2019 Reading Challenge for Adults

The 2019 reading challenge has ended. Click here for this year’s challenge. Get the latest recommendations & rewards, and start your challenge today!

Have you made your read-a-lution yet? C.H. Booth is here to help!

Read broadly. Read widely. Read for fun. This is the year to make it happen!

December’s Theme: Quick Bites

The Reward: Items to Get a Little Luck & Time On Your Hands*

The Challenge: It’s the time of year when no one has time, so read a novella or a collection of short stories!

Need some ideas? Click here for a list of suggested titles.

November’s Theme: Adaptations

The Reward: A Way to Adapt and Alter Some of Your Belongings, Plus a Sweet Treat*

The Challenge: Winning the popular vote, this month’s challenge is to read a book that has been or is being adapted to a movie or musical!

Need some ideas? Click here for a list of suggested titles.

October’s Theme: I Dare You…

The Reward: A Way to Keep Yourself Smart, Informed, & Out of the Dark*

The Challenge: Read something creepy or off-kilter, such as these books with unreliable narrators, a gothic feel, or a sense of dread. Plenty of not too scary options!

Need some ideas? Click here for a list of suggested titles.

September’s Theme: Translations & Retellings

The Reward: Tasty Treats from Around the World*

The Challenge: Looking to broaden your horizons, or see an old story from a new point of view? Then this month’s challenge is for you! The possibilities are endless, but take a look at the list as a starting point!

PLUS!!! This month, when you read your book you’ll be given a raffle ticket to enter our raffle AND to vote on November’s category. We decided to celebrate the upcoming election season by asking for your input, so make sure you read and vote!

Need some ideas? Click here for a list of suggested titles.

August’s Theme: Truth Be Told…

The Reward: An Exclusive C.H. Booth Drawstring Backpack*

The Challenge: Try a micro-history focusing on one small topic—like the color mauve, or the history of salt; or read a conversational narrative with humor like the books of Bill Bryson or Mary Roach. Endless possibilities, really, but we’ve got a few suggestions!

Need some ideas? Click here for a list of suggested titles.

July’s Theme: Other Times and Places

The Reward: A Compass For Your Own Explorations*

The Challenge: Here’s your chance to dive into unknown worlds: read a travelogue, tale of adventure, some historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, or something else of another time or place!

Need some ideas? Click here for a list of suggested titles.

June’s Theme: I Always Meant to Read… 

The Reward: A Tin of Tasty & Refreshing Mints*

The Challenge: Pick up a classic or another book you may have missed but always intended to read – because now’s your chance to catch up!

Need some ideas? Click here for a list of suggested titles.

May’s Theme: Whodunnits & Heists

The Reward: Exclusive Library USB Drive*

The Challenge: Put your sleuthing hat on and get into a mystery, a heist, a story about a missing person, or some true crime.

Need some ideas? Click here for a list of suggested titles.

April’s Theme: Chapter & Verse

The Reward: Composition Book & Library Bookmark*

The Challenge: Read a book of poems, a novel in written in verse, something lyrical.

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March’s Theme: March Madness: Sports, Athletes, Competition

The Reward: A Mini Revive-Me Kit*

The Challenge: Read a book about sports, athletes, or competitions. Try an unusual sport, or a work of fiction with an athlete hero or author.

Need some ideas? Click here for a list of suggested titles.

February’s Theme: Relationships

The Reward: A #SayHiToCy Keep-In-Touch Kit*

The Challenge: Read or listen to a book that explores relationships, whether that means family, friendships, romance, nature and the world around us, or something else.

Need some ideas? Click here for a list of suggested titles.

January’s Theme: As Told By…

The Reward: A Library Tote Bag!*

The Challenge: Read or listen to a biography, memoir, or collection of personal essays. This month’s list includes many quick reads, visual format biographies, and fun celebrity memoirs.

Need some ideas? Click here for a list of suggested titles.

Want to get in on the challenge? Earn monthly rewards for participating, with a chance to win a grand prize at the end.

Each month will focus on a different theme or genre. Stumped or feeling hesitant? Let us ease you in. Library staff have curated lists of suggested titles for each month’s theme. Already have a title in mind? No problem – choose any book that fits the theme to participate. Read or listen to your book in the format you prefer: regular print or large print, audiobooks, e-books are all eligible!

Log your book for the month’s theme, and visit us to get your log stamped and claim your reward.*

Join us and make 2019 your best year of reading ever!

Click here to get your printable reading log.

 

*While supplies last. Substitutions may be necessary.