Travel all seven continents through books, this summer!

Join RHPL’s adult summer reading challenge (ASRC) and read or listen to at least one book every week. Discover new cities, meet new characters, and explore new genres. Then, join us in September to discuss your favourites.

Here's how it works:

  • Get started by making a promise to read a book a week for eight weeks. Research and choose your own, or check this page every Monday at 3 p.m. for recommendations. 
  • Keep a record of what you read, what you liked, and what you didn’t. You’ll have a chance to recommend your favourites at our September meetup*. Please register for September meetup: Register
  • Share your reading progress with us! Post your title picks, comments, and book covers on social media using the hashtag #RHPLReadingChallenge

Your Reading Itinerary

Destination 1: North America

The ASRC journey starts at home. Read a book by a North American author or set in North America.

We recommend:

Daughters of the Deer by Danielle Daniel
Fight Night by Miriam Toews
True Biz by Sara Novic
Trust by Hernan Diaz
This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub

Next stop, South America! Read a book by a South American author or set in South America.
Check back on July 11 at 3 p.m. for recommendations.

Destination 2: South America

Next stop, South America! Read a book by a South American author or set in South America.

We recommend:

Violeta: A Novel by Isabel Allende
Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas
A Silent Fury: The El Bordo Mine Fire by Yuri Herrera
The Adventures of China Ironby Gabriela Cabezon Camara

*Available on Hoopla

Destination 3: Africa

Ready to cross the Atlantic? We’re off to Africa. Read a book by an African author or set in Africa.
We recommend:

Dear Senthuran by Akwaeke Emezi
Unbury our Dead with Song by Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ
The Promise by Damon Galgut
The River in the Belly* by Fiston Mwanza Mujila

*Available on Hoopla

Destination 4: Europe

Roam through Europe, next. Read a book by a European author or set in Europe.
We recommend:

The City of Mist: Stories by Carlos Ruiz Zagfon 
The Reunion
by Guillaume Musso
I’d Like to Say Sorry, But There’s No One to Say Sorry To: Stories* by Mikolaj Grynberg 

* Available on Hoopla

Destination 5: Antarctica

Bundle up: we’re headed to Antarctica! Read a book set in the coldest place on Earth.
We recommend:

How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior
Lean Fall Stand by Jon McGregor
Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

Destination 6: Asia

This week, discover Asia. Read a book by an Asian author or set in Asia.

We recommend:

Honor by Thrity Umrigar
The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies by Tsering Yangzom Lama

Destination 7: Australia/Oceania

Ready to venture down under? Read a book by an Australian author or set in Australia/Oceania.

We recommend:

Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
The Dry by Jane Harper
Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

Destination 8: Out of this world...

Check back on August 22 at 3 p.m. for recommendations


Research and Select Your Own Books

Discover books by authors from all over the world using NovelList – access it for free with your RHPL card.

Prefer eBooks? Check out our digital collections on Hoopla and OverDrive.

Need help accessing these databases? Check out these useful tutorials: