GPL Reading Challenge wording with books on a green backgroundWelcome to the Grimsby Public Library's 2020 Reading Challenge! Designed to help you read more, get through your TBR (to be read) piles, and encourage a love of books in the community. Join the challenge and get reading this year.

Download the GPL Reading Challenge 2020 form

How to join the challenge

Read a book that fits into each topic on our list (there's a different one from January to December) to complete the GPL Reading Challenge. That's 12 books total, and only one book a month. You can do it!

GPL Reading Challenge list

Read a book for each of the following topics:

  • January: A book in a genre you normally don't read
  • February: A book inspired by Black History Month
  • March: A book set in the future
  • April: A book where animals feature prominently
  • May: A myth or fairy tale retelling
  • June: A book with a LGBTQ+ main character
  • July: A book set on an island or the ocean
  • August: A biography or memoir
  • September: A book by a Grimsby Author Series author
  • October: A book with a paranormal element
  • November: A book set during WWI
  • December: A book set in a Nordic country

Stay on track

Half the battle is keeping track and staying motivated. Here are a couple ways we suggest to stay organized:

Share what you're reading

Sharing the books you read is not required, but highly encouraged! Share your progress with us and other readers by:

  • Joining our GPL Reading Challenge Facebook group and share the books you are reading with other challengers.
  • Posting pics and updates on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #GPLReadingChallenge

Grand prize draw

At the end of 2019 we will open up a raffle to draw for our fabulous grand prize package. Anyone has completed the challenge is eligible to enter. There is a spot on the back of the GPL Reading Challenge form you can use to submit a ballot at the library.

Frequently Asked Questions

 Who can participate in the challenge and prize draw?
Our Reading Challenge is for library users who want to get more reading under their belt this year. The list and grand prize is geared toward adult readers, but teens and kids can join in too. 
 Do I have to read books from the library?
You are definitely encouraged to use our collection to complete the Reading Challenge, however you can use books you have bought, borrowed from friends or already had on your home bookshelf.
 Can I read the book topics on the list out of order? ie. Read the January book in June?
Yes, you can read the books in whatever order you like, as long as you complete the list! However we recommend reading in order to make it more challenging.
 What book formats are allowed?

You can read fiction or non-fiction, in any language, in the following formats:

  • Hardcover or paperback
  • Audiobooks
  • e-Books or e-Audiobooks
  • Graphic novels

We will not accept:

  • Magazines
 If I read a book that fits into 2 cateories, can I use it for both?
 Nope! Only one book per category.



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