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Can you read 50 books in 2019?

If you’re up for a challenge, stop by the Reference Desk starting January 2 to register for the Missoula Reads Year-long Reading Challenge. The first 125 registrants receive a FREE book journal and everyone receives the 2019 reading categories list.

2019 Missoula Reads logoRead one book from each of the 50 categories and record your progress in your book journal. Then bring the journal back to the Reference Desk for staff verification by December 30, and you will receive a fabulous prize!

Reference staff will be happy to suggest titles that fit into the categories, or you can browse our corresponding recommended reading lists. Reading 50 books in a year is a big challenge, and we want to help you through it!

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Reading Categories

Need help with a category? [PDF

  • 2018 Montana Book Award Nominee [PDF]
  • 400 pages or more
  • About an animal or animals
  • About an historical figure you admire
  • Alternate history [PDF]
  • Alternative viewpoint on an issue that's important to you
  • Any eBook, any audiobook, or re-read an old favorite
  • Art or artist
  • Author from another country
  • Author of another gender
  • Author is same nationality as one of your ancestors
  • Autobiography
  • Book by one of your favorite authors that you haven't read yet
  • Book Chat Bag title
  • Book that's older than you
  • Book you can read in a day
  • Color in the title
  • Contains illustrations or photos
  • Death or dying [PDF]
  • Dewey drawing
  • Espionage [PDF]
  • Featuring a garden [PDF]
  • Five words in the title
  • Great Montana Read [PDF]
  • Historical fiction
  • Makes you cry
  • Makes you laugh
  • Matters of the heart
  • Originally published as serials [PDF]
  • Recent National Book Critics Circle Award winner
  • Recommended by a librarian
  • PBS's "Now Read This" selection
  • Published in the year you were born
  • Published in 2019
  • Road trip [PDF]
  • Royalty [PDF]
  • Set in a bookstore or library [PDF]
  • Sherlock Holmes story
  • Short story collection
  • Siblings [PDF]
  • Speculative fiction [PDF]
  • Staff pick
  • Steampunk [PDF]
  • Subtitled
  • Survival [PDF]
  • Two books with the same title (first book)
  • Two books with the same title (second book)
  • Unreliable narrator [PDF]
  • Who done it
  • Yellow cover