2019 Reading Challenge

Lily Weitzman | December 28, 2018

Looking for a fun way to read broadly in 2019? Try the Public Library of Brookline’s 2019 reading challenge! The rules are simple: Read one book in each of the 19 categories below and note down the title (each book may only count for one category). You can read different genres and formats, such as fiction, nonfiction, comics, ebooks, audiobooks.

Pick up a reading challenge sheet at any Library location or download a copy. Finish the challenge and return your completed form to a librarian to win a prize.

Need suggestions for books in particular categories? Just ask a librarian – we’re always happy to recommend titles. We’ll also be putting up displays of books in various categories throughout the year and recommending titles in the Library newsletter and on social media. Use #BookingThru19 to find reading recommendations and share your own.

The 2019 reading challenge is open to adults at all Public Library of Brookline locations.

The categories for the 2019 reading challenge are:

  • A book you’ve been meaning to read for ages
  • A book of poetry or a novel in verse
  • A comic or graphic novel by an artist or writer of color
  • A book recommended to you by someone of a different generation
  • Reread a book
  • A book that explores immigration
  • A book recommended by a librarian
  • A book that has been banned or challenged
  • A book about arts or sports
  • A humorous book
  • A book by a Massachusetts author or about a Massachusetts subject
  • A book about science written by a woman
  • A book in or translated from another language
  • A romance
  • A book that intimidates you
  • A collection of essays or short stories
  • A memoir by someone from a different background than you
  • A collection of letters or epistolary novel
  • An OwnVoices book

(#OwnVoices is a term coined by author Corinne Duyvis to describe books with a protagonist of an underrepresented or marginalized identity written by an author who shares that identity.)