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We challenge you — pick a theme and explore books you might not otherwise sample – Chicago Tribune

If “read more books” is on your goals list for the year, give the Amazing Book Challenge a try! The challenges encourage adult and teen readers to broaden their horizons by discovering new subjects, series or authors — something they may not have read on their own.

As a participant in the program, readers will choose one book from each of the 12 categories selected for 2023. After they’ve checked off a category, they can visit the library to receive a button or magnet featuring that theme.

Those who register online and complete the challenge by Dec. 31 will receive a Naperville Public Library cooler tote and entry into the end-of-year drawing.

For a list of book recommendations for each of the themes listed below, visit www.naperville-lib.org/ABC.

Story About Siblings

Books about squabbling sisters, brothers who are best-friends-turned-enemies, and deep-seated family secrets. Some of our favorite tales are stories about siblings because they’re just so … relatable. You can’t pick your family, but you can pick one of these great reads.

Book by LGBTQ Author

Read the rainbow. Whether you’re picking up the memoir of a celebrity you love or cracking open the debut novel of an author you’ve never heard of, we invite you to join us in celebrating the unique perspectives of LGBTQ authors.

Armchair Travel

No passport, no problem! Books give us the opportunity to travel to places we’ve never been from the comfort of home. So, sit back, relax, and crack open one of these titles that’ll take you from Naperville to Nantucket, New Delhi, Naples and beyond.

Main Character is a Senior Citizen

We’re giving you the opportunity to “listen to your elders” with the books in this category. Grab your cardigan and choose a title starring a Golden Oldie, who may or may not fit the profile of a stereotypical senior citizen.

Book with One Word Title

Simple titles. Engaging stories. Need we say more?

Page to screen

Books have inspired some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters for decades: “Gone with the Wind,” “The Godfather,” “Forrest Gump,” “Where the Crawdads Sing” … we could go on forever! But the age-old question remains: Is the book always better? Choose a title from this category to find out.

Regency Era Reads

Dearest readers, it seems we have a rather special theme on our hands. Regency-era reads feature headstrong narrators, suave scoundrels and even a few swoon-worthy romances that take place in early 19th century Britain. We encourage you to make a cup of tea and curl up with one of these regal reads.

Story Set in a Small Town

Experience life in a small town, where even if you don’t know what you’re doing, someone else does. Start your roadside adventure today as you explore the towns where everyone knows everyone else’s business.

Books under 300 pages

Short on time? Check out one of these shorter stories that pack a big punch. With less than 300 pages, you’ll quickly cross another book off your list!

something scary

Something wicked this way comes… it’s a spooky, scary story lurking around the corner! If you’re looking for a spine-tingling read, we invite you to check out one of these frightful fiction and nonfiction options, if you dare…

Story Featuring Artificial Intelligence

These books don’t byte! Books featuring AI tell the story of machines simulating, and occasionally surpassing, human intelligence. And we promise, a human definitely chose this category…

Story Featuring Teen Protagonist

Teen protagonists may seem so totally whatever but these books give us a window into the issues teens face, often in eye-opening ways. Pick up a true story from a teen author like Malala or Anne Frank or choose a fiction book that highlights the teen experience.

Ashlee Conour is the marketing specialist at Naperville Public Library.

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