LET’S READ Spring 2020!

Book #1: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Ivan is a gorilla who lives at a shopping mall along with his friends Stella (an elephant) and Bob (a stray dog). Ivan barely remembers his past, and spends his days watching television and making art. Then, one day, a baby elephant named Ruby comes to live at the mall. Ivan vows to save her from living in a cage her whole life. But first, he needs to remember how to be a gorilla.

Inspired by the true story of a gorilla named Ivan, The One and Only Ivan is an unforgettable story of courage and friendship for readers of any age.

Book #2: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

Behind the scenes two young magicians, Celia and Marco, undergo a fierce duel, a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite themselves, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker. True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

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 the “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 

  • Mon, March 16 | 7-8pm | Learning Center – Take part in the 2Book Topeka Book Club and discuss The One and Only Ivan
  • Mon, April 20 | 7-8pm | Learning Center – Take part in the 2Book Topeka Book Club and discuss The Night Circus.
  • Mon, May 18 | 7-8pm | Learning Center – Take part in the 2Book Topeka Book Club and share summer reading recommendations. We’ll all add new titles to our lists.

Upcoming Titles

Fall 2020
To Be Determined


Previous 2Book Topeka Reads

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

Summer 2019
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

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