By now, 36 percent of you who made resolutions have given them up. But never fear, Sno-Isle is here to officially offer up a second chance to try something new in 2016. This year, we’d like to invite you to read along with us as we challenge ourselves to read with variety, discover new books and authors, and generally push our reading boundaries.
Every 20 days, we’ll post another thematic challenge – and give you lots of suggestions to accomplish it along with us for all of 2016. On December 19, we’ll announce the 2016 Sno-Isle Reader of the Year.
We won’t be keeping the 16 themes under wraps, though. You can read ahead of us, skip around, or start late. For those of you who think you can get all 16 done by June, we’ll announce stretch challenges as we go along – so keep an eye on this blog! However, there is an incentive to take your time and read with us – we’ll give you more points if you log the current theme as it’s featured.
As we read through the year, we’ll update the list below and connect it with the reading suggestions connected to that theme.
- Read a local author (Feb. 1 – Feb 20)
- Read a graphic novel (Feb. 21 – Mar. 11)
- Read a Whidbey Reads book, past or present (Mar. 12 – Mar. 31)
- Read a Prose Bowl Finalist (Apr. 1 – Apr. 20)
- Read before seeing the movie (Apr. 21 – May 10)
- Read an award winner (May 11 – May 30)
- Read about history (fiction or non-fiction) (May 31 – Jun. 19)
- Read a YA book (Jun. 20 – Jul. 9)
- Read a Retelling of fairytale, folk tale, or classic (Jul. 10 – Jul. 29)
- Read a Staff Pick (a book suggested by a Sno-Isle Libraries staff member) (Jul. 30 – Aug. 18)
- Read a translated book (Aug. 19 – Sep. 7)
- Read a book by an author under 30 (Sep. 8 – Sep. 27)
- Read a banned or challenged book (Sep. 28 – Oct. 17)
- Read a funny book (Oct. 18 – Nov. 6)
- Read a collection of short stories (Nov. 7 – Nov. 26)
- Read a book published in 2016 (Nov. 27 – Dec. 18)
So, how do you participate? To officially participate you don’t need to have a library card (although you can get one!) but you do need an email address. This will help us keep track of your entries and tally your points.
What’s up with that Reader of the Year thing?
The participant with the most points at the end of the year will become the Sno-Isle Reader of the Year. We’ll ask them to share their favorite 2016 books, which we’ll feature here on the BiblioFiles. We’ll give them a pile of coveted 2017 advanced reader’s copies of books that haven’t yet been published, and, if this whole endeavor is successful enough to repeat, we’ll invite the SIL Reader of the Year to choose a theme for next year’s challenge.
You can update once a day, one title per category, and submit any books you read that meet any of these themes – but remember that reading along with us will net you the most points.
How do the points work?
When you read along with us, and finish and submit your read during the 20 days that theme is featured, you’ll receive 15 points. If you read additional books that match that theme, you can get 2 more points per submission. If you read ahead of us, or need to catch up, you’ll get 10 points for your first submission, and 2 points for any additional books in that theme. When we announce surprise Stretch Challenges, you’ll get 5 points for the first submission, 2 points for any additional submission for that theme. The Stretch Challenges will not be time-sensitive, so the first time you meet a particular Stretch Challenge it will always be 5 points regardless of whether you read it two months after it was announced. Make sense? If you have questions, ask them in the comments, or email me.
To sum up the scoring:
- Current featured theme: 15 points
- Reading-ahead or catching-up on themes: 10 points
- Stretch Challenge: 5 points
- Additional submissions to any theme: 2 points
Leaderboard: At the end of each round, we’ll post the leaderboard in the sidebar with the top ten point earners.
Whether 16 books is a stretch or a supplement for you, we hope you read with us this year; we can’t wait to hear about what you read.
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