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Cooking Up Some Good Reads in the Summer Reading Challenge

The Bookshare Summer Reading Challenge is off and running! You are welcome to join the fun any time. Just find a book (or three), read, and share your favorites with the Bookshare community. Here is some of the buzz on Twitter using the challenge hashtag, #TurnUp4Books:

From @MSPruske in Los Angeles: How to choose btwn 2 Jacks (Kerouac/London) for Wk 1 of @Bookshare Summer Reading Challenge (Travel & Outdoors)?? Pick both. #TurnUp4Books

From @silly_singer in Pelham, NH: With a little motivation from @Bookshare I have finally gotten around to reading “My Path Leads to Tibet”

From @NightingaleOG: Since returning home from college ive read #GirlWithTheDragonTattoo #WaterForElephants & #FeverTree and I hvnt regretted 1min #TurnUp4Books

From @candimom2 in western NY: I recommend How High Can We Climb?: The Story of Women Explorers by Jeannine Atkins first read for #TurnUp4Books

Graphic of girl with megaphone looking at pizza, sushi and a chef's hatLooking ahead to next week’s theme – Food & Cooking – the Bookshare team has compiled a list of titles to give you some food for thought – literally. For kids in grades 3-7 who want to go on a culinary adventure, check out the National Geographic Kids Cookbook by Barton Seaver. Barton provides mouthwatering recipes, National Geographic Kids Cookbook coverthe ins and outs of healthy eating, crafts and activities, and food-focused challenges, proving once and for all that cooking can be a blast.

Or, if “can’t cook” describes you better than “can cook,” you might find the Can't Cook book coverantidote to your kitchen phobia in the The Can’t Cook Book: 100+ Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified by Jessica Seinfeld. If you find cooking scary or stressful or just boring, Jessica has a calm, confidence-building approach to cooking, even for those who’ve never followed a recipe or used an oven.

And finally, if you are someone who prefers to read about food that other people cook rather than slaving over a hot stove yourself, you might enjoy Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant, a collection of mouth-watering essays by notable writers such as MFK Fisher and Nora Ephron.

Whether you consider yourself a hardcore foodie, top chef, iron chef, gourmand, grill master, omnivore, Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant book coveror something in between, the Bookshare library has over 4,500 books about food, cooking and wine. Browse for a book that will tickle your taste buds or find other topics that will whet your appetite for reading.

Don’t forget to Turn It Up & Tell the World!

  • Sign up for Summer Reading Challenge weekly e-mail announcements
  • Share your favorite books on Facebook, Twitter using the #TurnUp4Books hashtag, or use the form on the Bookshare website

Bon appétit!

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