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Year of Reading

Join us for our new year-long reading challenge, the Year of Reading! We’re challenging patrons (and ourselves) to read 24 books in 2020, with the goal of reading outside of our comfort zones and discovering new favorites. The challenge will run from January 6, 2020 through December 21, 2020. We hope you’ll join us!

The Details:

  • To complete the challenge, and to be eligible for the grand prize, you must read 24 books that fit 24 of the challenge categories.
  • There are 25 categoriesĀ in all, which means you get to skip one of your choosing.
  • As an incentive to keep reading, you can also bring in your log once you’ve reached the halfway point and read 12 books, and you will receive a smaller prize. You can do this at any point in the year (even December!)
  • Pick up a log at the Adult Services desk (or print one yourself) to keep track of what you read; write the title and author in the space provided for the appropriate category.
  • The challenge starts January 6, 2020.
  • Participants who read 24 books and turn in their completed logsĀ to the Adult desk by December 21, 2020, will be eligible for the grand prize. Prizes are for Itasca Library cardholders only, but anyone is welcome to participate for the fun of it!

The Categories

  • A memoir
  • A book that has a number in the title
  • A book written by a comedian
  • A graphic novel
  • A short story collection
  • A book with neurodiverse characters
  • A self-improvement book
  • A book published at least 25 years ago
  • A book from the Staff Picks display OR a book we’ve reviewed on Goodreads
  • A book about music or a musician (fiction or nonfiction)
  • A book with a one-word title
  • A book with a dog or cat in it
  • A book by an author whose last name you can’t pronounce
  • A book someone recommended to you
  • An audiobook
  • A book by a dead author
  • A debut novel
  • A Western
  • A book that is 150 pages or less
  • A book you should have read in high school
  • A book published this year
  • A book set in a country you want to visit
  • The first book in a series
  • A book by an author with an initial in their name
  • A book about the past, either fiction or nonfiction