TPL Reading Challenge 2021: A Year in Review

January 13, 2022 | M. Elwood

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Another year has passed and another Reading Challenge has ended. Of course, the 2022 Reading Challenge is already underway. Before we rush headlong into new adventures, let's pause a moment to look back on the year that was. In 2021, there were 12 Reading Challenge events that were viewed by...

A Book Published This Year: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge

December 8, 2021 | M. Elwood

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There is something great about reading a brand new book. They feel good and smell good. Books published recently are less likely to have dog-eared pages and coffee stains. It's magical to be the first one of your friend group to read the latest thriller before someone accidentally reveals the...

A Book Written Before the Author Turned 21: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge

November 15, 2021 | M. Elwood

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There have always been storytellers of all ages. In this category, we celebrate brilliant young writers who wrote books before their 21st birthday. These are some of my suggestions for this category. Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan This novel was published when the author was 18. In it a 17-year-...

A Book in a Genre You've Never Read Before: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2021

October 18, 2021 | Wendy B.

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What counts as a genre? The Oxford English Dictionary says it's a type of literary work characterized by a particular form, style, or purpose — which is pretty broad. Is poetry a genre? Aristotle says yes. How about Erotic Hockey Romance? We say yes. The fun thing about this category...

A Book About Someone Who is Living Your Dream: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge

October 4, 2021 | Nalini

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When I was a child I dreamed about becoming an ecologist even though I wasn't exactly sure what ecologists did. Fast forward some years later, my dream was to work in a library. Fast forward many years later, to today, and my dream has changed again. I guess that's the...

A Book About Love (Not Just the Romantic Kind): Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2021

September 27, 2021 | Myrna

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Love comes in many forms, so it makes sense that there are many ways to complete TPL Reading Challenge's "a book about love (not just the romantic kind)" category. Library staff and Reading Challenge participants have shared their favourite books which explore romantic love, self-love, platonic love and more. Universal...

A Book With a One-Word Title: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2021

September 13, 2021 | Pauline

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How can you sum up an entire book, with the years of work that went into it, in just one word? Accurately conveying the content and essence of a book via a succinct title is not a job I envy unless I get to use a long subtitle (which in...

A True Story Written by an Author With a Disability: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2021

August 30, 2021 | Jennifer B

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This past April, members of the Reading Challenge team discussed the category "a true story written by an author with a disability" at a terrific online event. Ames and myself were joined by Winona, a Senior Services Specialist who works in Accessibility Services for the library. Accessibility Services provides and...

A Book of Speculative Fiction by a BIPOC Author: Staff Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2021

August 16, 2021 | Ames

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Back in February 2021, we had a fantastic online discussion for "a book of speculative fiction by a BIPOC author" along with "a book set in the future". BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. It's an umbrella term that, while definitely not perfect, is a way to...

A Book that was Published Posthumously: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2021

August 9, 2021 | Christie

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It is pretty common to have works completed by an editor, researcher, or another writer following the death of an author. The book could be: a recently discovered manuscript once believed to be lost a collection of rough drafts, notes letters or diary/journal entries a fully completed work that was...