Extreme Book Nerd

Extreme Book Nerd

January 3 to December 17, 2022

Extreme Book Nerd is a popular, year-long reading challenge hosted by the Idaho Falls Public Library. Participants read 50 books in 50 weeks (25 books for kids and teens) to earn prizes and the title of Extreme Book Nerd.

There are separate challenges for kids, teens, and adults:

Extreme Book Nerd for Adults

Now in its 8th year, Extreme Book Nerd is the IFPL’s original year-long reading challenge. To earn the prize, read 50 books in 50 weeks, selecting your titles from predefined reading categories. This challenge starts January 3 and ends December 17, 2022.

Adults may choose between 2 reading challenges:

#1 Extreme Book Nerd

This is the original program.
Read 50 books in 50 weeks.
Read from predefined categories.
The prize is a an exclusive laser engraved Extreme Book Nerd stainless steel travel tumbler.

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#2 Book Nerd Your Way

This is the alternative program.
Read 50 books in 50 weeks.
Read on any topic you want*.
The prize is an exclusive laser engraved Extreme Book Nerd Your Way stainless steel travel tumbler.

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* Some format and reading-level restrictions apply

Extreme Book Nerd Reading Log

As you read books for the challenge, record the titles/authors under the appropriate categories in your Beanstack reading log.

Prefer to use paper? During the challenge you are welcome to track your reading with our printable reading log. You may also use a journal, a spreadsheet, or a list. Just remember that your books must be entered into Beanstack before reporting completion at the end.

  Printable reading log (8 1/2 x 11″)

  Printable category checklist (8 1/2 x 11″)

  Journal tabs (Avery 5160)

Extreme Book Nerd Reading Categories

Following are the 2022 categories for the adult Extreme Book Nerd challenge. Participants must complete all 50 categories to earn the prize. Titles that are linked have a downloadable bookmark to help you find books on the topic:

  1. Pet in it
  2. Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire
  3. Author’s last name fewer than 5 letters
  4. Any author’s most recently published book
  5. Alex Award winner
  6. Originally published the year you were born
  7. A wild card (pick up at 3rd-floor desk)
  8. Fantasy
  9. Set in Victorian England
  10. Green Cover (at least 50%)
  11. From the bottom shelf
  12. Published the year a family member was born
  13. Young Adult
  14. Mystery
  15. Takes place in Asia
  16. 2 books by 1 author #1 (no series)
  17. 2 books by 1 author #2 (no series)
  18. Famous landmark in it
  19. About something in nature
  20. From a library display
  21. Author’s last name has a color in it
  22. Autobiography
  23. Set in space
  24. Features music or a musician
  25. How-to book on a hobby you have or want to have
  26. Previously started but never finished
  27. Book you think everyone should read
  28. Part of a series
  29. Longest book on your to-be-read list
  30. Gemstones or jewelry in it
  31. Borrowed from a relative or friend
  32. Set in the state you were born (country if born outside of U.S.)
  33. Train in it
  34. Woman in a dress on the cover
  35. Author who is new to you
  36. Pulitzer Prize winner or finalist
  37. “Clock” or “Time” in the title
  38. Book you love, read it again
  39. Road trip in it
  40. Knight in it
  41. Cover you don’t like
  42. Nonfiction
  43. 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime #1
  44. 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime #2
  45. Recommended by an IFPL librarian
  46. Published in 2022
  47. Book you own but haven’t read
  48. 000 (001-099) nonfiction
  49. 2021 NPR Books We Love
  50. Recommended by another Book Nerd

Extreme Book Nerd Prize

Participants who finish the challenge on/before December 17, 2022 will receive an exclusive Extreme Book Nerd stainless steel travel tumbler.

Note that to receive this prize you must show your completed reading log to a library staff member before the end of the challenge.

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Details and Restrictions

Only 1 category per book. You cannot use the same book for multiple categories. Books you read for other challenges (e.g., summer and winter reading) or for book clubs can be counted for Extreme Book Nerd as long as they fit into one of the reading categories and are completed by December 17, 2022.

Books at the junior fiction level or higher are acceptable for adult participants. Books that will not be accepted include junior nonfiction, intermediate fiction, easy readers, and picture/board books. Magazines are also not accepted.

Official participation in Extreme Book Nerd is open to Idaho Falls Public Library patrons only. Prizes must be picked up in person by the participant or a designee.

You must have a current library card during the program and when you pick up your prize in order to be eligible for prizes.

Book Nerd Your Way

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Now in its 3rd year, Book Nerd Your Way is an alternative to the traditional Extreme Book Nerd challenge. It is well suited to those who love to read, but may not have the flexibility or desire to read from the library’s categories. To earn the prize, read 50 books in 50 weeks, selecting almost any title you wish (see details below). This challenge starts January 3 and ends December 17, 2022.

Book Nerd Your Way Reading Log

As you read books for this challenge, record the titles/authors in your Beanstack reading log.

Prefer to use paper? During the challenge you are welcome to track your reading with our printable reading log. You may also use a journal, a spreadsheet, or a list. Just remember that your books must be entered into Beanstack before reporting completion at the end.

  Printable reading log (8 1/2 x 11″)

Book Nerd Your Way Prize

Participants who finish the challenge on/before December 17, 2022 will receive an exclusive Extreme Book Nerd Your Way stainless steel travel tumbler.

Note that to receive this prize you must show your completed reading log to a library staff member before the end of the challenge.

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Details and Restrictions

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In Book Nerd Your Way, you may read almost anything you want. While books at the junior fiction reading level are acceptable, no other books from our children’s department will be accepted. This includes junior nonfiction, intermediate fiction, easy readers, and picture/board books. Magazines of any kind are also not accepted for this challenge.

Only 1 category per book. You cannot use the same book for multiple categories. Books you read for other challenges (e.g., summer and winter reading) or for book clubs can be counted for Extreme Book Nerd as long as they meet the requirements above and are completed by December 17, 2022.

Official participation in Extreme Book Nerd Your Way is open to Idaho Falls Public Library patrons only. Prizes must be picked up in person by the participant or a designee.

You must have a current library card during the program and when you pick up your prize in order to be eligible for prizes.

Facebook Group


facebook.com/groups/extreme-book-nerd

If you enjoy sharing what you’re reading and want to ask other book nerds for recommendations, join our Extreme Book Nerd Facebook Group.

While official participation in the Extreme Book Nerd challenge is restricted to Idaho Falls Public Library patrons only, everyone is welcome to follow along with the challenge in their home communities and discuss the books they are reading in this Facebook group.

To maintain the focus of the group, we encourage members to focus their discussions on the reading challenge and not use the group for marketing or other spammy purposes.

Extreme Book Nerd for Teens


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Also in its 8th year, Extreme Book Nerd for Teens is a variation of the classic challenge adapted specifically for busy teens (grades 7-12). Read books from 25 of the 26 categories on the reading log. Extreme Book Nerd for Teens starts on January 3 and ends December 17, 2022.

Note that teens can also participate in the Book Nerd Your Way challenge. This option would require teens to read 50 books in order to earn the prize.

Extreme Book Nerd for Teens Reading Log

Teens, as you read books for the challenge, record the titles/authors under the appropriate categories in your Beanstack reading log.

Prefer to use paper? During the challenge you are welcome to track your reading with our printable reading log. You may also use a journal, a spreadsheet, or a list. Just remember that your books must be entered into Beanstack before reporting completion at the end.

  Printable reading log (8.5 x 11″)

Extreme Book Nerd for Teens Reading Categories

Here are the 2022 categories for the teen challenge. Participants must complete 25 of the 26 categories to earn the prize. Titles that are linked have a downloadable bookmark to help you find books on the topic:

  1. A wild card (pick up from 3rd-floor desk)
  2. Nonfiction
  3. Book you love, read it again
  4. Set in Victorian England
  5. Takes place in Asia
  6. Mystery
  7. Young Adult
  8. Fantasy
  9. From a library display
  10. Alex Award winner
  11. Set in space
  12. Pet in it
  13. Green Cover (at least 50%)
  14. Author’s last name fewer than 5 letters
  15. Knight in it
  16. Published this year (2022)
  17. Recommended by an IFPL librarian
  18. Set in the state you were born (country if born outside of U.S.)
  19. Cover you don’t like
  20. From the bottom shelf
  21. Originally published the year you were born
  22. 2021 NPR Books We Love
  23. Author who is new to you
  24. About something in nature
  25. Road trip in it
  26. Part of a series

Extreme Book Nerd for Teens Prize

Participants who finish the challenge on/before December 17, 2022 will receive an exclusive Extreme Book Nerd stainless steel travel tumbler.

Note that to receive this prize you must show your completed reading log to a library staff member before the end of the challenge.

Details and Restrictions

Only 1 category per book. You cannot use the same book for multiple categories. Books you read for other challenges (e.g., summer and winter reading), book clubs, assignments, etc. can be counted for Extreme Book Nerd as long as they fit into one of the reading categories and are completed by December 18, 2021.

Books at the junior fiction level or higher are acceptable for teen participants. Books that will not be accepted include junior nonfiction, intermediate fiction, easy readers, and picture/board books. Magazines are also not accepted.

Official participation in Extreme Book Nerd is open to Idaho Falls Public Library patrons only. Prizes must be picked up in person by the participant or a designee.

You must have a current library card during the program and when you pick up your prize in order to be eligible for prizes.


For more information about any of these programs, call the library at 208-612-8460 or send us an online message.

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