Looking for a way to challenge your reading self in 2018?
Have we got a plan for you!
What is the Read Great Things Challenge?
The Read Great Things Challenge is a reading challenge sponsored by the Durham Tech Library throughout 2018 that encourages folks to diversify or increase their reading goals by completing books that fit into at least 10 of the following 12 categories:
- A book being turned into a movie or tv show in 2018
- A biography, autobiography, memoir, or a fictionalized account of a real person’s life
- A book about or that features sports
- A book of poetry or a book written in verse
- A book you previously started or were assigned and never finished
- A book that takes place in a country or place you’d like to visit
- A book you chose for the cover
- A book that takes place during or is about a historical event 50 years or more in the past [1968 or before]
- A popular science book [nonfiction books that talk about scientific topics from a non-textbook point-of-view]
- A book with a supernatural creature, occurrence, or event
- A book about cooking or food
- A book suggested by a Durham Tech librarian either in-person or on the Durham Tech Library Blog
We’ll be highlighting a different category on this blog each month. Your can always ask a librarian for recommendations if you can’t think of a book to read for a certain category (which conveniently fills that final awesome category).
How do I participate in the Read Great Things Challenge?
It’s pretty simple –just start reading! You don’t have to sign up and you can start at any point in the year. You’ll need to choose books that fit into at least 10 of the 12 categories by the end of Fall Semester (December 2018) to complete the challenge.
There’s also a joinable Sakai site (listed under Membership on your Sakai home page once you sign in) that we’ll be using if you want to discuss books you’re reading and recommend some of your own great reads. Email Meredith Lewis (OCC Librarian) or the library for more information.
What kind of book counts as a “great thing”?
All books count–hardcover, paperback, ebooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, comic books, library books, books you own, books you’ve borrowed… If it fits into one (or two) of the categories and you’ve read it/want to read it, that counts. As long as it’s read in 2018, you’re good to go.
Can I count a book for multiple categories?
One book can count for up to two categories.
How do I win the challenge? (What do I win?)
To win and complete the challenge, you should finish books in 2018 that fit into at least 10 of the 12 listed categories. In late November or early December, we’ll have bookish prizes available for those who bring their completed book list to the library or fill out the completion form.
You’ll also get a personal sense of satisfaction and bragging rights. (And who doesn’t love those?)
Do the books have to be from the Durham Tech Library?
Nope, but we’re glad to point you in the direction of one already in our collection. We have some great books just waiting to make it on your list.
Download a pdf of the checklist and challenge guidelines here: Read Great Things Challenge 2018