Reading anthologies and collections of stories by one or more authors is a great way to sample an author's writing and read shorter works of fiction or essays. Most collections have a common element or unifying theme for readers to consider and explore. In June we challenge you to read an anthology or collection of short stories. Find recommendations for adults, teens, tweens, and kids.
Most of us have favorite genres that we return to again and again when choosing books. Many stories, however, don't fit neatly into one category or another but cross over into one or more genres. In June, we challenge you to read a genre crossover to explore a story that might be a little unconventional for you. Find recommendations by genre and age group.
The greatest stories are the ones that last and resonate with new generations of readers. While there are differing opinions about which books should be considered classics, books that were written before you were born can carry a certain nostalgia for a different time period. So, use this challenge to explore the past or share books from your childhood with your children. In May, we challenge you to read a book that was published before you were born. Find recommendations for adults, teens, tweens, and children.
Although our travels have been limited recently, we can always escape with a good book. So whether you're going on a trip this summer or planning another staycation, we challenge you to read a book set in another country during the month of May. Find recommendations for adults, teens, tweens, and children.
The color red is one of the boldest colors in the spectrum and is often used to draw our attention. In April, we want to draw your attention to these bold books and challenge you to read a book with a red cover. Find recommendations for adults, teens, tweens, and children.
Biographies and memoirs give us insight into the lives and personal journeys of individual people. They can help us to see people who are different from us in a new light or help us find comfort in the experiences of people who are similar. In April, we challenge you to read a biography or a memoir. Find recommendations for adults, teens, tweens, and children.
Awards for literary excellence are given out yearly in the library and publishing worlds. Some, like the National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize, Newbery and Caldecott Awards, are familiar. Others, like the Goodreads Choice Awards and the Book Shimmy Awards might be less so. This month, we challenge you to read a book that has won a literary award, no matter how obscure. Find recommendations for adults, teens, tweens, and children, or check out our list of literary awards.
Sometimes all it takes is one word to make your point. These authors certainly thought so when choosing titles for their books. For the March challenge, read a book with a one-word title. Find recommendations for adults, teens, tweens, and children.
Read historical fiction not set during World War II. Many of us are drawn to the fascinating narratives of people who lived, fought, and triumphed during World War II, and the publishing world reflects that widespread interest. For this historical fiction challenge, we're asking you to explore different narratives and time periods. We hope this challenge will help you discover a new era in history! Find recommendations for adults, teens, tweens, and children.
Go back to the beginning by reading the first book in a series. Some series span many years, while others are only just getting started. Either way, we hope this challenge will give you a chance to delve into a world that you can return to again and again with each new book. Find recommendations for adults, teens, tweens, and children.