LET’S READ June & July 2019!

Book cover Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galazy

Book #1: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Follow Arthur Dent and Ford Perfect as they travel the galaxy, get into trouble and wreak havoc during their hilarious adventures. It all begins when Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team demolishes the planet to build a freeway. This Sci-Fi classic is filled with intelligent satire, barbed wit and comedy.

Book cover of Packing for Mars an astronaut with a suitcaseBook #2: Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

 Space is a world without the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. In this nonfiction book Roach finds answers to real and funny questions about space travel. Including, what happens if you vomit in your helmet during a spacewalk? Roach explores the bizarre space simulations agencies set up to answer these questions. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule, Roach takes us on an entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

Multiply your reading experience when you join 2Book Topeka, our community reading initiative. Three times a year everyone in Shawnee County has the opportunity to read and talk about two books on a theme. Our June-July 2019 theme is space featuring The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Packing for Mars by Mary Roach.

We are a reading community and have come together 11 times in the past to read the same book, talk about it and enjoy events with the Big Read. Think of 2Book Topeka as “big read” times two! We started 2Book Topeka as our community read to meet the demand and enthusiasm generated by the Big Read. For many people the Big Read didn’t happen often enough.


2Book Topeka Book Club

  • Sat, June 15 | 11am-12:30pm | Anton Room — Take part in the 2Book Topeka Book Club and discuss The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. 
  • Sat, July 20 | 11am-12:30pm| Anton Room –Take part in the 2Book Topeka Book Club and discuss Packing for Mars.

Upcoming Titles

Fall 2019
Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery and A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson


Previous 2Book Topeka Reads

Spring 2019
The Soul of Baseball by Joe Posnanski and Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella

Fall 2018
A Test of Wills by Charles Todd and Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Summer 2018
After Tupac and Foster D by Jacqueline Woodson and The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Winter 2018
Mr. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Fall 2017
The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson and The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Summer 2017
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and 
The House of the Scorpion
by Nancy Farmer


Help us plan future 2Book Topeka Reads

If you have suggestions for a future 2Book Topeka book or two books around a theme, let us know.

2Book Suggestion Form

  • Suggest two books around a theme for a future 2Book Topeka community read