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

Each month features a challenge theme. Choose a title that fits the prompt and enjoy in 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.


“The Traveling Cat Chronicles” by Hiro Arikawa
“Winter in Sokcho” by Elisa Shua Dusapin
“Peach Blossom Paradise” by Ge Fei
“The Twilight Zone” by Nona Fernandez
“Friend: A Novel from North Korea” by Paek Nam-nyong
“When We Cease to Understand the World” by Benjamin Labatut
“Planet of Clay” by Samar Yazbek
“The Story of My Teeth” by Valeria Luiselli
“Nothingness: The Science of Empty Space” by Henning Genz
“Dead at Daybreak” by Deon Meyer
“The Iliad” by Homer
“The Vampire of Ropraz” by Jacques Chessex
“Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino
“The Travels of Babar” by Jean de Brunhoff
“Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren
“Stones of the Sky” by Pablo Neruda
“Kitchen” by Banan Yoshimoto
“Mazurka for Two Dead Men” by Camilo José Cela
“The Distant Lands” by Julian Green

Like Prizes?

Each month, participants will have a chance to win a $10 Chamber gift card. To enter, 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:

Row of books

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