There is now a participant run Goodreads Group (more details in the Goodreads Group section below)
There is now aUpdates and Corrections section on the Extreme Reader website. Be sure to check there periodically for important information.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019
Extreme Reader Challenge!
Although we're already swept up in the chaos and fun of the 2019 Extreme Reader Challenge, we thought it would be enlightening to reflect on a few aspects of our very first year! We've compiled a few tidbits from our stats, surveys, experiences, trials, and tribulations running the program for the first time in 2019. It's been challenging (pun intended), fun, engaging, and a bit crazy at times for all of us, but we like to think that, overall, it's been a success. We've learned a lot, had so much fun experiencing the challenge with you all, and are exceedingly grateful for the support and excitement all of the participants have put forth.
2019: By The Numbers
439 - registered participants (39 teens)
147 - participants who completed the challenge (four teens)
81 - guests who attended the celebration party
27 - library staff participants (17 completed)
4 - Overbooked meetups
1 - 24in72 Read-a-thon virtual challenge hosted (along with one silent reading party)
Top 3 Favorite Categories:
A book suggested by another Extreme Reader
A popular book you never got around to reading
A book set somewhere you’ve never been
Top 3 Least Favorite Categories:
A book of poetry
A book you never finished
Most Skipped Categories:
A book published posthumously
Listen to an audiobook
Top 3 Words Used to Describe the ER Challenge:
Check out the word cloud above!! It looks like FUN was the overwhelming choice, with Challenging and Motivating in 2nd and 3rd place!
Best Made-up Category That Encompasses an Experience or Moment During the Challenge:
A book that has been sitting on your bed side table for more than 2 years
All the books I could be reading but I have to read this one
A book someone has suggested to you and you aren’t interested but say you’ll read it anyway, hoping to end the conversation and that they never follow up with you about that book again
An audio book you would rather blow up before reading/listening to again
A book you have no memory of but can prove you read it from your Libby timeline
A book I want to read but can't because it will ruin my challenge progress
A book I cannot read after 18 times trying so I'm going to donate it now and forget it
A book your mother thinks you should be ashamed to admit to having read
A book I have paid for in late fees and still didn’t finish
A book I read but wrote down the title of wrong then panicked because I thought the book didn't really exist and I needed it to finish the challenge
A book you have started and stopped at least 3 times but are still sure you would like it (eventually)
What's Everyone Saying About the Extreme Reader Challenge?(a few quotes by participants from our wrap-up survey):
General feedback is that I loved this event! I felt more connected to my community, used my physical library branch much more than I would have, explored new genres, started listening to audiobooks for the first time, and read more books in one year than I ever have before.
I had great fun reading and listening all year. I had no idea audiobooks were done so well and that the library had so many to choose from. Do it again!
Really, it was a terrific experience. I loved the banter and ideas on the FB page. I'm so happy to have been part of this extreme reader community. Thank you so much.
Brilliant concept - it definitely spiced up my reading and introduced me to authors I may never have discovered on my own.
I loved this very fun challenge Thank you, dear TPL, for all you do to Keep Tacoma Reading!
This was a wonderful way to get me to try books from genres I had not previously read. Also got me spending much more time reading in my living room rather than in front of TV in my family room!
Extreme Reader Completion Party
A big thank you to all that were able to join us at the STAR Center for our Extreme Reader celebration party. It was a special milestone we wanted to share with the people who made the very first Extreme Reader Challenge such a huge success. A very special thank you to Fireside Story League of Tacoma and Katie Mehan from Penguin Random House!
The very first 2020 Overbooked meetup has been scheduled!
Where: The Camp Bar - 1310 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma 98402 - Just down the block from the Main Library!
When:Wednesday, February 12 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Misc: This is a 21+ establishment. Parking in front of building is untimed and free after 4 p.m. Find us in the left side of the bar that creates a separate room with some large canvas curtains.
For any new participants this year, Overbooked is our semi-regular meetup where challenge-goers can get together to discuss books you're currently reading and get recommendations, as well as socialize with fellow participants and some of the staff that run the challenge! We often frequent local watering holes, but you don't have to imbibe to have a good time! Order an alcoholic beverage or just enjoy a bit of soda, coffee, or tea!
This low-key meetup is friendly, casual, and fun! According to most of the participants that attend regularly, they aren't nearly often enough or long enough. Hope to see you there!
There's now a Goodreads group for the 2020 Extreme Reader Challenge!
At the request of many members, we've created a group in Goodreads for the challenge so you can get the recommendations flying!
Please note, this is going to be a participant-run group. Other than adding events and maybe popping in occasionally, the Extreme Reader staff will be completely hands off.
We currently have a volunteer moderator but could probably use a few more if the group gets large enough. If you are interested in lending a hand with this, please join the group and email the ER staff team at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
You can access the group with the link below or by visiting www.Goodreads.com>Community>Groups>search for TPL Extreme Reader 2020 and request to join.
Need help finding a book for this category? LibraryReads is a monthly nationwide library staff picks list for adult fiction and non-fiction. LibraryReads is designed to be inclusive and diverse, representing a broad range of reading tastes and showcasing a variety of new titles. Lists can be found by visitingwww.libraryreads.org.
A book recommended by library staff or an independent bookseller
We here at Tacoma Public Library are always happy to share our reading recommendations. Here is a small sample from library staff this month:
Recently one of our library staff members made a pilgrimage to the holy land of book lovers, also known as Powell's Books, in Portland, OR. If you are not familiar with Powell's, they are the world's largest independent book store with over two million volumes in their collection. Below are a couple photos of their recommended books displays, and yes, these absolutely count for the "A book recommended by a library staff or independent bookseller" category.
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NoveList Plus Find new books to read! Search for a favorite author or title, browse booklists, award lists, or find the next book in a series. Fiction and Nonfiction books for all ages are included.
NextReads Newsletters The NextReads email newsletter and outreach service delivers reading recommendations and library information by email.
Downloadable Fillable Reading Log - Update
It has come to our attention that the downloadable fillable reading log is not working for everyone.
It appears to work with IE and Chrome browsers but not with Firefox. Also, Apple users may need to use a 3rd party app. We recommend PDF Expert or Adobe Fill & Sign, both of which are free in the app store.