Challenge Your Shelf

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Interested in reading new things this year?

Join other readers in Challenge Your Shelf, a reading challenge to help diversify, expand, and introduce new genres to your reading habits. Read 25 books by December 31st by following our prompts and turn in your log to win a prize!

Stop by the Adult Services desk starting January 1st to sign up and get a list of the prompts and a reading log to record your books or check our website to get started.

How it works:

Read one book for 25 of the 30 prompts and earn a prize. You should have 5 prompts leftover. Use the reading log to record the titles and authors of the books you’ve read. Turn in your log at the Adult Services desk by the end of the year to earn a prize.

One prompt per book. Audiobooks and ebooks can be used for all of the prompts.

If you are stuck on a prompt, ask a librarian for recommendations!


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  1. A Fairy Tale Retelling

  2. A Genre Mashup

  3. A Bram Stoker Award Winner

  4. A Nonfiction Graphic Novel

  5. A Wildcard book

  6. A Beach Read

  7. A book with a one word title

  8. Narrative Nonfiction

  9. A book that teaches a skill, craft, or art

  10. A Gothic Novel

  11. A science fiction book

  12. A collection of short stories

  13. A love story

  14. A biography/memoir

  15. A book about a social justice issue

16. A Nonviolent True Crime

17. A Book from a Library Display

18. A book with a nonhuman main character

19. A debut novel

20. An alternate history book

21. A cozy mystery

22. A book with a number in the title

23. A coming of age story

24. A popular science book

25. A food memoir

26. A book with magic in it

27. An audiobook

28. A ghost story

29. A book of essays

30. A book about music or musicians