Winter Reading Begins! (Plus, a few suggestions to get you started)

So far, snow hasn’t been falling, but books are definitely calling, as AAPLD opens its 2020-21 Winter Reading program.  The program officially kicked off on Monday, December 14, and runs through February 1.

Signing up is easy! If you created a Beanstack account for 2020 Summer Reading, just go to  or use the Beanstack app. Log-in and follow the prompts. If you don’t have an account, select the Registration button on the Beanstack sign-in page and create an account. You can also give the library a call and ask a staff member for help.

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll use Beanstack to track your progress. Just click the Log Reading and Activities button to log your reading or record an activity.  If you’d rather keep track on paper, you can print a log from Beanstack, ask for one at the Harnish Drive-through window, or with curbside pick-up at the Eastgate Branch. Track on paper, then call the library to have us record your results.

Adults will receive a packet of hot cocoa mix for reading their first book, a coupon for Scorched Earth Brewing or Churros y Chocolate for their second book, and a colorful AAPLD ceramic soup mug for their third book.  Each book, up to 15, also earns you an entry into the drawing for our Grand Prize Baskets: Book Lovers, Binge Basket, Coffee Lovers, Cozy Blanket, Culinary Basket and the Eastgate Basket.

When you’ve won a prize, give us a call to arrange to for pick up.

If you want more information, be sure to check out this post, and FAQs. If you’re ready to start your first Winter Reading book, check out these happy holiday reads, available digitally through Hoopla and Overdrive/Libby.

Items marked with an asterisk are also available in print and/or audio. Use our website to place a hold, or give us a call.


Mr. Dickens and his Carol by Samantha Silva*

Many Unpleasant Returns by Judith Alguire

Christmas in London by Anita Hughes*

Tidings of Comfort and Joy by Davis Bunn

Christmas on the Island by Jenny Colgan*

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens*

The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas*

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie*

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor*

The Night of Christmas Eve by Nikolai Gogol*

The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern*


Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand*

Starry Night by Debbie Macomber*

Hiddensee: The Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire*

Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah*

The Man Who Invented Christmas by Les Standiford*

One Day In December by Josie Silver*

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory*

Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou*

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak*

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The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman