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At the Library: Curl up with the Winter Reading Challenge

YAKIMA, Wash. -- It’s back! The third annual Winter Reading Challenge for adults kicked off Tuesday, and you’re invited to join Yakima Valley Libraries in celebrating how reading enriches our lives.

The challenge is pretty straightforward: Visit your local community library to pick up one (or more) of our reading bingo cards; you can also print a game card from our website by visiting Once you have a game card, you’ll see that each bingo square has a different category, such as “Title begins with K,Q,J,X or Z” and “PNW Author or Setting.” Read or listen to a book that matches a category, then fill in that square with the title of the book you read or listened to.

Once you get a bingo (five filled-in squares in a row) or blackout (fill in a whole card), you can enter drawings for cool prizes like coffee with Kim Hixson, executive director of Yakima Valley Libraries, and gift cards for Starbucks, Amazon, Inklings and Encore Books. And this year, we’re including some awesome new grand prizes.

For all the details — and a complete list of prizes — check out the YVL website at

A big thank you to the Yakima Valley Libraries Foundation for its generous sponsorship of the Winter Reading Challenge, and to Inklings Bookshop for their support.

Just in case your reading appetite isn’t already whetted or you don’t have a list of books you’re looking forward to, we’d love to share some upcoming 2019 titles we’re excited about — and which will, hopefully, make it onto a few of your Winter Reading Challenge game cards.


• “The Wicked King” by Holly Black, a sequel to “The Cruel Prince.” Black writes awesomely dangerous faeries, conflicted characters and behind-the-scenes maneuverings.

• “The Paragon Hotel” by Lyndsay Faye, a historical thriller set in 1921 Portland. “Nobody” Alice James, on the run after an illicit drug and liquor deal in New York City goes wrong, settles in at the Paragon, Portland’s only black hotel, as the Ku Klux Klan grows in strength and a young boy goes missing.

• “Unmarriageable” by Soniah Kamal. This one is described as “Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan.”

• “The Suspect” by Fiona Barton. More twisting psychological suspense from the author of “The Widow” and “The Child.”

• “Golden Tresses of the Dead” by Alan Bradley. Flavia De Luce returns! Yay!

• “Lost Girls of Paris” by Pam Jenoff. A fantastic story that highlights the female heroes of World War II.

• “That Churchill Woman” by Stephanie Barron, a biographical fiction about Winston Churchill’s fascinating and intriguing American mother.


• “Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos” by Lucy Knisley, a graphic memoir about pregnancy, childbirth, myths and misinformation.

• “Death is Hard Work” by Khaled Khalifa, translated by Leri Price. Three siblings agree to bury their father in their ancestral village, but taking his body from Damascus to Anabiya means traveling through the war zone Syria has become.

• “Women Warriors: An Unexpected History” by Pamela D. Toler. Do you need more than the title?


• “Woman 99” by Greer McAllister. The author who brought us “Girl In Disguise” brings another strong and daring leading lady who anonymously checks herself into an asylum to find out what happened to her beloved sister.

• “The Lovely War” by Julie Perry. Wartime romance, African-American history and Greek gods from the author of “The Passion of Dolssa.”

• “Return of the Thief” by Meghan Whalen Turner. After 22 years and six books, Turner is wrapping up the engrossing story of master thief Eugenides, which makes this the perfect time to start reading “The Thief” if you haven’t already.

• “The Bird King” by G. Willow Wilson, a historical fantasy set during the Spanish Inquisition.

• “The Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See. Historical fiction about friendship and family secrets among the all-female diving collective on a small Korean island.

• LeNee Gatton is collection development librarian and Julie Graham is assistant collection development librarian for Yakima Valley Libraries. Learn more at

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