2023 “Tales for Tales” Reading Challenge

We had a delightful time reading books and raising money for Douglas County’s one and only animal shelter in the month of November! Participants joined for free and set goals for how many books they wanted to read (or listen to). They asked friends, family, and co-workers to “pledge” an amount for every book read. Together, we raised $4,237 and read 333 books – woohoo!

Of the 57 participants, one of them was an entire kindergarten class at St. John! They read over 100 books in November together! Staff member Sydney Martin, and her dog, Mullie, visited the class to teach the kids about what awesome things Lawrence Humane does for our community and how their reading/fundraising makes a difference for the pets in our care!

Congratulations to Ava Gray, April Sikes, and Alison Berger, and Kylie Kay Jackson for each raising over $350 and reading nearly 50 books combined! And to Nola Baker, the winner in the kid’s category who read 22 books!  

Other notable contributions include the fabulous staff at Raven Bookstore, who read 28 books and helped raise $375 for the pets and people of Lawrence Humane! An additional thanks to Northeast Kansas Animal Welfare Foundation and the Art of the Groom for forming teams and participating. We had the best time being in community with all you animal-loving bookworms!

In the spirit of cozy season, we thought we’d list a bunch of books reading by participants. The ones in bold are titles that participants especially enjoyed. You can either borrow from our wonderful local library -OR- let the amazing booksellers at the Raven Bookstore make all your literary dreams come true! 

"Tales for Tails" Book List

  1. No One Will Believe You by Robert J. Crane
  2. Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance by Jessamyn Stanley
  3. You Are Your Own Fairytale by Amanda Lovelace
  4. The Road to Roswell by Connie Willis
  5. Bully Market: My Story of Money and Misogyny at Goldman Sachs by Jamie Fiore Higgins
  6. Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan
  7. Salem’s Cypher by Jess Lourey
  8. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
  9. The Fox Maidens by Robin Ha
  10. Wrong Norma by Anne Carson
  11. Women Are Some Kind of Magic by Amanda Lovelace
  12. Under the Henfluence by Tove Danovich
  13. Jazz by Toni Morrison
  14. An Unlikely Advent: Extraordinary People of the Christmas Story by Rachel Billups
  15. The Day After the Day After: My Atomic Angst by Steven Church
  16. A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
  17. A Destiny of Dragons by TJ Klune
  18. The Consumption of Magic by TJ Klune
  19. A Wish Upon the Stars by TJ Klune
  20. Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune 
  21. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  22. The Lightening-Struck Heart by TJ Klune
  23. The Bookwanderers by Anna James
  24. Adelaide by Genevieve Wheeler
  25. Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
  26. The Last Delivery by Evan Dahm
  27. The Fox Wife by Yangsze Choo
  28. A Woman of Pleasure by Kiyoko Murata
  29. Martyr! By Kaveh Akbar
  30. I Love You So Much It’s Killing Us Both by Mariah Stovall
  31. The Gates of Sleep by Mercedes Lackey
  32. The Woman in Me by Britney Spears
  33. It’s Not You, It’s Capitalism by Malaika Jabali
  34. War Animals: The Unsung Heroes of World War II by Robin Hutton
  35. Coffee & Kung Fu by Karen Brichoux
  36. The Darkness Manifesto by Johan Eklöf
  37. Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
  38. Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe
  39. The Book of Love by Kelly Link
  40. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  41. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Sleigh by Mo Willems
  42. Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
  43. To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel by Siena Cherson Siegel
  44. Swim Team: A Graphic Novel by Johnnie Christmas
  45. System Collapse by Martha Wells
  46. Bloom County Babylon by Berkeley Breathed
  47. They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
  48. Paradise by Toni Morrison
  49. Claus: Legend of the Fat Man by Tony Bertauski
  50. Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol
  51. Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
  52. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  53. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  54. My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
  55. Who Put the Pepper in the Pot? by Joanna Cole
  56. The Joy of Yarn by Marie Greene
  57. When the Game Was War: The NBA’s Greatest Season by Rich Cohen
  58. The Sentence by Louise Erdich
  59. Pumpkin Spice Café by Laurie Gilmore
  60. The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty
  61. Bookshops & Bondust by Travis Baldree
  62. A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
  63. One Hundred Breaths Later by Hayley Stumbo
  64. You Glow in the Dark by Liliana Colanzi
  65. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
  66. We are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
  67. Let the Right One in by John Ajvide Lindquist
  68. Braille for the Sighted
  69. Dr. Sleep by Stephen King
  70. Bright Young Woman by Jessica Knoll
  71. Bad Mormon by Heather Gay
  72. Twisted Love by Ana Huang
  73. Night Side of the River by Jeanette Winterson
  74. Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson
  75. If Only You by Chloe Liese
  76. A Little Peaceful Spot: A Story About Mindfulness by Diane Alber
  77. Pikachu’s First Friends by Rikako Matsuo
  78. The Kind Worth Saving by Peter Swanson
  79. Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn
  80. Dead Weight: Essays on Hunger and Harm by Emmeline Clein
  81. Sophie Crumb: Evolution of a Crazy Artist by Sophie Crumb
  82. The Iron Dragon’s Daughter by Michael Swanwick
  83. Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
  84. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
  85. Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko
  86. The Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  87. Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A. by Eve Babitz
  88. Whole Brain Living by Jill Bolte Taylor
  89. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
  90. The Andromeda Evolution by Daniel H. Wilson
  91. Gone by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
  92. Lost Boy, Lost Girl by Peter Strauss
  93. Nightingale by Deva Fagan
  94. Puff, the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow, Lenny Lipton, and Eric Puybaret
  95. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  96. Persephone Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer
  97. The Cat, The Quilt, and The Corpse by Leann Sweene
  98. Desiring Map by Megan Kaminski
  99. Octavia E. Butler: The Last Interview and Other Conversations
  100. Love Novel by Ivana Sajko
  101. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
  102. How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black
  103. Rumple Buttercup by Matthew Gray Gubler
  104. Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
  105. Firefly: Coup de Grace by Una McCormack
  106. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  107. The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
  108. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
  109. Pretty Boys Are Poisonous: Poems by Megan Fox
  110. East Beauty by Chloé Cooper Jone
  111. The Shining by Stephen King
  112. The Invocations by Krystal Sutherland
  113. How to Sell a Haunted House by Gradey Hendrix
  114. Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, and Other Big Ideas by Alexi Pappa
  115. Hidden Potential by Adam Grant
  116. Artemis Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer
  117. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voscamp
  118. Light from Other Stars by Erika Swyler
  119. Ankle Snatcher by Grady Hendrix
  120. None of This Is True by Lisa Jewell
  121. One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
  122. Avatar: The Last Airbender – Azula in the Spirit Temple by Faith Erin Hicks
  123. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  124. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  125. Chaos Vector by Megan E. O’Keefe
  126. espresso shots & forget-me-nots by Parker Lee
  127. When the World Didn’t End: Poems by Caroline Kaufman
  128. Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj
  129. Light Filters In: Poems by Caroline Kaufman
  130. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  131. Hang the Moon by Jeannette Walls
  132. Gentrifier: A Memoir by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Photos from the challenge

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