Get caught reading at the festival

By Amy Adams Ι June 30, 2015

Earlier this month, like many Salinans, library staff headed to the Smoky Hill River Festival in Oakdale Park. Unlike other festivalgoers, we were on a mission to catch you reading! Kindle Paperwhite

This year we caught 204 readers over our two days at the festival. Out of those readers, Jaleah and Dylan were the lucky winners of Kindle Paperwhites. Congratulations!

When we approached readers to sign them up for the Get Caught Reading drawing, we also asked them what they were reading. We did this simply because we are readers too and are often curious about what others are interested in. We thought maybe you would be curious as well, so here is a brief rundown of what we found.

Of the 204 readers we caught, 33 were reading a magazine or newspaper. It seems that this group like to keep up with current events.

For such a light-hearted setting, some people were reading about very heavy or cerebral topics — “101 Things Everyone Needs to Know About the Global Economy,” “A Brief History of Time,” “International Law and Agro-ecological Husbandry” and “Proposed Chemistry Curriculum.”

Only a handful of books were being read by more than one person. They were “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn, “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, “A Child Called ‘It’ “ by David Pelzer and “Promise Canyon” by Robyn Carr. Even these books only had two readers a piece. It looks like we have a diverse group of bibliophiles!

Below are some of the other books that were being read.

Adults were reading:

“41: A Portrait of My Father” by George W. Bush41 book cover

“Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James

“99 Days” by Katie Cotugno

“Absolute Power” by David Baldacci

“A Finely Knit Murder” by Sally Goldenbaum

“Angels Walking” by Karen KingsburyAngels Walking book cover

“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith

“Better Than Chocolate” by Sheila Roberts

“Blood of Tyrants” by Naomi Novik

“Call the Midwife” by Jennifer Worth

“Cat & Mouse” by James Patterson

“Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. SalingerCatcher in the Rye book cover

“A Clash of the Kings” by George R.R. Martin

“Cold Sassy Tree” by Olive Ann Burns

“Criminal” by Terra Elan McVoy

“Dark Heir” by Faith Hunter

“Death at Devil’s Bridge” by Robin PaigeDeath at Devil's Bridge

“Death Comes to Pemberley” by P.D. James

“Death in the Clouds” by Agatha Christie

“Deceiving Lies” by Molly McAdams

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” by Jeff Kinney

“Egg and Spoon” by Gregory Maguire

“False Prophet” by Faye KellermanEgg and Spoon book cover

“For all Time” by Jude Deveraux

“Gilead” by Marilyn Robinson

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rolling

“I Am the Messenger” by Markus Zuskas

“If You Got it, Haunt It” by Rose PresseyIf You Got It, Haunt It book cover

“Into the Maelstrom” by David Drake

“Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach

“Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins

“Nickel and Dimed” by Barbara Ehrenreich

“Notorious Nineteen” by Janet Evanovich

“Ordinary People” by Judith Guest (this reader made sure to note that this book is “really good”)Paris book cover

“Paris: the Novel” by Edward Rutherfurd

“Prey” by Michael Crichton

“Pride & Prejudice” by Jane Austen

“Rendezvous with Rama” by Arthur Charles Clarke

“Shards of Hope” by Nalini Singh

“Sisters” by Danielle SteelShards of Hope book cover

“Some Can Whistle” by Larry McMurtry

“Sycamore Row” by John Grisham

“The System of the World” by Neal Stephenson

“The Age of Desire” by Jennie Fields

“The Appeal” by John Grisham

“The Children Act” by Ian McEwanThe Children Act book cover

“The Collectors” by David Baldacci

“Daughters of Smoke and Bone” by Laini Tayler

“The Fiery Cross” by Diana Gabaldon

“The Girl Who Played with Fire” by Stieg Larsson

“The Hawley Book of the Dead” by Chrysler SzarlanHawley Book of the Dead book cover

“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

“The Immune Advantage” by Ellen Mazo and Keith Berndtson

“The Liar” by Nora Roberts

“The Saboteurs” by W.E.B. Griffin

“Velvet Elvis” by Rob Bell

“Wizard’s First Rule” by Terry Goodkind


Youth were reading:

“A Little Princess” by Frances Hodgson BurnettA Little Princess book cover

“Big Nate: Here Goes Nothing” by Lincoln Peirce

“Biscuit Goes to School” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel” by Jeff Kinney

“Dork Diaries” by Rachel Renee Russell

“Esperanza Rising” by Pam Muñoz RyanEsperanza Rising

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” by J.K. Rowling

“Isle of the Lost” by Melissa De La Cruz

“Loser” by Jerry Spinelli

“Pajama Time!” by Sandra Boynton

“Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School” by Kim DeanPete the Cat book cover

“Pretty Good Joke Book” by Jeff Alexander and Garrison Keillor

“Seriously … I’m Kidding” by Ellen DeGeneres

“Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett

“The Lightning Thief” by Rick RiordanLightning Thief book cover

“The Pigeon Needs a Bath!” by Mo Willems

“Timothy of the Cay” by Theodore Taylor