2021 Reading Challenge
Read with us! Read any book that fits into our monthly topics listed below. Click on the Reading Challenge topic and you’ll be taken to a listing of books that fall into the challenge.
If you want to take the Challenge with friends, you can join us for the monthly book discussions listed below; each book chosen meets the month’s challenge. Books are available for pick-up 1 month prior to the discussion. Use this reading log to track your 2021 reads. Use this reading log to track your 2021 reads.
If you wish, let us know that you met the monthly challenge – either through Beanstack (an online reader service through wpl.org) OR by filling out and returning a hard copy of a book review. Drop book reviews in our red drop box.
- Mon, Jan 25th @ 6:30 book discussion Looking for Alaska by John Green, 220 pages, 4.02 rating on goodreads.
February: a Humorous Fiction Book
- Wed, Feb 24th @ 2:30pm book discussion humorous fiction book The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, 295 pages, 4.02 on goodreads.
March: a Debut Novel
- Mon, March 22nd @ 6:30pm book discussion debut novel The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner, 309 pages, 3.8 on goodreads.
April: a Book Made into a Movie
- Wed, April 21st @ 2:30pm book discussion, Stardust by Neil Gaiman, 248 pages, 4 stars on goodreads. Stardust was made into a film in 2007 starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert DeNiro, Claire Danes, and Sienna Miller.
May: a Book Recommended by a Friend
- Mon, May 24th @ 6:30pm book discussion Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe. This book is recommended by our Friends group.
June: a Book about Immigrants
- Wed, June 16th @ 2:30pm book discussion, The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri, 317 pages, 4.22 on goodreads. This book tells the story of a couple as they undertake the Syrian refugee trail to Europe. Click here to find out more about the book or to register for this discussion.
July: a NYT Bestseller
- Mon, July 26th @ 6:30pm book discussion NYT Bestseller The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, 342 pages, 4.28 on goodreads. Click here to find out more about this book or register for this discussion.
August: a Cookbook or Book with Food
- Wed, August 18th @ 2:30pm book discussion and recipe exchange, Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl, 304 pages, 4+ star rating on goodreads. Click here to find out more about this book or register for this discussion.
September: a Book by a Hispanic Author
- Mon, Sept 27th @ 6:30pm book discussion Like Water for Chocolate by Hispanic author Laura Esquivel, 222 pages, 3.95 on goodreads. Click here to find out more about this book or register for this discussion.
October: a Book with a Strong Female Lead
- Wed, Oct 22nd @ 6:30pm book discussion, book tbd – Join us for this after-hours book discussion!
November: a Book that “Everyone” has Read Except for You
- Mon, Nov 22nd @ 6:30pm book discussion Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, 224 pages, 3.69 on goodreads. More than two million copies of Things Fall Apart have been sold in the United States since it was first published here in 1959. Worldwide, there are eight million copies in print in fifty different languages – have you read it yet? Click here to find out more about this book or register for this discussion.
December: a Book Recommended by a Librarian
- Wed, Dec 15th @ 2:30pm book discussion, book tbd