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This is a reading challenge for adults age 18 and older.

Your challenge is to choose 3 categories from the list below and read 1 book from each of those three categories. Discover “a universe of stories” and earn a chance to win a prize!

  • The books you choose can be published in any format (i.e. print, audio, or electronic).   Log each book title in our new online summer reading system.  
  • You must log all three book titles to participate in the random drawing for prizes.
  • Earn an additional entry in the drawing when you complete 3 challenges.  Log into the online summer reading system to see the current challenges.  Challenges will be released throughout the summer.
  • There is a limit of only one prize per person.
  • The drawing will take place on Monday, August 19 and the winners will be notified by email.  

Thank you to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this challenge!

The grand prizes are two Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets. 

Other prizes include Apollo 11 hat, placed 1st in line for a next new book by your favorite popular author, and library bags.


Reading Categories - Choose 3

Astrology:  A fiction or non-fiction book where the title or story associated with your zodiac sign (e.g. Taurus – westerns or finance theme, Libra – courtroom drama, Leo – cat mysteries, Capricorn – true crime, mysteries).

Space: Read about space exploration, aviation or rockets.  Books about individuals, projects, and equipment can be found on the non-fiction shelf at both 629.1* and 629.4.

Universe: Browse an astronomy book.  Books on universe, galaxies, nebulae, suns, moons, stars, planets, comets, night sky, Hubble telescope, our solar system, black holes, etc. can be found on the non-fiction shelf between 520 and 523.8*.

Fantasy: Read a book written by either Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman in honor of the new TV series Good Omens based on their collaborated book.

Poetry:  Read a collection of American 19th century poetry “The American Renaissance” (e.g. Poets Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Greenleaf Whittier).  

Big Screen:  Read a book that was made into a 2019 movie or TV adaptation.  https://the-bibliofile.com/2019-books-to-movies-film-tv-adaptations/  another list https://www.vulture.com/article/movies-based-on-books-2019.html

Psychological Thriller:  Try a fast-paced plot twist and escalating suspense! Characters and events are far more complex than at first they appear.

Worldly Fiction: Get a taste of different cultures as you immerse yourself in the best fiction from all around the globe, in translation for English language readers.  A list of titles provided in Novelist under Fiction A to Z / Around The World.

Get A Clue:  Try a mystery from the list of Anthony Award winners or nominees for best novel, first novel, paperback, or novel in series.  The World Mystery Convention confers the Anthony Awards each fall at Bouchercon, a convention for fans of mystery writing. The names of the award and the conference honor Anthony Boucher, pen name of William Anthony Parker White, an eminent critic and mystery writer.  Complete list is http://www.bouchercon.com/anthony-awards/winners-and-nominees

Summer Scare: Try a horror fiction (i.e. classic chills, creature feature, blood-drenched, psychological, or haunted).  Locate a title in the catalog by searching subject keyword horror fiction or browse the Horror Writers Association reading list at http://horror.org/hwa-reading-list   


Challenges will appear throughout the summer - Choose 3

First Challenge:   Download the library’s new app and write a review.

Next challenge released June 15.