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Can you read 50 books in 2018?

If you’re up for a challenge, stop by the Reference Desk to register for the Missoula Reads Year-long Reading Challenge. The first 150 registrants receive a FREE book journal and everyone receives the 2018 reading categories list.

Read one book from each of the 50 categories by December 15 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!


Register Here

Click Here for the Great American Reads Cross-Over List

Reading Categories

  • 2017 Montana Book Award Nominee [Recommendations]
  • 400 pages or more
  • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin (HINT: Receive a FREE copy in October during the 2018 Big Read!)
  • Any eBook, any audiobook, or reread an old favorite
  • Any Harry Potter book
  • Any non-fiction title
  • Astronomy, astronomer or astronaut [Recommendations]
  • Author has same name as you (first, middle or last)
  • Bestseller from the 1970s [Recommendations]
  • Bildungsroman (coming-of-age) [Recommendations]
  • Book from a series
  • Canadian author [Recommendations]
  • Character’s name in the title [Recommendations]
  • City or state in the title
  • Classic
  • Complicated mothers [Recommendations]
  • Cookbook
  • Far, far away [Recommendations]
  • Fiery [Recommendations]
  • From your “to read” list
  • Funny
  • Horror
  • Lewis and Clark [Recommendations]
  • Long, long time ago [Recommendations]
  • Love story
  • Magical realism [Recommendations]
  • Memoir
  • Montana history
  • Mystery
  • Noir [Recommendations]
  • Novel by Ernest Hemingway
  • Novella
  • One of the four seasons in the title [Recommendations]
  • Philosophy
  • Protagonist has same/similar job as you
  • Pseudonyms [Recommendations]
  • Published in 2018
  • Purple cover
  • Read or referenced on Orange is the New Black  [Recommendations]
  • Recent Carnegie Medal shortlist title [Recommendations]
  • Retelling of a fairytale [Recommendations]
  • Science fiction or fantasy
  • Set in or about a hotel [Recommendations]
  • Set in or about South Korea (home of the 2018 Winter Olympics) [Recommendations]
  • Staff Pick
  • Western
  • Written by a person of color [Recommendations]
  • Written for someone younger than you
  • Your dream job
  • Your hobby