For many book lovers, the start of the new year is a time to make resolutions in your reading life. The easiest way to do this is usually to set a quantifiable goal. Something like, I plan on reading one book a month. Or one book a week. Or one book more than I read last year. However, when your goal is based on how much you want to read, it’s easy to take shortcuts. Instead of tackling that 800-page tearjerker, you might read a few page-turners that you’re not as excited about, just so you can stay on track. And that’s fine! But I find that what I remember the most about the books I’ve read over the past year isn’t how many I read in a week or month (although I am proud when I finish a book in a single sitting). What I remember, looking back, are the books that surprised me, or triggered a strong emotion.
So instead, we want you to challenge yourself to read more broadly, read outside your comfort zone, discover something new, and have fun! The library is instituting a new Reading Challenge for all adults for the year 2022. New challenges will be updated on this page and on social media monthly. To help you read something that meets this challenge, Bibliocommons staff lists will be created each month, but there are many, many books that will meet each challenge goal – and you can pick the right book for yourself.
If you want to get a head start on the monthly challenges, you can find a fillable PDF here: Vaughan 2022 Reading Challenges.
We’ll be blogging about the challenges and posting Bibliocommons lists monthly too. Check back on this page for more information about each challenge!