 2022 Youth Media Awards this week! Here are some of this year’s award-winning books, including those that won the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott Medals. See the full list including all of the Honor Books and finalists at American Libraries Magazine.


John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

The Last Cuentista written by Donna Barba Higuera

A girl named Petra Pena, who wanted nothing more than to be a storyteller, like her abuelita. But Petra’s world is ending. Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children – among them Petra and her family – have been chosen to journey to a new planet. They are the ones who must carry on the human race. Hundreds of years later, Petra wakes to this new planet – and the discovery that she is the only person who remembers Earth.

Awards: Newbery Medal Award, 2022; Pura Belpre Award, Children’s Author Award Winner, 2022.



Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:


Watercress illustrated by Jason Chin and written by Andrea Wang

Embarrassed about gathering watercress from a roadside ditch, a girl learns to appreciate her Chinese heritage after learning why the plant is so important to her parents.

Awards: Newbery Honor Book, 2022; Caldecott Medal Award, 2022; Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Winner, Picture Book, 2022.


Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:


Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

A powerful look at the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation’s history.

Awards: Caldecott Honor Book, 2022; Coretta Scott King Award, Author Award Winner, 2022; Coretta Scott King Award, Illustrator Award Winner, 2022; Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award Honor Book, 2022.




Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

Firekeeper’s Daughter written by Angeline Boulley

Treated like an outsider in both her hometown and on the Ojibwe reservation, a half-Native American science geek and star hockey player places her dreams on hold in the wake of a family tragedy.

Awards: Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2022; William C. Morris Young Adult Debut Award Winner, 2022; American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book, Young Adult, 2022.




Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:

The People’s Painter: How Ben Schan Fought for Justice With Art written by Cynthia Levinson ; pictures by Evan Turk

“The first thing I can remember,” Ben said, “I drew.” As an observant young child growing up in Lithuania, Ben Shahn yearns to draw everything he sees-and, after seeing his father banished by the Czar for demanding workers’ rights, he develops a keen sense of justice, too. So when Ben and the rest of his family make their way to America, Ben brings with him both his sharp artistic eye and his desire to fight for what’s right.

Awards: Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award Winner, 2022




Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:

Fox at Night written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor

Fox is up late in the night. There are shadows and noises everywhere. Fox is sure the night is full of monsters! Then he meets the real creatures of the night and realizes they are not so scary after all.

Awards: Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner, 2022




Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:


Young Children’s Awards: My City Speaks written by Darren Lebeuf and illustrated by Ashley Barron

Middle Grades Awards: A Bird Will Soar by Alison Green Myers

Teens Award: Words in My Hands written and illustrated by Asphyxia






See the Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences, the Pura Belpré Awards honoring Latinx writers and illustrators, winners of the American Indian Youth Literature Awards, and more at American Libraries Magazine.

Feature : Youth Offerings

Wondering where to find books for your child? Every child has different reading levels and interests, but these sections are a good place to start. Aubrey, Circulation Assistant, features her favorite books from the various sections.

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Birth-2 : Board Books (BB)

Age 2-5 : Everybody Books (E)

Age 4-8 : Early Readers (ER)

Age 6-8 : Early Chapter Books (JF)

Age 8-12 : Chapter Books (JF)

Age 13+ : Teen Books (YA)

Feature: Astronomy and Physics in the Adamstown Area Library Collection

Aubrey, Circulation Assistant, is showing off Adamstown Area Library’s collection on astronomy, physics, and astrophysics in all formats and for all ages! Why study physics? To understand how things work! Why study astronomy? To understand where we came from, where we are going, and how physics works under non-Earth conditions. Check out one of our books, DVDs, or audiobooks to begin the journey explaining the unknown.

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Astrophysics for Babies – Chris Ferrie & Julia Kregenow (BB)










Space – Ruth A. Musgrave (BB)










There’s No Place like Space – Tish Rabe (ER)










Space Cows – Eric Seltzer (ER)










Rocket-Bye – Carole P. Roman (E)










Curious George Discovers Space – Monica Perez (E)









Space Boy and His Dog – Dian Curtis Regan (E)










Janice VanCleave’s Physics for Ever Kid : 101 Easy Experiments in Motion, Heat, Light, Machines, and Sound – Janice Pratt VanCleave (J NF)









Thud! : Wile E. Coyote Experiments with Forces and Motion – Mark Weakland (J NF)










Space – K.C. Kelley (J NF)










The Magic School Bus : Space Explorers – Eva Moore ( J PB)










Space Case : A Moon Base Alpha Novel – Stuart Gibbs (JF)










A Wrinkle in Time : The Graphic Novel – Madeline L’Engle (JF GN)










The Silence – Don DeLillo (AF)










Dark Matter – Blake Crouch (AF)










Astrophysics for People in a Hurry – Neil deGrasse Tyson (A NF)










Physics of the Future : How Science will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 – Michio Kaku (A NF)










A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson (A NF)










The Grand Design – Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow (A NF)










And Then You’re Dead : What Really Happens if You Get Swallowed by a Whale, Are Shot from a Cannon, or go Barreling over Niagra – Cody Cassidy & Paul Doherty (A NF)









The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Universe – Martin Rees (A NF)









PAW Patrol : Space Pups (Children’s F)










Popular Mechanics for Kids : The Complete First Season (Children’s NF)










Cosmology : The History and Nature of Our Universe (Educational Resource)










Gravity (DVD)










Wall-E (DVD)










Interstellar (DVD)











Oh no, Astro! – Matt Roeser (Children’s F)








Moonglow – Michael Chabon (A F)










Saturn Run – John Sandford (A F)










Deception Point – Dan Brown (A F)