Extreme Reader Challenge 2020

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Extreme Reader Challenge

Sign up now for the 2020 Extreme Reader year-long reading challenge!

Registration is also available in person at any Tacoma Public Library location.

Don’t forget to download or print the official reading log!

The Basics

Looking for a new challenge in your reading life or just want to shake things up? Sign up for the Extreme Reader year-long reading challenge to explore titles outside of your comfort zone, read more diversely, and connect with fellow bibliophiles in your community!

  • Open to adults and teens (age 13 and over at time of sign up)
  • Read 50 books (teens read 25) in 50 weeks from 55 categories to complete the challenge
  • Books read must apply to current category list
  • Participants must have a valid Tacoma Public Library card to register
  • Completed reading log (containing category, title, and author) must be presented to library staff to officially complete the challenge

Key Dates for the 2020 Challenge:

Thursday, January 2 – Extreme Reader challenge begins

Friday, July 31 – Final day to register for the challenge

Saturday, August 1 – First day to turn in completed reading logs at any Tacoma Public Library location

Friday, December 18 – Last day to turn in completed reading log at any Tacoma Public Library location

Categories & Recommendations

Reading Log

Use the reading log to track progress and report completion. You may pick up a reading log at the library or download and print from home. We now have an online fillable version!

Printable Reading Log   l   Downloadable Fillable Reading Log

Category List

Use the category list for summary purposes only (cannot be used to report completion). Download printable version here!

 2020 Extreme Reader Categories

  1. A book about or set during World War II (printable list I catalog)
  2. A book about politics or politicians (printable list I catalog)
  3. A book based on a real person (printable list I catalog)
  4. A book commonly assigned to read in high school (printable list I catalog)
  5. A book from a LibraryReads list (printable list I catalog)
  6. A book of your own choosing
  7. A book over 500 pages (printable listcatalog)
  8. A book published when the author was under 35 years old (printable list I catalog)
  9. A book recommended by library staff or an independent bookseller (printable list I catalog)
  10. A book revolving around a puzzle or a game (printable list I catalog)
  11. A book set in outer space (printable list I catalog)
  12. A book set in the state or country where you were born
  13. A book suggested by a person younger than you
  14. A book that inspired a common phrase or idiom (printable list I catalog)
  15. A book that takes place during a single day (printable list I catalog)
  16. A book that takes place in a country outside of the United States (printable list I catalog)
  17. A book that takes place in multiple time periods (printable list I catalog)
  18. A book translated from its original language (printable list I catalog)
  19. A book under 200 pages (printable list I catalog)
  20. A book with a bookstore in it (printable list I catalog)
  21. A book with a brewery or winery in it (printable list I catalog)
  22. A book with a character who has a superpower (printable list I catalog)
  23. A book with a circus in it (printable list I catalog)
  24. A book with a large cast of characters (printable list I catalog)
  25. A book with a number in the title (printable list I catalog)
  26. A book with a planet in the title (printable list I catalog)
  27. A book with a punny title (printable list I catalog)
  28. A book with an amateur detective (printable list I catalog)
  29. A book with an anti-hero or anti-heroine (printable list I catalog)
  30. A book with an image of a feather on the cover (printable list I catalog)
  31. A book with an image of a sword on the cover (printable list I catalog)
  32. A book with an LGBTQIA+ protagonist (printable list I catalog)
  33. A book with drawings, diagrams, photos, or pictures in it (printable list I catalog)
  34. A book with siblings in it (printable list I catalog)
  35. A book with sports in it (printable list I catalog)
  36. A book with the name of a month in the title (printable list I catalog)
  37. A book with the word “Book” in the title (printable list I catalog)
  38. A book with the word “Extreme” or “Reader” in the title (printable list I catalog)
  39. A book with the word “Salty”, “Sweet”, “Spicy”, or “Bitter” in the title (printable list I catalog)
  40. A book written by a celebrity (printable list I catalog)
  41. A book written by a woman of color (printable list I catalog)
  42. A book written by an author with an alliterative name (printable list I catalog)
  43. A book written by an Indigenous author (printable list I catalog)
  44. A book written by an LGBTQIA+ author (printable list I catalog)
  45. A book you have purposefully avoided reading
  46. A book you meant to read in 2019
  47. A collection of essays (printable list I catalog)
  48. A Michael L. Printz winner or honor book (printable list I catalog)
  49. A non-fiction and fiction book about the same topic (non-fiction book) (printable list)
  50. A non-fiction and fiction book about the same topic (fiction book) (printable list)
  51. A true crime or crime fiction novel (printable list I catalog)
  52. An historical fiction novel (printable list I catalog)
  53. An “own voices” book (printable list I catalog)
  54. Read a book in a format you don’t normally read 
  55. The first book in a series (printable list I catalog)

Check out these descriptions for further explanations of a few of the categories, or, see our recommendations in the booklists linked above.

Updates & Challenge FAQs

Check back here for corrections, updates, and frequently asked questions!

Updates and Corrections

1/21/2020 - An unofficial, participant run Goodreads group has been created. See link and details below under 'Connect & Contact'.


1/22/2020 - The downloadable fillable reading log is not working properly on many Apple/iOS systems such as iPads and iPhones. Participants will need to download a third party app from the App Store such as PDF Expert or Adobe Fill & Sign in order to use the form on an Apple/iOS device.


1/22/2020 - The fillable reading log appears to have issues working in the Firefox web browser. Please try Chrome or Internet Explorer browsers instead.


Challenge FAQs:


  1. Do audiobooks and graphic novels count in this challenge?

Absolutely! Both audiobooks and graphic novels are just another way to tell a story. As long as they are at the appropriate reading level for the participant, they are acceptable formats.

  1. Do juvenile books count towards reading challenge?

As Extreme Reader is based on the honor system, we hope that participants will honor the nature of the challenge with their reading selections. Teen and higher level Juvenile fiction books count, but other lower level books (easy readers, picture books, and board books) will not be accepted.

  1. I love podcasts; both fictional and non-fiction storytelling varieties. Can they count towards the Extreme Reader challenge?

Unfortunately, podcasts cannot be counted towards the Extreme Reader challenge.

  1. If I sign up for the challenge later in the year, can books I’ve already read be applied to the challenge or can I only count books that are read after I’ve officially registered?

Books read between January 2 and December 18, 2020 can be counted towards the challenge, regardless of when you register. Registration ends on July 31, 2020.

  1. Do I have to use the official Extreme Reader reading log or can I keep track on my own?

You may keep a reading log in any form you choose (spreadsheet, journal, typed list, etc.) but a printable version that includes the following information must be presented in person at a Tacoma Public Library location to complete the challenge:

      • Categories (exact wording from official log/category list included)
      • Title
      • Author
  1. Can I read one book and apply it to multiple categories?

 Each title you read can only fulfill a single category.

  1. If I read a book for the challenge that I’ve already read before, does it still count?

Absolutely! If you read through a book during the challenge, it can be used, regardless of how many times you’ve read it in the past.

Completion & Rewards

To complete the Extreme Reader Challenge, you will need to bring your reading log into one of our eight locations to have it verified by a staff member.

  • The first day to turn in completed logs is Saturday, August 1, 2020.
  • The reading log must be presented in physical format; digital/online versions will need to be printed.
  • Prepare to spend 5-10 minutes with a staff member during the completion process.
  • Reading log must be presented by Friday, December 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. to complete the challenge.
  • Once completed, you will receive a handout with details regarding what to expect after the challenge officially ends.
  • After the challenge concludes, you will be contacted by the Extreme Reader team regarding rewards and wrap-up information.

Connect & Contact

Facebook

Connect with fellow Extreme Readers in the TPL Extreme Reader 2020 Facebook group! Share what you’re reading, give support to fellow participants, exchange tips and reading recommendations, and make bookish friends! This group is for registered participants only. Please register for challenge before requesting to join the group.

Newsletter

Stay up to date on announcements, challenge updates, and more through our Extreme Reader email newsletter! Don’t worry about signing up; if you’ve registered for the challenge, you are already on the mailing list.

Overbooked Book Group

Overbooked is our low key, no pressure book group for Extreme Reader participants. We meet up throughout the year for friendly gatherings - where everyone can talk about what they are reading, share recommendations, and discuss the challenge. Dates and locations for Overbooked meetups are announced via the Extreme Reader newsletter and Facebook group.

Goodreads
There is now an 'unofficial' Goodreads group for the challenge! The TPL Extreme Reader 2020 Goodreads group is run and moderated by a small collection of challenge participants. If you aren't on Facebook, this is a great way to share book recommendations with fellow Extreme Readers! Extreme Reader library staff will add any Overbooked events to the Goodreads group as they are scheduled but other than that, library staff are hands off.

Questions?

Please reach out to the Extreme Reader staff team at extremereader@tacomalibrary.org with any questions, comments, feedback, or concerns!

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