April 21 - 24, 2022

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With the CALGARY EXPO Adult Reading Challenge well underway, we've been inspired to read more on our own. Our team here at FAN EXPO HQ thought it would be fun to share the very diverse range of books that we've been reading lately. If you're looking for something new, let us be your inspiration. 

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.
- George R.R. Martin

The Chalk Man

Selected by: Emily, Project Manager

Author: C.J. Tudor

The concept of the book is really cool. It's essentially how something as innocent as a chalk drawing can turn into this dark symbol directing the main kids towards a murder scene and their life gets turned upside down because of it. I like that it plays on our childhood fun. I'm a sucker for anything relatable (in a sense).

The Haunting of Hill House

Selected by: Marcus, Social Coordinator

Author: Shirley Jackson

I'm currently re-reading the Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. It's a classic Gothic horror novella that even scared Stephen King himself! It's just so digestible as a horror novel and it does a really great job at outlining deep character development throughout the story.


Selected by: Tayner, Copywriter

Author: Glenn P. Murdock

Right now I'm re-reading this fantasy series that follows a girl who gets transported to another world and finds out she's destined to save the kingdoms. It's really intriguing and has lots of twists and turns. There's five books and some great mysteries going throughout them. There's also one of the saddest character deaths I've ever read and I don't want to think about it. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Selected by: Fiona, Show Manager

Author: Sarah J. Mass 

I love a good fantasy/ romance book and well, this series is SPICY… Rhysand, swoon!! I just finished binge reading the first four books and I’m excited to see what the latest has to offer. I wish I had a secret/spelled cabin that made my bed, did the dishes, folded my laundry (I’m jealous).


Selected by: Emily, Operations Coordinator

Author: Bill Buford

It combines my love of French food, cooking, and travel. Makes me want to go back to visit Lyon. Which, in some respects, I find better than visiting Paris (controversial opinion!). As a culinary school graduate, I love stories that involve a food journey as a focal point.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Selected by: Mercy, Digital Marketing Manager

Author: Stieg Larsson

I could go on and on about it.... It's a page turning book.  In summary , the way they describe the characters, you either hate them or love them'. Also the fact that ''the girl'' is out of her depth and underestimated, which makes her life as an investigator easier in some ways, is so interesting. The moral of the story is don't judge a book by its cover.

One Last Stop

Selected by: Quinn, Social Coordinator

Author: Casey McQuiston 

Tt's a hilarious queer romance that also happens to involve time travel, psychics, a mysterious and magical diner. It's hard to stress just how funny this book is? But it really truly is. This is the second book from this author, who also wrote Red, White, and Blue, which is also excellent and benefits from the same clever plot twists and funny, natural voice and dialogue.

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant

Selected by: Allen, Graphic Designer

Author: Eric Jorgenson 

It's an interesting book; it talks about self-improvement, being better at how you see life differently, living happily, and building wealth. I just started but so far it's a good read. I would recommend.

What is the CALGARY EXPO Adult Reading Challenge?

FAN EXPO & the Calgary Public Library have teamed up to host the ultimate creative challenge. Through completing reading & activity challenges, participants earn badges! Each badge is not only a reward for completing a task, but also serves as one entry towards our amazing collection of prizes (including a Premium pass to CALGARY EXPO 2022). The more badges you earn, the more entries you collect.

Want to learn more? Check them out here.