What Is 'Open Books'?
The Open Books Reading Challenge is a year-long reading challenge for people interested in pushing the boundaries of their reading. Here's how it works: We give you a list of 15 challenge categories. You'll have until the end of the year to read a book from at least 12 of those categories (that's just one book a month!). If you finish, you'll get a coffee mug that you can use to brag about your accomplishment!
Here's what you'll be reading in 2018:
- A Minnesota Book Award Winner
- A book about World War I (fiction or non-fiction)
- A Lambda or Stonewall Award Winning Book
- A book or audio-book on the Libby app
- A book from a library book list
- A book from an independent or small publisher
- A book that is set in the 19th century (1801-1900)
- A book about the internet/social media (fiction or non-fiction)
- A western novel
- A book about Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, or the Civil Rights Movement (fiction or non-fiction)
- A book by a Chinese or Chinese American author
- A spy novel
- A book related to The Frankenstein Project (either Frankenstein, or an adaption of it, graphic novel, etc.)
- A book about medical/scientific ethics (fiction or non-fiction)
- A romance novel
To successfully complete the challenge, you'll need to read a book in at least 12 of the 15 categories. That may sound like a lot, but no worries—you've got until December 31st to finish! Not only that, but if you happen to read a book that falls into more than one category, you can count it more than once!
Need help finding a book for some of these categories? Check out the lists above, ask a library staff member or join the Open Books Facebook group to discuss what you're reading with fellow challengers!