For2021, booklists will be released in waves throughout the first several months of the challenge.
See 'Booklists Added' below for newest set of links.
If a catalog link isn’t currently available, please check again in the coming months. Booklists can be found here.
Tacoma Public Library Budget Closures
Please take a moment to read the information regarding the upcoming closures of Tacoma Public Library during Feb. 21–28 and Nov. 28–Dec. 5, 2021. A full list of specific service disruptions is included in this information.
How will this impact Extreme Reader?
ER Facebook Group - Extreme Reader Facebook group will be archived during these time frames. Group members will receive a notification once the group has been archived. Existing members can still see and access group content but cannot post, comment, or react. No new members can request to join. Once the closure time has ended, the group will be unarchived and all functions will return to normal.
ER Website Access- The library website and online catalog will be unavailable, including the dedicated Extreme Reader web page. Challenge information, category lists and definitions, along with access to booklists for the challenge will be unavailable as well. Sign ups for the challenge will not be available.
Hello Extreme Readers! My name is Tiffany (she/her/hers) and I am one of the Extreme Reader team members. Here are a few tidbits to help you get to know me:
I am of Apsáalooke (Crow), Blackfoot, Ashkenazi Jewish, and European ancestry and identify as LGBTQIA+. I am pagan and would absolutely call myself a witch
My favorite book genres are Teen Fantasy and Romantic Comedy (the steamier the better) but currently I'm reading nothing but Historical Romance (thank you, Bridgerton)
An entire room in my house has been taken over by Funko Pop! figures. I think I own close to 300 at this point, of which, my collection of Loki’s are my most treasured
My favorite book to recommend is The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. It works for #25 A book with a map, #27 A book with a metallic cover, #29 A book with a royal moniker in the title, #32 A book with an unlikely pair, #37 A book with parents or parental figures in it, and #41 A book written in the first person
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2020
191 - participants that completed the challenge (182 adults, 9 teens)
27 - library staff participants (6 completed)
149 – first day sign ups (198% growth from 2019)
247 – Facebook members (37% growth from 2019)
5 - Overbooked meetups
1 - 24in7 Read-a-thon virtual challenge hosted
Top 3 Favorite Categories:
A non-fiction and fiction book about the same topic paired category
A book with a ‘blank’ in the title-style categories
LGBTQIA+ categories: A book written by a LGBTQIA+ authorandA book with an LGBTQIA+ protagonist
What's Everyone Saying About the Extreme Reader Challenge?
A few quotes by participants from our wrap-up survey
I love being pushed to read a book I normally wouldn't. I've expanded my literary interests through this challenge.
I loved the diverse categories, it really challenged me as a reader to get out of the box I usually place myself in with my reading choices.
It felt akin to a scavenger hunt, in a way.
During this crazy year, the challenge gave me a focus and goal, as well as a chance to have a local reading community.
Being part of a community of readers and having a way to structure my reading choices. There is *so* much to read! This helped me narrow it down.
Having a concrete measurable goal, discovering new authors, reading new genres, and finding a community of other readers. I really loved this!
I really like the harder categories that make you stretch and expand your reading like the fiction/nonfiction pairing. I also liked learning new thinks like the Printz Award and the Library Reads list. (How had I never heard of that list before?!) Finally I liked the online book meet ups that were a nice way to socialize about books in times of COVID.
I liked that I read some great books that I wouldn't have read without the Extreme Reader challenge.
The Extreme Reader Challenge really helps me expand my reading topics and I always learn something new!
My reluctant reader teenage son participated with me this year and was proud of himself.
I loved the sense of community from the Facebook group!
Trying new formats, seeking new sources of recommendations.
I read way more books than I have any other year this decade!
It required that I read books that I might not otherwise read. Different voices, different genres, etc. It also kept bringing me back to reading. The pandemic made it challenging for me sometimes to focus on reading but this was a gentle nudge to get back to it.
My favorite aspect is that it helped me read WAY more than I usually do. I *want* to read a lot, but it's hard to prioritize the time. This helped me do that.
There's a Goodreads group again this year!
At the request of many members, a group was created 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.
You can access the group with the link below or by visiting www.Goodreads.com>Community>Groups>search for TPL Extreme Reader 2021 and request to join.