The 2021 Reading Challenge encourages you to read books from different categories.

Each month has a challenge that is wrapped up the last Tuesday of each month with a show-and-tell-style book discussion. Choose whatever format you like — paper, e-book or audiobook.

Monthly topics

Read a book …

January: … set in a different country
February: … written by a young author (under 30)
March: … in the fantasy or science fiction genre written by a woman of color
April: … with an animal as the main character
May: … that is a classic or a retelling of a classic work
June: … by an LGBTQ author or about an LGBTQ character
July: … by an author of color
August: … that has won an award
September: … that has been banned or challenged
October: … that is Own Voice (a book written by a member of the marginalized community from which it depicts)
November: … that was translated from another language
December: … that has positive representation of differently-abled individuals

Here a few suggestions of books that met the category requirements. If you would like more ideas, email, call 785-825-4624, ext. 234, or use the website’s chat tool.


“Cemetery Boys” by Aiden Thomas
“Felix Ever After” by Kacen Callender
“Red, White & Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston
“Real Life” by Brandon Taylor
“Shuggie Bain” by Douglas Stuart
“Untamed” by Glennon Doyle
“How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays” by Alexander Chee
“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily M. Danforth
“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid
“The House in the Cerulean Sea” by TJ Klune
“The Deep” by Rivers Solomon
“Boy Erased: A Memoir” by Garrard Conley
“Plain Bad Heroines” by Emily M. Danforth
“Carry On” and “Wayward Son” by Rainbow Rowell
“The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet” by Becky Chambers
“Rubyfruit Jungle” by Rita Mae Brown
“Call Me by Your Name” by André Aciman
“Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel” by Sara Farizan
“Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” by Alison Bechdel (Graphic Novel)
“Blue Is the Warmest Color” by Jul Maroh (Graphic Novel)
“My Brother’s Husband” by Gengoroh Tagame (Manga)
“Upright Women Wanted” by Sarah Gailey
“To Be Taught, If Fortunate” by Becky Chambers
“Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli
“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
“The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller
“Memorial” by Bryan Washington
“Will Grayson, Will Grayson” by John Green & David Levithan
“Juliet Takes a Breath” by Gabby Rivera
“Ship It” by Britta Lundin
“A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology”
“Check, Please! 1: #Hockey” and “Check, Please! 2: Sticks and Scones” by Ngozi Ukazu

Youth Titles (Middle Grade & Picture Books)

“George” by Alex Gino
“City of Ghosts” by Victoria Schwab
“Hurricane Child” by Kacen Callender
“Estranged” by Ethan M. Aldridge (Graphic Novel)
“The Tea Dragon Society” by Katie O’Neill (Graphic Novel)
“Pumpkinheads” by Rainbow Rowell (Graphic Novel)

Like Prizes?

Each month, participants will have a chance to win a $10 Chamber gift card. To enter, attend the Reading Challenge book discussion or complete a review in the library’s catalog of the book you read for the month’s theme. Mention “Reading Challenge” as part of your review. Watch below to see how:

At the end of the year, a winner will be chosen from all participants for a chance at a grand prize gift basket.

Upcoming Discussions